The cafe is set in a tiny piazza, with lots of greenery. The owners are always smiling and welcoming, and they remember you!
It always seems busy which is a good sign
Service is fast and friendly, and the prices excellent
Favorite Dish: The caffe latte comes in a mug and is great vaue for 25 pesos, delicious too.
I love the toasted bagel, served with cream cheese and home-made jam, delicious for 25 pesos. Can be breakfast or a light lunch
If you're looking for a well-priced hearty meal in SMA, try this restaurant. Right in the centre 1 minute from the Cathedral, it serves 2 courses with a drink for 79 pesos (about $7). There is a choice of 2 soups and 4 mains - crumbed beef, grilled chicken, fish or stuffed chile. Service is friendly and fast.
When I was there on Good Friday, it was full of Mexicans - always a good sign!
Favorite Dish: The vegetable soup is chock full of fresh veges and very tasty.
The beef schnitzel was flavoursome, tender and well cooked, presented with rice and salad and tortillas
Recently opened 3 minutes from the Jardin, this darling restaurant has both a lovely inside dining room and a beautiful patio. Sitting in either place is tranquil. The food is international, with emphasis on crepes, both dessert and savory, accompanied by a lovely house salad and garnishes. However, they also have appetizers, salads, soups, and several main courses as well as a simple but very adequate wine list.
The food is delicious, and simply, but beautifully presented. We have been there for lunch and dinner and have been completely satisfied. This is the perfect place to go when you have had a heavy large meal (or too many of them) and yearn for lighter but satisfying fare. Prices are wonderful too, at time of writing this. Compared to other local restaurants, it is a very good value for money.
Favorite Dish: There are many I have tasted, my own and our friends' choices. They make a divine mushroom soup, onion soup, nicoise salad, and of course their crepes.
THE OWNER OF THE RESTAURANT IS SRI LANKAN AND HAS LIVED AND STUDIED CUISINE IN SWITZERLAND; THEREFORE HAS DEVELOPED AN INDIVIDUAL HIGH-STYLED SRI LANKAN MENU.
I WAS WITH A FEW OTHER PEOPLE AND EVERYTHING WE HAD WAS WONDERFUL.
VERY LOVELY SETTING, WITH LOTS OF ART WORK AND WITH SELECTION OF INSIDE OR OUTSIDE TABLES; PERSONABLE WAITERS AND GOOD BAR.
***at July 2009, on Sundays, they have a special Grilled 200g T-bone steak, 'chorizo', nopales and spring onions, Frijoles, Tortilla and Salsas for ONLY 60Pesos!! (LESS than USD$5.00!)
ALSO: 2X1 DRINKS EVERY DAY ALL DAY!!
Favorite Dish: Tasted each persons's dish and everything was wonderful and UNIQUE!
The cesear salad is made tableside and is wonderful. It is enough for 2 unless you are making it your meal. They also have great garlic soup.
I find that most soups in restaurants in Mexico are great.
The wait staff are great and have a lot of patience in helping American's trying to speak their language. They also remember you when you come back the next time.
Favorite Dish: Garlic soup and margaritas - great combo!
The restaurant/lounge is bright, contemporary and inviting. Owner/designer/chef Luis Maubecín provides a guilt free gourmet menu for the discriminating palate, in a relaxing atmosphere, with superb service. Luis feels passionately that a delicious gourmet meal can be healthful, attractive and reasonably priced. The menu is a fusion of Mediterranean with other international cuisines. This may be taken from their web page but the place is great and you DO NOT feel guilty after eating there. The service was excellent and very attentive.
Favorite Dish: The tomato basil soup and the chocolate sugar free dessert that takes 20 minutes to prepare - WOW!
Great breakfast and churros. Also a great place to run into people you have met around town. It is crowded for breakfast so get there early or plan to wait in line. Great place to stop during the day for a quick pick up and place to regroup for the rest of the day of sightseeing and shopping.
Service can sometimes be a little slow but then again you are in Mexico.
Favorite Dish: The Churros because they are hot and fresh.
The owners are German expatriates and we have come to frequent this restaurant whenever we are in SMA. Very handy location, great for just a cold beer/drink, nice lunch, or to have dinner and listen to jazz in a special atmosphere, with other travellers from all over the globe, in candlelit nooks near the bar which is decorated with huge paintings of artists and intellectuals from Weimar Berlin and other periods in Germany’s history.
FULL bar, generous drinks and great wine selections.
Favorite Dish: A very European, eclectic menu, everything we have had here is outstanding! When available, they have wonderful recipes using fresh asparagus.
This friendly restaurant is just a block from the Jardin. The food is Mexican, the clientele a good mix of locals and tourists, foreign and Mexican. The tacos are good and the burritos are huge. Best deal of the day is the "comida corrida" daily special. It features soup of salad, a main dish with rice and beans, dessert and fresh fruit water or coffee for less than $8.00. The guacamole is excellent, authentic Mexican style and made to order. The avocado/tomatillo salsa is fantastic.
You can have a beer, or there's a full bar, too. And Juan, the owner, just opened a lovely new sidewalk terrace on the small stepped plaza across the street, complete with umbrella tables and orange trees in tubs--a great place for a cold drink or a cappuccino.
You'll often see people sitting here for hours playing table games. There's often a table full of regulars that make up the Ten Ten Pie "family," especially in the evenings. One night a week, there's an ongoing game of dominoes. One of the players will be Juan Villasenor, the owner.
Do take the opportunity to chat with Juan. His English is good, his personality impish, his grin infectious.
This may well become your regular hang-out in San Miguel, as it has mine.
Favorite Dish: Tacos al pastor--I love it with the avocado/tomatillo salsa on the table.
This is a nice option for lunch & dinner. The menu features many different Mexican dishes, the food is quite good as well as the service and environment -- very Mexican in its decoration and coziness. They even play live music in the evening. Portions are generous and prices aren't too high.
There's a bar on the second floor of this same building which is run by the same owners. I did not go there but they told me it's a nice place where you can have a lot of fun, they play modern music and it's popular among young - middle aged people.
Favorite Dish: Ask for different entries, they have a wide variety and they are tasty. The sopes (sort of small tortilla with chicken or meat or just cream & cheese on top + chili sauce) is what comes to my mind first, they were pretty big and fulfilling.
This is a very popular, must-visit little restaurant owned by a French woman which is located very close to the main square / cathedral, on a small side street. It's CROWDED on weekends - especially on Sunday -, so you'd probably want to make a reservation or otherwise you will probably have to wait 30 mins. or so to get a table.
The environment is very nice and cozy, with a fountain in the middle of the patio, the personnel is very nice and the service was good (even if the place was crowded, they weren't as slow as one would have expected), as well as the quality of the food. There are many american tourists that like to come here often, as you can find a good variety of mexican dishes, simple but tasty -- and the portions are generous. The prices are pretty decent too.
Favorite Dish: The mixed juices are freshly made and delicious, I had an orange-strawberry and it was GREAT. They also make some nice shakes (chocolate and banana would be my favorite). Pancakes are nice, and I heard that tamales and chilaquiles were also great (although maybe a bit too spicy for tourists)! Everything is nice in general, as it is home made and very fresh.
My girlfriend and I ate at the La Terraza restaurant in August of 2007. The place clearly owes its abundant clientele to its location, right next to the astonishing church of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (on Sollana street), the main religious temple in town. The menu looked overpriced but since the place was full, we were hungry and the list of dishes seemed interesting we sat down and ordered. We were clearly disappointed from the moment the waiter, who was nice, brought us the plates. My girlfriend ordered a hamburger and I ordered, following the waiter’s recommendation, one of the main items in the menu, a steak. First came the Sopa Azteca, which was a poor tomato soup. With it came the order of Guacamole, which had five nachos separating a pretty scarce amount of the green, healthy sauce. That showed us that the place was either a chic one or a cheap one. Then came the main courses. First, about the hamburger. After one bite, we returned the hamburger which was worst than McDonald’s: the patty was clearly a frozen patty and it tasted horribly. Honestly, the worst meat they served us in Mexico. Furthermore, and what really offended us is that the peace of meat was a blatant lack of decency of the owner for a burger that is over 50 pesos! (about 5 USD). As far as my steak, you could truly see through it! It had the shape of a skirt steak, yes, but it seemed to have been smashed several times with a cooking hammer to enlarge it and extend its scarce area on the plate, which had literally one slice of tomato and the volume of rice that fits in a shot glass. The restaurant owner, a blonde lady in her late fifties or early sixties, was giving us such a bad vibe that we just couldn’t wait to leave. She told us that nobody had returned a hamburger before and that this one was fine. She did offer my girlfriend another dish but seeing that disrespect for us and that overpricing was THE POLICY of that place we did not take the offer, hoping that they wouldn’t charge us for the hamburger at the end.
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Well, guess what? She did charge us for it. Not wanting to engage in a stupid, non-sense conversation which I knew before hand would have not changed anything (if anything it may have given pleasure to the ´Devil Wears Prada´ of the restaurants), we paid and we left, feeling sorry for the personnel who works there (can you imagine what she pays her employees?) and feeling disgusted by how the owner was kissing the ass of the couple in the table next to us, two elderly Americans, probably loaded. Good thing is that we took the hamburger to go (with its no more than 10 French fries!) and gave it to an old lady who has asking for money at the door of the church and who thanked us sincerely! Also, as we were leaving, we had the pleasure of saying a powerful line to a group of five French guys who were about to get into the restaurant: ´we wouldn’t suggest for you to eat here.´ They thanked us and in less than a second, before stepping in, turned around and went somewhere else. Our bill: 330 pesos. What these guys would have probably spent at the restaurant: over 1.000. The good karma/bad karma theory, right here. We feel the owner’s only interest is ripping off clients she will never see again. That’s why we recommend you to invest your precious pesos somewhere else.
March 2007 visit. The waiter showed us a variety of fresh fish, shrimp, langostinos, lobster and even frogs legs, then let us pick the preps. All nicely done; one of the best Veracruzana fish we've had. Great service, a non-smoking section, not always easy to find in Mexico. Without wine and drinks not so expensive.
Favorite Dish: fish Veracruzana
March 2007 visit. We make it a point to come here on every visit, and we are never disappointed. Dine in the central courtyard, with live music, or in a quiet side room. Either way the service is very good and the food great - lots of Mexican traditional sauces such as a black mole or a coloradito on pork, a mole poblano and chicken, plus plenty of seafood and steak choices. Without drinks and wine not so expensive.
Favorite Dish: any of the elegant Mexican sauces
March 2007 visit. Attentive service in a quiet courtyard setting; we chose two different fish entrees each with a wide variety of preps. Both were outstanding as were the Mexican apps. Without wine and drinks not so expensive!