The Pacific Slope restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Monterrico

Taberna El Pelicano

This cheery thatched orange restaurant is one of the best places to eat in town, with the widest menu and most interesting food. Look for excellent salads (Q80), plenty of cleverly prepared fish (from Q90) and a ran…
Guatemalan in El Paredón


Popular open-sided restaurant that serves up a bit of everything, but leans heavily towards seafood (especially ceviche). Vegetarians are well covered, and all mains come with enormous side dishes. One long-term El …
International in Retalhuleu

Hotel Astor

While the shady courtyard/pool area is by far the best thing about this place (drop in for a drink, even if you aren't planning on eating), the menu is solid, offering a decent range of meat, chicken and fish, and s…
Seafood in Champerico

7 Mares

One of a handful of similarly-styled restaurants in the beach zone, 7 Mares offers a small shaded swimming pool, dining area and upstairs deck that catches good breezes and views. Naturally, go for the fresh seafood…
Guatemalan in El Paredón


A good thatched spot near the beach for breakfasts, fruit smoothies and plates of pasta. There's usually a seafood-centered dish of the day that's worth trying.
Guatemalan in Lago de Amatitlán

La Rocarena

A popular day-trip destination, this hotel-restaurant offers a decent menu, leafy grounds, good views and a couple of warm-water swimming pools.
Guatemalan in Retalhuleu

Cafetería La Luna

In a new location a block off the plaza, this remains a town favorite for simple but filling meals in a low-key environment.
Steak in Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa


This steak house with leafy outdoor seating is probably the nicest place to eat in town.
Latin American in Retalhuleu

La Trinidad Mall

The huge modern La Trinidad mall has all the national and international food franchises so beloved in Guatemala.
Chinese in Escuintla


Fairly standard Chinese food, in clean surrounds just downhill from the bus terminal.