Top Choice Italian in Matagalpa

La Vita é Bella

This local institution serves up flavorful authentic Italian dishes at low prices in a relaxed bistro atmosphere. The thin-crust pizza is some of the best in Nicaragua and the pasta dishes are also full of flavor. V…
Nicaraguan in Matagalpa

Rincón Don Chaco

A fresh-pressed, Formica diner with amazing batidos (fruit shakes made with milk or water). The pineapple and celery in orange juice is an instant classic, while the coconut in milk is also worth a try. There are al…
Nicaraguan in Matagalpa


Part fritanga (grill), part Mexican diner, this hugely popular hybrid serves up surprisingly good grub until late. Ignore the tasteless stuffed iguanas on the wall and pick between impossibly tender BBQ beef, tangy …
Steak in Matagalpa

El Pullaso

Matagalpinos love beef and it's no surprise that their steakhouse of choice is El Pullaso, which serves big portions of tender cuts of meat at bargain prices. It's so popular they've constructed a 2nd floor. Come wi…
Steak in Matagalpa

La Pradera de San Francisco

Just a US$2 cab ride from the city center, this snazzy dining room is where Matagalpa’s business elite take their long lunch hour. You’ll be forgiven if you pass on the bull-testicle ceviche; just know that the sizz…
Nicaraguan in Matagalpa

Maná de Cielo

The best-loved steam table in Matagalpa. Take your choice from dozens of options, including chorizo and eggs in the morning and perfectly caramelized grilled chicken at lunch. Whatever you pick, it's all top-notch.
Mexican in Matagalpa

El Mexicano

Enjoy cheap, authentic Mexican food prepared by the owner/chef from Guadalajara and served in a casual dining area. It comes out fairly tame but hot sauce is always available.
Nicaraguan in Matagalpa

Buffet Oasis

A great Matagalpa steam-table buffet with all your Nica favorites and excellent frescos (fruit juices). High turnover means it is always fresh.
Nicaraguan in Matagalpa

El Balcon

Healthy portions of well-prepared Nicaraguan dishes and a wide selection of snacks make this 2nd-floor bistro a reliable bet.
Cafe in Matagalpa

Repostería Gutiérrez

Serves tasty fresh pastries and excellent local coffee to a dedicated clientele, but they got rid of their seating so you'll have to go eat in the park.