In alphabetical order:
the list of restaurants recommended by both locals and tourists. Please remember
that some of the tourists may have been to Mazatlan on their first visit, so
what they thought was good (or even excellent) may not agree with what folks who
have visited Mazatlan a lot, wintered here, or live here know to be even BETTER
PLACES. Unfortunately, it wasn't possible to create the list indicating which
were first time tourist's votes and which were long time
visitor's/snowbird's/local's votes. Besides, sometimes that first time tourist
stumbles onto something that even locals and Mazatlan lovers don't yet know
about. Many of the single vote entries are votes by snowbirds/locals who know
places that the average tourist doesn't find. Read the notes carefully, but
remember, these are individual, subjective experiences. Your experience could
differ. This is why negative experiences have NOT been noted. The numbers
behind some listings indicate how many positive recommendations have been noted
for that restaurant. This list was created & is maintained by reading posts on
Mazinfo. You'll see several of the listings say (no bar). That notation may
need to be on others. Don't let that keep you from trying them. At all the
restaurants without a bar or beer license you are always WELCOME to bring your
own. You can bring a six pack or a couple bottles of wine or whatever. It's
not a big deal and it's not illegal, so you don't have to hide it or anything.
Those places will furnish glasses, etc. (usually at no extra charge), but we
always tip the waiter a little extra. The date in parenthesis is the last time
a post was seen for that restaurant on Mazinfo. Anyone looking for the latest
up to date listing can email Tim Meyer at email@example.com
(* = see
Pepper – lobster, shrimp, filet mignon, classic rock, loud, fun (8 – June 2007)
Bakery - breakfast & more (8 – Jan 2007)
* Te Amo
Lucy's (8 – Sep 2007)
* Twisted Mama’s – fish n chips (8 –
Lola - supper, mellow music, older crowd (7)
Loma - supper (6)
Chalva's - Mexican (6)
Heather's Place - American/Canadian home style meals, breakfast (6 – Aug 2007)
Papagayo - Inn at Mazatlan (6)
* El Bigote
Juanita's - across the street from the Oceana Palace Hotel - Mexican (5) (no
Onion – breakfast, Ribs, pizza & beer (6 – July 2007)
Place - lobster & steak (5 – June 2007)
Mazatlan - particularly breakfast & Sunday brunch (5 – Sep 2007)
Vittores – Italian (5)
- good food, shrimp, drinks & music (4)
- Stone Island – seafood (4)
Arcos - seafood, shrimp (4)
– seafood (4 – July 2007)
A's - seafood & Mexican, breakfast (4 – Jan 2007)
LuLus - Mexican (3 - Jan. 2004)
Marinera (3 - July 2007)
Bambu - steaks...and seafood (3)
Ernie Tomato's – classic rock, loud,
* Gus &
Gus - breakfast & more (3)
Il Mosto (in Plazuela
Juice - breakfast (3)
Las Brochetas (3) (no bar)
Los Zarapes (3)
Mariscos Saul – seafood, breakfast (3 – June 2007)
Mazatlan (La Terraza) - brunch (3 – July 2007)
Frog's Restaurant - entertainment (3)
* Sheik -
* The Saloon – burgers, no salsa &
chips, older crowd (3 – June 2007)
* Villa Italia (3) – pizza
Ambrosia - vegetarian (2)
Burgers (in Plazuela Machado)
* Cenaduria Chayita - Mexican (2) (no
* Chez Lou - breakfast (2)
* Copa De Leche - Mexican & breakfast
Costa De Oro - breakfast (2)
Marinera (3 - July 2007)
Aljibe de San Pedro (2 - no bar – Oct. 2007)
El Guamuchilito - seafood (2)
La Costa Marinera (2)
La Marmita – fondue (2)
La Palapa Del Mar – Seafood (2 – June 2007)
Puntilla - seafood (2)
Terraza - Hotel Playa Mazatlan - surf & turf, music & dancing (2)
* Minnesota Cafe - Solamar Inn - cheap
Montalayo - Mexican lamb barbeque (2) (no bar)
Bonito (Mazatlan and Emerald Bay) - brunch (2)
* San Kai
– (2 no bar – July 2007)
Shipwreck (Now Mauricio's Shipwreck) - Balboa Towers - breakfast (2)
Taqueria Martin - Tacos (2) (no bar)
Café – Chef Salad (May 2007)
- German specialties
Lucia’s (June 2007)
Chayito’s (June 2007)
* Cocina de Ana (no bar)
Cuchupetas - seafood - in Villa Union
Capitanos (Coral Reef Hotel complex)
Torrito - seafood - possible name & ownership change recently (no bar)
Evolucion - tacos (no bar)
* Fat Fish
Issa Seafood (June 2007)
La Domitila (in Plazuela Machado
* La Marina Toro - Mariscos - seafood
– lunch (no bar)
* La Mona
– Pizza (June 2007)
Parrillada - steak
23 (June 2007)
jardin restaurante (no bar) - generic name, see notes
* No Name
Café (Jan. 2004)
Ostioneria - generic name, see notes (no bar)
Q'Cotorro – tacos (no bar)
Café – great coffee (June 2007)
Aces (July 2007)
* Topolo (July 2007)
Tillys (Feb. 2004)
always hang out at Aree LuLus. It's behind The Shrimp Factory on the side
street and has great food and good prices. Their service is also good.
LuLus - good for inexpensive Mexican dishes, the guacamole is usually great,
and they have good prices on beer.
I had lunch
today in Plaza Machado. The food at Altazor Café is really, really good! I like
a good salad once in a while, and a salad is not a big part of the Mexican diet.
They have a GREAT Chef’s Salad. A lot of salad for the money too.
a small outdoor café adjacent to the plaza,
it has a large stone Monk in front. It is very pleasant and I had a few very
good breakfasts there at reasonable prices. Each time I ate there the chef
sent out a little something extra, one treat was melon with a bit of honey,
wow!, and the other time a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. The
waiters are just young kids, but they try really hard to do a good job.
Give the place a try.
For the first
time, I ventured away from their burgers. In our group we had a burger, the beef
quesadillas and I tried the ribs. The burger was great, as always. The beef
quesadillas, adequate. The ribs, not worth re-ordering. They were overcooked,
dry, and lacked flavor. Our appetizers were good: we combined an order of
guacamole, nachos and their house salsa. Yummy. At Beach Burgers I sometimes
order the fish fingers.
met up with Marlene, Santana, Jim and Patty at Canucks. Now, THAT is the
best place for great drinks and food!! The music was terrific!! Santana and
his band are really wonderful. Hope to get back to Maz again in the future.
very much enjoy the food at Casa Loma, a ten minute walk inland from the
ocean in the Golden Zone, and I find the food at the La Terraza - Hotel
Playa Mazatlan to be first rate.
El Centro on Teniente Azueta, 1 block north of Juan Carrasco. Exactly 1
block east of the "shrimp ladies" (the street side open air shrimp and
seafood market on Aquiles Serdan). Absolutely great food, her posole (a sort
of Mexican hominy stew) or her beef brochettes are to die for. No ambiance
at all. Lots of local families, a real pretty open air courtyard for outdoor
dining. One catch, you've got to bring your own beer or wine or any other
alcoholic beverage you desire. She doesn't have a booze license. It's
perfectly legal to bring your own though, and your waiter will even open it
and serve it for you (tip good) for no extra charge.
got back from Chalvas Restaurant located behind Dolphy's Ice Cream in the
Golden Zone, I had the best burritos that I have ever had in Mazatlan and my
wife had the best chile rellenos I have ever tasted in Mazatlan and of
course, we could not leave without having the "famous" coconut banana cream
pie!!!!!!!!!! YUMMY The prices are very reasonable and the service was
excellent. Chalvas is kinda hidden in the back but they do have a new sign
out front, it's worth looking for.
We just returned from Chalvas'
new restaurant across the street from the Emporio Hotel in the Golden Zone.
Across from Tony's as well. The food was just as good as the food at her
other restaurant near Riccos coffee shop. She now has a bar and there is a
lot of covered seating to get out of the sun on hot days. Her Mexican Plate
is outstanding and I love her chili rellenos.
Their Pozole was
magnificent- -also VERY reasonably priced.
in the Golden
Zone, and those who listen to radio and read the local papers will already know
about it as she has been advertising. For those of you up North at the moment
(and perhaps for your book, Chuck) I thought I would post. The menu is really
different from anything we have seen and the owner obviously knows her stuff. A
very definite French flair and atmosphere and a nice addition to Mazatlan. Lou
is a French Canadian chef who has just opened in the old Larios location, at the
T in the street of the long block south of Jungle Juice. We went on Sunday and
were first impressed with the ambiance and the menu choices but finally by the
presentation, taste and service. We started with a smoked salmon starter which
had been carved into the shape of roses. With capers! Yummy. It truly looked
like a dish you would see on a cruise ship. Since it was early in the day (late
breakfast) Santana ordered the shrimp baguette (it was huge and absolutely
loaded with shrimp, toasted, and served open faced.) I had the toasted Club
Sandwich which also was tasty and very filling. Both were accompanied by a nice
green salad made from Italian lettuce. There is a nice dining menu, but no
specific breakfast menu hence our choices. Her hours are 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
She has designed a pretty "bistro" area, a nice bar area (where you can also
sit) plus the elegant dining area on a raised level. Open, bright and very
nicely done. She has a grande opening day coming up with a set menu, I believe
next weekend, but the date escapes me now. I would say to definitely place it on
your list of dining places to visit in Mazatlan.
We had the best
breakfast ever, just the other day". And they described it in mouth watering
detail and emphasized that it even came out of the kitchen HOT! (That's a bonus)
I inquired where they had eaten and they said it had been at Chez Lou.
Bob...not far from your digs is a little beachfront place called Chili’s
Peppers. We go every time we are down there...one of our favorites. The food
is good, prices reasonable and the staff is great.
Chili Peppers for lobster and shrimp. It is on the beach not too far from
the El Cid tower hotel, ask a taxi driver.
Chili's Pepper -
their Shrimp Imperial (large shrimp stuffed with cheese & wrapped in bacon &
broiled) are the best in Mazatlan.
located 1/2 block east of Valentino's on the south side of Raphael Buelna at
Avenida Raphael Buelna #22. Don't let the word Thai in the name fool you! This
is Chinese food that IMHO is as good as it gets in Mexico! We started with the
Overflowed Chicken Wings (40p) which were 6 drummettes fried crisp with a
excellent sweet and sour sauce with pieces of pineapple. I felt the chicken was
slightly overcooked but still quite good. We ordered pork with broccoli to share
as I knew from previous experience that the portions are very large. We had not
even finished the wings when the steaming hot plate was brought to the table.
The pork was tender and tasty, the vegetables crisp and crunchy (as they should
be!) To wash this down we asked for 2 Coronas but they said all they had was
Pacifico and Negro Modelo. Then to our surprise one of the waiters ran across
the street and bought two Coronas (15p each)! Just a small example of the
excellent service we received throughout the meal. And they will deliver to your
door! Two thumbs up!!
Cocina de Ana
in the GZ near the Banamex bank and the Dairy Queen. It is a favorite among
locals and snowbirds who keep it packed during the season. She has food set
out in a buffet style where you walk through the line and fill up your plate
how you want. She weighs it and charges the final price accordingly to the
weight and the type of items on your plate. Reasonably priced and excellent
food. She generally has local favorites, but rotates cuisine during the week
so that one day is more Italian, two days are Chinese food, etc. Actually,
her Chinese food is (IMHO) the best in Mazatlan.
say that Cocina de Ana comes really close to that for lunch, and since they
have take out, too, you can have some for dinner.
Copa De Leche
the malecon at Olas Altas 1220, down the hill from Icebox Hill. Good for
breakfast with a view. For seafood, try La Puntilla, on the dock where you
get the small boats to Stone Island.
mixed plate for two has everything
camerones imperial are EXCELLENT!
favorite place for seafood, in Mazatlan (the county, not the city), but it
is in Villa Union (about ten minutes further south than the turnoff to the
airport). I love the seafood brochette with big chunks of tender white fish
and shrimp, onions, peppers, grilled and served with all the trimmings. Only
open in the afternoon, not at night. Unfortunately, an expensive taxi ride.
But if you have a car, or an all day pulmonia or tour guide, it's well worth
El Aljibe de San Pedro
Calle Constitution No. 710 in El Centro. If
you go inland on Constitution past Plaza Machado, then cross Benito Juarez
(Where Topolo's is) it is half a block more, on the right. It is way cool
inside. I was actually an aljibe (Water storage tank)
way back. The place looks like a cave but has very neat lighting and the
decor is......ecletic. They have musical
instruments hanging from the ceiling in one place,old electrical
insulators in another. All kinds of neat stuff on the walls. It has bare
concrete floors and walls but has a great feel to it. But what I had
tonight was the 'Brocheta's de Res' and it was a very large serving. Beef
wrapped in bacon, onion's, bell peppers with the ubiquitous french fries and
re-fried beans. Fresh hot tortilla's came with it. The flavor was great, the
meat a LITTLE tough, but the flavor made up for it. $80 Pesos
between Sam's Club and the shopping mall (Gran Plaza), is a very popular
place packed with Mexicans (and generally not one gringo in sight) with the
best steaks and seafood at lower prices than in the golden zone.
Sunday afternoon at the restaurante on Witch's Beach (Playa Bruja).
This restaurant is called "El Bigote" and featured
the head of a little pig with long mustache (bigote). EXCELLENT CARNITAS.
Yes, El Bigotes Carnitas el Camino has been around for years and the
outdoor garden setting is absolutely beautiful. If you are going to Sam's
Club or the Gran Plaza mall make a plan to stop and eat there or I am not
sure if everyone is aware, but they will also deliver. (Order a kilo of
carnitas with tortillas; makes LOTS of tacos) Phone 984-6892. Half a block
from Club Leones on Insurgentes at the corner of Ciprés. Delicious, but
forget the diet!
Don't forget El Capitanos in the Coral Reef Hotel complex (Just north of the
swimming pool). They are consistently good.
is best for
dinner, rather than for lunch or mid-day comida. In the late morning, the staff
is just returning from the main city market with provisions for that evening's
offerings. Truly, only fresh ingredients are used at El Tunel. Finally -- but
as important as anything else – the prices are about half at El Tunel as those
down the block at Pedro & Lola’s.
does a 2 for 1 dinner thing on Monday nights
and, YES, their ribs are delicious (it's a sweet barbecue sauce). My
recommendation for Sabalo is Fat Fish accross from the Fiesta Hotel, the
food is excellent I like the Breaded Shrimp or the 1 kilo Carne Asada, other
friends have said that the ribs are delicious and you can sit either inside
on Insergentes and the malacon and the dinner
was delicious with lots of atmosphere
right across the street from the Hotel Costa de Oro. If we're more
interested in just eating and running (it's only 1/2 block from the
bookstore) this is the place. Good food, good prices, good service, and they
never let your coffee cup run dry. Odd note: they deep fry their bacon until
crisp, very unusual, very good--I think. Cholesterol, what's that?
Another good place just to drink and eat cheap is Gus & Gus. Last Saturday
my wife and I had supper at Gus & Gus. Those guys really go the extra mile
to make you feel at home, the mixed brochetas (beef and shrimp) and the
mexican plate were excellent and the live music very good. The guitar player
is really good.
Recently my two young kids (6 & 8) were in Mazatlan for a week while my poor
wife was back in the states working. The kids were gradually wearing me down
and I was looking for a family place to eat, relax and where I could have a
nice cold beer. Recalling that I had seen several messages about Heather's
Place and it was only a short walk from the Marina El Cid and decided to
give it a try. When we got there, I saw a table of what looked like
Canadians or Americans and I asked them what would be the best things to
order. The group burst our laughing (my jokes don't even go over that good).
They then explained that the owner, Heather was at their table. Heather came
over introduced herself, welcomed us and talked with several minutes. I
asked her what might be good for the kids to eat and she really took over
from there. She asked the kids what kind of food they like and had a lively
conversation with them (much better than I do-since I usually get yes and no
answers). She then helped me and got the waiter over and placed our order.
In the mean time the kids were enjoying soft drinks and getting refills
almost instantly (they still talk about that). Now to our surprise the
restaurant also had entertainment. Santana, who I had heard about put on a
great show and even had the kids and me singing along with some of his songs
(quietly of course, since we are not really on key too often). Heather told
me that later this year they would have impersonators (Elvis, Rod Stewart,
Frank Sinatra and more). When the food arrived it was hot and tasty and she
had made great choices for all of us. My kids are usually picky eaters
except for candy but this time nothing was left on the plates. Well in
summary we had a great evening, wonderful atmosphere at a modest price and
will certainly return on our annual trip at Christmas.
new restaurant on the Plaza (Plazuela) Machado (Il Mosto) had good food and
OUTSTANDING service the 2 times we have eaten there. It is shaping up to be
a winner in el Centro, with a good wine list, etc.
Italian food, located on the Plaza Machado,
what a surprise, had ravioli on my first night that were simply great,
homemade, meat-filled and delectable. The sauce was a curious mixture of
tomato, a little bit of meat and crab and was much better than it sounds. I
returned in a few days and had the same thing, this time it was overcooked
and had a little puddles of water remaining on the pasta. So, of course, I
had to try it one more time. I took the precaution of asking for it al
dente. The dish was great. At each meal a real nice appetizer of black
olives blended with a little bit of anchovies and olive oil was served with
fresh bread. Very, very, nice. At the waiter's suggestion I also had the
Sicilian salad, also excellent. Service was slow but if you don't mind
sitting around the Plaza for awhile I strongly recommend you give it a try.
The lasagna was good...not Italian...but for
a Mexican style, it was tasty. Burro steak was delicious and worth the price
of 130 pesos. It is swimming in a pool of burnt butter. Cholesterol city.
Every bite is worth savoring. Another in my party ordered the steak
Alcapone (all one word on the menu). Thin beef wrapped around spinach and
cheese. Also very tasty. The salmon was scrumptious in a walnut sauce. For
dessert, the flaming mangoes were a
real treat. Elegantly presented and what a combination! Fresh mangoes,
vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, cointreau, brandy. I've heard mixed reviews on
their rack of lamb. Some love it. Some hate it. BTW, we tried mushrooms as
an appetizer and they were fantastic. I Like Il Mosto a lot too. I had the
fish with spinach and cheese, and have tried some great appetizers there
too. I am looking forward to that Burro steak!
Great local dishes at very reasonable prices. Besides what you find on the
menu, you can ask for the meal of the day at lunch time; that is what most
of the beach vendors order. You see them on the side in the alley. It's
about half the cost of what you find on the menu. If you want, go next door
to the super, buy a ballena (750ml Pacifico), and Juanita's is happy to give
you a plastic cup if you want beer with your meal.
We do however enjoy Juanita's for a quick cheap
meal. A lot of the beach vendors eat there cuz it is sooo cheap. An order of
quesadillas for 18 pesos will usually fill us up. My wife loves the
sinchronizada, a large quesadilla with chicken ham, avocado, tomatoes, sour
cream and jalapeńos for 20 pesos. They also have a great chicken soup with
your choice of chicken breast or thigh for 25 pesos! We have never been
disappointed in the food there. I sure second the rating for Juanita’s
food, it is good and priced right. They don’t mind at all if you bring your
own beverages or will go to the super and get you a beer. The chiles
rellanos on Fridays are different than I have ever had: battered and fried
then served in a bowl with a wonderful broth and a side of rice: dump in the
rice and it’s a meal. Their tortilla soup is some of the best I have had as
Jungle Juice is quite good for breakfasts especially, and have internet
available for your use (nice touch).
Sherrie and I had an absolutely great dinner
last night in Plaza Machado at the new restaurant 'La Domitila'. This is a
new venture by Alfredo Gomez Rubio (Of Pedro and Lola's) with another
partner. I had a great Rib Eye steak and Sherrie had, I believe, a 'Chili
Nopales', it was a stuffed chili on a bed of rice with a really great sauce.
We were both very happy and the service was excellent. There menu is quite
different from the normal fare in almost all the restaurants we visit, with
many dishes we have not see offered anywhere else.
It is between Beach Burger and Altazor Ars
Cafe. The menu is excitingly different from the usual, with flavors from
around Mexico, especially the South. Prices are similar to Pedro Y Lola. (I
understand one of the owners is also an owner of Pedro Y Lola.) The Lobster
Crepes were outstanding, as was the Sopa Tarasca (a version of Tortilla Soup
from Michoacan). I have not heard yet a negative comment from any I've
talked to who have eaten there.
we really want to splurge we might go to one of the many open air seafood
restaurants that abound in Mazatlan. Our current favorite is on Av. La
Marina about 5 blocks south of Gigante.
On Playa Gaviotes in the southern end of the
Golden zone, across from the Hotel Playa Mazatlan and the Canadian
Consulate. Their specialties are Fondues [cheese, veal, beef, shrimp
combined with meat or cheese and dessert fondues too~! They also offer
soups, salads, pasta, meat and seafood. The space at La Marmita is
comfortable and relaxed. Music is in the background [i.e., not loud but
pleasant] and sometimes accompanied by a video. The service is excellent.
Yes, it really is! Owner Ernesto is a fellow who was born in Mexico City
and as a young man, spent time in Switzerland where, because he didn't speak
much German, he spent a lot of time in the kitchen with his Aunt. There he
learned to appreciate fondue, various types and the need for quality
ingredients. Consequently, the restaurants cheeses and some other products
are imported from France to assure the proper taste and consistency. Well,
time moves on, Ernesto moved around a bit, and then fell in love with his
wife here in Sinaloa. Ergo, he moved to Mazatlan with his new wife and now
pursues his fondness for fondue at restaurant La Marmita. Prices are middle
of the road or a bit higher, but we find the value great. For example, a
combination of cheese fondue and beef/shrimp oil fondue is sufficient for
Cranda and I at a cost of 220 pesos. Also, if your order includes an oil
fondue, a good house salad is included in the price. A good cheese fondue
alone will cost 98 to 109 pesos. It has a full service bar and a very,
very good wine list. Wine prices are not cheap but owner Ernesto has said
that folks may bring their own [my favorite circumstance] for a minimal
corkage charge of 50 pesos per bottle. If fondue sounds good to you,
definitely try it.
Opened in March 2007 or so. Their pizza is some of the best around. New
York style baked over a wood-fired oven out back. Their salads are really
good too and could stand by themselves as a light meal. It's on Nińos Heros
half a block north of Constitution. They don't open until 3:00.
Palapa Del Mar
Located at 6000
Camaron Sabalo, next to Casa Country. We were there with another couple. It was
an excellent restaurant experience for all. The Menu was varied, the service
(Fidel was the waiter) was excellent and even entertaining (singing, magic
tricks, dancing) , the drinks were large and potent, and the food was excellent.
There is plenty of parking in the rear of the restaurant. Each couple ordered
the Seafood for Two ... though significantly less expensive and less elaborate
meals are plentiful on the menu. If I were to do it over again I would specify
how I wanted the fish that was on the platter to be cooked ( I would have asked
for broiled instead of fried). The platter is huge and comes with a lobster,
crispy calamari, a fillet of the fish of the day, swordfish (but I think that
was just for that one night), and shrimp cooked a few different ways. The only
dessert available was ice cream ... but they carry Hollandaise (which has become
my favorite). We met Tim o, who is the manager, and related to one of the owners
... he sat and chatted with us for a while and we felt very comfortable with his
friendly down-to-earth personality. He showed us a video clip ad for the
restaurant which is being shown on some US Air flights. So if you are looking
for a nice clean place to eat, and like seafood, head for La Palapa Del Mar !!
Have you tried
the fish and chips at La Palapa Del Mar ? Tuesday night special $7.99 ... enough
to take away with you for the next day at home. Combined with happy hour... what
a deal !! Great stuff.
It is next to
los arcos restaurant, north of el cid , plenty of parking in the back , the
waiter Fidel is a barrel of laughs and will do magic tricks if you get him
started. There are 79 peso dinner specials every night during the week, and a
buffet on Sunday afternoon for 160 pesos. The place is very nice inside, though
not A/C'd (well, it is a palapa).
(Pare-E-ah-dah) which is on the beach road about a quarter mile north of the
Senior Frogs Restaurant, about a quarter mile south of La Gavias Condos.
They serve a very limited menu. Steak. Not fancy, just a brick, open air
place that opens about 6:00 p.m. A T-bone steak, all cut up with the T-Bone
on top, Frijoles Charros (A great bean soup), salsas, fresh hot tortillas,
for $90 Pesos. There is no salad, or frills. Just great steaks.
Definitely a great place for good food, good
service and a reasonable price. AND guess what, you can bring your own
drink of choice as they only have juice and soft drinks. Some examples of
food and prices. What we call shish kebob is brocheta in Spanish . There
is sirloin, filet and chicken. You can have a small or large order. Price
is from 65 to 85 pesos depending on  meat chosen and  size. The small
or "chica" is sufficient for many and all include bean soup, vegetables, and
great salsas  to start your meal. You can also get ribs [very, very
good], molcajete [better share this unless you have a BIG appetite],
fajitas, etc, etc. While at Las Brochetas try the baked potato with
everything. It's a meal in itself. The bean soup is excellent, if you think
the spud is too small.
Lety’s, Carmelita’s and Victor’s.
Most pricing for a palapa lunch is similar at
all the spots except Victors which is probably the highest priced, but IMHO,
worth it. I’ve taken visitors there for the combination plate: grilled fish,
butter-flied garlic shrimp, battered and deep fried shrimp, ribs, French
fries, onion rings, veggies, and a delicious slice of grilled pineapple.
Current price is 130 pesos...it’s a lot of food, and very tasty. I’d still
recommend Victor’s even if you’re only having drinks. Alma will bring you
her home made chips and salsa that are great.
Stone Island is great. Just go to Lety’s restaurant—sit under her umbrellas
all day—order something to eat—everything is safe—and delicious. She will
really treat you great. It is a family run restaurant and rally aim to
I had breakfast at Los Zarapes this week and
it was very tasty and service outstanding-in fact I was never able to empty
my coffee cup as the waiters kept filling it. My wife and I just returned
from having dinner at the Los Zarapes restaurant we both thought the meals
we very good. The make your salsa at your table and it was bueno. My ribeye
steak was probably the best steak I have had in Mazatlan. And to finish it
off we had Spanish coffees which were made at our table which was a great
performance. In addition, at 7:30 they provided entertainment. There were
some very cute dancers and a singer. We enjoyed both. We were provided an
additional treat when a customer took the mike and sang a beautiful version
of "I did it my way." He was amazing. We went for the Grand Opening. Just
had sample of the menu items so we went back a couple of nights later. It's
what I would call 'pricey'. Went again later with tourist friends. The food
was very good. I think the drinks were $35 and I haven't seen anything about
a happy hour. They did have a show. They have 2 large flat panel TV's plus
some smaller ones. They have someone going around taking pictures and then
they show it on the TV. I think they are still in the tuning phase and
things will shake out with time. It has been pretty crowded the times we
were there. Because of the prices, we'll probably save it for special times.
we're having a need-some-seafood fit, the only place, in my opinion, is
Mamucas. A menu that has so many choices that even though I've eaten there
many, many times (I used to live just a block away), I still haven't tried
every single one (but some are soooo good I've ordered them a lot more than
once). Lots of actually prepared, sauced seafood or fish dishes. Not just
the usual deep fried or broiled choice. I can't think of any place even
close to as good, in Mazatlan.
Mamucas, very good seafood, not
cheap. I tried it because so many people mentioned it as a very good place.
The calamari in butter and garlic was excellent. The restaurant's ambiance
is not any more than adequate.
Mamucas is real and has been there for over forty years. It is on a the
southern side of the street parallel to the Malecon halfway between Cinco De
Mayo and Guillermo Nelson. Either the first or second up from the beach.
Food is good, prices are reasonable and there is some wine on the menu. Eat
there occasionally and never disappointed.
isn't Mamucas on Simon Bolivar between Cinco de Mayo and Guillermo Nelson -
we ate there in February and enjoyed it - I had fish in a red sauce that was
delicious - some one had a shrimp salad that was huge - don't remember what
the others had - I think it would be easy to miss this resturant but worth
the effort to go look for it again.
Just came back from Mariscos Saul, a seafood
restaurant across from Holiday Inn on Camaron Sabalo. My wife loves their
fish fingers (60p) and I had the tacos governador (60p) The service was
exceptional and the food delicious! Someone ordered a pescado Oaxaca which
is fish covered in cheese and mushrooms and I will definitely plan on having
that next time! Prices are reasonable and the ballenas of Pacifico (20P)
the Balboa Tower's veranda. Almost as good a view as Sheik's, good service,
a few more tourists in season, AND they have "nopales", a Mexican specialty
of diced, cooked cactus, served with eggs and all the hot sauce you want to
add. An absolute must for Vegans, but seldom seen in tourist
restaurants--Mary and I both love them, I don't crunch the raw serrano
peppers while I eat them, though; she does and it makes shivers run up and
down my back. We often go there, as parking is easier and closer than
Sheik's and it's a bunch closer to my bookstore in case I have to go
directly to work. For you guys, the beach "view" is sometimes absolutely
stunning. A note for Vegans: Watch those frijoles refritos & flour
tortillas. The best are prepared with LARD, not vegetable oil or
fat--everywhere in Mexico.
Excellent! Their corn bread is good, so is their Italian Salad which I think
they called Angela Peralta.
still really like the Minnesota Cafe at the Solamar Inn in the Golden
Zone....15 pesos for Pacifico AND you get taco chips and salsa with it. A
great place to "hang around for a few." Lots of Americans and Canadians
having a beer or two at all times of the day.
Minnesota Cafe in the Solamar Inn is selling regular size Pacifico and
Corona 2 for 15 pesos........that's 7.5 pesos a beer. Can't beat that!! ALL
absolute best lamb barbacoa (Mexican style barbecue) in Mazatlan.
Delicious, inexpensive, a must try for lamb - now open for desyuno, comida,
AND cena. (7 AM - 10 PM). Back in their original location, 3 blocks south
of Gigante on Avenida La Mariana.
Mister A's is another elegant restaurant in the Casa Loma tradition. They
are located just across the street from the Inn at Mazatlan. You can see
their large sign, featuring the Ace of Hearts, on the main street. Ordered
the lobster, which they will only serve if it is fresh and of good quality.
I received three full tails, and found myself in lobster heaven. The menu
includes seafood, Mexican food, and pasta. The atmosphere is elegant, with
all the waiters dressed in black tuxedos. Many customers come casual
Name Cafe - good for barbeque ribs and chicken, meat portions are HUGE so
consider splitting a plate with another person (can order another french
fries on the side - one evenig I went for take out and ordered the full rack
of ribs and 3 fries - this was ENOUGH to feed the four of us back on our
the list I'd like to add the Ostioneria (sp?) near the cruise ship docks.
The Green Machine (Sabalo Centro bus) stops nearby there at the end of its
run. A working class neighborhood, just blend in, use the Usual Precautions
while walking about. Great ceviche, a dozen oysters (hence the restaurant
name) were 90 pesos last year. Made me a believer in warm water oysters as
we are somewhat spoiled here in Puget Sound. It's been a year, so I am
presuming they're still in business. "Shopping Spanish" is helpful; it
appears that English is not widely used there. Kinda adds to the
authenticity, sabor mexicano autentico. Watch for the great mariachi
(sic-they are really banda) bands that play there. Seems that the musicians
gather from all directions, assemble near the sidewalk, and fire up! While
working on my oysters, I had a band start up behind me and just about blew
me outta my chair! Paz.
NOT VISIT THIS AT NIGHT, the area is not a very safe area.
of my favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Simple but innovative
plates, always plenty of variety to choose from, reasonable rates and the
finest service in any restaurant in Mazatlan. Ordering from the pastry cart
for dessert is a must. My favorite for breakfast: huevos bravos.
Panama Bakery (on Main, near Las Palmas) sells danishes that you can buy the
night before and enjoy in your room if you are not a room service fan.
Pancho's - excellent, my favorite choice for good food at reasonable
(although continually rising) prices on the beach, good service.
on serro de los chivos (in front of stone
island) for the best pizza seafood home cooking and hospitality in mexico or
come join me personally at El Mirador up on the hill where the canon is. I
will personally guarantee a good meal made with love and the best view in
Mazatlan. I personally recommend these places and be sure to tell them all
Lobo sent you...
the Carne Asada is the best
in the city
It's hard to go wrong in Plazuela Machado
since the setting is one of the finest in Mazatlan.
Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay
There is a great
breakfast buffet at Emerald Bay (Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay) during the week,
would guess they have one on Sunday, too.
Sunday brunch at
Pueblo Bonito (Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan) is exceptional
at the corner of Sixto Osuna and Olas Altas......just a couple of blocks
south of the Hotel La Siesta. I have had great fish tacos there...They have
a full menu but I usually just do munchie type things....had good
quesadilla's this year too.
Puerto Viejo - The food is pretty good, especially if you stick to the
seafood dishes. Prices for food range from 12 pesos for a tostado to 80
pesos for a dinner. My favorite is shrimp in aquachili - 70 pesos. The
Pacifico's are always cold and only 11 pesos each. The service (Jimmy,
Serio, Lilli, Yayita, Marta) is some of the best in town. Yes, I go there a
lot. Friday and Saturday, there is live music, but its very loud.
Puerto Viejo is a nifty,
eclectic place right next door to the freeman (North). The food is pretty
simple, mostly shrimp prepared sever different ways, fish, sometimes some
beef. A wonderful sunset view every day. Low prices. What more can you ask
for? The 'Sundown Derelicts' (A VERY loose group of gringos) has met there
for better than 10 years to watch the sunset, argue if there will be a green
flash, and tell lies. I still have my first 'Sundown Derelicts' T-shirt!
That's because I made them.
Puerto Viejo is a great deal. Most main meal
specials don't extend this late in the day, so it's perfect to grab an early
dinner on the way to the theatre or the plaza. Main Meal of the Day - 1:00
pm - 6pm, Mon - Fri, ONLY $30 pesos. Includes: Soup either Rice or Pasta
Green Salad and Beans Soda or Fruit Water (such as Jamaica or Horchata) Main
Dish: Choice of 3 each day (Beef, chicken, pork, fish, ribs, marlin) Salsas
and chiles. Enjoy the ocean view and ambiance! It's on the corner of Sixto
Osuna and Olas Altas Ave just up the block from the Mazatlan Reading
Library. Speaking of saving pesos and what was for lunch today, Santana I
popped into Puerto Viejo while on our rounds to check out the new comida
corrida. We BOTH ate a huge lunch for the total price of $60.00
pesos.....For $30 pesos each we had a tortilla soup (my favorite), a good
sized plate of carne asada, beans, green salad. On the side was a large
variety of salsas and a steaming stack of fresh tortillas so you can make
tacos if you wish. We could have chosen breaded fish or another equally
delicious looking beef dish. A large glass of iced Horchata was also
included in the price of 30 pesos. If you are looking for an early dinner
with sunset, they run this special until 6 pm. There were several expats
there enjoying the meal and gazing out over the ocean so word is getting out
amongst us pesos crunchers. One thing to note is that you will have to ask
about the "comida corrida" as the waiter doesn't speak English and doesn't
offer up details voluntarily. Instead you will get handed a regular menu
which doesn't list the lunch deal. - All the places I've been to in Mexico
the food was probably the best, and Mazatlan prices for food and drinks are
much lower than all of the 6 other towns that I have vacationed in Mexico.
The one place that we thought was great and went back twice was Puerto Viejo
the next corner south of the Shrimp Bucket (downtown) We caught happy hour
and the four of us had 24 beers and complete meal and I believe the bill was
$38.00 what a deal And probably the best shrimp I've ever eaten.
who says that recommending in the group doesn't work. I took my family to
the Purple Onion on Saturday for BBQ ribs and they were the best in my 13
years of living here.
Totally agree about the ribs at Purple Onion...the best ANYWHERE...very
tender, not fatty at all (can eat them all the way down to the rib bone) and
their sauce is delicious. Oh before I forget, their cheeseburger and onion
rings with a cold cerveza is more than a great lunch!
Rafael Buelna right next to the Dodge dealership. Tacos…yummmmm.
just had some of the most incredible sushi ever!! As well as Thai noodles
with shrimp. It was unreal!! 5 star by international standards!! I did not
think this type of food existed here in Mazatlan! I came home tonight and I
thought I was in a dream that’s how good it was!! I am not going to go on
and on I am just going to say one thing TRY THIS PLACE THE CHEF CEASAR WILL
BLOW YOUR MIND ON HIS CREATIONS!! They don’t have a liquor license so bring
a bottle of wine if you like but I do believe they have Sapporo beer. It’s
in front of hotel caravelle just before pueblo bonito. Tell chef big Jorge
from Vancouver sent you he will make up some extra treats for you. He has
only been open 2 weeks and I can see this place being slammed in the near
future once word gets out. Open from 1pm to 11pm daily. Trust me on this
one you won’t be disappointed!
people no booze 500 pesos...not the cheapest but I have seen sushi such as
yoke which is more......but the quality was 1st class presentation
everything. I was literally shocked and believe me it takes allot to put me
back as far as restaurants go.
the Sonoral Filet so very very tender and tasty
watch your bill. Extra drinks seem to show up regularly. Note: the first
vote for Senor Frog's was for the entertainment, not particularly the food.
veranda at Sheik, the restaurant inside the Valentino's Fiesta Land Complex.
Absolutely stunning ocean side location, view, and ambiance. Service is
excellent and the overall price is about the same as # 2. I think it's the
only place I've ever eaten breakfast in Mazatlan that knows how to properly
prepare an omelet. No, I haven't eaten everyplace by a long shot.
Unfortunately, one of the most expensive places in Mazatlan for dinner.
suggestion for Tacos Martin (Taqueria Martin) is a good one. It is clean,
open till 4 a.m. and never misses on delicious! Won't break the budget
either. All taxi drivers know where it is, near the Fisherman's monument.
Taqueria Martin - great for cheap tacos, baked potatoes, carne asada,
grilled onions and soupy beans, home made tortillas, you watch the women
make in front of you.
Visit Te Amo
Lucy for Lucy's chicken in mole--one of the two best I've ever eaten.
The food was
EXCELLANT, inexpensive and the service was a pure delight! I would highly
recommend this restaurant. The baked potato is the best I have ever had!
We enjoyed the
queso fundido with mushrooms served with warmed flour tortillas. I would highly
the brocheta. Great quality of beef and cooked just to my liking: pink in the
middle, crusty flavor on the edges.
daughter reminded me of the chile relleno. Normally, these are served breaded
and in a caldo. Te Amo Lucy’s roasted the poblano
chile, stuffed it with cheese and chorizo (sausage) and served it on
a plate. Again
I will say, YUM
platano frito is a plantain sauteed in butter and topped with crema, Mexican
brown sugar and cinnamon. It's our signature dessert.
approx behind the Freeman Hotel. The restaurant is providing good live Latin
music played and sung by...hmmmm forgot his name. The ambiance is cool with
lots of art and the food is good. I had the club sandwich. It was chock full
the ingredients. That with a glass of wine ...or two or three..can't
remember. It's quiet in there too. No bus, car or truck noise. Check it out
Disco)across from Panama Bakery in the Golden Zone has a great salad bar. I am
here to tell all you meat lovers out there there that paradise has arrived in
Mazatlan.At 135 pesos this may not be for everyone but if you are craving the
red meat (and more) you will not be disappointed. The salad bar is second to
none in Mazatlan. Then there are 12 meat courses starting with the bacon wrapped
turkey, then sirloin, chorizo, top sirloin, beef filet, sausage, pork loin,
chicken hearts and that is as far as anyone got as they were all too full to
continue through the 12 kinds of meat. The drinks at 35 to 40 pesos for national
drinks and 18 pesos for beer was typical of a medium priced establishment. And
did I mention this was an all you can eat restaurant? Try it and then keep
coming back for those special occasions when you want to load up on the
cholesterol! Buen provecho!
Inn at Mazatlan
(Papagayo) has a
very nice buffet breakfast as does Hotel Playa Mazatlan (La Terraza). Also, I've
found some pretty good food in the deli sections of some grocery stores.
Little Jardin Resturante
trip to Mazatlan would not be complete without getting a puerco torta here.
It’s on Insurgentes (2 blocks west of the stoplight at Av. La Marina)
have eaten at The Place many times...so obviously enjoy it! The prices are
reasonable and the food great! We usually went in the evening and had the
lobster and steak and all the margaritas you can drink....yum!!! My hubby
and friends went for lunch and breakfast and really enjoyed it as well! Yes,
it is right close to the Oceana Palace on the right hand side of the road
heading south! Enjoy!
MY WIFE AND I GO TO
MAZATLAN EVERY YEAR WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE PLACE IS LOCATED IN BETWEEN
OCEANO PALACE AND PUEBLO BONITO HOTELS. THEY HAVE VERY GOOD PRICES AND
EXCELLENT FOOD WITH ALL THE MARGARITAS YOU CAN DRINK.DONT MISS IT.
The Place has a
2 for 1 drinks every day 4 to 8.
Wed. spaghetti night. Fri. is the famous fish fry. The Saloon has the best
burger in town. Service is ok. They don’t serve salsa & chips cuz they say
“they are an American restaurant”.
The Shrimp Factory
never go without
visiting The Shrimp Factory (Albert is a great guy) for boiled shrimp to peel &
eat, Costa Marinera - the mixed plate for two has
I'd like to call
your attention to one of the most elegant restaurants in Mazatlan and also one
with excellent food and great wines. It's called Topolo and it's in Centro.
Topolo Restaurant and Bar is about the beauty of a garden setting and the
delicious flavors of old and contemporary Mexico. The seafood, poultry and beef
dishes are artfully created and
restaurant at Torres Mazatlan (which sits right on the beach) has very good
food from an interesting, well thought out menu that you don't find
everywhere else, including delicious desserts. They have a Sunday brunch
during northern tourist season as well. The
shrimp and avocado sandwich on toast is to die for. They have the best
Philly Steak Sandwich I've had in Mazatlan! Like you say, the setting is
incredible. The security is tight at the front gate so you'll have to
explain you're there for the restaurant.
Torres Mazatlan. (Yes, non-guests are welcome to visit the Palapa and enjoy
the sound of crashing waves while they dine.) I think they were called
Governor's Championes. I had never had grilled tortillas like this, but
quality cheese, (gouda...one of my all time favorites) melted over fresh
shrimp inside a tortilla that is then grilled so it's a toasty tasty treat.
They're actually called Tacos Gobernador or Governor's tacos. While they
appear only on the
summer menu, we will make them for you any time. They do take about 30
minutes so be patient!
I would like to put my two
cents in to say that I just got back from Twisted Mama"s on Laguna in the GZ.
This is a new restaurant owned and operated by a Canadian Mother & Daughter
team. They served me the best rib dinner that I have had in some time. This was
a special for tonight. Other specials are like Roast Beef tomorrow night and
Rib Eye Steak on Tuesday night. Surprising enough their regular menu items, for
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner have all been good. My compliments to Cindy and her
daughter Courtney for a job well done.
I must say that
I had the cheeseburger at Twisted Mama's and it was one of the best I have ever
had! 200 grams (1/2 pound?) of pure beef with lettuce, tomato AND grilled onions
on a homemade bun. It comes with crispy french fries and cole slaw. At 65 pesos
it may be considered a little pricey but it is well worth it! My lovely
companion had the fish and chips and enjoyed every bite!
If you looking
for the best Fish and chips in Mazatlan you need to check out Twisted Mama's you
won't be disappointed.
We ate at
Twisted Mama's (Cindy's place) yesterday and it was fabulous. We had the fish
and chips, rib eye and spaghetti and it all was just great and leftovers today
were wonderful too. Don't forget to ask about their special drinks like the
Blackberry Margarita I had......... ...yummy.
I ate lunch at
Twisted Mama's yesterday. The specialty of Fish 'n Chips is as good or better
than I have had at various locales around the world. The serving consisted of
what appeared to be "too much" – 3 large pieces of fish, fries and delicious
cole slaw. The fish was so light that I consumed all without a stuffed feeling
afterwards. If you haven't tried it - it's time!
Its worth saying
again...Its the best fish and chips and slaw I have ever tasted.
all Day Long Pacifico, Corona 2 for $25 Pesos, Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Gin 2 for
$35 pesos Traditional Margarita's are 2 for $40 pesos.
the great home made pizza at Villa Italia across from El Cid. You can watch
them make it in the giant wood ovens. A pizza shared between two people with
a side salad each makes a complete meal. Good wine list.
Italian, owned by Los Sabalos hotel..and across from the hotel and Joes
Oyster Bar. We usually eat there 3 times a week. There "rack of Lamb" is
excellent. They use a lot of goat cheese and eggplant to garnish. Better
than Angelo's in Pueblo Bonito. (and their food is very well prepared)
Also, their fish dishes are usually very interestingly prepared, either with
roasted peppers in a wine sauce or with pecans and wine sauce. The Steak
filet was also very tender. Sometimes we just go there and have their house
salad and a large bowl of minestrone soup. A perfect lunch. And it is the
only place they have PINOT GRIGIO WINE.. and reasonably priced. The service
is good. As we all know, living in Mazatlan, a meal can be great one time
and not the next. I would say Vittores is consistent. ps. I would not
recommend their pasta's... Maybe the Capallini Pompodoro. Their sauces are
usually bland. (except for the raviolis and maybe lasagne. - I go to Maz
four times a year, and eat there twice a week. I know of othr people that
drive in from north of the marina just to eat there. Many times my dinner
consists of a glass of cabernet, one of their nice salada , and the very
good minestrone. I get hungry thinking of it. Also a nice ambience there,
indoors and outdoors. [music on the weekends- piano] - That is one of the
few restaurants that I leave Old Town for! Their prices have been going up
rather quickly, but still worth it and have never had a bad meal. Their
Lasagna is very good also. And the fresh bread they bring you with a platter
of oil and vinegar is great also. - I've also enjoyed Vittore's Restaurant
and hear very little comment about it.
two cents. A better Italian restaurant is Vittore's - next to the Cowboy
Bar. A little more expensive, but the service is great and they have a wood
fired pizza oven. Lots of evenings there is live music and they have little
extras like free garlic bread and free bottled water. A large salad and
small pizza - enough for two to share - will run about $15. They also have
an excellent selection of wine much of which is reasonably priced.
have found the food at Vittores to be good with good service and if you sit
outside, it's great for people watching. Besides, we love the bread with