Top Choice International in La Costa del Bálsamo

Covana Seaside Kitchen

Such impressive architecture is a surprising find in the beach hamlet of El Zonte, but the lofty dining room at Puro Surf is a stunning spot. A soaring, palm-thatch roof frames ocean views, while polished concrete f…
Top Choice Seafood in La Libertad

Punta Rocamar

Overlooking the point is the pride of expatriate surfer Robert Rotherham, who has been feeding the notoriously fussy surf community for decades. The gringo frijolero (grilled fish or meat with beans, vegetables, avo…
Top Choice Salvadoran in Santa Tecla

El Sopón Don Guayo

Sopa de Gallina is a Salvadoran specialty and this family-run restaurant is the perfect place to try it. Whole chickens are first roasted in a wood-fired oven before being made into tasty soup, served with tortillas…
Top Choice Italian in La Costa del Bálsamo

Tunco Veloz

The thin-crust pizzas at the Speedy Pig are good anytime of day – topped with spinach and egg for breakfast, or laden with whatever you might fancy for lunch or dinner. Homemade pastas and gnocchi are also on the me…
Salvadoran in La Costa del Bálsamo

Loroco Bistro

This laid-back bistro with open-air seating serves great local breakfasts (US$3 to US$3.50). Come evening, candles add a romantic touch, while the menu of pizzas, burgers, schnitzels, salads and ceviche is excellent…
Seafood in La Libertad

Nuevo Altamar

If you're passing through La Libertad, it's worth stopping for the exquisite ceviche and cazuela (seafood soup) at this local institution. Many San Salvadorans make the trip down for special occasions.
Seafood in La Costa del Bálsamo

La Bocana

It's on the beach, seats a hundred-plus people, has an oversupply of waiters and a long menu of pretty much anything you feel like. It gets raucous once the sun sets, but then again, so do you after a six-hour lunch…
Cafe in La Costa del Bálsamo

Dale Dale Cafe

If you crave a less Latin American start to the day, then try a smoothie, herbal tea, mug of Americano or stack of fluffy pancakes at this moderately upscale place on the main drag. Go on! (Dale dale!)
Salvadoran in La Costa del Bálsamo

Esquina La Comadre

Popular with hungry surfers, this unassuming corner spot punches out generous portions of tacos, seafood and rice dishes to all who stop by.
Cafe in La Costa del Bálsamo


Get your fill of tempting breakfasts, smoothies, coffee and in-between-surf food at this American-style cafe near the beach.