Restaurants

Seafood in Chapala

Isla Cozumel

Among the best of the touristy lakefront restaurants, Cozumel sits just up from the boardwalk and bills itself as a 'Caribbean Escape on the Chapala Riviera.' It is very popular with visitors who enjoy the complimen…
Mexican in Chapala

Chapala's Fonda

For something more down to earth than the glossy restaurants around the lake, check out the simple restaurants under the portales (arcades) of the main plaza. The best regarded of these is Chapala's Fonda, where a h…
Mexican in Chapala

La Leña

Get away from the rather sanitized restaurants around the malecón and try a slice of local life at this semi-open-air place a flight above Chapala’s main street. With a great selection of meaty dishes, the specialty…
Mexican in Chapala

El Zapote

This friendly local restaurant decorated with antiquated farm implements serves its house specialty, the eponymous zapote (chimichanga), with pride but also does a mean pozole (traditional soup or stew made with hom…
Argentine in Ajijic

Ajijic Tango

Ajijic’s most popular restaurant is never less than rammed with locals, resident expats and visitors, all here to enjoy the excellent steaks (it is an Argentinian restaurant after all). But there are other dishes to…
Seafood in Chapala

Beer Garden

This Chapala institution has drawn crowds to the lakefront since 1925. Enjoy guacamole mixed at your table (M$99), deep-fried local charales (whitebait), mojarra (tilapia) any way you like it and, of course, beer on…
Mexican in Ajijic

El Chile Verde

A world away from all the arty expat-style restaurants and cafes, this tiny lemon-and-lime-colored eatery serves up authentic and delicious home-cooked Mexican food that pulls in both locals and resident foreigners.…
Burgers in Ajijic

Merendero Lake

This self-styled 'gourmet burger' joint does grill a decent patty (M$89 to M$95) but there are also salads (M$70) and prawn dishes (M$125 to M$140) on offer. This is one of the more upbeat, 'younger' places in a sil…
Seafood in Chapala

La Palapa del Guayabo

This may not be the best seafood restaurant on the boardwalk, but it's the largest, and its sprawling terrace practically reaches Isla de los Alacranes. Ask them to undercook whatever fish you order. It will then tu…
International in Ajijic

Manix

If you're looking for a break from Mexican food, head for Manix, which serves up American-style barbecue, chicken and steak, with pasta and pizza thrown in for good measure. There's live music from 7pm to 9pm on Tue…