Top ChoiceBurgers in Mérida

Burger Bar

This recently opened gourmet burger joint serves up a very welcome range of high-quality medium-rare burgers in numerous different styles, has craft beers on tap and also does crispy chicken and paninis. The...

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La Guitarra Andaluza

This classic Spanish restaurant sits in the heart of Barrio Obrero and offers a good mixture of steak, chicken and pasta dishes, as well as a good wine list. Some weekend nights there’s live salsa. Next door...

Activity in Mérida

Super Tostón Mexicano

Que? You wanted Mexican food and Venezuelan mixed together? No hay problema – here, traditional Mexican dishes like chalupas and tamales all get served on top of a mini tostón, the traditional fried banana dish...

Steak in The Andes

Páramo Grill

A large and relatively formal place by local standards, this locally famous steakhouse features waiters in tuxedos and a bullfighting theme on the walls. Meat can be a little overcooked, so if you like it...

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Europa Art Cafe

Indigenous-themed photos line the wall of this German-owned establishment, chock-a-block full of simple fare including German sausage and meatballs, Hungarian goulash and Russian potato salad. Breakfasts of...

Cafe in Mérida

Café Mogambo

With its prominent 1920s-style bar, art deco plasterwork, soft lighting and antique ceiling fans, mood is the name of the game in this trendy bistro, a haven for wine buffs. Breakfast and dinner is served, and on...

Activity in San Cristobal

Restaurant La Bologna

The Italian owner still includes several pasta and ravioli dishes, on the menu since 1968. It also serves up hearty, economical Venezuelan food and is popular with locals and tourists alike. The large potted...

South American in Mérida

Casa Andina

Budget eaters, rejoice – with the best, cheapest set meals in town, this historic restaurant-cum-museum is worth the short walk to the edge of town. Tables surround a lovely garden patio, and a few front rooms...

Mexican in Mérida


A friendly and rather charming place with a full Tex-Mex menu stretching from burritos to quesadillas, Guacamole is a colorful multiroom affair that provides a much needed change of culinary pace for those who've...

Venezuelan in Mérida

La Sazón del Llano

A side-by-side bakery and cafeteria always abuzz with happy diners. You could bust a gut polishing off the four-dish criollo and international menú, and the bakery is a good bet when everything's closed tight on...

Market in Mérida

Mercado Principal

Some of the city’s best traditional food is to be found on the 2nd floor. Try dishes such as pechuga rellena a la merideña (chicken breast stuffed with ham and cheese, breaded, deep-fried, and slathered in...

Creole in Boconó

Restaurant La Vieja Casa de la Nona

Dining on home-style creole tucker in ‘Grandma’s Old House, ’ you can’t help but smile. The walls are lined with classic movie posters – and did we mention the food? It doesn’t get much more down-home than this.

Activity in Boconó

Pernil’s Fast Food

This smart, modern, convenient corner spot has already conquered local stomachs thanks to its tasty sandwiches, hamburgers, arepas (corn pancakes stuffed with juicy fillings) and Middle Eastern shawarmas.

Italian in Mérida

La Trattoria da Lino

If you are after a fine Italian lunch (until 4:30pm weekdays), you won’t go wrong coming to this well-appointed restaurant with a delicate Mediterranean touch. Savor the homemade gnocchi with a glass of merlot.

Ice Cream in Mérida

Heladería Coromoto

An ice-cream shop in the Guinness World Records for the largest number of flavors, it scoops out more than 900 types (not all at the same time!), including Polar beer, salmon and black bean.

Seafood in Mérida

La Sevillana

Wine racks line the walls of this classic Spanish seafood restaurant, where the specialty is fish, just about any which way you like it – there’s even German and Chilean dishes on the menu.

Activity in San Pedro Del Río

La Casona de los Abuelos

Open more regularly than most other restaurants, La Casona de los Abuelos is a large, colonial-style mansion that serves typical local fare, including gallina.

International in Mérida

Restaurante La Abadía

This atmospheric colonial mansion serves quality salads, meats and pastas. It has a cocktail bar in a basement catacomb, plus several intimate indoor and alfresco dining nooks.

International in Trujillo

Restaurant Tibisay

Mind your matches, the local firemen eat here. You can see why – it serves solid, stick-to-your-ribs food in an unpretentious cafeteria atmosphere, and with prices to match.

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Restaurant Vegetariano

This salad-lover’s delight is a welcome refuge from the usual Venezuelan deep-fried yumminess. Wholemeal (baked) empanadas, natural juices, good bread and desserts.