Dining in Mazatlan tends to be casual, though beach attire is normally
acceptable only at poolside or beach front restaurants during the day.
*Munchkin's*- Across the street from Pueblo Bonito. Tasty BBQ ribs, big
juicy burgers, tender arrachera (flank steak). You'll find a pool table,
and sports on TV. For Mazatlan veterans who remember Thorny's
surfburger, Thorny is now "the man" at Munchkin's and is serving his
*Purple Onion*- Across the street from the Luna Palace. Reasonable
prices, daily specials, and generous servings. Especially good value is
*Costa Marinera*- On the beach between El Cid and Pueblo Bonito, about
a block off Camaron Sabalo. Very busy during the tourist season because
of its location, extensive seafood menu, and good staff. The host has a
wonderful voice; his singing is a special treat. Curried shrimp served
in a coconut shell is unique and delicious.
*Heather's Place*- About a block south of the purple Onion. Nightly
specials feature homemade dishes with a "norteamericano" flavor- some of
the goodies that winter long or full-time residents miss from back home.
Also very tasty breakfasts.
*Chili's Pepper*- On the beach between Fiesta Inn and Pueblo Bonito.
Popular for lunch and dinner. A favorite of many residents and visitors.
*Tony's*- Right next door to Chili's Pepper. Good food & location.
Perhaps for lack of advertising, they don't seem to attract the same
crowds as Chili's Pepper. You may find it a bit easier to get a table
there during busy times, and still enjoy the fun just across the way -
without quite as much noise.
*Locos Locos*- Adjacent to Tony's they offer a nice breaded veal cutlet
and very tasty creamed potatoes as a side dish.
*La Casa Country*- On Sabalo, across from the Holiday Inn. A tourist
favorite but also popular with locals. Friendly waiters line-dance to
the music, there are nightly shows and plenty of opportunity for
audience participation. Try the Cabrito (goat - a true Mexican specialty
and very tasty!), or some of the best steaks around.
*Carlos & Lucia's*- Between El Cid and Holiday Inn hotels. Friendly
hosts and very good, reasonably-priced food. Fish, chicken and steak
prepared in your choice of styles including Cuban, complete with black
beans and tasty fried bananas. Recommendation: the house special shrimps
Carlos & Lucia.
*Villa Itallia*- At the main gate of the El Cid residential community.
Italian specialties with and outdoor pizza oven. Recommendations: salmon
lasagna, tomato/garlic salad. Other El Cid restaurants:
*Marina restaurant*- In the El Cid Marina Hotel. Breakfast buffet, also
lunch & dinner. Only restaurant with a view of the lovely sailboats that
winter in Mazatlan.
*Prime Rib House*- In the Club House at the El Cid Country Club. Prime
rib is (of course) the specialty. If you had tried it here in the past
and been less than satisfied, give it another chance. Recent
improvements really show! Specials change with the season.
*Mr. Ace*- A few doors off Sabalo (Behind Rico's Coffee Shop on Gabriel
Ruiz). Delicious food and varied menu. A bit less casual in atmosphere
than some others, though shorts are still appropriate. Decor is
reminiscent of an older supper club that a Mexican restaurant.
*Mary's*- A very small sandwich shop set back off the street between
Dolphy's Ice Cream and Farmacia Moderna. Great burgers & fries!
*Gus y Gus?*- Across from Costa de Oro. All open-air; can be noisy
since it's right on Camaron Sabalo but the food is very reasonable and
good, with live entertainment on weekend nights. And the people-watching
on the street is a show in itself!
*El Olivo* - Behind Sr. Frogs store on the Dairy Queen corner. Pleasant
coffee shop atmosphere with yummy deserts, pastries, and selection of
coffee and tea. Small salad and sandwich menu but different from the
usual and very good. Also desserts to go.
*The Sports Saloon?*- Across from Dairy Queen and behind Rin-Rin Pizza.
A good North American-style bar with a menu to match: mostly burgers and
sandwiches but all very good. Recommendations:Wednesday night spaghetti
special (reasonable and tasty) and the VERY popular Friday night fish fry.
*Panama Cafe* - On the corner of Sabalo, a few blocks South of Dairy
Queen. No alcohol served, but THE place for a great breakfast menu or
desserts. Always crowded but the wait should be 15 minutes or less. If
you need a birthday cake or pastries for any occasion, this is a good
*No Name cafe* - In the Golden Zone. Sports bar with Mexican flavor.
Their HUGE sandwiches can be split between two people. A full order of
tasty onion rings will serve four. Their reputation for great BBQ ribs
is well deserved! And the BBQ chicken is just as good.
*Pancho's* - In the golden Zone, right on the beach, across from
Seashell City. You may have to wait in line half an hour during the
season or on cruise ship days, but it's worth it. One of our very
favorite restaurants. Recommendations: Pork Chops, veal or stuffed fish.
*Mango's* - In the golden Zone. A popular fun place with music and
dancing, plus good food.
*Coral Reef* - Beach front in the Golden Zone, behind the Sr. Frog's
store. This very casual place proves you can still get a bargain on food
and drink in the tourist area of Mazatlan. Every day there's a different
- and always reasonable - lunch specials while you enjoy a fantastic
*Playa Mazatlan* - Beach front at the hotel. Sit outside and enjoy the
longest and best oceanfront view. Eclectic menu; popular Sunday brunch.
Also has a show a couple times a week and a bad for dancing.
*Vittore*- In the Golden Zone across from Hotel Los Sabalos. Casual but
with a simple and attractive decor that sets it apart from the typical
tourist restaurant. Great Italian food. They serve warm bread with
vinegar and olive oil to start you meal instead of the usual chips and
*Cowboy* - Features excellent North American-style cuts of meat. It's
one of the better spots we've found for steak and prime rib dinners.