Guelaguetza | 3014 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90006 | (213) 427-0608
Guelaguetza was founded by husband and wife Fernando Lopez and Maria Monterrubio. Both born in Oaxaca, Mexico they decided to migrate to Los Angeles and pursue ‘the American dream’. Guelaguetza first opened its doors in 1994 and became an instant success. Staying true to authentic Oaxacan recipes and ingredients, Guelaguetza revolutionized Americans perceptions of Mexican food, which at the time was limited to tacos, burritos and enchiladas.
Today, Mr. and Mrs. Lopez are retired and have paved the way for their offspring, Paulina, Fernando Jr, and Bricia Lopez. This new generation of Oaxaqueños has taken upon themselves the responsibility of not only continuing their family’s restaurant success but also expanding its legacy. Recently they launched ilovemole.com - an on-line store where fans can purchase Guelaguetza’s famous mole. The Lopez’s have undoubtedly become ambassadors to Oaxacan cuisine in Los Angeles. Their hard work, dedication and love for their culture have earned them features and mentions on publications such as Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Gold's 101 essential restaurants, The New York Times, GQ Magazine, Esquire, Los Angeles Magazine, Oprah Magazine, CNN, The New Yorker, Travel and Leisure and Sunset Magazine. In May 4th, 2015, the restaurant will be awarded with the highly coveted ‘American Classics’ James Beard award for its local character and lasting appeal.