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Acapulco's Top 10 Restaurants For Real Mexican Dining

Acapulco's Top 10 Restaurants For Real Mexican Dining
Once the favored holiday destination of Hollywood stars, Acapulco has always looked after its guests. Its restaurant scene has been revamped, but those looking for authentic cuisine will still find beachside cafes serving fresh seafood, taco joints, and traditional Mexican family-run restaurants. These 10 top picks show the city’s food at its best.

Zibu

Restaurant, Seafood, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
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Acapulco Bay
Acapulco Bay | © Yörch/Flickr
A nod to the days when Spanish ships plied the trade routes between Acapulco and the West Indies, bearing foreign spices and other exotic ingredients, Zibu serves creative fusion cuisine with Mexican and Thai influences. Standout dishes include octopus carpaccio with coriander and green apple, and prawns in a mango, ginger, tamarind and chipotle sauce. You can enjoy these dishes on their modern patio terrace, shaded by the palm-thatched roofs of the restaurant with a view of the shoreline and forested slopes of Puerto Marqués Bay. It’s the perfect place to watch the sun go down.
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6:00 pm - 1:00 am
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6:00 pm - 1:00 am
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6:00 pm - 1:00 am
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6:00 pm - 1:00 am
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6:00 pm - 1:00 am
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6:00 pm - 1:00 am
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6:00 pm - 1:00 am

100% Natural

Mexican cuisine may be flavorful and delicious, but it isn’t always healthy. 100% Natural, a small chain with several branches across Acapulco, aims to match great Mexican flavors to nutritious, wholesome ingredients. From breakfasts of fresh fruit and muesli to wholegrain and gluten-free versions of Mexican lunchtime classics, you’ll find an extensive menu here with plenty of vegetarian options. While their pastas and noodle dishes are quite tasty, the salad options are particularly strong, enriched by nuts, seeds and sprouted grains to fuel you up without weighing you down. The Café Del Mar location is especially appealing thanks to its proximity to La Caleta beach, though the Magallanes branch is also a contender with its pontoon seating and lovely views of the bay.

Del Mar Natural, Avenida Costera Miguel Alemena 34 a, Centro, Acapulco de Juárez, Guerrero, Mexico, +52 744 480 1450

Pesca’O

A seafood shack decked out with nautical bric-à-brac and old movie posters, Pesca’O serves outstanding fish tacos, punchy shrimp cocktails, and lime-laced ceviche, along with margaritas and cold beers. Their most popular, highly rated specialties include the seafood-stuffed chilies and the yellow fin tuna carpaccio. Desserts of flambéed bananas and chocolate brownies à la mode are simple but satisfying, and the price is right. Just a short walk from the beach, Pesca’O is popular with both locals and visitors. Its dining room is a good bit smaller than its widespread reputation, so get there early if you want to beat the line.

Pescao, Mateo F. Mauri 1, Costa Azul, Acapulco de Juárez, Guerrero, Mexico, +52 744 481 3104

Becco al Mare

Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
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Another of Acapulco’s fashionable, recent arrivals, Becco al Mare is an Italian restaurant with a minimalist white interior and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Like Zibu and many of Acapulco’s more upmarket restaurants, it’s set back off the Avenida Escenica, which follows the coast out of town; to make the most of the views, look for a seat on the terrace. On their expansive menu, you’ll find exquisite seafood dishes like grilled lobster with rosemary butter, fresh pasta with mussels and saffron, and risotto with melted taleggio cheese. Becco al Mare also boasts one of Acapulco’s most comprehensive wine cellars, stocked with over 4,000 bottles.
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6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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6:00 pm - 12:00 am

La Cabaña de Caleta

Restaurant, Seafood, Mexican, $$$
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This palm-thatched beach house restaurant on Playa Caleta has won the hearts of Acapulco’s visitors for over than half a century, and it’s easy to see why. Service is consistently friendly and attentive, the location is superb, and the seafood is some of the best in the city. Among La Cabaña de Caleta’s specialities are clam ceviche, oysters, seafood cocktails, fish soups, grilled snapper and garlicky prawns. On top of all that there are a handful of classic Mexican breakfast items, including huevos rancheros with refried beans, to enjoy as you soak up some early morning beachside atmosphere and fight the temptation to stay there all day.
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Kookaburra

Restaurant, Seafood, French
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Kookaburra is a sleek modern restaurant that forms part of Acapulco’s upmarket La Isla Shopping Village, having recently moved from a location on the Avenida Escenica. Its menu is influenced as much by European cuisine as by that of Mexico, with dishes including rack of lamb, quail, roast duck with wild rice, filet steak, and black forest gateau among the highlights. You’ll also find prawns with tamarind sauce, and grilled robalo (sergeant fish) marinated with chillies, should you need reminding that you’re in Mexico. The expertly made cocktails, including a range of blended margaritas, are also worth investigating.
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1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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1:00 pm - 12:00 am
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1:00 pm - 12:00 am

El Cabrito

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Restaurante El Cabrito, Acapulco
Restaurante El Cabrito, Acapulco | Courtesy La Trainera's
El Cabrito has been going strong for over 50 years, in which time it has amassed a loyal local following. The menu comprises dishes drawn from across Mexico, including tamales (long maize flour dumplings stuffed with shredded meat and steamed inside corn husks or banana leaves) and enchiladas made with piquant green tomato salsa. But succulent spit-roasted goat (‘cabrito al pastor’) cooked over charcoal is the house speciality and an excellent option if you’re in need of a change from seafood. To go with it are classic cocktails from El Cabrito’s bar and a range of artisan tequilas.
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1:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Courtesy La Trainera’s

La Trainera

Restaurant, Seafood
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Seafood restaurant La Trainera has two branches in Acapulco along with two in Mexico City. All four of them double as delis (or ‘markets’ as La Trainera likes to call them) in which an impressive seafood counter takes pride of place, showcasing all manner of creatures from the deep from snow crabs to numerous varieties of clams. Of the two in Acapulco, the Zona Diamante branch has the better location. Take a seat on the informal terrace and choose from the extensive menu which features dishes such as marlin tacos, grilled Alaskan king crab, tuna sashimi and a long list of ceviches.
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

La Casa de Tere

Homey Mexican classics are the order of the day at La Casa de Tere, a brightly painted open-air dining room in an unassuming area of Acapulco. Take a seat at one of the long wooden tables and tuck in to outstanding tortilla soups, chicken with mole (a rich sauce made from upwards of 20 ingredients that include toasted spices and a variety of ground chillies) and syrupy flan. On Thursdays the restaurant serves pozole, a traditional hominy broth popular in Guerrero state; La Casa de Tere’s version is regarded by many aficionados to be the best in the city. This insider’s pick also hosts Mexican folk music with local groups performing several nights a week.

La Casa de Tere, Alonso Martin 1721, Magallanes, Acapulco de Juárez, Guerrero, Mexico, +52 744 485 7735

Tacos Tumbras

A reliable local favorite with three branches around town, Tacos Tumbras serves some of Acapulco’s best tacos, along with vibrant fresh juices (aguas frescas) and cold beers sharpened with a spritz of lime. You’ll find numerous classic taco combos here but the intensely savoury tacos al pastor (marinated, spiced pork cooked on a spit, lifted by a sprinkling of chopped onion and coriander) are the most popular. Along with the obligatory side of lime wedges there are fresh tomato, tomatillo and chipotle salsas with which to anoint them. Ideal for a quick bite or a late night pit-stop, Tacos Tumbras makes a refreshing change from Acapulco’s glitzy, tourist-orientated side.