Matagalpa Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Matagalpa

November 5, 2017 Marlin Saiz

Discover the best restaurant in Matagalpa, Nicaragua including Restaurant El Mexicano, Don Chaco's, La Vita e Bella, Toro Bravo, La Pradera, El Balcon, Casablanca Restaurante, Oasis Buffet, Seleccion Nicaraguense, EL Gran Cafe
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1. Restaurant El Mexicano

From Dr. Rizo 75 Vrs to the East, Matagalpa 61000, Nicaragua Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$16 - HK$31 +505 2772 3732
Excellent
61%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 149 reviews

Restaurant El Mexicano

Chef 100% Mexicano Autentic Mexican Food

Reviewed By Fernando O - Matagalpa, Nicaragua

As the title says, this restaurant serves great Mexican food and the best customer service I have received in Nicaragua. They aren't afraid to recommend you food on the menu and even they offered to my group a free drink to try it. If you are around and want great food and feel like they really appreciate your presence, go to this restaurant.

2. Don Chaco's

Between Parque Ruben Dario and Parque Morazan on the east side of the street., Matagalpa, Nicaragua Seating, Takeout Central American Lunch
Excellent
30%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Don Chaco's

Reviewed By KweqSmanit - Seattle, Washington

Great veggie burger here, great smoothies ! Very tasty and served fast as well,
LOTS of shakes and healthy type smoothies to choose from here.menu has both fast food style and typica Nica entrees.
The staff is great and wanna practice their English with you.You can practice Spanish with them.
The bathroom was clean also.I would come here again for sure.

3. La Vita e Bella

From the Parque Morazan, Matagalpa, Nicaragua Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (505) 772-5476
Excellent
50%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 223 reviews

La Vita e Bella

Reviewed By T-SGlobetrotters - Preston, Lancashire

We opted for a medium vegetarian pizza and salad with vegetables. We found the medium pizza large enough for us providing three large slices each for two people. The salad had a good variety of ingredients and comes with options to dress the salad with oils and herbs or chilli flakes. Pizza bases are thin and the pizza themselves were good with a variety of vegetables and not too much mozzarella. Good value house red wine is served in glasses, half or full carafes.
Difficult to find particualy in the dark.

4. Toro Bravo

Casa de la novia, 1c al oeste 10vrs sur, Matagalpa, Nicaragua Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Steakhouse, Latin Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +505 2772 3240
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

Toro Bravo

Reviewed By cnatsu1 - idaho

Had maybe the best rib eye steak I've ever eaten for a reasonable price and it wasn't even the premium angus cut. It almost melted in my mouth it was so tender, a little salty but I like that. 3rd floor balcony was more open air and cooler.

5. La Pradera

Main Highway, Matagalpa, Nicaragua Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations South American, Central American Lunch, Dinner +505 2772 2543
Excellent
49%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

La Pradera

Reviewed By 33033peluche - Managua Department, Nicaragua

The service good and the food delicious. The prices good I liked everything! They have 2 restaurants. 1 in the city and the other one 20 minutes away. So have options depending on the time you have.

6. El Balcon

Calle Central | Main avenue, Matagalpa, Nicaragua Takeout, Full Bar, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Latin, Central American, Spanish, South American Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night HK$24 - HK$102 +505 2772 3601
Excellent
44%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 93 reviews

El Balcon

Restaurante El Balcón is a local business, and it's born from the dreams of sharing with Matagalpans and visitors the great food from our mom's cuisine and to be a space of job opportunities for locals. Our menu is designed to satisfy all different tastes, always with a homemade touch.

Reviewed By ColleenSM - Great Falls, Montana

Mojito was excellent, although pricey. Guess we pay for the view which is fun to overlook the busy street. Carne asada was thin, over-cooked (ordered medium rare) and flavorless except for abundance of salt. Street meat is far superior!

7. Casablanca Restaurante

De la Iglesia Sn Jose 1C Al Sur, Matagalpa, Nicaragua Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American Lunch, Dinner +505 2772 5447
Excellent
30%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Casablanca Restaurante

Reviewed By om10 - Oakland, California

had a large group here. they managed the group fairly well and the food was pretty good. The tostones with seafood/shrimp were a little weird with a cream/mayonaise sauce on it. I wouldn't recommend that again. They had a terrific hot sauce made of Jolokia Chile.

8. Oasis Buffet

Blk East Of Parque Dario 1, Matagalpa 60001, Nicaragua Buffet, Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout Fast Food, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$39 +505 2772 3833
Excellent
33%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

Oasis Buffet

Buffet Oasis nacio para responder la demanda de variedad, calidad y precios. Les esperamos!!

Reviewed By Theresa H - Richmond, Illinois

Home cooked food served buffet style. Wonderful traditional Nicaraguan dishes as well as salads and vegetables. Good choice for all. Especially large groups. sure to please children as well as adults. One of the best meals I have had in Nicaragua!

9. Seleccion Nicaraguense

1/2 Cuadra Al Norte de La Catedral San Pedro, Matagalpa, Nicaragua Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi Cafe, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 129 reviews

Seleccion Nicaraguense

Tienda & Cafe ubicada en el corazon de Matagalpa. En Seleccion Nicaraguense podra disfrutar de un ambiente tranquilo donde poder degustar el mejor cafe de Centroamerica. Contamos con panaderia propia donde se elaboran a diario exquisitos postres y pan fresco. El local esta climatizado, contando con un moderno mobiliario, wifi gratuito para clientes y una amplia terraza exterior. Abierto desde las siete y media de la manana para los mas madrugadores, tiene la oportunidad de probar desde nuestros riquisimos desayunos a las mas sabrosas cenas, dado que permanecemos sirviendole con un trato personalizado hasta las diez de la noche. Compruebe como la cocina moderna y rapida no esta renida con la mejor de las presentaciones y una extraordinaria calidad.Y ademas, puede llevar los mejores productos gourmet de Nicaragua...Ron Flor de Cana, puros elaborados con un tabaco extraordinario, licor de cacao producido en las montanas de Nicaragua y, como no, el mejor cafe del pais.Si desea llevarse un regalo de Nicaragua, no lo dude, la mejor opcion la tiene en Seleccion Nicaraguense.

Reviewed By IolaniHale - Honolulu, Hawaii

During our week-long stay in Matagalpa, we made it a point of coming here almost every afternoon to just sit in air-conditioning and relax. They offer a daily "promoción" for 100 córdobas (about $4) with a featured drink and a dessert. They feature coffee locally grown in the region.

10. EL Gran Cafe

De Enitel Claro 1 cuadra al este y 20 varas al este, Matagalpa, Nicaragua Seating, Waitstaff Cafe Breakfast +505 2772 4427
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

EL Gran Cafe

Reviewed By Wapikianimoosh - Gimli, Canada

El Gran Cafe is a great European style coffee shop located quite close to the Cathedral/ Central Park area of downtown Matagalpa. They make perfect specialty coffees as well as Americano style breakfasts and desserts. They have good bench Seating adjacent to windows and the restaurant is air conditioned.
We were able to buy a couple of pounds of coffee beans from the owner.....beans we are now savouring back here at home. Great meals complimented with some of the best coffee we tasted in the entire country. That's a combination that's very hard to beat and is a perfect way to start the day.

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