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Best Acapulco Restaurants

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Acapulco is a good place to be hungry. If you’re loaded with dough, you’ll have plenty of top Acapulco restaurants to choose from, with many of these either having a beach setting or a perch on the cliffs overlooking Acapulco Bay. If you’re on a honeymoon or maybe just with someone you love, these bay-view restaurants provide an enchanting setting to enjoy each other’s company. If you’re on a budget, and you’re trying to make your vacation dollars stretch, you’re also in luck. The main tourism avenue of La Costera is lined with open-air Mexican restaurants offering a lot of value. Their main clients are Mexican families on holiday, so the price of a meal will look like a real bargain to visitors from the U.S. And if you get tired of Mexican cuisine, you’ll find Asian and Italian well-represented, as well as American-style burgers and pizza. There’s even a Kentucky Fried Chicken if you’re really jonesing for the red, white and blue. 

Becco al Mare

Neighborhood: Diamond Zone Price: Expensive
The buildup is part of the charm. You make a rather theatrical entrance through a huge wooden cube and then descend down a spiral staircase. You’ll pay a price for the Acapulco bay view and ambiance at this high-priced eatery specializing in Italian cuisine. Menu highlights include lobster risotto, lasagna with pesto and sardines, and grilled rib-eye steak with rosemary. Aficionados of the grape will love this place—it has over 600 labels and 4,000 bottles of wine, mostly of Italian vintage.  

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La Cabaña de Caleta

Neighborhood: Caleta Beach
Price: Expensive
These guys did it the old-fashioned way. Fifty years ago they were serving meals on Caleta Beach under a tiny palapa. Now they’re one of Acapulco’s fave raves. As one of the best places to eat in Acapulco, it’s only natural that fresh fish would dominate the menu, but you probably didn’t expect baby shark tamales? If you want something special, come down on a Saturday or Sunday and order their paella. The restaurant even has lockers and showers so you can combine a meal with a swim on the beach.

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Baikal

Neighborhood: Diamond Zone Price: Expensive
As fusion becomes old hat, a kind of fusion on steroids is taking place. Instead of two cuisines, three are fused, which is the case with Baikal, where the cuisine is influenced by Asian, Mexican and French cooking. The menu features such items as abalone with chipotle vinaigrette and red snapper with lobster butter. The entry to Baikal is a dramatic one, since you descend a spiral staircase to reach a thatch-roofed dining area clinging to the cliff, offering incredible views of Acapulco Bay. There’s an extensive wine list, as well as a private dining room. An unexpected element is the restaurant’s dance floor with views overlooking the bay. Definitely make reservations in advance—and don’t show up in flip-flops and shorts because you’ll be politely turned away.

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Kookaburra

Neighborhood: Diamond Zone Price: Moderate
This Acapulco restaurant in the Las Brisas complex is named Kookabura, after the Australian kingfisher with the rolling, laughing call. They even have a few on hand in cages, and chances are you’ll hear them during your meal. While the decor is the Mexican style of stone, stucco and thatched roof, the menu makes a nice attempt at fusing French and Mexican cooking, with an emphasis on seafood dishes such as crab tostadas and Chilean sea bass. For dessert, go for watermelon slice sorbet studded with chocolate seeds. The bay vista is one of the main reasons for dining here. For the best views, reserve one of the tables on the terrace, which at night is lit exclusively with candlelight.

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Las Gaoneras

Neighborhood: Diamond Zone Price: Moderate
Think Sizzler in a sombrero. They may be a franchise operation, but they serve handmade tortillas and authentic Mexican cuisine, which is refreshing after all the fusion going on. The decor shows a penchant for the Mexican bullfight. Dishes include nopalitos con champinones al ajillo, which is nopales or prickly pear cactus pads and mushrooms in garlic sauce, and tacos de la Mexico (made with beef, chicharron and chorizo). This is a strictly no-frills place, but you’ll have a good time and not spend a roll doing it. 

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La Tortuga

Neighborhood: Golden Zone Price: Moderate
Al fresco dining in Acapulco—kind of noisy, a bit of bus exhaust in the air, but wonderful nonetheless. La Tortuga is popular with the locals, but it’s doubtful they are paying $4 for a glass of Sangria from the jug (stick with the cerveza). Try the red snapper and save some room for their most popular dessert: coconut ice cream with Kahlua. La Tortuga is on a side street off the main bywayof La Costera, but worth searching out if you’re looking for friendly service and good—but not great—Mexican cooking.  

El Zorrito

Neighborhood: Traditional Zone  Price: Budget
This open-air restaurant is popular with the local crowd. Since it's open 24 hours, El Zorrito does its fair share of business with night owls. The menu has all the Mexican favorites you’d expect to find, and a few you don’t see everywhere, like pozole, a soup made with hominy and meat (usually chicken) and menudo, a tripe stew that Mexicans swear by as a sure-fire hangover remedy and maybe just the thing to get you going at an odd pre-dawn hour. It’s located across from the Costa Club Hotel.

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Tacos & Beer

Neighborhood: Golden Zone Price: Budget

Let’s see. You want a taco? Yeah. How about a beer to go with that? You read my mind. OK then, Tacos & Beer—let’s go. As basic as it is, it’s one of the best places to eat in Acapulco for budget fare. This simple outdoor venue doesn’t open until the sun goes down, but it stays open until the last nightclubber staggers home in the pre-dawn hours. Look for the bungee jump attraction on the beach side of Costera and you’ll find Tacos & Beer. You’ll have a nice beach view as you down a cerveza and—recommended—one of the eatery’s tacos al pastor, made with marinated pork and a slice of roasted pineapple.


Torta Loca

Neighborhood: Golden Zone Price: Budget
So what’s in a name, or in this case, a sandwich? Tortas are Mexican-style sandwiches that are extravagantly packed. At Torta Loca, they come with such main ingredients as carne asada, chicken, fried fish, and chorizo; and are garnished with everything from avocado to jalapenos. You get the picture. Kind of like a Subway sandwich, but with less of an assembly line aspect. Don’t expect your sandwich to be wrapped in a tortilla, though—tortas use a white bread called a bolillo. Instead of a poisonous soft drink, you can order a freshly made fruit smoothie. 

100% Natural

Neighborhood: Traditional Zone  Price: Budget
Not only is 100% Natural a healthful alternative to some of the lousy food travelers eat when they’re in a rush, 100% Natural is a chain in Mexico, and there are about a half-dozen outlets around Acapulco. But try to make it down to the one in the Traditional Zone. It’s situated in a beach/wharf setting with tables overlooking the bay, where you can catch a sea breeze while you’re downing a power shake and a vegetarian sandwich. While health is their buzz word, they also serve wine, beer and mixed drinks. 100% Natural serves breakfast, a good alternative to what you’ll eat in most hotel buffets. 

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