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Mazatlan Restaurants, Food and Drinks Guide

by David Clough on August 6, 2011

Mazatlan, the ‘Pacific Pearl’, is a vibrant and colourful city which has a rich and varied cultural history. This exuberance is as apparent in the local cuisine as it is anywhere else, and Mazatlan food and drink is considered among the very best in Mexico.

Food in MazatlanImage by Sarah Korf

Traditional Mexican Food in Mazatlan

Mazatlan is sometimes referred to as the Shrimp Capital of Mexico. If you like seafood, then prepare for a real treat, as you can enjoy superb shrimp and other seafood delicacies cooked in a variety of traditional recipes. Check out the catch of the day menus at “La Costa Marinera”, “Los Arcos”, or the aptly named “El Shrimp Bucket”.

There are plenty of options for meat eaters and vegetarians as well, including classics like salads, steaks, bean chili and burritos. Traditional Mexican restaurants and tavernas such as “Tacos Luna”, “El Corral” and the “Guadalajara Grill”, are great places to visit. You’ll be able to enjoy full, hearty meals for great value, in the company of local clientele.

Mazatlan Specialty shot

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Alternative Food at Mazatlan Restaurants

Of course, there’s not only Mexican food available if you’re eating in Mazatlan. You’ll find plenty of specialist restaurants, including Chinese, Indian and French cuisine, as well as establishments that serve a broad range of international flavours. “El Parador Español”, “Villa Italia” and the “Prime Rib House” are all highly recommended, with great food and flawless service.

In Mexican restaurants, the bill won’t be brought to you until it is asked for, so make sure to keep this in mind! Tipping is always appreciated, although sometimes, larger chains will cover your tip with a surcharge for service. The majority of restaurants will accept both VISA and MasterCard, which will save you from having to deal with handfuls of foreign notes!

Drink up! There are Great Bars in Mazatlan

If you’re just looking for a drink, then there are plenty of sophisticated bars to choose from in Mazatlan. Stop off for a cocktail at “Jungle Juice”, or perhaps a more intimate drink at the stylish venue “Mango’s”. Other bars feature live music and stage shows, while some just focus on partying – much like the “Tequila Sports Bar”. Lots of hotels and bars run a fiesta night, with particularly raucous celebrations held at the “Pueblo Bonito” and “El Cid” hotels.

Pueblo Bonito in MazatlanImage by Bryce Edwards

While in Mazatlan, be sure to check out some of the local landmarks and attractions. There are always plenty of things to do in Mazatlan, ranging from cultural excursions to action-packed family adventure holidays. Although, Mazatlan’s single most standout activity is it’s dining. The restaurants in Mazatlan are outstanding, and this is the first place to come, if you want to try some of the world’s finest examples of Mexican cuisine.

Dave Clough is a music journalist, blogger and travel writer from the UK. He has DJ’d across the globe and is involved in club night event promotions in London. He enjoys traveling and holidays in Cancun.
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