Top 10 restaurants in Granada, Nicaragua

December 7, 2017 Tynisha Seiler

Drawn by year-round warm weather, colonial-era architecture and the freshwater Lake Nicaragua, travelers from around the world are flocking to Granada. Eco-tourists will love visiting the dormant Mombacho volcano, sailing on the lake and ziplining through the trees. Fans of spa treatments and shopping will find plenty to do, too.
Things to do in Granada

1. Restaurante El Zaguan

Detras de Catedral Granada | Detras de Catedral de Granada, Granada 505, Nicaragua Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Latin, Barbecue, South American, Central American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$235 +505 2552 2522
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Restaurante El Zaguan

Reviewed By indefatigable - Sheffielduk

Justifiably busy this is a good restaurant by any standard. Steaks worth crossing a continent for- just brilliant beef cooked on open griddle.
Good wine list for Nicaragua and mainly good value too.
Best to book here for dinner around 7.00pm when at its highest demand. Thins out around 9.00pm.
Homemade chorizo on the appetisers menu is enough meat for a starving bear. Brilliant.

2. Restaurante El Garaje

Calle Corral 512 | From Convento San Francisco 2 1/4 Blocks Towards the Lake, Granada L9R1M2, Nicaragua Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch HK$24 - HK$55 +505 8651 7412
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 766 reviews

Restaurante El Garaje

Reviewed By krawner - Chicago, Illinois

Hidden behind decorative metal screens, el Garaje is a clean, organized cafe with 6 tables and an open kitchen. Specials are written on chalkboards on the wall. Pork seasoned quesadilla with tomatillo and jalapeño salsa (180 Córdobas). Vegetarian options available. Wait staff speaks English. Pricing is affordable. Definitely worth it.

3. Monna Lisa

Calle La Calzada, Granada, Nicaragua Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$118 (0)820-0474
Excellent
58%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 398 reviews

Monna Lisa

Reviewed By Gringa-tica28 - Costa Rica

Freshly made pasta, mouthwatering sauces, a large selection of excellent Italian wines, divine desserts, and excellent service. What's not to like? The inner courtyard Fountain is worth an photo for your Instagram or Facebook page! You'll know what I mean when you see it. ;-)
The only downside was they need to fix the bathroom sink and keep the bathroom cleaner.

4. The Garden Cafe

Central Park 1 block East | Calle Libertad y Avenida Cervantes, Granada, Nicaragua Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Latin, Cafe, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$24 - HK$78 +505 2552 8582
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

The Garden Cafe

"The Garden Cafe" is a casual cafe, located in the historical center of Granada in a beautiful century-old Colonial house. We offer full breakfast, lunch and dinner: enjoy from our selection of fresh sandwiches, salads, wraps & pastas. At The Garden Cafe you will also find a great selection of teas, specialty coffee, home baked desserts and amazing fresh fruit smoothies & juices. We offer the best quality ingredients with fresh locally baked breads, organically grown produce where possible and a loving touch. The Garden Cafe strives to provide a "mi casa es su casa" atmosphere where everyone is treated like family. In addition to nourishing the bodies of our customers, we are here to inspire ourselves, our customers and our community. We do everything with passion, creativity, love and we are seriously committed to helping and developing our city and our country.Complimentary WI-FI service and free book exchange/loan.

Reviewed By Pivo06 - Kootenay Rockies, Canada

We visited this awesome cafe today and exactly two years ago. Well, I’m pleased to report that the Garden Cafe continues to be amazing. The service was great, the food outstanding, and the cafe lattes the best in Granada. Consistently, Garden Cafe just gets it right. Our favourite cafe on the planet.

5. La Claraboya

Calle El Caimito, Granada 2266, Nicaragua Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Highchairs Available Seafood, Latin, Central American, Cafe, Fusion, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$78 - HK$157 +505 2552 2775
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 255 reviews

La Claraboya

Fusion Cuisine Restaurant. We offer a variety of dishes. Meats, fish, shrimps, pasta, pork and chicken. We have an excellent offer of wines. Try the best food experience in Granada with the best customer service. If you love meat La Claraboya is the best place to enjoy our signature dish "Filete Patrón". We are close to the Cathedral, just one block away.

Reviewed By Rebeca A

I decided to try this restaurant because of the reviews, it was supposed to be the best meat restaurant in town. It was a nice place, decent service and beautiful decoration.
I’ve got a bittersweet opinion about it because the meat was really high quality and well done, nevertheless the rest of it was just mediocre. The sauces and the bread weren’t good at all… low quality ingredients and poor preparation, also the vegetables were just not amazing. Thing is, I came for the meat and the meat was great, I was just expecting to have better sides with it. I tried the Solomillo a la Cavernet and traditional Churrasco. Even Though I didn't love it, I’d recommend it because of those meat cuts and its not expensive at all. Try it :)

6. Bistro Estrada

Calle El Arsenal, Granada, Nicaragua Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available International, European, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +505 2552 7394
Excellent
74%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 435 reviews

Bistro Estrada

Located in the historical center of Granada, you will find a place out of the ordinary. With a totally restored colonial environment you will be able to choose from the comfort of the air-conditioned dining room or the view of the beautiful patio, enjoying one of the gourmet delights of the house. The food at Bistro Estrada, defined as international gourmet, has been created specially by our Chef. In addition to the out of the ordinary culinary experience, the professional personnel will suggest enjoying exquisite wines, quality cocktails, and all other types of national or foreign drinks.

Reviewed By indefatigable - Sheffielduk

The pictures on this page don't do justice to this restaurant which has an attractive garden courtyard. Our food was good and fresh cooked. They also do a daily table d'dote which is very good value even for Nicaragua. Surprisingly quiet when we visited- deserves...MoreDear indefatigable, Thank you for your comments. You’re right pictures never do justice! So glad you came to see for yourself! Happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. Hope to see you again soon! Best regards, The Bistro Estrada team

7. Cafe de las Sonrisas

Calle Real Xalteva | Iglesia de la Merced, media cuadra al Este, Centro Social Tio Antonio, Granada 43000, Nicaragua Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks HK$63 +505 8559 8315
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 185 reviews

Cafe de las Sonrisas

Cafe of Smiles is staffed by deaf staff

Reviewed By Joanna F - Aberdeen, United Kingdom

In the heat and bustle of Granada is a peaceful courtyard, where quiet reigns.
There is a reason for this - this social Enterprise is staffed by Nicaraguans who are deaf mute.
You go in, point to what you want on the menu, customise your order by pointing to signs (coffee con leche?) and then sit back and relax.
The menu is basic but that’s not really the reason to go. There is a sign language guide for the brave and when I was there, a very proficient signer came in and a conversation started which was amazing to see.
Go, take five minutes to find some calm and do some good at the same time.

8. El Camello BBQ

One Block South of O'shea's on Calle Caimito | 2 Blocks East of the South Side of Central Park, Granada, Nicaragua Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Gastropub, Barbecue, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$118 +505 8811 2655
Excellent
67%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 367 reviews

El Camello BBQ

"Best barbecue in Nicaragua" voted by channel 8. Fresh, homemade and savory dishes that won't break the bank

Reviewed By Grigette93

Yummy!! Really impressed with the Ribs and yummy flavours and seasoning, great job!!! My man got the fish and chips and when arrived the fish was undercooked and a little raw so we sent it back and it came out perfectly after ! I loved everything about the Ribs and hubby said his was great also ! Service mabey a little shabby and shady (in my opinion)
We are going back tonight for the Ribs haha! Sorry little piglets

9. Restaurante El Marlin

Calle la Calzada | De Catedral 2 c 1/2 al lago, Granada 505, Nicaragua Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$55 - HK$118 +505 8983 4840
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 340 reviews

Restaurante El Marlin

Seafood . fusion cousine .

Reviewed By Lenny G - Portland, Oregon

A knowledgeable Nicaraguan friend recommended El Marlin among the many choices we had, and he sure was right! The seafood was all fresh, and Reniel helpfully recommended the choices on the menu which were best. Prices were reasonable, service was excellent, drinks--mojitos and smoothies-were high quality. It's unpretentious--no hawkers, a little down toward the lake from the tourist center. All delicious and perfectly cooked, and our only regret was that we missed the ceviche. We'll go back for sure.

10. Cafe de los Suenos

Calle La Calzada | In front of Centro Escolar Carlos A. Bravo, Granada 00000, Nicaragua Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards French, Cafe, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$78 +505 2552 7272
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 580 reviews

Cafe de los Suenos

Café de los Sueños Mission is to offer healthy food and beverages, in a welcoming, colorful and warm atmosphere, while creating jobs for local people and participating positively to Granada's community. To achieve these objectives, we carefully select each of our ingredients, giving priority to organic and locally grown fruits and vegetables we use organic unprocessed honey from local farmers, our organic coconut oil is made in a small community on the Atlantic coast. Also, everything on our menu is homemade and we use unprocessed ingredients for our bread, soup, desserts as well as our salad dressings & sauces. We encourage local artists by exhibiting and offering for sale their best creations. We wish you will have a great time at Café de los Sueños -your comments are welcome- The owners, Malena (Mexican) & Simon (Canadian) Thank you

Reviewed By Marie T

Beautiful place, with a Terrace in front of the restaurant.
I had the Gorgonzola salad which I would really recommend, it was a delicious plate full of fresh vegetables, a nice change from burritos and nachos.
The service is rather slow, so when you go there make sur you have some time and patience!
The salad comes with bread but it were just 2 tiny pieces, they could have been a bit more generous with the bread.

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