The Best Restaurants In Guatemala City

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Harriet Lawrence

Guatemala City is the largest city in Central America, with a great deal to offer the foodie traveler. Check out the array of tantalizing options all the way from traditional Guatemalan cuisine to the flavors of Italy, gastronomy of France and spices of Asia. You’re bound to find something to tempt you on our list of 10 of the best restaurants here.

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Tamarindos

Once featured on Condé Nast’s Hot List of the 100 Most Exciting New Restaurants in the World, the menu at Tamarindos boasts an incredible mixture of Thai and Italian food with a sprinkle of Guatemalan flavor. Located in the trendy region of Zona Viva (Zona 10), Tamarindos boasts an amazing chef with an eclectic array of food choices. Don’t miss the incredible four-cheese gnocchi or sumptuous blend of flavor in vegetarian Pad Thai, which both come almost as highly acclaimed as French-trained chef Milly Bruderer himself. He also serves more unique offerings such as duck in tamarind sauce or Thai-style curries. With post-modern whimsical décor, Tamarindos has a welcoming ambiance to enjoy your food along with an extensive international wine list and pleasantly low prices.

Hacienda Real

This incredible Western-themed steak house situated a block from Camino Real Hotel in Zona Viva, is said to serve better steak than Argentina. Tile floors and wooden furniture give way to a lovely central fountain and patio with umbrellas as well as a play area for kids. ‘A must’ for tourists, Hacienda Real serves delicious filet, great appetizers and wine selection, complete with an attentive and courteous staff to complement the great ambiance. Among recommended foods are the garlic bread, Guatemala sausage, Lomito Perez, ribs, or Plato Tipico (which comes with steak PUASO, fried black beans, and guacamole), not to mention endless baskets of warm tortillas.

Jake’s

Created by New Jersey native Jake Denburg (painter turned restaurateur), Jake’s boasts a romantic Italian ambiance with sophisticated décor in a beautiful farmhouse-turned-restaurant with hardwood ceilings and tile floors and a fire place. The chef’s creative talents are evident in his extravagant dishes, from vaquer chino (a tenderloin steak served with sweet soy, espresso, and star anise sauce) to crab cakes with avocado wasabi cream sauce. Save room for the dessert, the pudín de chocolate and cheesecake with crème brule also come highly recommended. Jake’s is also great for kids (it offers crayons for drawing on the table clothes) that being said it has what some have called one of the best wine lists in Central America.

Portal del Angel

Imagine a hill overlooking the entire city filled with twinkling lights from a panoramic window running the length of the dining room. Now add top quality meats, grilled lobster, and an extremely unique dining experience. That’s Port del Angel, a site lauded as one of the best views in the city, or a stop on the road to El Salvador.

Camille Cooking School Restaurant

A beautiful French restaurant located in a large former home, Camille is filled with candles, French posters, and other French paraphernalia. For an avid foodie, this place is a must-visit. The food by Chef Jorge artfully blends local ingredients with traditional French techniques. Camille offers baked Camembert, Tartar de Atuna, Lomita de Cebol, and paparadelle. However it is somewhat expensive for Guatemala. It also doubles as a cooking school, be sure to sign up for a class or even just chat with the chef and hear about his vast culinary background.

Altuna

A blend of old school charm and culinary experience, Altuna sports a covered courtyard over the main dining room (historically the home of the Guatemala City’s German Club). Founded in 1948, Altuna serves classic Spanish and Basque dishes such as paella, calamares en su tinta (shrimp in their own ink) and delicious torrjeas (bread soaked in whole, evaporated, and condensed milk with a sprinkle of anise) for dessert. Incredible wine, charming ambiance, and professional wait staff, the portions are sure not to leave you hungry.

Ambia

Slightly out of the way, Ambia is a fusion restaurant. Heavily influenced by a range of Asian styles, it offers artfully presented hearty steaks, well-seasoned lamb, and excellent carpaccio in either the open-air or outdoor-indoor chic ambiance. Prices are a bit high but the atmosphere, flavor, and composition of the food make up for it.

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