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Flambéed Shrimp at Deborah's Restaurant, Ixtapa
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All restaurants recommended here practice good hygiene and food safety. I will only list those restaurants that take exceptional precautions in the preparation of their foods to protect their customers from gastro-intestinal infections. In other words, you can drink their water and ice and eat their fruits & vegetables!

For directories of restaurants with websites and/or e-mail please see the Zihuatanejo Directory, the Ixtapa Directory and the Troncones Directory.

Restaurants & Cafés


 4 Hermanos - Only the freshest seafood is served daily at this beachfront restaurant located on Playa Larga. If you're driving, when you reach the waterfront turn left and look for their sign on the right. Cel. 755-101-3482
 Amuleto - Luxurious and romantic gourmet dining in an open-air garden under the stars at this boutique hotel with a spectacular view overlooking Zihuatanejo Bay from the hillside between La Ropa and Las Gatas beaches. Reservations recommended. Tel. (755) 544-6222
  Any - Traditional and authentic Mexican cuisine! This place is probably the most authentic Mexican restaurant you'll ever eat in. Only traditional foods here, no burgers or junk food! On the corner of Calle Vicente Guerrero and Calle Ejido in Zihuatanejo across from the Banamex bank. Tel. (755) 554-7373, 554-7303
 Bananas - Unbeatable prices for breakfast! Delicious and carefully prepared meals. Fresh juices and fruits. Also a great place for lunch. Part of El Mango on Calle Nicolás Bravo in Zihuatanejo around the corner from the bank BANCOMER.
Banadido's  Bandido's - Mingle with the locals and enjoy refreshingly cold drinks and delicious Mexican lunches, dinners and appetizers in downtown Zihuatanejo on the corner of Calle Cinco de Mayo and Calle Pedro Ascencio across from both the church and the artisans handicrafts market. They feature live music and satellite TV sports.
Beccofino  Beccofino - A wonderful marriage of Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine! Excellent seafoods and pastas in a romantic setting on the waterfront at Marina Ixtapa.
 Bistro Soleiado - International cuisine with emphasis on French and Mediterranean dishes. Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8:00 a.m. till 11:30 p.m. Located in Ixtapa on Ixtapa Boulevard in a small commercial paza across the street from the Park Royal Hotel. Tel. (755) 553-0420
 Bogart's - A hint of Casablanca decor, piano music and an air-conditoned interior combine with their excellent service and international fare to provide a wonderful ambience and a memorable experience. Located in front of the Hotel Krystal in Ixtapa. Tel. (755) 553-0333
 Café Marina - Delicious pizza, pastas, sandwiches and other assorted special dishes. Be sure to check the Daily Specials! This is also the place to trade in or buy used books for your reading pleasure from their ample selection. Located in downtown Zihuatanejo on the waterfront next to the town plaza and basketball court at the Casa Marina.
 Carmelita's Café y Restaurante - Internationally acclaimed restaurant with open-air dining serving breakfast lunch and dinner. Located in Zihuatanejo on Avenida Heróico Colegio Militar on the corner with Calle del Cartero. Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 Casa Arcadia - Attentive service and specializing in delicious fresh seafood at affordable prices, located on the beach in downtown Zihuatanejo next to the garden known as "Plaza del Artista". A magical place to enjoy the view of the bay. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.
 Casa Elvira - A tradition since 1956, they specialize in fresh seafood and offer Mexican as well as international dishes. Located on the Paseo del Pescador on the Playa Principal in downtown Zihuatanejo. Cel. 755-120-1027. E-mail: casa_elvira@hotmail.com
 Casa Morelos - Delicious 100% fine Mexican cuisine. Specializing in seafood dishes of Guerrero. Located in the La Puerta Shopping Plaza in Ixtapa.
 Cenaduría Antelia - This long-time favorite restaurant since 1975 serves traditional Mexican dinners including pozole, tacos dorados, enchiladas, tamales, atole, and plátanos con leche. Located in downtown Zihuatanejo on Calle Nicolás Bravo #14. Tel. (755) 554-3091
 Chez Arnoldo - Located near the beginning of Playa Las Gatas this family-run restaurant is not only a great place to eat breakfast and lunch but also to pass the day sunning and swimming. Their chef, Noyo, learned a few tricks while working as a chef in Switzerland! Delicious fresh fish and other local seafood are their specialties. But careful with the margaritas under the sun! Tel. (755) 554-9132, cel. 755-129-6012. E-mail: arnoyo@yahoo.com.mx
 Coco Bahía - A small restaurant and tapas bar popular for its appetizers. Located in El Almacén neighborhood of Zihuatanejo across the footbridge on the road to Puerto Mío overlooking the bay and downtown beach. Cel. 755-103-4232
 Coconuts - One of Zihuatanejo's landmark restaurants located in a historical building offering fine cuisine, courtyard dining, a friendly bar, and frequent live entertainment as well as cultural events.
Daniel's  Daniel's - A long-time popular beachfront restaurant specializing in delicious grilled steaks and fresh local seafoods as well as local and international dishes. Located on the Paseo del Pescador #20 on the Playa Principal next to the main plaza in Zihuatanejo. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Tel. (755) 554-8210
Deborah's Restaurant  Deborah's Restaurant (formerly Mamma Norma & Deborah's) - Homemade Mexican delicacies including fresh seafood, pastas, and vegetarian dishes among other specialties at this oasis of a restaurant fronting Ixtapa Boulevard across from the Holiday Inn in La Puerta shopping center. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 Domino's Pizza - It had to happen sooner or later. They deliver. In Ixtapa on the Boulevard above Café Onyx. Tel. (755) 553-1333
 El Arrayan - Specializing in fresh seafood and fine cuts of quality meats prepared using local recipes with gourmet touches. Located in Zihuatanejo on Calle Adelita in Colonia La Madera in front of the pedestrian bridge by La Boquita street. Indoor and outdoor garden dining. Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 9:30 am to 10:30 pm. The best of all worlds! Cel. 755-112-1193
 El Cafecito - They offer shakes, smoothies, salads, crepes, pastries, juices, and a variety of coffees. Located in Casa Marina near the gazebo at the Cancha Municipal (main plaza) in Zihuatanejo.
 El Galeon - Fine cuisine from the sea with a Mediterranean touch. Dine on a replica galleon on the waterfront at luxurious Marina Ixtapa. Tel. (755) 553-2150
 El Manglar - Delicious fresh seafood, Mexican dishes and international fare. Located just off the beach at Playa La Ropa near the south end. Look for the bridge crossing the small lagoon where several crocodiles live. Tel. 554-3752
 El Mango - Great tacos, pozole, and other traditional Mexican dishes. Satellite TV! Located in Zihuatanejo at Calle Nicolás Bravo #9. Tel. (755) 554-2421
 El Mediterráneo - Located next to the church "Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe" on Calle Cinco de Mayo (formerly Caprichos) in Zihuatanejo near the artesans' market. An excellent mix of regional dishes from the region of the Mediterranean Sea and Mexico including seafood and pastas. Tel. (755) 554-1202, cel. 755-115-4010
 El Mesón de Don Chón - Delicious and succulent roasted chicken with all the fixings like you've never tasted anywhere else! Located in downtown Zihuatanejo on the corner of Calle Vicente Guerrero and Calle Catalina González. Eat in or take out. Tel. (755) 554-7617
El Mexicano Chili Beans  El Mexicano Chili Beans - A delightful restaurant on Ixtapa Boulevard featuring homemade chili and assorted Mexican dishes as well as standard fare of burgers for those who must. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
 El Profe - A longtime popular pozolería located in Coacoyul, open Thursdays only from around 12 to 5. If you're heading south from Zihuatanejo on the Carretera Nacional 200 turn left (north) at the corner of the "Farmapronto" pharmacy.
  El Rincón Café - They offer a variety of prepared coffee as well as desserts and sandwiches. They also sell their excellent coffee from the sierra of Zihuatanejo ground and whole bean. Open every day. Located on Calle Hermenegildo Galeana between Calle Ejido and Calle Nicolás Bravo near the corner of Calle Ejido in downtown Zihuatanejo.
 Emilio's Pizza - Mouth-watering pizza and delicious Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Located in downtown Zihuatanejo on the corner of Juan N. Alvarez and Cinco de Mayo streets and in Ixtapa at Plaza Ixsol across the street from Ixtapa Palace and the Villas Paraíso Hotel. Tel. (755) 553-1585
Espuma Mediterráneo  Espuma Mediterráneo - A picturesque restaurant located on the scenic road to La Ropa across the street from its sister restaurant Tentaciones that overlooks Zihuatanejo Bay from a dramatic cliffside perch. Specializing in fine Mediterranean-style cuisine lovingly prepared by an Italian chef. Open for dinners only. Reservations are recommended.
 Fonda Doña Licha - A popular economical restaurant with home-style regional dishes including Pozole Thursdays. They offer breakfasts and lunches including an economical daily special known as a comida corrida. Located in downtown Zihuatanejo behind the municipal market on Calle Cocos #8, Centro. Open daily year round from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
 Fonda Suzy - Economical and well-prepared breakfasts and lunches. A local favorite. Find their small restuarant in Zihuatanejo on Calle Nicolás Bravo about mid-block between Calles Vicente Guerrero and Benito Juarez.
 Fragolino - Italian-style gelato (ice cream) in over 40 flavors made with all natural ingredients. Located in La Puerta Shopping Center in Ixtapa, on Calle Ejido near the corrner of Benito Juárez and on Calle Juan. N. Álvarez across from the Plaza Municipal in Zihuatanejo.
 Frank's Bar & Grill - Restaurant, sports bar and entertainment center with live music. They offer pizzas cooked over a wood fire in an adobe oven, BBQ grill, seafood, and fine cuts of meats. Located in Plaza Ixpamar at the Los Patios shopping center in Ixtapa. Tel. (755) 553-2777
 Garrobos - In downtown Zihuatanejo at the Hotel Raúl 3Marias Calle Juan N. Alvarez #52, this fine restaurant has a wide variety of local seafood as well as more traditional Mexican dishes. Tel. (755) 554-6706, 554-2977
 Glob's Cafe - For breakfast, lunch and dinner eat in air-conditioned comfort. Two locations in Zihuatanejo: one on Calle Mangos beside the downtown Central Market, the other on the Carretera Nacional 200 Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa opposite the Palacio Municipal del H. Ayuntamiento (City Hall). Tel. (755) 554-8188
Inn at Manzanillo Bay  Inn At Manzanillo Bay - Fine cuisine by the waterfront in the restaurant of this unique Bed and Breakfast located on the beach at Playa Manzanillo near Troncones. The Chef/Owner is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and has been featured in AAA Magazine's dining guides, Outside Magazine and the Culinary Academy's Alumni Cookbook Series.
 Jugería Carmelo's - Fresh juices, licuados and quick delicious breakfasts located at stall #23 in the Mercado Municipal de Zihuatanejo. Open daily.
 La Casa Vieja - Located in Zihuatanejo on the road to Madera Beach, this restaurant offers beautiful garden dining and very authentic traditional cooking. Features Pozole Thursdays and Sunday Breakfast Buffet. Find them on Calle Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez #7. Tel. (755) 554-9770
 La Condesa - Enjoy fresh seafood and cold refreshments under a palm frond-covered ramada on the beach next to the lagoon at Barra de Potosí. Relax in their hammocks and enjoy your meal with your feet in the sand. Located just past the village, first restaurant on the far right (the first in the series of beachfront restaurants).
 La Gaviota - The freshest seafood and most refreshing beverages prepared with decades of experience. Located in front of the waves of Zihuatanejo Bay at the end of La Ropa Beach. Tel. (755) 554-3816. E-mail: rest_lagaviota@hotmail.com
 La Gula - This intimate, affordable, unpretentious gourmet restaurant is a surprising discovery though practically hidden in this quiet neighborhood within easy walking distance from downtown Zihuatanejo. Located at Calle Adelita #8, Colonia La Madera. Tel. (755) 554-8396
 La Hija del Capitán - Located in downtown Zihuatanejo at Calle Nicolás Bravo #39 above La Playa Bar. Specializing in delicious salads, juicy tuna steaks, tasty chicken wings, BBQ baby back ribs, tender 100% Angus beef steaks and hamburgers, and of course tempting desserts. All made with owner Tanya's secret recipes.
 La Jaiba Feliz - Perfectly prepared regional and national fare including pozole on Thursdays. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and offering daily lunch specials. Delivery within the immediate downtown area. Located in downtown Zihuatanejo on Benito Juárez Avenue on the corner of Las Palmas street. Tels. (755) 554-2405, 554-2922
 La Perla - This beachfront restaurant at Playa La Ropa offers traditional Mexican and international fare including fresh seafood dishes. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and have a popular sports bar as well as a gift shop, clothing boutique, and walk-in humedor featuring cigars from Cuba.
 La Porteña Pizza & Grill - Although they serve delicious hamburgers and pizzas, they also have excellent cuts of beef, pork and chicken as well as fresh seafood prepared to perfection, all at reasonable prices. Located on the waterfront in downtown Zihuatanejo at Paseo del Pescador #37 in front of the "Plaza del Pescador" near the Apostadero Naval. Open daily from 2:00 to 10:00 pm.
 La Raíz de la Tierra - A vegan restaurant and café for dining and hanging out and enjoying a multicultural experience, project of the musicians Rodrigo y Gabriela. They have many incredible recipes including several that you won't believe are vegetarian, and they also offer free wi-fi. Located in "Plaza El Zócalo" in Ixtapa behind the movie theater.
 La Sirena Gorda - Enjoy Luis's famous seafood tacos and other delights in this cafe-style restaurant on the waterfront walkway called "Paseo del Pescador" across from the Navy offices next to the pier in downtown Zihuatanejo. A long-time favorite with locals and yachters, you'll hear some good fish stories here! Tel. (755) 554-2987
 La Terracita - Serving delicious Mexican breakfasts and brunches, and during the high season from November to Easter exquisite dinners in a lovely open-air setting at the western end of Calle Adelita in Colonia La Madera within easy walking distance of downtown Zihuatanejo. Open year round from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and during high season from 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m.
 Lety's Restaurant - Fresh local seafood and regional fare prepared to perfection at this small family-run restaurant located in El Almacén. From downtown Zihuatanejo cross the footbridge in front of the Naval Base near the pier, turn right and walk about 3 minutes. It's on your left. Cel. 755-558-1641
 Los Braseros - Mexican fare including possibly the best tacos in town in many varieties. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. Located on Calle Ejido #26 in downtown Zihuatanejo.
 Margaritas - Delicious 100% Mexican recipes prepared with a home-style gourmet touch. Located in Colonia La Madera at Calle Josefina Ortiz de Domínguez. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday and Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for breakfast and brunch. Tel. (755) 544-8130
 Mariscos "Galeana" - The most incredible seafood dishes fresh from the sea and prepared according to local custom. Find their restaurant on Juan N. Álvarez Street a little past the police module near the main plaza in downtown Zihuatanejo. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
  Mi Cabaña/Pizzas Locas - One of our best kept secrets (so that we locals have a place to eat when the tourists fill up the other restaurants) located in downtown Zihuatanejo on Calle Vicente Guerrero #7 in the first block from the waterfront across from the bakery Panadería Buen Gusto. This garden restaurant has great portions for very reasonable prices. Great BBQ ribs here as well as fine seafood (I recommend the fish broiled in aluminum!!!). Also well known for their pizzas and they deliver! Closed Tuesdays. Tel. (755) 554-3569, 554-8010
 Mr. Lalo - Specializing in grilled hamburgers, including made with flank steak, chicken, shrimp, and tuna. They also offer baked vegetables, french fries, and desserts. Open daily. Especializados en hamburguesas al carbón, incluyendo de arrachera, pollo, camerón y atún. También ofrecen verduras asados, papas a la francesa y postres. Abierto diario. Delivery service. Located at Plaza Kioto in Zihuatanejo. Cel. 755-112-1737
 Nayito's - Enramada seafood restaurant at Barra de Potosí with a family atmosphere. Enjoy lunch and cold drinks in the shade of the palm fronds on the beach with your feet in the sand. Relax in a hammock for a siesta. The second restaurant on the right just past the village (next to La Condesa). Corona beer served here!
 Nueva Zelanda - Located in Ixtapa at Centro Comercial Kiosko. A favorite meeting place for breakfast, but serving meals all day! Tel. (755) 554-2340
 Pollos Locos - Old fashioned firewood broiled chicken and meats. Homemade style and flavor. In Ixtapa in the Hacienda shopping plaza. Tel. (755) 553-0180
 Puerta del Sol - Seafood and regional dishes as well as international fare, some prepared tableside. A privileged view of Zihuatanejo Bay from above La Madera Beach on the road to La Ropa. Tel. (755) 554-8342, cel. 755-114-3650
 Restaurante Chuleto - Delicious seafood and innovative international dishes, located on the waterfront walkway Paseo del Pescador in Zihuatanejo just before the Naval Station and the pier. Tel. (755) 544-6639, cel. 755-130-7166
 Rossy's Restaurant - Long-time favorite seafood restaurant on the beach with palapas and sundeck located at the south end of Playa La Ropa on Zihuatanejo Bay.
 Rufo's Grill - This small open-air restaurant offers delicious dining under the stars at Calle Adelita #1 in Colonia La Madera in Zihuatanejo. Mexican cuisine featuring fresh choice meats and seafood. Located on the corner of Calle Adelita and Calle Nuestra Señora de los Remedios near La Ceiba Suites at the bottom of the hill. Serving dinners only. Closed Sundays.
 Tata's - Fresh seafood and regional dishes. Dine with your feet in the sand on the downtown beach on the Paseo del Pescador fronting the Playa Principal in Zihuatanejo.
Tentaciones  Tentaciones - Sumptuous dining in casual elegance overlooking Zihuatanejo Bay at the restaurant of this small boutique hotel located on the hillside between La Madera and La Ropa. Tel. (755) 544-8384

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Bakeries


 Panadería El Buen Gusto - Delicious baked pastries, cakes, rolls & breads by one of the oldest bakeries in downtown Zihuatanejo. Get your pan dulce here (we do!). A great place for coffee & fresh juice with your breakfast rolls. Cel. 755-100-7685
 Panadería La Antigua - Mouth-watering homemade pastries and breads, located on Juan N. Álvarez between Calle Agustín Ramirez and Calle Cuauhtémoc in downtown Zihuatanejo.
 Pastelería La Boquita - Fine breads, pastries and cakes. All made from scratch. Accept special orders for all kinds of special events. Located on Paseo de La Boquita #8 in downtown Zihuatanejo. Tel. (755) 554-3278

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Catering Services


Beccofino  Beccofino Catering Service - Fine cuisine of Mexico and the Mediterranean available for all types of parties and events.
 Casa Morelos Catering Service - Delicious recipes of Guerrero available for weddings, private dinners and all types of special occasions for from 40 to 300 persons. Tel. (755) 553-0578, 553-1253

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Bars, Nightclubs & Discos


Bandido's  Bandido's - Mingle with the locals and enjoy refreshingly cold drinks and delicious Mexican lunches, dinners & appetizers in downtown Zihuatanejo on the corner of Calle Cinco de Mayo and Calle Pedro Ascencio across from both the church and the artisans handicrafts market. They feature live music and satellite TV sports.
 Barracruda - A favorite local watering hole with cold draft beer and well-mixed drinks. Located on Calle Cuauhtémoc a half block from the main plaza (zócalo).
 Christine's - This world-class disco at the Hotel Krystal in Ixtapa is very popular with locals and visitors alike. On Ixtapa Boulevard. Tel. (755) 553-0456
 Cohiiba Video Bar - Fun & lively meeting place and watering hole, located beside the Flamingo Cinema in Ixtapa.
 El Canto de las Sirenas - Restaurant and bar with excellent local guitar music by your host José Luis Cobo López. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM. Located at Calle H. Colegio Militar on the corner of Calle Neptuno by the bus station just off the Zihuatanejo highway. Tel. (755) 554-6709
 La Playa Bar - Popular hangout and sportsbar offering ice-cold beer (Corona, no Sol) and favorite spirits including mixed drinks. A great place to make friends and relax as well as to enjoy favorite sports and other popular programs via satellite TV. Located on Calle Nícolas Bravo #39 in the heart of downtown Zihuatanejo.

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