Where to Eat in Playa Maderas: The Best Restaurants and Bars

February 28, 2018 Leida Jutras

Discover the best restaurant in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua including Restaurante y Pizzeria La Terraza, Barrio Cafe, El Timon, Taco Stop, Simon Says Smoothie Bar, Nacho Libre, Cafe Mediterraneo, La Vecchia Signora, Buddha's Garden, San Juan Del Sur Cerveceria
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1. Restaurante y Pizzeria La Terraza

In a Front Of the Hotel Casa Blanca, Beach Front, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +505 2568 2090
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

Restaurante y Pizzeria La Terraza

Best Pizza in San Juan del Sur, brick oven and 100% italian ingredients

Reviewed By Oliverjulian - London, United Kingdom

Really good pasta and pizza. Authentic Italian in style especially the pasta Carbonara. But 33 dollars was the cheapest wine - admittedly a nice chianti - is out of line here. The garlic bread was pretty good too. We would go again.

2. Barrio Cafe

Del Mercado Municipal, 1c al Oeste | Del Mercado Municipal, 1c Al Oeste, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua Takeout, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Latin, Cafe, Central American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch HK$31 - HK$157 +505 2568 2294
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 900 reviews

Barrio Cafe

Reviewed By pasqualejunk - Shallotte, North Carolina

We had just arrived in San Juan late evening so first thing to do in am was find coffee of course. So wandering around town stopped at several places to try and buy a cup of joe to go to no avail. Then stumbled on the barrio which if Im correct means neighborhood? Went inside and got 2 cups to go and breakfast to go AWESOME.So next time in town get the coffee you wont be disappointed.

3. El Timon

Avenue of the Kings | Central Zone, On the Beach Street, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards International, Latin, Seafood, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$63 - HK$141 +505 2568 2243
Excellent
44%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 999 reviews

El Timon

This is the largest and one of the oldest restaurants in San Juan del Sur. It is the most popular restaurant serving traditional Nicaraguan beach fare. Located right on the beach! Full service, full bar. Fabulous sunsets!

Reviewed By Alpine43 - Washington State

This is a party restaurant with good to excellent bar food and main dishes. The chef is sensitive to people with food allergies and dietary restrictions. I had a chicken fettuccine with a very good white sauce with butter and onion. Live music came on at 8:00 PM with a pretty good band playing 80’s and 90’s standards like Eagles, ABBA, Heart, etc. The staff surprised us with a lively Nica serenade and gifts of cake and a maraca for the kids to honor Mt daughter’s birthday. A Boston professional at 48–she was delighted and so were her kids.

4. Taco Stop

Del Mercado Municipal 1c, Al Oeste, Contigo a Barrio Cafe, San Juan del Sur 00000, Nicaragua Takeout, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Latin, Fast Food, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$78 +505 8765 4122
Excellent
42%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 430 reviews

Taco Stop

Fast Casual Tex Mex Grill. Open Late Night every day.

Reviewed By robnkim - alberta

taco stop is my favorite restaurant of all the restaurants i have at at worldwide. i give it a solid 5 star and number 1 rating from the more than 1000 different restaurants i have been to. Don't go to Nicaragua without going to taco stop. seriously, its that good.

5. Simon Says Smoothie Bar

Avendida Vanderbilt | Del Gato Negro, 60 Mts Al Sur, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +505 8148 0103
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 304 reviews

Simon Says Smoothie Bar

Reviewed By JenDenMythra

Stopped in for a quick bite on a recommendation by house mates. I was so surprised once I walked into the door to head toward the back garden area. Super fun, inviting and great atmosphere for relaxing and enjoying their delicious smoothies and healthy bites! Definitely will be back to just enjoy the garden and refreshing atmosphere. Fair priced for such fresh ingredients and quantity ! A must stop!

6. Nacho Libre

Del Mercado Municipal, 1c al Oeste, 1/2c al Norte, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
Excellent
65%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 315 reviews

Nacho Libre

Gourmet Hamburgers-the BEST in San Juan del Sur

Reviewed By Diana H - Cluj-Napoca, Romania

I love this place! Awesome place to grab a bite - must try their finger licking good burgers! The staff is absolutely amazing - friendly and fun like nowhere else in San Juan! You can be sure you are going to have a great time...MoreThanks Diana :)

7. Cafe Mediterraneo

In front of the market | Costado Oeste del Mercado Municipal, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua Reservations, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$31 - HK$118 +505 8279 0012
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 212 reviews

Cafe Mediterraneo

Delicious Italian Food, traditional recipes

Reviewed By tequilawitch - Whistler, Canada

The food & service are the best in SJDS. The bruschetta and house salad was so fresh & tasty. I had breakfast here twice and the omellets are filling and get you going for the day. They welcome you with a smile and make you want to return again and again.

8. La Vecchia Signora

Frente Barrio Caffe, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$47 - HK$78 +505 7851 4486
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 126 reviews

La Vecchia Signora

Reviewed By DouglasCN51 - Toronto, Canada

We had an excellent, thin crust pizza and a pretty decent glass of vino tinto. Service was friendly and prompt. Price was surprisingly low. It’s just a pizzeria but I have to give this place 5 stars based on excellent value for the money.

9. Buddha's Garden

Avenida La Bolsa | At the intersection of Av. La Bolsa. At the south end of the Church/Central Park, San Juan del Sur NA, Nicaragua Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks, Dinner HK$16 - HK$118 +1 707-889-5173
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 127 reviews

Buddha's Garden

Serving Raw and Vegan food options including entrees, cold-pressed veggie and fruit juices, blended smoothies, Deserts, cleanses, and other healthy food products. We are located next to Zen Yoga and our soon to be opened garden setting can be accessed through the bamboo gates across from Pizzeria San Juan or through the entrance South of the Central Park.

Reviewed By Dveggie

I tried all 4 smoothies and 3/4 juices which were perfect as were the main courses and breakfast - only one dish on the menu disappointed
Great flavours colours recipes atmosphere staff - I can't fault the place although it is twice as expensive as anywhere else in SJDS (there is a falafel place too but otherwise it pizza no cheese) they sell vegan snacks homemade peanut butter too

10. San Juan Del Sur Cerveceria

Zona Central del mercado principal media cuadra a este, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Brew Pub, Bar, Latin, Pub, American Dinner, Lunch, Drinks +505 8198 1765
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 241 reviews

San Juan Del Sur Cerveceria

Reviewed By Pat5150 - Montreal

As a beer aficionado, I make it a point to visit popular brewpubs and microbreweries everywhere I travel. So there was no way I was going to miss out on San Juan Del Sur Cerveceria.
By Nicaraguan standards, this place is really expensive. Then again, they brew their own beer and I figured it would be better than the national brands. A pint costs about the same it would cost back home, so no worries.
Went there for Happy Hour, which gets you a 15% discount on pints on certain days of the week.
I enjoyed my beer, but not as much as I thought I would. It was a blonde beer (5%) and it went down easy in that heat. Trouble is, I didn't find that it was truly better than a Tona or a Victoria Frost. Both of which you can get for about a dollar, while the one on tap at this microbrewery was 4 times the price.
In the end, I'm glad I went. But I wouldn't go back.

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