Every night in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo we found ourselves eating a dinner better than the night before. If you find yourself visiting, make sure you don’t miss out on these places!
Bistro Soleiado – Soleiades is a French restaurant in the middle of Ixtapa. We had such a great experience here the year before, this was a definite on our list.
What to order: Mahi Mahi filet with lemon and caper sauce.
El Mediterraneo – This dinner we met up with another family. With a large group of 12, we were set up at a long table in the back. With just a few other tables in the area, it felt like we were in our own private space. With only the walls surrounding and no roof above (just the stairs), it felt completely open.
What to order: Everyone either ordered the jumbo butterflied coconut shrimp butterflied or the super fresh tuna sashimi.
La Casa Vieja – The owner was super attentive and did everything — from greeting and seating the tables, to being waiter, bartender, entertainer.
What to order: Shrimp fajitas.
Ristorante Il Mare* – This was the day that we experienced some intense storms. We drove over flooded streets, hoping our over-stuffed and small taxi would be able to get maintain traction and get us up and over the hills. We entered Il Mare, an Italian-influenced restaurant, situated on the edge of the cliffs, overlooking the dark ocean and to the hills that lit up with twinkles of lights.
What to order: Shrimp scampi.
Coconuts – This year and the last, we have unintentionally ended up in Coconuts. It’s a great restaurant, but both times we have started somewhere we did not want to be, left, and found ourselves at Coconuts. Lauren and I were stuffed after we both decided to order a full cornish hen and not share. Lesson learned. Share!
What to order: Cornish hen stuffed with goat cheese, mediterranean vegetables and truffle mashed potatoes.
El Paraiso Escondido on Isla Ixtapa – This is the restaurant we chose to hang out at when we visited Isla Ixtapa. To get to Isla Ixtapa, you take a water taxi over from Playa Linda. The owner of Paraiso Escondido, Juan/”Johnny” said that they offer their own boat, so if you want to stay later than the 5pm cut-off, they can personally taxi you back. He was super generous and even offered for us to enjoy some of the activities for free (this is when we decided to tube behind a jetski!). They had fun cocktails like pina coladas in pineapples (adorned with ridiculous fruit faces).
What to order: I went a little out of the norm and ordered grilled octopus in butter.
Patys Marimar* – At this restaurant your feet are literally on the beach, where you can take off your shoes and dig your toes into the sand. They offer 2 x 1 drinks, but that means they bring you both drinks at once! Tyler and I decided to get mango daiquiris and strawberry daiquiris and swap. At first the mango tasted really mild (like maybe there was no alcohol). However, we were informed there was alcohol, and were offered additional alcohol, in the form of a double shooter to add as we pleased.
What to order: Shrimp fajitas.
La Casa Que Canta* – This is probably one of the most beautiful, nicest, and romantic restaurants in Zihuatanejo, located in an upscale hotel. You feel like you’re on the edge of the world. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable. Walk around the grounds and you’ll see an infinity pool that looks like it drops off into the ocean, and a salt water pool that looks like it sinks deep with no end.
What to order: Coconut shrimp.
Bars —Señor Frogs and Alex’s – for the dancing experience and the blue mystery liquid poured down your throat, go to Senor Frogs. And for the DIY DJ experience (aka make your own playlist and play it on YouTube) go to Alex’s — a bar carved into the side of an old dilapidated stadium.
*You cannot top the view at any of these restaurants. I have marked a couple of the restaurants that sit on the edge of the cliffs or are literally on the beach and look out to the water with an asterisk.
These past 2 years vacationing to Ixtapa have been an absolute treat!