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Culture and Cuisine Intersect at Tamayo Restaurant

By Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 11/25/2019 – Tamayo Restaurant located at 5300 East Olympic Boulevard is a Los Angeles cultural landmark that celebrates the vibrant heritage of California’s Latino community.  Built in 1928, the Spanish-inspired structure was acquired and lovingly restored by TELACU in the 1980s.


Named for the internationally renowned Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo, the restaurant proudly displays one of the world’s largest collections of his art.  Tamayo Restaurant thus stands as a beacon for community building.

Tamayo mole

Tamayo offers a convivial environment for feast days of all descriptions: holidays, private parties, weddings, and more.  Classic Mexican dishes such as albondigas, chile verde, fajitas, and mole are paired with inventive chicken, fish, and seafood entrees. 

Beautiful Cocktails

The cheerfully lit cantina serves up thirst-quenching fruit margaritas, imported beers and wines, and so much more!

While Los Angeles continues to expand its global culinary offerings, it is refreshing to find this hidden treasure that helps to restore the City of Angels to its roots.  As the winter holidays approach, it may be time to have a taste of Tamayo!

Tamayo musicians

Tamayo Restaurant operates six days a week and is closed on Sundays.  To contact Tamayo, please visit




About Rufino Tamayo:


Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) was a Zapotecan Indian born in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.  He attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas “San Carlos” in Mexico City. At the time, Diego Rivera and a few others were the country’s best-known artists–but Rufino Tamayo’s reputation continues to rise.

Think Picasso’s Blue and Rose Periods and you will have a sense about what to experience for the first time with Tamayo.  But his highly original style must be seen with your own eyes!