Where to Eat in Zihuatanejo: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 9, 2017 Viva Honore

While resorts continue to spring up, "Zihua" remains determined to maintain its small-town flavor. The brick-paved "fisherman's walk," a nod to the region's seafaring roots, stretches along the town center. Because the nightlife is mostly informal, Zihua is particularly appealing to couples and those seeking an escape from coastal party towns.
Things to do in Zihuatanejo

1. Coconuts

Agustin Ramirez 1 | Colonia Centro, Zihuatanejo, Mexico Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mexican, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$31 - HK$228 +52 755 554 2518
Excellent
77%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 571 reviews

Coconuts

Zihuatanejos oldest building serving excellent food from a seasonal menu and cocktail list since 1979

Reviewed By gerry t - Delta, Canada

This is a great place to eat but is one of the most expensive in Zihu If you go for happy hour they have food specials witch make it very affordable Fridays is fish and chips for 140 pecos and it is excellantThank you Gerry. Actually, on Friday night happy hour our fish and chips are less than 100 pesos, our Friday night special. Hope to see you soon!!

2. Bistro Soleiado

Calle Paseo de Ixtapa S/N | Plaza Ambiente, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards French, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$31 - HK$149 +52 755 553 0420
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 293 reviews

Bistro Soleiado

Reviewed By Brian R

Our concierge recommended we come here as a place where locals go. We had a great time and the food was fantastic! I was disappointed to find out they were out of the Polpo (whole octopus) after I had my heart set on it, but he Thai shrimp was very good! My wife had the lamb chops and said they were the best lamb chops she has had! Our friends ordered the linguini and clams and the giant ravioli with shrimp and they were thoroughly impressed as well. We had 2 great bottles of C.A. Ceto barberesco mexican red wine which was fantastic! Try the Ceto wine whenever you can as they make great wines and it’s great to see suck fabulous wines coming out of Mexico! We would definitely recommend anyone in Ixtapa come for a meal!

3. Tentaciones Restaurant

Carretera Escenica a Playa La Ropa | Lote 97-C, Col. La Ropa, Zihuatanejo 40884, Mexico Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night HK$510 - HK$942 +52 755 544 8383
Excellent
87%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 515 reviews

Tentaciones Restaurant

Perched in the heart of Zihuatanejo Bay and up the mountain gives the property the best angle to appreciate incomparable views of the ocean and the city, the first sensation that comes through your eyes is peace, freedom and romance...

Reviewed By Springfield1404 - Kelowna, Canada

Fabulous location. The food excellent taste and textures. Only criticism is salad . The salad lacked flavor and textures. What happened to the pear it wasn’t caramelized ! Staff and table serve wonderful! A must for everyone who is a foodie !

4. Tamales y Atoles Any (Restaurantes Mexicanos Any)

Calle Ejido # 18 | Zihuatanejo, Centro, Frente a Banamex, Zihuatanejo 40890, Mexico Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night HK$31 - HK$63 +52 755 554 7373
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 389 reviews

Tamales y Atoles Any (Restaurantes Mexicanos Any)

Restaurantes Mexicanos Any es un lugar orgullosamente mexicano, lleno de tradiciones, colorido y que ofrece comida 100% mexicana.

Reviewed By Mark C - Osseo, Wisconsin

Any is worth a visit just for the decor, carved and colorfully painted chairs, and the absolutely amazing bathroom fixtures. That said, the food is great, the service friendly and attentive, and the prices very reasonable. We did have some issues as our Spanish is poor, and the restaurant staff's English was somewhat limited, but we got by. When we entered, we were going to choose a streetside table near the entrance, but the hostess waved us off and led us to a streetside table at the front of the restaurant across from Banamex, which turned out to be a much better location, so we were off to a great start. This is very authentic Mexican food, and we're very American, so we struggled with making sense of the menu and choosing items we thought we'd like. We'd never had mole sauce and my wife was hesitant to try it, so she ended up with burritos which were a little dry, but that's our fault, and other than that the food was very good. I'd like to go back and be a little more adventurous with the menu, and when we return to the area we will return to Any.

5. Lety‘s Restaurant

Calle de la Noria # 12 | Colonia Lazaro Cardenas, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$55 - HK$157 +52 755 558 1641
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 294 reviews

Lety‘s Restaurant

Reviewed By LittlePupsMom - Mount Carmel, Illinois

We visit Zihuatanejo regularly. Sometimes more than once per year. Lety's is always on the top of our list. Our fisherman, Jaime Vargas recommended this restaurant several years ago and we haven't stopped going. There simply isn't any better coconut shrimp in Zihuataneo or just anywhere. Lety is always gracious and takes time to thank her customers.
Lety's is a little off the beaten path, but well worth the time to find. Just go over the walking bridge by the fishing pier and walk half a block to the right. You will find Lety's on the left side of the street. Be sure to try the coconut shrimp. You won't be disappointed.

6. Jungle Pizza

Blvd. Playa La Ropa | Playa la Ropa, Zihuatanejo 40895, Mexico Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night HK$78 +52 755 100 2309
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 250 reviews

Jungle Pizza

Reviewed By BadgerMbTraveller - Steinbach, Canada

Ordered 3 different pizzas, and each had its own unique flavour. The wood fired oven does a great job on the crust, and the toppings are generous, not overloaded though. The outdoor area is under a palapa, and was comfortable in regards to temperature. Service was friendly, and personable. Margs were very tasty, and they have some BIG sizes. All in our group enjoyed the whole evening. Definitely one of the best pizzas we’ve had down here.

7. Espuma Mediterraneo

Carretera Escenica a Playa La Ropa Lote No. 100B | Col. La Madera, Zihuatanejo 40895, Mexico Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch HK$118 - HK$471 +52 755 554 3005
Excellent
76%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 288 reviews

Espuma Mediterraneo

Mediterenean style with an Italian chef , A la carte menu , This magic place combines good food and exquisite architectural design, result of the careful handling between the wood and stone materials native from the region.

Reviewed By ted61 - Bonita Springs, Florida

I've walked away from a number of restaurant disappointed, but never as p.o.ed as this one, in addition to feeling embarrassed because we recommended it to the other 6 people who were with us. In addition to the various meals not being very good, the prices were expensive and the service was not very attentive. The lengthy meal (3 hours) was exasperated by the staff's concussion in addition to deceitfulnes of who had what. 4 checks and every couple got charged for water. A seafood pasta dish, special that day, was explained by the waiter that it had shrimp, clams, fish, octopus and lobster in it. When I inquired about the cost, I was told it was 520 pesos. Very expensive for a pasta dish in Mexico, but then again this was Espuma. I ordered it as did several others at my table. It was served in a medium low side soup bowl and consisted of 3 little shrimp and 2 small clams, a fairly tastie pomodoro sause all for just 520 pesos. If you didn't know any better and the waiter asked when ordering if you wanted lobster, you were billed another 520 pesos. The Silver Cuervo margaritas they were pushing were 200 pesos. And the usual $8 retail bottles of wine could be had starting at 450 pesos and up. Let's see, a half hour to get a menu, another 20 minute to give an order, a hour before being served and a half hour to receive a bill after requesting it. 3 hours later myself and others walked away hungry and p.o.ed. Feeling very disappointed for the group and embarrassed because they were there at our recommendation, my wife spoke to the manager and she offer my wife and I a free meal. My wife politely declined stating (correctly) that she would never be able to get her husband to return.

8. Restaurant El Arrayan

Calle Adelitas s/n | Col. La Madera, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Seafood, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +52 755 112 1193
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 394 reviews

Restaurant El Arrayan

It is located on a street with more options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have a small garden on the other side of the street where we located some of our tables, the area is characterised by the fact that most people walk down the road as it is a closed and there are few vehicles, it is very quiet And the sea, the square and the main market are only a few meters away. Restaurant "The Arrayán" account with service of breakfast and lunch hours of 08:30 to 16:00 hours, and from October to April Dinner service stretching up to the 22:00 hours. Attended by their owners. Thank you for your preference! It is a pleasure to serve you!!! Now is open friday and saturday grill dinner.

Reviewed By maxr56 - London, United Kingdom

An excellent local simple restaurant, the owner knows how to grill, succulent meat and the freshest of fish over 3 nights, the family are all welcoming and attentive, a delight to eat such skilfully prepared dishes, the sourcing of really fresh fish and then to cook it perfectly shows how good El Arrayan is...

9. Otilia's Restaurant

Paya Las Gatas | on las Gatas Beach, Zihuatanejo, Mexico Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Seafood, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch +52 755 557 1632
Excellent
81%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 195 reviews

Otilia's Restaurant

This restaurant is located on a small cove and can only be reached by water taxi from the pier. There are about 10 restaurants on this isolated cove. They have no actual address, no electricty, no telephone and all food/beverages are brought in by the water taxi's. Otilia's is mentioned many times under Things to Do on the Zihua Forum under "Las Gatas" and should be listed under Restaurants. This is a very popular place with great food and fantastic location. You can enjoy your meal with your feet in the sand and the very clear ocean water a few yards away. Snorkeling is also available from the white sand beach.

Reviewed By Sbmargo

We just went there today. Haven’t been to Las Gatas to snorkel for many years. As with so many other places that have many people,the fish aren’t plentiful anymore. The rocks to the west do have some, and the water is wonderful.
I think it might have been Francisco who corralled is at the muelle (pier), but that’s not why we stopped at Otilia’s. It was clean and looked nice, so that’s where we stopped. Francisco did up sell us on way more food than we needed, but we shared with strangers: guacamole, whole red snapper (covered in onions [safe] and sliced tomatoes [not safe]. The guac and chips were really good; the fish so-so. David, a young waiter, kept us in beers and rum and cokes. The bill was 780p, not unusual.
It’s a nice place to enjoy the north bay of Las Gatas. They lent us beach towels to use, since the cushions are vinyl.
I had saved Otilia’s on TripAdvisor, but I only realized it after we had left. Someone must have recommended it. It’s a good choice.

10. Franks bar and grill

Plaza Ixpamar, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Mexican, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +52 755 553 2777
Excellent
62%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 698 reviews

Franks bar and grill

This restaurant has excellent food and service. It has huge screen tv's for any game that you want to watch or just tv while you dine. It's also a great place to just have a drink with friends after the beach. My only complaint would be the manager there, she is very rude and mean to her employees in front of the customers. The food, servers are great and the service is A++.

Reviewed By Lorna S - Edmonton, Canada

Frank's is owned by a Canadian who is a HUGE Saskatchewan Roughrider Fan.He greets all of his customers like they are his best friends.There is a stone wood burning pizza oven that fresh made,thin crust pizzas are cooked in.If you are a big eater,order one for yourself.Service was just okay as the staff that we had both times didn't try to interact with us.The only downside is the fly issue.The restaurant is open air so hard to keep them down.

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