Our Favorite Ajijic Restaurants
Gourmet restaurants, quaint cafes, balconied bistros, waterfront dining, street food carts, bustling bakeries and ice cream parlors abound in Ajijic. Although you’re in central Mexico, this melting pot town pulls culinary influences from around the world. Within walking distance of Casa del Sol Inn you will encounter Mexican, Japanese, Italian, Thai, Spanish, American and even French cuisine.
You can learn more about each restaurant by clicking on their name below.
Teocintle – Mexican fusion served in a colorful corner bistro just a half block away. Chef Gloria Rodríguez Villaseñor’s seasonal menu changes every few months and is influenced by Mexican dishes from across the country, such as Oaxaca, Veracrúz or Tlaxcala. Reservations recommended for dinner. A second-story, open-air terrace is a great way to enjoy dining outside in our charming neighborhood
Pasta Trenta – Open until 10:00pm, this nearby Italian restaurant is great for late arrivals to town. It is located just three blocks away on the carratera (directly next to Dona’s Donuts). Framed by terra cotta flowering plants dotting the outside porch, you can dine and people watch at the same time. Outdoor dining can also be found on their spacious back terrace with shade trees and tables with umbrellas. Fresh salads accompany thirty (trente!) classic Italian pasta sauces and a nice wine selection. It is an Ajijic favorite!
La Paceña – Sit outside under a billowing canopy or inside at tables nestled around the bar. The specialty is fresh fish with Mexican and international influences. You’ll find one-of-a-kind tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas and lobster specialties on their menu. An extensive menu of craft cocktails and a varied wine list complement their delicious food.
Restaurant Tango – A standard in Ajijic dining, Tango is welcoming, consistent and frequented by locals, tourists and Guadalajarans. Steaks are cooked to perfection, appetizers and salads are original and everything is elevated by their delicious chimichurri. Although dining is indoors, it is breezy and garden-like. The staff is incredibly accommodating and at-the-ready for any diner’s request.
Emma’s Deli – Craving a good, old-fashioned New York Reuben on homemade rye? This is your place! Patty Melts, Matzoh Ball Soup, freshly baked bagels and a charming setting with photos of the Big Apple, make you think you are in Brooklyn. This is Jewish comfort food at its’ best.
St. Remy du Lac – Located on a sprawling estate complete with a vine covered hacienda, St. Remy is perfect for weekend brunch. A complimentary starter platter with oysters and fine cheese pair well with bottomless mimosas and a live harpist or pianist. This French restaurant is popular on the weekends. Reservations are recommended for late risers.
Palé – Spanish food served in a bright space with copper-orange walls and intricate wood palette decor. Dine inside or out on the small patio. The chef, Massimo, was trained in Barcelona and runs the restaurant with his brother. The cuisine is considered International European fusion and he puts his own spin on locally-grown ingredients. Recognized for his creative flavor combinations an example of which is his white chocolate salmon, a non-traditional chocolate molé served over perfectly grilled salmon.
Pâtisserie Français – Freshly baked croissants in Ajijic? Yes! Stop in for coffee and pastries to go or dine on their sunny, outdoor patio. Full breakfast is also available and best-enjoyed with buttery, classic French pastries. Locals say the croissants are as good as you can get on the Champs-Elysées.
Machimá – An organic, vegetarian/vegan restaurant serving seasonal dishes. Many of the dishes are vegan or vegan friendly and the restaurant’s mission is to be as sustainable as possible, using only compostable disposable containers. You’ll find smoothies, acaí bowls, chilaquiles and omelets on their menu. Meditations and buffet nights are often hosted on the garden courtyard.
Garufa – This unassuming Argentinian steak restaurant off of the plaza hides expansive outdoor seating and a bar for dining under the stars, beyond the interior dining area. Towering trees and tiled floors add well appreciated design elements. A private dining room, carved into rock with crawling vines and a tree trunk forming the doorway, makes for a romantic dinner.
Simply Thai – Ajijic’s authentic Thai restaurant is known for its Pad Thai and Green Curry Chicken. It is a family-owned restaurant and their variety of spring rolls and coconut soup are house specialties. They are veterans of the restaurant industry and their attention to customer service and quality of preparation are unparalleled. Whether dining in or taking out the aromas of lemongrass and Thai basil will immerse you in the flavors of their homeland.
Baja Norte – A mere two blocks up the street you will find this beachy, casual food bar. Enjoy innovative tacos, thirst-quenching margaritas and fresh fish, all while keeping your toes in the sand bar. While big on flavor, the price is completely reasonable and you will be transported to your favorite ocean-side restaurant.
Want to visit a restaurant that is in a nearby town? Don’t stress about how to find it or where to make reservations. Let us coordinate a personal driver to take you to and from your destination. We’ll also make the reservation for you to ensure it is taken care of.