Where to Eat in Managua: The Best Restaurants and Bars

February 20, 2018 Alida England

Six thousand years ago, human footprints were left in the volcanic mud along the shores of Lake Managua. Preserved over centuries, these footprints can be seen at The Museum of Acahualinca in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. In addition to the footprints and impressive collections of pre-Colombian artifacts in the city's museums, Managua has much more to offer. The Tiscapa Lagoon Natural Reserve is a watery retreat within the city, with bars, shops, ziplines, and a canopy ride with views of downtown.
Things to do in Managua

1. Los Ranchos

Bo Altagracia km 3 1/2 carretera sur | Montoya 3c al Oe, Managua 2461, Nicaragua Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Validated Parking Steakhouse, Latin, Central American Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$235 (505) 2660526
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 533 reviews

Los Ranchos

Reviewed By streamsr - Lubbck, Tx

Went here with 10 friends for lunch. The place was immaculate and the service premium. We ordered the steaks which comes with French fries and rice. First they bring out traditional beans with plantain. That was excellent and then a salad with tomato, lettuce, onions and beets. Everything was top notch. The fruit juice, lemonades and teas were great also. I hope to come back. The royal treatment here.

2. Gastronomia El Buzo

Carretera Sur Km 13 100mts Al Sur 100 Mts Al Este, Managua, Nicaragua Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$110 - HK$275 +505 2265 8336
Excellent
84%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 574 reviews

Gastronomia El Buzo

Our specialty is the Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. We developed a fusion of traditional italian recipes with molecular cuisine, in order to offer the best gastronomic experience in Managua, in a very quiet and cozy atmosphere. Enhanche the cuisine at the level of art. Excellency is always present in our constant seek of perfection, in the quality of our ingredients, in the expertise of our techniques.

Reviewed By Omar J - Rome, Italy

Ok, I’ll need to elaborate a response since this is a kind of place I have never visited before. Is not the ambiance, nor the food presentation or service, which honestly speaking I have had equal or better many times before.
I even tried once Bluehill in NYC to go after one of the key elements of this place that I actually did not know before my visit.
The place offers more than 600 meal options, hence you can visit it daily for a year and never repeat a dish. That doesn’t sound right because what kind of pantry of fresh food you need to maintain in order to fulfill that giant offer?
Ok. So, as my evening at this place went by, all the answers started to come.
First, the place has its own orchard next door, full organic, sun ripened fruit and vegetables just ready to be harvested and used as super fresh ingredients for that enormous variety of dishes.
Second, food is seasoned with vegetable preparations of many different combinations, all natural: Beets, potatoes, Chickpeas, Eggplant, Carrots, Onions, Tomato, parsley, basil, olives, and many others which combined would yield other flavors and textures. All natural, Only salt and maybe some olive oil, veggies are processed even raw when possible.
This is not only about flavor but color, deep reds, bright greens, yellows even black. So, you will have a bread basket filled with color.
There is no poultry of beef in the menu, only seafood and fish. All fresh again.
I won’t be redundant about flavor, food is super rich. The impressive part is how light and easy to digest it results! We had a hearty dinner past 10:30pm and it felt like we did not eat anything. Next morning I felt really, really good!
I had heard about how ingredients make a difference, but it was genuinely the first time that in a single meal I felt that effect.
Oh I had the best dessert I’ve had in my life! Made of tomato, basil, olive oil and ice cream.
If you visit Nicaragua you need to visit Gastronomia El Buzo.

3. La Terraza Peruana

Planes de Altamira, de Pasteleria Sampson 1 N No. 14, Managua, Nicaragua Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$39 - HK$118 (505) 278-0013
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 238 reviews

La Terraza Peruana

Reviewed By Roberto A. B

Casual, yet excellent culinary experience in Managua. Peruvian cuisine greatly represented at Terraza Peruana, get to taste from a large selection and find your personal favorite. Do not forget to try the ceviches in traditional Peruvian style or be adventurous with grilled heart, Suspiro limeño or passion fruit muss are the best desserts in town. Go for it, Terraza Peruana is A+++++

4. Ola Verde

Carretera Masaya, Km 8 at the 1st Entry Into Las Colinas 70 Meters East | Las Colinas, Managua, Nicaragua Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Latin, Mediterranean, Healthy, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$39 - HK$141 +505 2276 2652
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 302 reviews

Ola Verde

Our dishes are created to be deliciously healthy, are made with respect for local growers, food ecology, and to showcase local ingredients. We offer vegan, vegetarian and meat, fish, chicken options. Our staff are well-paid and respected for their professionalism. Mon-Saturday 11 am - 11 pm. Sunday 11am - 9 pm. We have been in business in Managua since 2003. Proceeds from the restaurant are used to help the Ola Verde Foundation (Fundación Ola Verde), a local NGO that designs educational materials about making consumer food habits healthier using natural locally produced ingredients. We have recently remodeled the interior Terrace, now called the Secret Garden, and usually have musicians or performing artists for cultural nights on weekends. Please check facebook for program information. Our organic food store and take-out delicatessen open 8 am - 10 pm each day except Sunday at 11 am - 9pm.

Reviewed By Yabolo - San Francisco, California

Ola Verde has a wonderful and varied menu to please any kind of palate. The dishes are nicely presented and so fresh. Ola Verde has a lovely patio with amazing art by a Nicaraguan painter, friendly staff and great mojitos!

5. El Tiscapa

Interseccion de Avenida Universitaria con Avenida Tiscapa, Managua, Nicaragua Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating Central American, Steakhouse Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night +505 2270 8317
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

El Tiscapa

Reviewed By Drew_Heath - Galesburg, Illinois

Had a business meeting here in mid-October. We sat in the air-conditioned section. The steaks were superb and all the side dishes were also very well made. Wait staff was attentive and quick. Overall an outstanding meal.

6. Cocina de Dona Haydee

Cuadro a Mano Derecha Despues Del 1 | casino Pharaons de Carretera A Masaya, Managua, Nicaragua Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Latin, Soups, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +505 2270 6100
Excellent
36%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 427 reviews

Cocina de Dona Haydee

Nicaraguan traditional food

Reviewed By Susan05821 - Barnet, Vermont

A Nicaraguan friend recommended this restaurant for those of us seeking a nice setting to experience good quality native foods. It is slightly off the beaten path and not easy to find, but well worth the several wrong turns we took to get there. It sits like a haven of green in a very industrial neighborhood, but one quickly forgets what sits outside upon entering the sheltered deck hung with fragrant flowering plants and greenery. The place was very busy on a weekday evening which is always a good sign. And seemed to appeal to locals as much as tourists. The menu was varied, the food well-prepared and presented and the service was much better than I had come to expect during my weeks touring the country. (Perhaps because I suspect that Dona Haydee was sitting at one of the tables watching like a hawk). The prices were slightly high by native standards but I believe well in-line with the value. I left very satisfied and would highly recommend the Cocina de Dona Haydee to anyone who wants to safely sample authentic foods in a delightful setting.

7. Porterhouse Steaks

Km. 8 Carretera a Masaya | Primera Entrada de las Colinas 200mts al Norte, Managua, Nicaragua Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible Steakhouse, American, Central American Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$39 - HK$432 +505 2276 1264
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 198 reviews

Porterhouse Steaks

Reviewed By Mrgurd - Managua, Nicaragua

This place specialises in Beef plate, It has the best Angus Ribeye steak, thick and juicy. If you are a meat lover like you would like this place. Service is superb and if you visit several times a year the servers remember you by name.

8. Restaurante Voltes

Centro Comercial Metrocentro Cost Sur Nicaragua | Hotel Real Intercontinental, Managua, Nicaragua Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Central American, International, South American Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +505 2276 8989
Excellent
76%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Restaurante Voltes

THE PLACE TO BE. Enjoy an urban oasis at this award-winning, luxury hotel in Managua, Nicaragua. Ideally placed in the center of the entertainment and business district, adjacent to the country's largest shopping mall featuring more than 120 stores. Indulge yourself at Factory Streak & Lobster, enjoy a trendy ambience at NAU lounge bar or unwind in the tranquil surrounding at our Terrace next to the pool and exotic Gardens. Explore the city, visit Managua's famous Cathedral and its historic downtown area.

Reviewed By yycflip - Calgary, Canada

Stayed in the hotel for 3 days after touring the Caribbean and Panama and Managua is my last stop. This restaurant was stunning and they serve an array of outstanding breakfast offering. Everything was fantastic and quality excellent. Service was superb! Simply amazing!Dear yycflip Thank you very for coming and enjoying our culinary diversity inside the Hotel; especially Voltes Restaurants, which is buffet offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with a different topic buffet each day. Hope you come back again. Yours.

9. Restaurante Don Candido

Los Robles antiguo Chaman 75vs al Sur Nicaragua, Managua, Nicaragua Takeout, Parking Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Latin, Central American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +505 2277 2485
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 467 reviews

Restaurante Don Candido

Reviewed By PickyTrvlr2016 - Managua, Nicaragua

Old school. Elegant. Wonderful food. Great service. An unexpected joy to share a meal of memorable quality with friends/close business associates in a city whose culinary offerings had so far underwhelmed me. Not haute cuisine. Solid, mouth watering tradition. Food, service, atmosphere all combined for a stellar experience. A definite repeat next visit!

10. Factory Steak & Lobster

Hotel Real Intercontinental Metrocentro | Frente A Centro Comercial , Metrocentro, Managua 14005, Nicaragua Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$298 +505 2276 8989
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 236 reviews

Factory Steak & Lobster

Factory Steak and Lobster offers imported and local prime steak cuts, lobster and seafood specialties. Along the main room there are 2 private rooms for special occasions or make a selection from our wide wine menu and choose to seat at our open deck area.

Reviewed By cJazz5 - Charleston, South Carolina

This place has very good food although it's been the same menu since forever, they have removed some good dishes and replaced with others not so good but overall it is good.
Just when you order your meat ask for a level above on how you like it cooked because they always under cook it, and the room temperature is always a bit too cold.

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