San Pancho Living

Where to Eat in San Pancho: Dinner

San Pancho’s dining scene is a surprising delight. You’ll enjoy superb meals prepared with fresh ingredients, a very modest tab, and welcoming owners and waiters (many speak English).

Visit TripAdvisor and search “San Pancho Nayarit Mexico restaurants” for reviews, plus ask around. Below are some of the local favorites for dinner.

Smaller restaurants and cafes are cash-only (in pesos). Larger restaurants accept credit cards. For most, dress code is shorts, tees and flip-flops.

Keep in mind restaurants come and go, relocate and close for renovations.

Choose among three beach restaurants located at the end of Av. Tercer Mundo, where turtle hatchlings are released nearby at sunset (seasonal). Dibble Photography photo

Choose among three beach restaurants located at the end of Av. Tercer Mundo, where turtle hatchlings are released nearby at sunset (seasonal). Dibble Photography photo

On the beach

Las Palmas, robust menu, lunch, dinner, alcohol served. At end of Av. Tercer Mundo, 322-135-770

La Playa, robust menu, lunch, dinner, alcohol served. At end of Av. Tercer Mundo, 311-258-4381

La Perla, robust menu, lunch, dinner, alcohol served. At end of at end of Av. Tercer Mundo, 311-258-4334

Taco places serve more than tacos. Explore and discover new favorites. Never Ending Voyage photo

Taco places serve more than tacos. Explore and discover new favorites. Never Ending Voyage photo

Tacos and more

Baja Takeria, lunch and dinner. More than tacos, alcohol served. Av. Tercer Mundo, 322-105-8694

Barracuda, lunch and dinner. More than tacos. Av. Tercer Mundo near Mexico, 322-151-6635

Dolce Jardin, dinner. More than tacos, including top-notch beef. Alcohol served. America Latina #1A, 322-158-7783

Los Arbolitos, dinner. More than tacos, beer served. America Latino #7, 311-258-4139

Los Delfines, dinner. More than tacos. Av. Tercer Mundo between America Latina and Mexico

Bistro Organico’s superb meals are made with organic, locally grown ingredients. Never Ending Voyage photo

Bistro Organico’s superb meals are made with organic, locally grown ingredients. Never Ending Voyage photo

Organic

Bistro Organico, breakfast and dinner. Seafood, vegetarian, alcohol served. Inside Hotel Cielo Rojo, Calle Asia #6, 311-258-4155

Local

La Chalupa, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Today’s seafood from local fisherman prepared however you like, plus chili rellenos, fajitas, shrimp, ceviche. Beer. Calle Mexico south of Av. Tercer Mundo

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

Fusion

Mexotik, lunch, dinner. Artisan fusion menu covering appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes and desserts, all incorporating organic local products and a wide variety of international seasonings. Av. Tercer Mundo, across from Entreamigos. 322-889-8644

Dig in to ribs and more grilled over mesquite coals at Mr. Ribs Barbecue

Dig in to ribs and more grilled over mesquite coals at Mr. Ribs Barbecue

Barbecue

Mr. Ribs BBQ, lunch and dinner. Ribs, chicken, pork, sausage barbecued over mesquite fire. Alcohol served. Av. Tercer Mundo #56, 322-140-4459

Burgers

Jellyfish, lunch and dinner. More than burgers. Av. Tercer Mundo #250A. Alcohol served, 322-200-0478

Italian & pizza

Darjeeling San Pancho, dinner. Pizza, alcohol served, live music some nights. Av. Tercer Mundo #28, 322-232-6315

Dolce Amore, dinner. Owner and chef Sergio Napoli is a native of Milan, Italy. Full menu includes classic, homemade Italian appetizers, salads and pasta. Bonus: gelato! Wine. Corner of Av. Tercer Mundo & America Latina, 322-146-5656

La Ola Rica, dinner. Full continental dinner menu includes pizza. A San Pancho favorite since 1996. Av. Tercer Mundo at Mexico. Alcohol served, live music some nights. 311-258-4123

La Trattorio (formerly Il Santo), on the malecon, at the beach end of Av. Tercer Mundo. Fresh pasta, steak, pizza. Alcohol served, live music some nights. 311-258-4218

Tapas and small plates

La Cresta De La Ola Rica, dinner. Newly opened by local owners of San Pancho favorite La Ola Rica (it’s upstairs). Munch and taste, alcohol served. Upstairs at La Ola Rica, Av. Tercer Mundo at Mexico, 311-258-4123

Mar Plata is San Pancho’s top celebration restaurant

Mar Plata is San Pancho’s top celebration restaurant

Treat yourself

Bistro Organico, breakfast and dinner. Beautiful seafood and vegetarian meals made with organic, locally grown ingredients, giving you the full flavor and vitality nature intended—with the creative interpretation of a top chef. Inside Hotel Cielo Rojo, Calle Asia #6. Alcohol served. 311-258-4155

Dolce Amore, dinner. Italian (with gelato!). Owner and chef Sergio is from Milan. Classic, homemade Italian appetizers, salads and main courses, including its famous lasagne. Corner of Av. Tercer Mundo & America Latina. Wine. 322- 146-5656

La Ola Rica, dinner. Select Mexican, Italian, Continental and American specialties, including appetizers, salads, soups, main dishes and desserts. Live music some nights. Alcohol served. Av. Tercer Mundo at Mexico, 311-258-4123

Maria’s, breakfast, lunch, dinner. A San Pancho favorite. Diverse dinner menu, live music some evenings. Alchohol served. Av. Tercer Mundo #28A. 311-258-4439

Mar Plata, dinner. A favorite for celebrations. The menu is a fusion of European and Argentine influences. Ocean view. NOTE: 2017 quality has been spotty. Certainly go for drinks, then check the menu. Located at the north end of San Pancho at Calle de Palmas #130, within walking distance of Casa Mar Azul. Alcohol served. 311-258-4424

Mexotik, lunch, dinner. Artisan fusion menu covering appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes and desserts, all incorporating organic local products and a wide variety of international seasonings. Av. Tercer Mundo, across from Entreamigos. Alcohol served. 322-889-8644

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