Cafe El Gringo is a garden courtyard cafe that serves coffee drinks and all-day breakfasts to local students and other young people. Yeah, I have a thing for chilaquiles verdes con huevos revueltos y frijoles refritos, so I ordered it for the second day in a row (the previous day I'd eaten it at Cafe 1521). I didn't feel that this was the cleanest restaurant I ate at in Mexico, and my food was oddly hot in some places and cold in others. The garden area was really cute though, and if you don't mind the bugs that are attracted to the plants then this might be a nice place to stop for a coffee, rather than a full meal.
Marco Polo Italian restaurant is located in front of Cuernavaca's cathedral, in the historic center. The restaurant is on the second floor of a historic building and some lucky diners may be able to sit on the balcony with scenic views. The menu features all the classic Italian favorites, including pizzas, pastas, meat and fish dishes. I believe they also serve a giant pizza that feeds an entire table (or more!), but you'd have to ask about that one as it's not immediately visible on the online menu.
For dinner I had a green salad, which you can see in the photo (along with a little glimpse of the great bread basket and compound butter). I followed that with cheese ravioli in pesto sauce, which was a perfect portion size- not heaping, not tiny. It was a nice dinner reminiscent of any popular Italian restaurant in Canada or the USA. The service during my meal was very quick and friendly, which I liked (although those wanting to linger might need to make that fact clear to the servers). Prices are on the high end of casual dining in Mexico, but the food is certainly not over-priced. Overall, it's a nice change from standard Mexican food and worth a visit if you're in Cuernavaca for a few days.
Cafe Colibri ("Hummingbird Cafe") is just a few doors down from Palacio Cortes, and a great place to stop if you need a drink after viewing the palace's extensive museum galleries. Their menu features fruit drinks like smoothies, frozen coffee blends, milkshakes, hot drinks and even exotic concoctions like coffee with hibiscus! Service at the sunny outside table was mostly quick and friendly, though I did have to go inside to settle my bill in a timely manner.
1521 was the year Cortes and his men captured Cuernavaca; today it is the name of a street-side cafe opposite Palacio Cortes. I stopped by for a late breakfast one morning; I was happy to find a nice, shady patio with great views for people-watching. I ordered chilaquiles verdes (tortillas sauteed in salsa verda) with some scrambled eggs and refried beans on the side. Heaven! The chilaquiles were great, as were the beans and eggs. I also got a little glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice. If you're looking for a quick breakfast in central Cuernavaca (maybe right before you visit Palacio Cortes?), try Cafe 1521.
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.
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.
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...
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
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.
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!!
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....
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"
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)
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.
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...)