Where to Eat in La Laguna de Apoyo: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 8, 2018 Roger Rusk

Discover the best restaurant in La Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua including Posada Ecologica la Abuela, Restaurante El Garaje, The Garden Cafe, Cafe du Parc, Cafe de las Sonrisas, La Nani Cafe, The Grill at Villas at Apoyo, San Simian, Ceviche y cocteles El Pollo, Espressonista Specialty Coffeebar and Restaurant

1. Posada Ecologica la Abuela

Laguna de Apoyo del triangulo 2 kilometros al nor - este, La Laguna de Apoyo, Masaya, Nicaragua Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Central American, Latin, Spanish Lunch, Dinner, Brunch 8800368
Excellent
25%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
9%
Terrible
34%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 64 reviews

Posada Ecologica la Abuela

Reviewed By Kim T - Franklin, Tennessee

This property, located on Laguna de Apoyo is a hostel and restaurant with access to the lake. We enjoyed a buffet lunch in the restaurant, smoothies, diving into the lake from a couple of high porch like structures, kayaking, swings, hiking trails with monkeys high in the trees and an overall great day here. We did not stay at the hostel but the accommodations here are budget friendly, with small cabin like structures renting for $75. per day. Very nice, clean facility with friendly employees. The walk down to the property is full of steps and is quite steep, making the walk up a little daunting for those not in the best shape, But all in all, we enjoyed a perfect day here which will be a lasting memory in years to come.

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. 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.

4. Cafe du Parc

Costado Norte Parque Central Masaya, Masaya, Nicaragua Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Cafe Dinner, Lunch HK$24 - HK$118 +505 2522 0549
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Cafe du Parc

Family Restaurant, International foods, coffee bar, colds drink,Bistro Foods, Salads, Pasta and more

Reviewed By Philips-trips - Seattle, Washington

I've passed by this place several times over the last 8 years when visiting Nicaragua but it was just last week that I stopped in. I had the Caribbean salad and was amazed! It was absolutely delicious!!! In addition to the great salad, the service was excellent as well! Cafe du Parc will definitely be a regular stop for me in the future.
I was also surprised that the prices were moderate too.

5. 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.

6. La Nani Cafe

Costado Sur Mercado de Artesanias Masaya | Contiguo a supermercado Abarca , Modulos 1-2, Masaya 00, Nicaragua Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$24 - HK$118 +505 2522 0239
Excellent
50%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 67 reviews

La Nani Cafe

Reviewed By Maria L

The coffee was not very good. The first time I visited, the internet service was not working. I returned yesterday and the internet service was working so they did listen to our complaints! The best cafe is Las Flores, but there is no entry for them to be rated. Their pastries are amazing!

7. The Grill at Villas at Apoyo

Km 37.5 Masaya-Granada Hwy | Laguna de Apoyo, West Shore, La Laguna de Apoyo, Masaya, Nicaragua Waitstaff
Excellent
22%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
11%
Terrible
22%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 9 reviews

The Grill at Villas at Apoyo

Reviewed By Ec328888 - Chocowinity, North Carolina

Actually three restaurants on the premises now. This one serves lunch and dinner while there is a separate breakfast restaurant and a pizzeria with a wood fired pizza oven. Did not try the pizza on a recent six day stay at the villas that make up the affiliated resort but the other two restaurants were solid. Neither was exceptional but both had good selections and I did not have anything that was poorly prepared over all of those meals. The soups are very good, the fish was nicely prepared. Some really good oatmeal and some exotic smoothy choices. When you think of eating in the crater of an extinct volcano 15 minutes from the closest town, their food is actually pretty impressive.

8. San Simian

1 km al Sur del Norome, La Laguna de Apoyo, Masaya 34000, Nicaragua Waitstaff, Seating International, South American, Central American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$94 +505 8850 8101
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

San Simian

Reviewed By mikeclarken - San Diego, California

We are vegetarians, and we had 6 meals here. Pancakes.m were very good- thick and fluffy, Desayuno Nica was outstanding- eggs really scrambled perfectly, which isn’t easy, Desayuno Tropical was good- a little more granola than the yogurt could handle, but too much of a good thing... well?
For lunch, quesadillas were nice, salsa fresca is delightful, and veggie brochettes were excellent. Excellent! Add some beans to the veggie brochette order. Veggie fajitas were really nice for dinner. Go easy on the chopped mint if you order a mojito!

9. Ceviche y cocteles El Pollo

Parque Central Masaya | Parque Central, Masaya 41000, Nicaragua Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Waitstaff Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +505 8899 2776
Excellent
76%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Ceviche y cocteles El Pollo

Reviewed By Lynne S - Winters, California

This place is an experience and right in the park. The host will help you decided on the right fruit smoothie and guide you to what is fresh to eat. Can't beat the cerviche, even in the rain!

10. Espressonista Specialty Coffeebar and Restaurant

Calle Real Xalteva 609 | New Opening Times Wed-Sun 12 Noon-8. 30pm, Granada 14052, Nicaragua Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Wifi Cafe, European, Central American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$47 - HK$133 +505 2552 4325
Excellent
82%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 458 reviews

Espressonista Specialty Coffeebar and Restaurant

Modern environment in a neoclassical property constructed in 1886. We've forged a relationship with Nicaragua's best coffee producers to provide you with an excellent cup. High altitude, shade grown boutique crops yield coffees with a crisp and balanced acidity, roundness, sweetness and rich chocolate-like brews. These farmers know what they do. The poetry is ever intended at Espressonista. On your table we serve local, slightly smoked ham. The brie, the camembert and manchego are also from Masatepe and Matagalpa. Organic lettuce, baby asparagus and other greens from Ticuantepe. Chez nous, we know where everything comes from. We bake our own pastries and breads, make our own ice creams, brew our own beer. We love food, drink and good company. Join us!

Reviewed By christinalouisa2008 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

We walked in here looking for a place for lunch. Immediately we fell in love with the interior (and the bunny rabbits that hop around the inner garden)!
The staff was friendly and the food was very good. The downside: is it very expensive for what you get. We paid 50 US dollars for 1 starter, 1 cheese platter, 2 glasses of wine (that weren’t that nice), 2 desserts and 1 cappuccino.

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