Restaurants

Top Choice Tex-Mex in La Costa del Bálsamo

Sharky's

So this ex-pilot turns up in Playa El Sunzal, and decides to open a small cafe because he is always so wiped out from surfing (and he needs something to do when the surf is flat). Just the basics, nothing special. S…
Top Choice International in Apaneca

El Jardin de Celeste

This heavenly garden venue is one of the culinary highlights of the region and warrants a stay or, at the very least, a coffee and cake. Located between Apaneca and Ataco, Celeste is best enjoyed with friends, laugh…
Top Choice Salvadoran in Juayúa

R&R

R&R is still the finest restaurant in Juayúa, and possibly in the whole Ruta de las Flores. El chef, Carlos, puts a twist on steaks, salads and Mexican food. Even when Juayúa is dead, the tables at this small, b…
Top Choice Burgers in San Salvador

Rustico Bistro

Rustico rivals any burger place in the world as far as we're concerned. The bread is chunky and fresh and the meat must weigh half a cow. Try the pulled-pork sandwiches with tamarindo sauce and wash it all down with…
Top Choice International in Santa Ana

Inna Jammin

The Rasta vibe flows over two levels in this happening new restaurant with a broad international menu. The pizzas rate highly, but the Salvadoran grills are exceptional and the cocktails are generously poured. The a…
Top Choice Seafood in La Libertad

Punta Roca

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 San Salvador

El Sopón Típico

Simple, fresh and delicious local food is the order of the day at this famous típico restaurant on a busy corner beside Galerias Escalón. Winning dishes include marisco en crema and sopa de chorizo, but it's hard to…
Top Choice Cafe in Metapán

Balompie Sports Bar & Cafe

Fronting the town square and backing onto Metapán's football stadium, this incongruously good sports bar is more than a place to sink beers and cheer on Los Caleros. Here you can sit on a sunny terrace and enjoy aut…
Top Choice Cafe in Santa Ana

Café Expresión Cultural

This versatile establishment is a favorite among intellectuals and artists who come for the live music and the well-stocked bookshop. Tourists and young lovers enjoy the big breakfasts, fine coffee and accessible ar…
Top Choice Noodles in La Costa del Bálsamo

Take a Wok

The best noodles in El Salvador (trust me, we looked hard) are found at this little booth on the road into El Tunco. You don't need to ask where it is because it is always packed with surfers and stoners shouting ou…