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.
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...
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.
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.....
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
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"
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.
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, 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.
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....
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.
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.
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 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.
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!!