Pablo is an American from Colorado that spends the winters in Santiago and runs a small restaurant, during the winter only, out of his home on a side path just south of the Hospitalito Atitlan's temproary location. Outside of the Posada, which has heavenly food, and maybe the fish place mentioned in two other reviews, this it by far the best place to eat in Santiago Atitian, in my humble opinion. Frequented mostly by volunteers at the Hospitalito and a few expats renting houses in the neighborhood, Pablos is very informal with wood fired pizza and 1 or 2 items of the day that vary all over the culinary map. Meals usually 35 to 60 quetzels ($5-8). Open lunch and early dinner (until about 8, sometimes later, usually 5 to 6 days per week.) Ask locals for directions or get off at the Hospitalito and ask, no sign on the highway, but only 1-2 minute walk from the road.
Favorite Dish: Fish tacos - fresh and yummy, sometimes with homemade Wasabi mayo. Only on the menu when Pablo has fresh fish.
He also does great Contenental food when he is in the mood. You never konw what will be on the menu until that day or maybe the day before, but it is always good.
The food at the Pescador is amazingly fresh, and totally yummy. We all had some version of fish. Mine was a black bass fillet in a wine sauce, which was utterly to die for. Another dish was a fresh fried fish, with saffron rice, fresh guacamole, and sumptuous root veggies cooked to perfection. The place is clean and charming, and the service was great! The owner is a lovely man that also has a fare trade bead shop upstairs (we were there on fare trade business, so I don't know if that’s open to just everyone, but the jewelry is exquisite.) El Pescador is right on gringo street, so it's the perfect place to lunch after walking up and down, shopping to your hearts content(remember to take extra luggage to fill for the trip home.) We enjoyed sitting out front on the patio so we could watch the hustle and bustle of the locals and tourists alike. El Pescador is not to be missed!
Favorite Dish: My black bass fillet was so meaty and moist you could tell it was caught that morning from the lake. The saffron rice, with fresh lime and veggies were sumptuous. The white wine saucy was perfect for such a yummy fillet. My Sister's fried fish was delightful; take a look at the pictures to see what I mean. A treat for the senses all round!
The dishes here are locally-themed and come with frijoles, tortillas, rice, and guacamole made from locally grown avocados. I had a whole fried tilapia which was meaty and tasty. Great with a squirt of lime and eaten with the guacamole and tortillas. Their roast chicken was also tasty. Service was good and the restaurant was clean, bright, and had a good view of the happenings on this corner just a couple of blocks up the hill from the ferry dock.
Favorite Dish: Fried tilapia, guacamole
We were only in Santiago Atitlán for a couple hours, which basically left us just enough time to walk through the main street to the center of town and to go pay a visit to Maximón. After that, we headed back toward the lake so that we wouldn't miss the boat, but we had a few minutes to grab some food at one of the stands near the dock. We ordered our food (a sandwich and some sodas) and it took a long time for them to prepare it. Then after we finally got the food, the little girl who was working there had to run around to some of the other stands and try to find some change. She came back and told us she couldn't make change, so I took the money and made my own change by askings some strangers who looked like tourists. Anyways, it all worked out and we were pretty hungry, so it wasn't hard to wolf down the very mediocre food with barely a second to spare before our boat pushed off across the lake.