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Fonda el Refugio

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Reforma / Zona Rosa
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Calle Liverpool 166 | Zona Rosa, Mexico City 06600, Mexico
13:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 13:00 - 23:00
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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a great dinner here. We're a bit adventurous, so we ordered the gusamos de maguey (caterpillars) and the escamoles (ant pupae) and they were both delicious. We also got a tasting of four mezcals, which were also great. The service was very pleasant too.

Thank Michael B
San Francisco
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This little place was just around the corner from our hotel. It was really charming. A small room with maybe 10 tables or so. Very attentive staff. The menu had several vegetarian items to choose from which made it get extra points from us as it is not always easy to find vegetarian food in Mexico. Our meal was very... More 

Thank Eatsoutoften
Houston, Texas
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was pleasant surprise. They actually have guisano (worms - I know, right?!?) tacos which we've wanted to try; not pretty but damn tasty! I had the fish veracruzano (?) and my other half had the chicken mole. The fish was very good. The mole was excellent. Definitely worth a visit. They have ant tacos too BTW!

Thank TB5of6
Pittsburgh, PA
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60 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

my 18 year old son who is a real foodie ordered 2 different dishes... and loved each one... Service was good but not fussy... the 'picante' salsa was fire hot!! traditional food served well... cute touches in the restaurant!!

Thank Bidanda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

We traveled around México and ate in so many good places but this is by far the best. We had the best food, service, and maybe the best margarita we have ever had. We throughly recommend this restaurant. Una joya perdida en el tiempo y en esta gran ciudad, la mejor comida que tuve en México, la CECINA y las... More 

Thank Pol G
Long Beach, California, United States
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Really great for authentic Mexican food. Staff was very nice and an overall great experience. I recommend!

Thank MJayT85
Meredith, New Hampshire
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74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

This is a small, quaint Mexican restaurant which used to serve great mexican food and was our favorite for typical mexican food in Mexico City. We went to dinner on our first night in Mexico City recently and were anticpating another great experience. It got off to a good start with great margaritas, guacamole, salsa and chips. I also ordered... More 

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Denver, CO
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Again found this in guide book. Service was over the top. Food was very solid - mole excellent, sopa con pollo my buen. Albondigas also very good. Prices mid range for US wallet and well worth it. Enjoyed this visit and will return. Not crowded on our lunch day in middle of week about 1-2;30p,m.

Thank bozo123
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant mainly because of its association with Octavio Paz. Almost from the start we were disappointed. There wasn't a fresh piece of food served it was all very wanting. I'll take the local or market food any day over this very average, and not cheap fare.

Thank Karen B
Bogota, Colombia
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

I have dined at this restaurant several times per hear for about fifteen years and never had other than a wonderful experience with respect to food, drink and service, all which have been excellent to superb. This restaurant offers all the classic fish and meat dishes of the classic Hacienda style, including huachinango veracruzano and a wide variety of mole... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
13:00 - 23:00
13:00 - 23:00
13:00 - 23:00
13:00 - 23:00
13:00 - 23:00
13:00 - 23:00
13:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Liverpool 166 | Zona Rosa, Mexico City 06600, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City>  > Reforma / Zona Rosa
  • Neighbourhood: Reforma / Zona Rosa
  • Phone Number: 5525-8128
Traditional Mexican Cuisine since 1954. Everything is made artisanally. We cook all our dishes in clay pots. We prepare our moles from scratch. Cook our own tortilla dough using the ancient nixtamalization process and then grinding the corn in our own volcanic rock mill. We grind & stuff our own sausage, hanging it & letting it cure for a whole week before it can be used. All our desserts are made also in either copper or clay pots. Be sure to ask for a tour of the kitchen so you can witness this first hand and also take a lesson on how to make tortillas and our world famous margaritas.

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Equipped with some of the best discotheques, bars, boutiques and bistros, Zona Rosa is perfect for those looking to have a great time to socialize, have fun and be part of the great LGBT community in Mexico City. Day or night, it’s possible to spend the entire time exploring, drinking, dancing and shopping while being amazed by its classic yet eclectic European style. Reforma’s luxury hotels and world renowned sculptures such as El Ángel de la Independencia give Paseo de la Reforma a wonderful atmosphere along the corridor, a beautiful place for a long and romantic walk.
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