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.
Calle 2-19A, Zona 10, Guatemala City, Guatemala 502/2360-2815
Located in the center of Zona Viva, Kacao infuses traditional Guatemalan cuisine from around the country with an aspect of refinement in its service, ambiance, and presentation of its Chapin cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner, the roof becomes luminous at night with the glow of candles giving it a romantic ambience, yet Kacoa has an island feel of tropical plants surrounding a huge palapa during the day. It features a menu replete with meats fishes, and national house specialties such as jocón and pepián. Make sure to ask for the excellent Guatemalan tamales as you sway to the lively marimba music.
2Av. 13-44, Zona 10, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 502/2377-4189
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.
5 Av. 14–67, Zona 10, Guatemala City,Guatemala, 520/2380–8383
Follow the scent of fresh rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano and other onsite herbs growing in the courtyard of L’Osteria for immediate cooking. In the center of the bohemian Bario of 4 Grados Norte, this spot has a laid-back causal vibe, with old timey yet artsy feel, including solid blocks of wood as tables. It offers Italian food with plenty of vegetarian options including salads, pastas, and pizzas such as the Queso de Cabra (Goats Cheese) Pizza baked with thin crust California style. They also serve ground-on-site coffees to go with an incredible Nutella Flan for dessert.
4A Avenida, 10-14, Zona 10, Guatemala City,Guatemala, 502/2278 9914
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.
Carretera El Salvador km11. 2, Guatemala,Guatemala City, 520/2369 6013
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.