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Los Amates Mexican Kitchen

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Established in 2004, Los Amates Mexican Kitchen on Johnston Street has become a fixture in Melbourne’s Latin American dining scene. Unlike many of the Tex-Mex eateries throughout the city claiming to serve authentic Mexican cuisine, Los Amates is the real deal. Recognising that the culture and cuisine of a country as large as Mexico is far from uniform, the folks behind this Fitzroy restaurant aim to showcase a selection of the very best dishes, with specialities picked from throughout the country.


Los Amates Mexican Kitchen, Johnston St 34, 3065 Fitzroy

150 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 150 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
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Sara M.
1 review so far 6
22.04.2017 10:47

Great food and friendly service! We had a large group and had to wait a little while for our main dishes, but we had plenty of drinks to keep us entertained. Will definitely be back.

Maggie P.
1 review so far 6
17.04.2017 10:41

Authentic food and decor, friendly staff. Real mexican which does not try to burn your palate with chilli, so many mild or non-spicy dishes are still full of flavour.

Aris C.
1 review so far 6
14.04.2017 12:02

Friendly staff. Delicious food and drinks. What more can you want? Have decided we will be coming back with a group of friends in the near future.

John T.
1 review so far 6
29.03.2017 21:42

The food and service was great. The best Mexican food in Melbourne for a long time. We all agreed that we will be back for more wonderful Mexican.

Brooke N.
1 review so far 5
06.10.2016 13:19

Made my reservation just 20 minutes before we arrived, but no problem. (Some restaurants don't look at their online reservation systems after service starts, so this was good.) Food was great. I had Pozole Rojo from the specials menu which was just the right level of smokey-spicy. My husband enjoyed chicken mole enchiladas. The food here is very homestyle -- different from the "taco bar" or "street food" trend at the moment. This is probably because Los Amates was around long before Mexican became trendy in Melbourne. I did notice they had updated their menu to include some more "fresh mex" kind of options but I didn't try them. Something worth noting is that almost everything on the menu is Gluten Free - so much so that they mark the things that AREN'T rather than the things that ARE. The atmosphere and service are fine but nothing amazing ... come here for the food.

Alexandrea K.
1 review so far 6
29.09.2016 16:46

We had a hens dinner here the other day, it was fantastic... we ordered the $69 menu with a few things of everything and nachos and quesadilla.. there was so much food and it was all very tasty. The staff made the night though, great customer service. As it was a hens we were a little loud towards the end and doing dares and stuff, they joined in and we had a lot of fun. The decor is really cool also, they have 3 different seating areas all look comfortable and cosy. I love this place and will definitely be going back.

Brian O.
1 review so far 6
18.07.2016 08:20

Real authentic Mexican food. The back patio is well heated, and being seated there durinng the winter is not an issue. I particularly like the Puntas al Chipotle, which the menu describes as: Charred chunks of beef steak w/ a tomato and chipotle sauce served with rice, beans and 4 corn tortillas. I admit to not fully exploring the menu, as I tend to order the same thing over and over, but my dinner companions have never had a bad word to say. Occasionally, they do special events for Cinco de Mayo and Day of the Dead.

eleanora f.
1 review so far 6
08.08.2016 14:24

Great place for a celebration. The staff were incredible, from the chef, the wait and the bar staff. Some of our guests were unhappy with our initial seating arrangement, we were relocated when another table became available. One of our guests has a food allergy, the chef actually came out to confirm the order and modified it for us. The food was incredibly tasty and the final bill very easy on the pocket. Loved it. Thank you very much.

Jaqueline G.
1 review so far 5
09.05.2016 12:18

Los Amates Mexican Kitchen cultural environment was very inviting! Although my family does not eat much Mexican food, the variety available made our experience very comfortable. The food was delicious and the restaurant was not to loud. Great place for family dining :)

Camila V.
1 review so far 5
13.02.2017 10:06

I love this place, Food is always amazingly good...every time I invite someone they get happy with the pick :) ... however, when we ask for hot sauce they bring us one smoke and soft one ... Mexico es Caliente ....the blender of the bar is annoying. I am sure you can change it for something that let us enjoy the conversation. I would love to come next time and not to center my conversation on how you could buy a new silence blender

Emily P.
1 review so far 4
08.02.2017 08:22

Food was delicious, and the cocktails were yummy! But sitting in the front part of the restaurant was really noisy because of the bar tender's blender. The tables are too small for three people to eat at. It was hard to get the staff's attention for ordering drinks. By 8pm large groups of diners were really loud in other parts of the restaurant but it still affected the front part. We got the meat street food share platter for three ($87) and each had two alcoholic drinks and it came to $190.

Sarah B.
1 review so far 5
03.04.2017 08:44

As an American, it's hard to find good Mexican food in Australia. I was pleased with Los Amates - probably the best I've had so far here. Good sangria and delicious enchiladas. Overall good service - the place has a nice "small casual Mexican restaurant" environment - super simple and colorful. Just a FYI, they do not split bills. I would definitely return - very pleased with the food!

Anne M.
1 review so far 5
19.02.2017 14:10

We went for dinner on a busy sat evening and the restaurent was packed. Despite this put service was prompt and friendly. We ordered the classic Margarita which was sensational and our starters were presented very quickly. My main of chicken with MOLE sauce, rice and cooked beans was absolutely delicious and add a side of warm tortilla's and the meal was a complete success !

Benjamin M.
1 review so far 5
23.07.2016 13:07

The style of the menu changed a bit and I found it a bit hard to read. I was very tired though. Anyway, the food was still very good. The service however, is exceptional. Very friendly staff. And they don't act as if they are being friendly because it's part of their job, they just seem like very nice people. Very natural.

Roopa B.
1 review so far 5
22.01.2017 09:07

Great food, music and service. It was a little hard to communicate with staff sometimes as they were all Latin background I presume and the restaurant was loud. But the staff were paitient. Food took some time to come out but we were there in a group of friends and had the whole night to relax and chat. The Sangria was amazing!!

Jessica Y.
1 review so far 6
09.06.2016 22:01

The staff are fast but also no-nonsense in their service which I liked. The menu selection is great and the food was delicious. I've never been to Mexico but this seemed a lot more authentic than most places and it was all for a good price (especially when in Fitzroy!)

Christiana E.
1 review so far 6
04.08.2016 10:28

My favourite restaurant in Melbourne! I have been coming here for 3 years and everything about Los Amates is amazing - the food is amazing, the staff are amazing and the vibe and atmosphere makes you feel like your in your Anuela's kitchen. It literally doesn't get any better.

Neil S.
1 review so far 5
09.02.2017 08:01

We were placed next to the entrance door on a 36 degree day so the air conditioning kept escaping every time someone opened the door and we were feeling really hot throughout our whole dinner. However we did enjoy the food thoroughly. We ordered a pork quesadilla, fish tacos and a chicken mole. Loved all the flavours!

Natalie M.
1 review so far 5
19.03.2016 16:45

Highly recommend sharing plates as we enjoyed these the most! Ceviche, soft shell tacos (chicken and beef cheek are amazing!) and street food. The sangria was a hit too!!! Love this place and regularly eat here as I love the atmosphere, friendly staff, owner will make you feel special and greet guests and of course the food!

Chen W.
1 review so far 5
04.03.2017 23:55

What can it be said about a nice little restaurant close to the city and close to public transport? Good food and great service! Though the only thing was it took abit longer for the food to arrive. I would imagine that the kitchen was in full gears as it was full house. So very understandable.

Louise H.
1 review so far 6
19.02.2017 13:54

We have been going to Los Amates since it opened around 12 years ago and it is our favourite place to eat Mexican food and celebrate the Mexican holidays. We are from California, so we are picky. You will get authentic Mexican food at Los Amates.

Christophe T.
1 review so far 6
10.07.2016 22:33

Yummy food and friendly staff. The share plate to start with was more than enough for our group of 5 people and was lovely to try a range of things in a small sample style. Fab music and Mexican things on the walls

Mia P.
1 review so far 5
02.09.2016 20:44

Great amosphere. Nachos were delicious! Staff were really friendly and attentive. We were seated in the walkway which wasnt ideal- would ask to be seated somewhere differently next time. We also ordered ceviche which we weren't overly happy with- very small pieces of fish which got lost in the salsa

Mary-Anne T.
1 review so far 6
10.02.2016 22:14

Very friendly service and great food. More variety than normal. Spicy lime margarita? Was delicious.. Had to change booking time and was delay in this website transmitting the cancellation so Restaurant rang to confirm we were coming at 8pm not 6.30pm.

Kara T.
1 review so far 5
16.04.2016 20:14

Delicious fresh flavours and generous portions, staff were attentive but not overly so. Sangria was lovely. Made a booking for 3people and only given the option of two times for the evening however it looked as though we could've come another time if we'd walked in without a booking

Daniel M.
1 review so far 6
14.09.2016 20:52

The service and food at Los Amates is always great. Arturo and his staff make you feel welcome and the ambience is relaxed and bohemian. I recommend Los Amates to people that want to enjoy real Mexican food and drinks.

Lucas C.
1 review so far 5
16.11.2016 08:19

Very tasty authentic Mexican food. They have a great range of all your favorite Mexican treats as well as some I had never tried before. Had the platter and it was good albeit a touch small for two - would pair well with an entree.

Amanda H.
1 review so far 6
11.01.2017 11:51

Margaritas and the meal were delicious! Staff were friendly too. Would definitely go back again :) Got the tasting platter and it was a great way to sample everything. Definitely do the tacos next time!

Merilee B.
1 review so far 5
20.01.2016 10:52

Food and service are fantastic, it's quite noisy though - hard to hear conversation. Be good to put up some sound baffling materials on the ceiling perhaps. This the only reason I rated 5 instead of 6. I love this restaurant.

Marlo S.
1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 10:34

Great traditional Mex food, not that trendy Tex/Mex stuff. A great selection of Tequila for those that are so inclined. Lovely friendly service & lively atmosphere. The Chipotle & Mango margarita made my night.

Ruth J.
2 reviews so far 6
03.06.2016 14:58

Excellent food and service. The ceviche was amazing. Chicken mole was extremely tasty. The decor is very authentic. Staff are friendly and efficient. They are always happy to detail what the food comprises of.

Ruth J.
2 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 15:59

I went there for my birthday with a group of friends. The staff were very attentive and assisted with selection of dishes and quantities for the group. Everyone really enjoyed the food and service.

Leanne T.
2 reviews so far 6
31.07.2016 19:50

As always a lovely experience and delicious food. Arturo and his staff are warm and welcoming and the food is always the best, most authentic Mexican you will find at the best price too!

Matt F.
1 review so far 5
05.09.2016 12:03

Finding good, authentic latin american food can be challenging in Melbourne...especially for someone who thinks the perfect food are roadside tacos in Mexico. Los Amates might not be roadside tacos, but they're the next best thing. I'll be back. cheers!

Gaby Q.
1 review so far 4
11.10.2016 12:34

Authentic Mexican, by all means it is! Ambiance is good, although the music could be turned a notch down. People have to increase their tone of voice quite a bit making it a noisy restaurant. Service overall is good but the barman could use more help to speed things up.

Ana R.
1 review so far 6
03.12.2016 18:33

We always enjoy their beautiful authentic Mexican cuisine, the staff are very friendly and they all create a festive atmosphere to celebrate a birthday. Prices are reasonable and the food is really good.

Dan H.
1 review so far 6
19.03.2016 21:54

Oh My Wow. Padrisimo! It won't let me post unless I actually have 25 words to say. But I have already said all there is to say. Ok I can post now.

Elizabeth K.
1 review so far 4
30.03.2017 11:32

Good food, not great. Atmosphere was lovely but it became far too noisy when the blender was turned on which disrupted the ambience. Staff didn't greet promptly when we first arrived in store, two people just stood there at the stall near the door and avoided eye contact.

Libby L.
1 review so far 6
15.05.2016 23:58

Such lovely staff!!! They were so friendly and made recommendations when we were unsure and couldn't make decisions... The food was delicious and the place just has a great feel, loved it!

Carlos S.
1 review so far 6
16.09.2016 18:22

Very good food, it is real mexican food, very tasty and clean. The Staff is very friendly. It is not a cheap restaurant but one of the best mexicans food in Melbourne

Phoebe H.
1 review so far 6
26.01.2016 07:09

Love this place - great food and great service. The beef cheek tacos are amazing, not to mention the margaritas. And because it was my birthday I received a free tequila shot!

Mollie C.
1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 08:44

Amazing food and great service..beautiful authentic mexican food. Will definitely be back. They were very helpful with my dietary requirements and changed my meal for me to have no meat or dairy

Fiona M.
2 reviews so far 6
02.09.2016 14:33

This was my second visit & the food was delicious again, my hubby even ate without cutlery (he never does that!). Will Definitely go back again with a group of friends.

Althea D.
1 review so far 6
03.09.2016 19:48

The food was amazing, the best Mexican food I've ever had. Staff friendly and helpful. Sangria big tick from me ✅♥️♥️ Will definitely be back to try all the other dishes.

Carrin N.
1 review so far 5
24.09.2016 09:19

Delicious food. Lovely staff. A bit of a wait for food and we were pretty hungry but we didn't mind as the food, drinks were great. Some great cocktails and authentic Mexican which tasted delicious. Fab evening!

Kristen T.
1 review so far 6
10.08.2016 09:51

Very authentic mexican food with nice family atmosphere. Loved the Micheladas as there are not many places in Australia I have found a good one as yet. Will definitely return

Lisa G.
3 reviews so far 6
24.08.2016 08:35

Fantastic food! We have been looking for great Mexican food in Australia for a long time and finally found it. Atmosphere, food, service - all was wonderful. We'll be back!

Bianca N.
2 reviews so far 6
17.04.2016 17:35

A great authentic mexican restaurant. This place does not serve tex mex. Meals are full of flavour! Service with smile. Only the Freshest produce is used. Always a pleasant experience!

Carmen B.
1 review so far 6
23.12.2016 07:18

Absolutely amazing! The food was spectacular! Having lived near Mexico for years I can attest that this food was the most authentic Mexican food I have had since moving overseas

Anna L.
5 reviews so far 5
19.12.2016 09:22

This place is amazing! Great food and excellent atmosphere. Great service. Our tabel ordered desserts twice! The only thing is that it is super busy on Saturday and they only have 2 hr dining sesisons