Chichen Itza Yucatan Restaurant

South LA

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Menu lauded by LA Weekly reflects Mayan, Spanish, and Lebanese influences on Yucatan cuisine

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Choose from Three Options

  • $14 for a meal for 2 with one soup or appetizer, two entrees, and 2 drinks (up to a $34.97 value)
  • $29 for a meal for 4 with one soup or appetizer, four entrees, and 4 drinks (up to a $63.95 value)
  • $50 for a meal for 15 with 15 orders of tacos and 15 drinks (up to a $127.35 value)

The menu includes soups and appetizers (up to a $5.99 value each) such as ceviche de pescado, marinated in lime juice, tomato, onion, and cilantro. Entrees (up to a $10.99 value each) include cochinita pibil—pork marinated with achiote, cooked in banana leaves, and topped with pickled red onions. Nonalcoholic drinks (up to a $3.50 value each) include horchata and agua de chaya.

Chichen Itza Restaurant

Before you die, you must eat one of Chichen Itza Restaurant’s panuchos. At least that’s the opinion of LA Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold, who included the appetizer on his list of 99 essential L.A. eats. The turkey-stuffed corn tortillas kick off chef Gilberto Cetina's menu, which contains original recipes as well as Mayan, Spanish, and Lebanese dishes traditionally found in Cetina's native Yucatan. Among the selection of mesquite-grilled entrees is the cochinita pibil, a pork dish that Gilberto marinates with sour orange juice and spices before cooking it in banana leaves. The dish's “succulent, aromatic, tender, irresistible pork” is so sought after that Gilberto makes up to 60 pounds a day, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Chichen Itza is located inside Mercado La Paloma, an upscale food court whose restaurants, bakery, and juice bar have attracted attention from local press. Patrons approach the restaurant’s counter to order their meal and then wait at linen-dressed tables for servers to present their selected dishes.

Customer Reviews

Great service and good food.
JAIME C. · May 27, 2015
Great food and service. They really represent the Latino cultura and authentic flavor!
Marta H. · February 19, 2013
Great food at a great price!
Denise M. · February 9, 2013

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