Top Choice Mexican in Playa Sámara

Lo Que Hay

This rocking beachside taquería and pub offers six delectable taco fillings: fish, chorizo, chicken, beef, pork, veggie. The grilled avocados stuffed with pico de gallo are choice. Even sin tacos, a good time will b…
Soda in Playa Sámara

Casa Esmeralda

A favorite with locals, this is a dressed-up soda with tablecloths, faux-dobe walls and excellent food. The menu ranges from the expected (arroz con pollo) to the exotic (Italian octopus appetizer), all of which is …
Barbecue in Playa Sámara

El Lagarto

Grilled meats are the big draw at this beachfront alfresco restaurant, studded with old trees. Watching the chefs work their magic on the giant wood-fired oven is part of the fun. The Surf & Turf is highly recom…
International in Playa Sámara


Good food, great location. Service is lacking, but you're not in any hurry, right? Enjoy pastas, salads and seafood, as well as phenomenal smoothies and creative cocktails, all while watching the action on the beach…
Vegetarian in Playa Sámara

Ahora Sí

A Venetian-owned vegetarian restaurant and all-natural cocktail bar. They do smoothies with coconut milk; gnocchi with nutmeg, sage and smoked cheese; soy burgers and yucca fries; wok stir-fries; and thin-crust pizz…
Vegetarian in Playa Sámara

Luv Burger

'Luv' is the operative word here. Feel it, veggies. There are burgers, but they are not made of meat. Neither are the sandwiches, salads or casados. It's all veggie, all the time, from vegan pancakes for breakfast t…
Bakery in Playa Sámara

Roots Bakery

The carrot cake is really good; and the spinach quiche is better. But the cinnamon buns are otherworldly – so rich and gooey and sweet and chewy that you might have to do penance after you eat one. Required eating.R…
Market in Playa Sámara

Sámara Organics – Mercado Organico

It's not cheap, but self-caterers (and anybody with a dietary restriction) will appreciate this cafe and market, well-stocked with organic produce and delicious prepared foods. Come get your healthy food fix.
Supermarket in Playa Sámara

Super Sámara

A well-stocked local supermarket.
Italian in Playa Sámara

La Dolce Vita

Life is sweet when you're sitting under a giant palapa on the sand, drinking a smoothie and watching the surfers. This is a popular spot for pizza and sundowners, thanks to affable Italian owners and a prime beachfr…