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I'm going to be in Oaxaca next week and want to eat at Casa Oaxaca. I went to make a reservation and was asked if I wanted to eat in the restaurant in the hotel Casa Oaxaca or at Casa Oaxaca El Restaurante which is a couple of blocks away. Help. I have no idea what the difference is or if there is a difference. It's for my girlfriend's birthday and we want as special a meal as possible. Guidance please. Thanks.

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  1. Casa Oaxaca El Restaurante. The executive chef is Alejandro Ruiz, but please note that he has become quite the buzzword, travels frequently to teach and demonstrate his cooking, and has recently opened a restaurant in Mexico City. Ask when you make reservations if he will be cooking at Casa Oaxaca the day (or evening) that you want to go.

    An alternate upper-end special choice might be Origen, which is getting very good reviews and where you can generally count on the presence of the terrific chef, Roberto Castellanos.

    Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

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    1. re: cristina

      Responding to Cristina's post, I really enjoyed Origen the last time I was there. Which leads me to:

      I've had numerous good meals at Casa Oaxaca--the restaurant and one average at the Hotel. It wouldn't surprise me that he's opened a restaurant in DF. The restaurant and Oaxacan food (Oaxaca in general) has gotten so popular with the Chilangos, that it's about time--I'm sticking my finger down my throat thinking about how much the Chilangos ridicule the "Oaxacos" but covet their food and culture.

      Anyway, that said, go for the restaurant near St. Domingo. The only time I went to the Hotel was during their renovation in 2010 or so and it was not to standard.

      BTW, Origen isn't really an upper end choice in price (on Oaxacan standards maybe) but it's pretty darn good and well thought out.