Ette's Pies is technically more of a bakery than restaurant, but people stop by just to have desert and relax while eating.
The pies, cakes and cookies are great and baked fresh daily. There is also a special order Chicken Pot Pie done once a month on the 15th that is so popular you MUST order ahead of time to be certain of getting the pies you want.
The store is open Tues-Sat - 9:00am - 6:00pm
Favorite Dish: Chicken Pot Pie, Carrot Cake and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.
Augie's is our stop on the way back to the house after a morning of fishing. It is located just south of the marina and is one of the few bars in town with air conditioning. When it is 105 F and humid, you want the air conditioning. The owner is an American so you tend to get an English speaking crowd. Some tourists, many of them regular visitors and a number of the ex-pats living in Loreto.
Favorite Dish: Pacifico! They also have good happy hour specials on food.
Super Burro is a... casual environment. It is an open air restaurant right near the center of the town (just south of the supermarket). The seating is plastic patio tables and chairs. Despite all of that, you *should* eat here at least once during your time in Loreto.
Favorite Dish: Both times I ate here during the week I was in Loreto I ordered the carne asada con queso. It comes in a very large tortilla that is folded in half. Inside is the carne asada with monterey jack cheese. The meat is marinated and seasoned to perfection, the cheese is fresh, and the tortilla is very good.
Unfortunately the economy has caught up and Petite Cava is closed.
The French name belies the Spanish influenced tapas and Mexican and South American wine cellar. Located at the edge of the historic district of Loreto almost at the corner of Miguel Hidalgo and Fco Madero, Hector Morales, the proprietor has made over an older facility into a very inviting restaurant.
This is a little different for Loreto. It caters more to those that wish to dine, not grab a quick taco. The wine selection is quite extensive with a focus on the higher end wines of Mexico and South America.
Favorite Dish: A favorite dish is hard to choose since the menu changes often. Every dish I've had so far has been excellent. Some tend to go heavy on cheeses, so come prepared. All dishes are prepared for sharing. On the cheese plate we had more honey in one order than we got with 3 orders at a wine bar in Los Angeles. And the price was less.
Unfortunately for the consumer, McLulu's has closed. She decided that it was time to retire.
Like most "great" restaurant finds, the "hole in the wall" types tend to have the best food. McLulu'a is another wonderful local taco stand in Loreto.
Located on the Salvatore, one of the main streets, just before reaching the historic district McLulu's is a small metal "box" on the left side of the road. The metal container holds the kitchen and condiment tables. The thatched roof covering right next to the "kitchen" has about 6 small plastic tables.
Much of the business is for locals that stop, get a taco or two and keep going. At lunch time it's always crowded. Rumor has it that McLulu put 3 kids through US colleges from the income generated by the stand. Considering the food and the crowds, that's quite believable.
Favorite Dish: The Carne Asada and Pescado tacos are right up there with another local place that people say has the best in town. I've eaten at both and consider them equal, the difference is the other place serves incredible fresh made lemonade, and McLulu's serves beer and Coke.
Like most of the taco stands in town, most are $1.00 - $1.50 each and two are quite filling.
Alas, Pachamama is closed. The family has moved away from Loreto.
Pachamama is located about a block from the Mission on a small side street. The menu is not extensive but the food is wonderful.
It is not Mexican Cuisine, rather, Argentinian. It is named afer the "Godess that produces" (Pacha=universe, Mama=mother).
All of the food we had was great and reasonably priced.
For those on a liquid diet, Sangria came by the quart for 90 pesos.
Favorite Dish: The appitizer of Goat Cheese for 55 pesos melted in your mouth.
The entres (I had chicken, my wife a tenderloin steak) were great. Also equally reasonable. The chicken was 100 pesos and the tenderloin 190 (ok, this is about 40 pesos higher than another steakhouse but it was prepared to perfection and tasted wonderful)
Unfortunately Bajaja has closed.
The Loreto Bay development in Nopolo, BCS 9KM south of the 300+ year old town of Loreto was left with some developed and some undeveloped buildings when Citi Group walked away during the financial downturn of global ecconomies.
Still many people held on and tried to rebuild their dreams. One such are the owners of the Bajaja Deli Bar & Grill who have recently opened a restaurant in one of the "open floor plan" homes in Nopolo.
The open courtyard design and large external yard around the pool provide a great setting.
Favorite Dish: The pulled pork, cold slaw and baked beans served at the grand opening was great. Lunch a couple days later consided of a BLT and Tuna Salad, both of which were excellent. There's lots more to try and critique so this will be a work in progress.
Kieran & Norma Raftery, owners of the 1697 Restaurant in Loreto have opened a Cantina in Loreto Bay. Located in the Founders neighborhood they have a wonderful menu enhanced by a daily special.
Favorite Dish: I'm particularly fond of the soft chicken tacos but everthing I've tried is good. They even serve craft beer on tap shipped in from San Jose del Cabo.
Decorated in brightly-coloured Mexican style, this restaurant is right on the Malecon, which affords a lovely view to the Sea of Cortes' a few yards away!
As they are connected to the PALMAROJA GALLERY, they have rotating local pieces of art. Their website says, "We believe in celebrating the diverse cultures of this world and would like to exhibit them not only to the local community of Loreto, but also to the world. Palma Roja Gallery and Loreto Islas Restaurant, two environments fused into one, provide a creative space for artists to create, viewers to enjoy, and all to eat!"
I wish we had found this place earlier in our sojourns up and down the peninsula; as the people were very friendly and the food FANTASTIC at reasonable prices! Definitely have a look at their website, as it shows several dishes and this is exactly what our food looked like. It also lists the menu.
Initially, we went for dinner at the recommendation of our hotel owners, COCO CABANAS, which gave us a coupon for a discount there! We were sooo impressed and pleased with everything that we returned the next morning and were not disappointed.
Favorite Dish: For dinner we had the PESCADO MANIER which was stunningly presented!! and the most tender, delectable tasting fish I have had.
For breakfast we of course ordered their reknowned HUEVOS RANCHEROS, of which we are 'experts', living in Mexico for 18 yrs now and always ordering this for breakfast, and yes, they truly lived up to the reputation!
We will definitely be back on our next trip north!
Not much to look at from the road, but what a difference inside. This is a local restaurant that only sells pizza and "designer" cakes and pastries. It's best to call ahead as they do a rather busy take-out business 613-108-9562.
For tourists and people not familiar with the north side of Loreto, it's a bit hard to find and get to. This is due to the merger of a number of streets and the highway making a difficult transition from the highway across 3 lanes in about 100 feet. Look for the large Modelo can on top of the building. They ony sell soft drinks but you can bring your own beer and wine.
They are open from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM Thursday - Tuesday and closed on Wednesday.
Favorite Dish: Pizza.
Domingo's Place has been a fixture in Loreto for over 15 years. They serve steak and seafood. I've never had a bad meal, although I heard one complaint that the shrimp were a bit over cooked. The patio in the back is the place to go in the winter. Cool breezes make for a very pleasant evening. The wine list while not huge is quite extensive for a restaurant in Loreto.
Favorite Dish: Their signature dish is "The best steak in the house" which is a prime cut filet cooked over an open mesquite grill to your liking. Always tender and tasty. All meals begin with bean soup and a fresh salad. The steaks have mixed vegetables and a large baked potato to go with the great cuts of beef.
The seafood dishes are excellent as well. My favorite is the breaded scallops. The plate comes heaped so bring a good appetite.
Domingo's used to be known as 'EL NIDO's', until the two friends/owners had a falling out and split up. But it retained the same location and decor and even the menu. (The ORIGINAL EL NIDO's is in Rosarito Beach, Baja Ca. Norte, and also looks exactly the same and has same menu as this restaurant.) Lots of great ambience, including strolling Mariachis!!
I have eaten here several times over the years, and twice lately. Mostly, it is very dependable fare, whether steaks or seafood. Not sure why, but this time, my shrimp in garlic sauce were quite overcooked, tough and tasteless. This can happen any time, and I did not send them back, as I was in the company of VT Member, AGRAICHEN and wife, Tanni, along with a Mexican girlfriend of mine and did not want to mar the tempo of the dinner.
They always serve a little appetizer GRATIS and the service is quite good. Wines available.
Favorite Dish: STEAKS.
The colors and ornaments at the entrance to the restaurant may make you thin it's just another souvenier shop. once inside you will find why this is one of the best deal in town.
The food is good but the prices even better and the margaritas incredible.
The menu is "plain fare" but well prepared. There is always a complimentary soup of the day to start the meal. Ours was a cream of chicken that was wonderful.
Hours are 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Favorite Dish: Hard to say. Everything our party had was very good. The seafood specials are said to be the best, but as we visited on New Year's Day there was no catch of the day."
The owners of Petit Cava have expanded to the building next door to their wine and tapas restaurant with a great Pasta and Pizza restaurant. The interior is quite small with room for only a few tables but it's much better in the evening to dine outside where another 4 tables (for 4) are located.
The menu is small but highly customizable making it a delight. Pizzas are thin crust and cooked perfectly. Pastas are al dente and sauces very tasty.
Prices below are in Mexican Pesos (Approx conversion is 12-13:1 US)
The Pizza comes in Small, Medium, Large at a very modest price 65, 90, 130.
The pasta offering:
Fussilli Fellini 70
Lasagna de la Nona 85
Gnocci Trastevere 85
Caesar w/ chicken 87
La scalable chopped salad 75
Favorite Dish: As I love good pizza, any of the pizzas are great right off the menu or customized with changed ingredients.
The meat lasagna (Lasagna de la Nona) is very good and one of my favorites.
Excellent food, service and view!
By Bob Kopolow from U.S.A.
This restaurant serves perhaps the best food in Loreto. The seafood is fresh, lovingly prepared, and gourmet. The hosts are warm, friendly people with much experience in the service and restaurant business. La Picazon is located 5 miles north of Loreto on a dirt road which has recently been graded and is very passable. Look for signs on your right. It is located on the beach with a beautiful view of Coronado Island. Highly recommended!
Favorite Dish: Coquilles Coronado was a succulent seafood casserole baked in a wonderful cream sauce. It was just perfect to enjoy with a view of Isla Coronado. Fantastic!