LAS MANANITAS: One of Mexico's Best
One of Mexico's most famous restaurants is here in Cuernavaca. The garden terraces are indeed glorious with pools and fountains. You can also stay here - but prices are very high starting at well over $100 a night. Dinner is not cheap either. The menu of the day was 410 pesos, though you can spend less - and eat less - with the ala carte menu. Credit cards are accepted.
The setting alone is worth eating here if you have the company to go with the extravangandic surroundings.
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Marco Polo Restaurant: Best fun spot to eat
Although mexican fare is my favorite cuisine by far, Italian is a close second. Compared to the homemade food we ate every day at our host-family's house, restaurant grub really didn't compare and good Italian just sounded SO good after a long day of exploring. Marco Polo is a very happening joint but keeps it real, and homey feeling. The food is all fantastic and the service was just as good. The restaurant is upstairs right accross the street from the Cuernavaca cathedral and If you get there early you can get a table on the streetside balcony (if you get there after 8 there is usually a long waiting list). The view to the lit-up cathedral is great and the street isn't so busy that it's annoyingly loud, which is nice. There are also nice courtyard balcony tables at the interior of the restaurant, which are a nice alternative.
Favorite Dish: The bread is super fresh, and the pizzas are particularly tasty. My wife developed a healthy addiction to their minestrone soup. Everything on the menu was very good (we ate there several times...), but make sure they take your Tiramisu dessert out of the freezer early so it won't be too hard. I also had a delish. cuban beer which they add a big shot of lime juice to, which was very interesting.
Fonda las colorinas: Huazontles and real mexican food
Besides being a very traditional and well known by locals and tourist, this place is really colorful on it´s decoration, mexican crafts all over and tortillas are home made,,, what else to say they had great quesadillas , soups , chiles rellenos, moles and most important food you cannot find in other regions of Mexico as huazontles(local herb that goes thru a long process before being served , has to be cleaned, steamed, caped, fried and served with your choice of red, green or mole sauce..that was awesome.....
Favorite Dish: Huazontles, this exotic plant from central mexico...
La princesa: la mejor cesina.....according to my cousin
Great and huge quesadillas with all kind of salsas and guacamole, goood tacos and sopes.. cheap prices,,quesadillas were 20 pesos(1.50 dls) this is favorite of local people, no one can leave Cuernavaca without stopping by...
Favorite Dish: quesadillas yummy
Casa Hidalgo: Avoid This Place
This place has a great location across from the Cortez palace, beside the zocalo, and is attractively decorated. Outdoor terrace has great potential. On two visits the staff was unfriendly and unprofessional. Margaritas were sour, unpleasant and small. Mango soup was well chilled and attractive but little flavour as it tasted diluted with water. Shrimp tacos were absolutely inedible as shrimp were so overcooked they were like stones. I said nothing, just asked for bill, waiter noticed the uneaten tacos and started arguing with me that they had been well prepared. There are many other restaurants in Cuernavaca where one can get much better food from much more pleasant waiters. The term "tourist trap" came to mind. On the lower level, off Hidalgo, there is a gift shop with lovely jewellery, staffed by a charming young woman.
Las Margaritas: Las Margaritas Restaurant
Nice hotel's restaurant with a great view of Cuernavaca. Its sundays' buffet offers both Mexican and international food. On the tablecloth there's paper and crayons so you can let your inner Picasso come out to draw your own master piece!
Favorite Dish: Pozole!!
Las Mananitas: Looking for a bit of luxury in a taco stand town?
Excellent, but very pricy, even by US standards... This is the place to go if youre looking for a nice thick US style steak, great seafood, or a classic mexican dish updated by a high end hotel chef....
The restaurant is located down an unassuming side street off the center... many buildings are fronted by a plain concrete wall... which in this case belies the oasis like scene inside... a rich wood fixture bar welcomes you to the main dining area and courtyard, where peacocks roam the verdandt lawn by the fountain... bring your camera for sure.... its open air dining... plus, a plush lounge area is a perfect waiting place if you need to wait for your table...
By the way, its also one of cuernavacas classiest hotels....
Favorite Dish: I had the mexican combination... my girlfriend had paella... friends ordered steaks... we had drinks and appetizers, and everything was phenomenal....
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Las Mananitas: Perhaps the best known....
Great food -- huge mosquitos! I made the mistake of wanting to go here in the evening for my birthday. The mosquitos were terrible. The food was good, the service good, but Cafe Hidalgo would be my favorite. Everyone told me about the beautiful gardens. Later they told me "only go in the afternoon for a Mexican Supper about 3 PM"
Las Mañanitas: Unique
This is one of the best restaurants anywhere for ambience. It is pricey for Mexico, but not as much as one might think. I went for a drink only just to check it out and ended up staying for dinner. The restaurant is located right in the middle of the very active downtown area, not far from the Zocolo. However, one would never know what is behind the walls--a beautiful tropical garden, with exotic birds. The peacocks will steal your food if you don't watch out.
Favorite Dish: I ate there only once--(in English) the Mexican Plate, which was a combination of chili rellanos, enchilladas, and tamales. It was very tasty and authentic, no signs of U.S. influence. The waiter served a glass of Kalua after dinner with our coffee.
The menu was very eclectic, with some very un-Mexican dishes. (more later)
Trattoria Marco Polo
There is one thing you will not forget about the Trattoria Marco Polo and it's the lovely terrace facing the cathedral and its gardens. A truly charming place to have dinner in a great atmosphere.
The Marco Polo is an Italian restaurant that serves tasty dishes and large portions. The place is quite popular with tourists and Mexicans alike. Not really upscale but definitely enjoyable.
One more pic of us all gussied up at Las Mananitas
You can get all dressed up here or casual and you'll still fit in and be welcome. There are candles on the tables and all along the walkways which makes it a really romantic experience. We like getting dressed up at least once while on vacation (the rest of the time we look like a couple of backpacker hooligans...)
Las Mananitas: In case you still aren't convinced...
This really is THE place to go (at least once) while in Cuernavaca. It's incredibly romantic night or day, but try to get there before dusk so you can see the birds before they go off to sleep in the trees. The hotel that is connected to the restaurant has an equally beautiful garden and pool right next door and through the gate. If you ask them they will let you through.
maximillian's: mole in heaven
oh , this is just such a glorious pleasure. YOu can pass this place by so easily. It's glorious. The gardens roll down to a swimming pool and ornate statues entertain you in the garden fountains. You fall into the huge straw chairs. It is heaven
Favorite Dish: Mole with anything
And the desserts.... the decoartion of the plate is almost to much to spoil
Oh, and the banana fritters....
And even breakfast is great.....
Las Mananitas: Best "Swank" dining experience
You can find all kinds of info. on this place on the web because it is so world-famous (apparently in the top 25), but we had such a great time there I really have to tell a bit about it. The restaurant is connected to a nice hotel right in the middle of town and they share two large gardens which are absolutely gorgeous and filled with flamingos, peacocks, and secretary birds. If you get there before dusk the peacocks will come right up to your table and eat out of your hand. The experience of this place is just as amazing as the food. You walk into the small lobby/bar and the maitre 'd tells you to 'pasa le, por favor', which basically means, c'mon in/ make yourself at home. There is a large patio on the left with comfortable couches and chairs where you sit and order a leisurly coctail and take in the view of the incredible garden and watch the birds jump from tree to deck and back again. At dusk they start lighting candles all around and it gets very romantic. After an hour or so they come back to your spot and ask if you're ready to order. If not, they smile and come back later. They take your order from their giant wood menu-billboards and sit back and relax (some more). Then a few minutes before your order is ready they politely tell you your table is ready. The dining tables are on the other side of the courtyard and are just as nice and romantic. Then they bring your food which was equally impressive.
Favorite Dish: I had a fillet mignon which was mouth-watering, super tender and large (bonus!). My wife had a red snapper in a tequila sauce which was expensive but according to her, worth every centavo. We went back again the next week just to hang out on the patio for drinks, which is perfectly acceptable, and to introduce this swank place to several friends from the school, who were all equally impressed. Just a couple words of warning: don't expect to get out of there (and enjoy yourself) in less than three hours- it can be done but why bother? Also, the bathrooms are off the lobby and have only two toilets, which can be a drag when the place is full- just plan accordingly. The price is also a tad high- we spend about $75 total w/out wine, but considering it is in the top 25 in the whole world, it is certainly worth it. Buen Provecho!!
Quinta Las Mananitas,...
Quinta Las Mananitas, Cuernavaca
This is a real blow-out treat and one of the few saving graces of the city of Cuernavaca.
AS you enter the doors of the restaurant, you know you are in for something special. Small, wood-panelled bar leads you past regency furnished waiting area and out to the manicured gardens - tinkling fountains, luxuriant lawns, peacocks, discretely lit palms. A large, comfortable bar is to the left, semi-covered, candles on every table, incredibly attentive service (a waiter for every task - from taking your order for drinks - they do great margaritas - through to their delivery, emptying ashtrays, bringing over nibbles, showing you the menu - on a blackboard - to taking your order. You can sit in the bar until your first course is ready and you will be shown to your table from there. (If you are there in the evening look out for the peacocks roosting above your head in the trees).
The food and everything attached to the art of dining is wonderous. It is deservedy regarded as one of the best restaurants in Mexico.
Not surprisingly, you pay through the nose for the experience - but considering that it IS one of the best restaurants, the bill at approx 80 pounds sterling for 2 courses, bottle of Italian wine (wine in Mexico is not cheap) a couple of Margaritas each and coffee was not extortionate. And it is worth it for the whole experience - for the first time in Cuernavaca city we had a sense of space (helped by the fact that it we the night of a full moon).
The restaurant is part of a VERY upmarket hotel and we decided to have a nose round after the meal. Very helpful member of staff came across us looking through the (locked) gate into the hotel swimming pool and took us through. The piece-de-resistance was the small garden pool at the bottom of the gardens with the pet pink flamingoes!! If you haven't had the opportunity in Yucatan (or Lake Victoria in Africa), then you can geet very very close to these strange but beautiful creatures.
Overall a complete delight.
Favorite Dish: Predominantly Italian and American steaks with a few Mexican dishes.
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