Serves meat, vegan options available. Fine dining restaurant serving indigenous style foods with different dishes daily (no menu). Serves five course meals and will ask you for any dietary restrictions. Staff is knowledgeable about veganism. Relocated from Melchor Ocampo 116. Open Mon-Sat 2:00pm-9:00pm. Closed Sun.

Venue map for Teocintle - Tika'aya
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6 Reviews

First Review by TheloniousG


Points +84

29 Mar 2023

Don't eat the grasshoppers!

Warning! "Chapulines" means "grasshoppers"! The first course served was guacamole with chips and a sauce that included chapulines. I'm glad I asked what that ingredient was!

There was also a fermented honey drink, which I tasted before they told me what it was (because I didn't think it could possibly not be vegan). It's supposed to be non-alcoholic, but the fermentation definitely creates alcohol.

Otherwise, they are knowledgeable about vegan ingredients (I guess they didn't think of insects as "animals" though).

It cost 1050 pesos, and it was quite good though I wouldn't say it's world class or one of the best meals I've had. Certainly expensive for the area, but not compared to wealthier countries.

The restaurant is small, very modest, but has a lot of charm. I was the only diner on a Tuesday evening.

Pros: Vegan tasting menu! , Nice experience and variety, Charming restaurant with friendly service

Cons: Grasshoppers!, Quite pricey for the area



Points +571

02 Mar 2022

Very Expensive. I was charged more than others on here

The last review said $650 pesos, I was charged $850! It was just me, Wed afternoon, 3 pm. Only me in the restaurant. Blew my budget for the next few days. It was excellent but I feel too expensive for what is expected in Mexico & even based on a review only a few weeks ago. I don’t drink but I said I would try a tiny bit of the mezcal as he said it paired well. I then told him it was too strong after two sips, said I couldn’t drink it. Was charged an additional $220 pesos for the mezcal.

Pros: Great flavors, very fresh , Creative, beautiful presentation

Cons: EXPENSIVE , Removed a star because I feel overcharged


Points +196

19 Feb 2021

Great tasting menu

Excellent food for 650 pesos a person. Included agua fresca. They offered us alcohol that I believe was included also, but we were not drinking.


Points +126

18 Jan 2021

Possibly the best meal I've ever had!

*Posting this in January 2021 based on a January 2020 visit. It was that memorable that I had to post a review!*

Happy Cow's rule limiting restaurants that serve non-veg dishes to 4-stars really hurts here. No other meal I've had anywhere, even in New York City, compares to the amazing 5-course meal we had at Teocintle.

At the time of our visit, the staff seemed to only speak spanish, so just remember the magic words, "Soy vegano" or "Somos veganos", and you'll be on your way to an incredible meal.

The food, all rooted in Indigenous Mexican (Mixtec) ingredients and tradition, was full of surprising flavors and texture. I made sure to savor every bite of each course - this is no meal to rush through! I had expected the meal to run us at least $60 USD each, but it was only about $20 per person, which is just the cherry on top.

The dining area is small, but intimate. On a beautiful pre-pandemic evening, we were the only ones there for most of our meal, allowing us to enjoy the semi-outdoor environment and the beautiful artwork adorning every wall and corner.

The only drawback is their hours seem to be subjective. Not too surprising for a small restaurant literally down an alleyway, but the first time we tried to go they were closed despite the hours posted on Happy Cow & Google Maps indicating they were open. I *highly* recommend attempting to reach out to them via Facebook Messenger at least a day before you intend to visit to ensure they'll be open (and try to message them in Spanish!).

Pros: Full 5-course vegan meal, Intimate dining area, Incredibly affordable for amazing food

Cons: Inconsistent hours


Points +46

15 Jan 2020

Amazing unique and special little place

Really lovely place, must go! They speak all Spanish so it’s hard to understand, but I just said I’m vegan and they were able to cater a totally vegan five course for me, and 3 ‘normal’ meals for my friends. 300 pesos pp and you can pay a littler extra for beers or mezcal. Really lovely waiter too!!! Would be 5 stars if I could leave that

Pros: Completely able to cater a five course meal vegan


Points +311

27 Dec 2019

Intriguing, vegan-friendly low cost fine dining

This restaurant is literally a hole in the wall. You enter an unassuming corridor under the sign to find a tiny dining area with 4 tables. Holler “Hola” if you don’t see anyone around. They easily accomodate vegans. No menu. They serve a 5 course meal of the day. Very unique indigenous flavors and herbs. Cost was 300 pesos at the time of writing.

Pros: Understand veganism, Interesting, unique flavors

Cons: Few tables, Staff speaks only Spanish

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