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5 Best “Date Night” Restaurants in San Pancho

For a small pueblo, San Pancho offers an extraordinary number of delightful places to eat.

A few restaurants stand out for their combination of ambience, menu and quality. We call these “date night” restaurants, although any celebration will do.

Here are our top five picks. All feature English-speaking staff, serve alcohol, and maintain conversation-friendly noise levels. For most, prices trend higher than other San Pancho restaurants, and are worth it.

Mar Plata is San Pancho’s top special occasion restaurant

Mar Plata is San Pancho’s top special occasion restaurant

1. Mar Plata is located at the north end of San Pancho at Calle de Palmas #130, within walking distance of Casa Mar Azul. A favorite of wedding parties, it drips romance—ocean views, intimate lighting, and surprising restrooms you should not miss.

The menu is a fusion of European and Argentine influences, and the desserts… well, save room. Full bar with inventive cocktails and a selection of Spanish, French, Argentine, Italian and Mexican wines. Live music and dancing some nights.

NOTE: 2017 quality has been spotty. Certainly go for drinks, then check the menu.

Credit cards accepted. $$$

Phone: 311-258-4424

Dress code: A chance to step up from shorts and flip flops

A top chef and organic, locally grown ingredients make Bistro Organico a top pick

A top chef and organic, locally grown ingredients make Bistro Organico a top pick

2. Bistro Organico is tucked in an open-air courtyard within Hotel Cielo Rojo, located in the heart of San Pancho at Calle Asia #6. A garden waterfall, potted tropical plants, soft lighting, and soothing background music create an intimate atmosphere.

You’re served beautiful meals made with organic, locally grown ingredients, giving you the full flavor and vitality nature intended—with the creative interpretation of a top chef. It’s a brilliant and delicious combination that happens to be healthy.

Specialties include seafood, freshly baked bread, Mexican wine and olive oil, and delectable desserts (some gluten-free). Full bar, including a collection of artisanal tequila.

Credit cards accepted. $$

Phone: 311-258-4155

Email: Info@HotelCieloRojo.com

Dress code: A chance to step up from shorts and flip flops

It doesn't matter what you order at Mexotik—it will be fabulous

It doesn’t matter what you order at Mexotik—it will be fabulous

3. Mexotik’s airy, second floor dining room gives you sweeping mountain views under a palapa ceiling. Ceiling fans, linen tablecloths and flattering lighting are punctuated with quirky art, creating a “we’re in Mexico” fun yet sophisticated vibe.

Savor a cocktail while you study the artisan fusion menu covering appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes and desserts, all incorporating organic local products and a wide variety of international seasonings. It doesn’t matter what you select, it will be stunningly delicious.

Located on Av. Tercer Mundo, across the street from Entreamigos.

Owner and chef: Daniel Murillo

Credit cards accepted. $$

Phone: 322-189-0190

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Dress code: A chance to step up from shorts and flip flops

La Ola Rica has been a San Pancho favorite since 1996—and deservedly so

La Ola Rica has been a San Pancho favorite since 1996—and deservedly so

4. La Ola Rica is a long-time, beloved San Pancho restaurant located at the corner of Av. Tercer Mundo and Mexico, one block from the beach. Sit outside on the covered patio and people watch, or indoors in the intimate, wood-beamed dining room.

The menu showcases select Mexican, Italian, Continental and American specialties, including appetizers, salads, soups, main dishes and desserts. Live music some nights.

Founders and owners: Triny and Gloria

Credit cards accepted. $$

Phone: 311-258-4123

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Dress code: A chance to step up from shorts and flip flops

Don’t go home until you eat the lasagne at Dolce Amore

Don’t go home until you eat the lasagne at Dolce Amore

5. Dolce Amore’s exuberant owner and chef Sergio Napoli is a native of Milan, Italy and welcomes you like a long-lost friend.

This compact restaurant is located on the corner of Av. Tercer Mundo and America Latina. Dotted with tables for two and four, you can dine on the covered patio, at the sidewalk bar, on the street, or indoors near the kitchen.

Choose from classic, homemade Italian appetizers, salads and main courses. People write poems about the lasagne. Portions are very large, and those in-the-know share dishes. Bonus: there’s a gelato stand on the patio! Wine.

Don’t feel like dining out? You can pick up your dinner and dine at home.

Owner and chef: Sergio Napoli

Credit cards accepted. $

Phone: 322-146-5656

Dress code: Come as you are

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