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7 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 seven 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 one of San Pancho’s top special occasion restaurants

1. Mar Plata is located at the north end of San Pancho at Calle de Palmas #30, within walking distance of Casa Mar Azul. It drips romance—ocean views, intimate lighting, and surprising restrooms you should not miss.

As of March 2018, the new talented chef triumphs with a tapas/sharing mix & match menu. Full bar with inventive cocktails. Live music and dancing some nights. Website not yet updated; go to Mar Plata’s Facebook page. 

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 sourced ingredients make Bistro Organico a rewarding pick

A top chef and organic, locally sourced ingredients make Bistro Organico a rewarding 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. Potted tropical plants, soft lighting and soothing background music create an intimate atmosphere.

You’re served beautiful meals made with organic, locally sourced 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

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

3. 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

Facebook La Ola Rica Restaurant and Bar

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

Lovo's chef blends South Pacific island cuisine with authentic flavors of Mexico

Lovo’s chef blends South Pacific island cuisine with authentic flavors of Mexico

4. Lovo‘s chef draws on the essence of South Pacific island cuisine and authentic flavors of Mexico. Starters, main dishes and desserts. Located on Av. Tercer Mundo at America Latina. Alcohol served, live music some nights.

Phone: +52 322 236 9778

Email: LovoSanPancho@gmail.com

Facebook: LOVOsanpacho

Dress code: Come as you are

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

New: La Patrona Beach Club serves dinner Friday and Saturday only, winter through spring

6. La Patrona Beach Club‘s Chef’s Dinners are still a bit of a secret. People are saying great things. The cuisine is unknown at this time. Beachfront on Calle Las Palmas, by the dark green street arch. 01-322-146-7714

Mexotik's chef turns locally sourced seafood, fruits and vegetables into memorable meals

Mexotik‘s chef turns locally sourced seafood, fruits and vegetables into memorable meals

7. Mexotik Chef Daniel Murillo offers a delicious twist on traditional Mexican and international cuisine. New location! Serving dinner at El Gallo, Av. Tercer Mundo #38, +52-322-189-0190

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