Top Restaurants in Acapulco
100 Percent Natural
Throughout Acapulco are several outlets of this fast-, casual-, health-food restaurant chain that seems almost like a California transplant. The theme here is light: sandwiches on whole wheat bread, omelets, soy burgers, veggie enchiladas, and fruit salads. There’s also a large selection of shakes, smoothies, licuados, and energy drinks.
One of the hottest restaurants in town, Baikal is built into the cliffs – a spiral staircase lowers you down – so sweeping views of the bay are unparalleled. While the exposed wine cellar and chic bar scream trendy, the restaurant’s design incorporates simple materials like wood, stone, and water to keep the vibe appropriately tropical. The fusion menu – French, Mediterranean, and Asian – is even more exotic: New Zealand lamb medallions, shrimp au gratin with green curry, and seafood lasagna. Try a pyramid-shaped chocolate in coffee sauce for dessert.
One of Acapulco’s most romantic restaurants, patrons enjoy ocean breezes, city and bay views, and live piano as they tuck into dishes like duck confit, goat-cheese ravioli, and gruyere-crusted sea bass.
Sample the area specialty pescado a la talla (grilled red snapper) along with fish quesadillas, sopes, fresh tortillas, and a couple of cervezas – all for about $15.
Often described as one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world, this elegant, Old World spot on the hills above the city opened in 1968 in a private villa. The elegant, white-clothed, open-air tables are set on a series of terraces amid pools, fountains, Greek pillars, and obelisks. The food is ordered via one of two prix-fixe menus or à la carte. Most visitors come for their classic specialties: lobster and prime rib. Open from November 1 to April 30 only.
El Amigo Miguel
Located right off the zócalo, this popular local lunch spot serves up fresh shrimp, lobster, and fish, including the house special: seafood-stuffed red snapper.
Fish and shrimp tacos are this local taco chain’s specialty, but these aren’t exactly your standard Baja fish tacos – Ika serves them up with any ingredient you could imagine on their tiny, open-air patio. Highlights include the Takabraia'n (octopus, shrimp, squid, crab, pepper, onion, crab, cheese, and hot sausage) and the Eva (shrimp, ham, apple, wine, and cheese). The daytime crowds can get annoying, so go late (they’re open till 3am and it’s the perfect place to follow-up a night spent nursing margaritas).
This casual, 50+ year-old beachside eatery serves fresh seafood and traditional Mexican lunches. Grab a table and try the baby shark tamales, fresh shrimp, or chicken sopes.
An Acapulco institution for over 25 years, this eatery prevails thanks to elegant surroundings, sweeping bay views, and can't-miss local dishes like red snapper and cold avocado soup.
Marina Club Restaurant Sushi and Oyster Bar
Sushi in Mexico doesn’t sound that authentic, but you’ll be surprised by the fantastically fresh sushi at this casual beachside eatery on the shores of Playa Caletilla.
Su Casa was once a private residence, but after too many great dinner parties it went public. The romantic outdoor setting beside a pool atop the hill above the convention center is a great place to catch the sunset with one of the restaurant’s famous margaritas. The menu is seasonal, but standard dishes include grilled fish or beef with a choice of sauces like al Patron or green mole. Their indoor restaurant, La Margarita, offers more standard Mexican fare.
Argued to be Acapulco’s finest restaurant, Zibu is a fusion of Mexican haute and Thai dishes. Its setting overlooking the Bahia de Puerto Marquéz is unmatched. Eclectic, creative dishes such as coconut soup, fish steamed in banana leaves, or rigatoni with goat cheese, basil, and Thai chilies are not to be missed. Across a moat sits a palapa with equally impressive views that serves as one of the hippest lounges in the area.
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