10 Bucket-List Worthy Restaurants In Acapulco

Since the 1950s, Acapulco has served as a vacation destination for the rich and famous from Hollywood, Mexico, and internationally. It is still a very popular tourist destination and people travel from around the world seeking its agreeable climate, the many luxurious hotels and restaurants, incredible beaches, and water sports such as snorkeling and deep-sea fishing. Acapulco is the “Riviera of Mexico,” so to speak; it welcomes millions of tourists annually.

It was a virtual Hollywood hotspot back in the day. In Acapulco, John Wayne and his “Hollywood Pack” bought up a retreat home, Liz Taylor got married, Jackie and John Kennedy honeymooned, and a chair was invented and named after the city!  You can eat at the same restaurants and walk the same paths as those jet setters of past and present. Acapulco is teeming with life and history, as well as some of the most spectacular sunsets. From May to November the climate is hot, humid, and frequently rainy, but from December through April it is warm, dry, and pleasant. 

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Acapulco has everything! The beautiful beaches are a main attraction, so try to visit as many as you can. Some other things that you should not miss include: the San Diego Fort, built in 1617 to ward off pirate attacks, the cliff divers at La Quebrada, Palma Sola Archaeological Site, and experiencing the distinct flora and fauna found here, by scuba diving, hiking, touring a lake, SUPing, etc. Discover for yourself a long list of world-class restaurants, fun clubs and bars, shopping, art and cultural spots, and natural adventures. Our system knows exactly what you want to do all around Acapulco, so follow your Custom Top 10 itinerary for your ideal time spent here!

No matter what your interests happen to be, Tripio can help you find exactly where you want to be at any given moment. We’ll always show you the very BEST things to do and restaurants in town. From once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences, to the most spectacular views around, to casual restaurants, to hidden gems, we have recommended the best of the best food in Acapulco on Tripio App! Take advantage of these mouth watering spots that we’ve outlined for your Mexican getaway.

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Spectacular Beach Vibes – Cafe al Mar 

Cafe al Mar 

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Cafe al Mar is a romantic wine bar/restaurant right on the beach that’s definitely worth a visit; they often host live music, creating a prime ambiance. Don’t hesitate to head to the beach, sip on a fantastic cocktail, and let the sun go down over the water while you stick your toes in the sand. Their prices are accessible for all, and they offer a wide range of food options. It’s a great, unique experience, according to many guests. Put it on your bucket list!

Enjoy fantastic tapas such as hummus, savory stuffed figs, a Mediterranean baguette, or a Portobello salad. Try something new like grilled octopus tentacles or white wine cooked shrimp. The wines at Cafe al Mar are not to be missed, and the beachy cocktails are perfect enough to make you a fan. Service is also top-notch. Take any chance you get to escape to this romantic paradise beach cafe!

Xian Wei – Asian Delicacies 

Asian Food Acapulco

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Although it’s not the most popular, this restaurant boasts raving reviews! Get ready for an amazing surprise of tropicalized Asian food with a dash of Mexican ingredients; the result is an incredible taste experience. Delicious food and wonderful service make Xian Wei a great place to have lunch or dinner with friends and family, or also a romantic dinner/drinks. Adventure with the teriyaki bomb, Kung Pao chicken, spring rolls, or Korean BBQ. On Thursdays they even have an all-you-can-eat option. Yum!

Origen Restaurant – Bay Views

Origen Restaurant - Bay Views

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What a treat! This highly-rated restaurant/bar dishes up international plates of traditional Acapulco flavors and ingredients fused with South American gastronomy. Enjoy the incomparable view of the Bay (perfect for the sunset) while you soak in the elegant, simple ambiance and food. The staff is excellent and the wine selection is long. Try rib eye, seafood, and dulce de leche for dessert! Origen is one of the best gastrobars to watch the sunset in Acapulco.

Top Rated Atmosphere and Food – Zibu Mexican/Thai Fusion 

Zibu Mexican/Thai Fusion 

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The tables at Zibu are suspended on a huge platform above the trees; there’s also a waterfall, and the views are gorgeous. You can expect very unique Mexican and Thai food fusion, all which are factors that make the place an unforgettable experience. It’s pet-friendly and the service is exceptional! Feast on green Thai chicken curry with coconut milk, tuna wontons, grilled octopus, or salmon cooked in cedar with miso sauce and white truffle. For dessert, treat yourself to the Chocolate Soufflé with Irish sauce prepared tableside (order it 30 minutes in advance), or the Selva Mextai is a fun choice that combines coconut ice cream, strawberries, and dulce de leche. If you love atmosphere and elegance, Zibu is a great choice to put on your itinerary.

Most Instagrammable – Flamingos Tropical Sushi 

Flamingos Tropical Sushi 

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Instagrammable art, decoration, excellent drinks, and mouthwatering dishes… this is a must-visit if you’re craving sushi in Mexico. With a varied menu and a wonderful staff, Flamingos Tropical Sushi is the perfect place to get dinner and drinks while you share memories with loved ones or new friends! Travel to Japan with seafood miso soup, a poke bowl, or choose from countless sushi rolls. Flamingos’ drink list is also impressive, with everything from mojitos to sake for you to enjoy in the attractive ambiance. Enjoy!

Mamma Gaia – Amazing Brunch 

Mamma Gaia

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Mamma Gaia is a unique brunch and live-music restaurant: a must-try at any time of the day! It’s surrounded by vegetation inside a holistic hotel; the ideal place to disconnect and enjoy a fantastic brunch such as smoothie bowls, avocado toast, eggs Benedict, chilaquiles, and more! For dinner, count on delicious ceviches, salads and house creations. On Fridays and during the high season, they hold live music performances. The food and service are always amazing, so give this charming, relaxing place a visit while you travel!

Contemporary Acapulco Cuisine –  Harry’s Steakhouse & Raw Bar

Harry's Steakhouse & Raw Bar

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Harry’s Acapulco has been very well-known and frequented for many years, and it’s easy to see why. The service is unrivaled. The ambiance is nothing less than luxury. The food is delicious; diners mention the lobster, salads, and the fun complementary cotton candy at dessert time. Also worth noting is the complete wine cellar. For a special night out, Harry’s makes the list of top things to do in Acapulco.

Grab a Coffee and Food at Kayroma Cafe

Kayroma Cafe

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Better than your favorite chain with a green lady, and more affordable too! Tempt yourself with a mouthwatering chocolate or coconut cake, blueberry muffins, or an ice cream- and fruit- topped waffle. Lose yourself in the taste of artisanal coffee and a banana nut smoothie at this local favorite cafe. Their frappes are super recommendable (cookies and cream, moka, or chai vanilla, anyone?). Kayroma also offers yummy breakfast options such as egg dishes, pancakes, smoothie bowls and sandwiches, all with a very Mexican twist. Amazing! Don’t miss out on the chill ambiance and world-class tastes that you’ll find here.

Delicious Pizza, Dessert, French Toast – Yoyas Restaurant Bakery

Yoyas Restaurant Bakery

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A great place to spend a morning brunching with friends, or grab a well-deserved afternoon dessert, Yoyas is a clean restaurant with very good service. Some must-try items are the fresh orange juice, French toast, croissant Eggs Benedict, Swiss enchiladas, and of course the bread. It’s a fantastic bakery, after all. They also serve dinner until late, from short rib to margarita pizza to the delicious cheesecakes, so you can include it at any point in your itinerary. Take a break from the typical Acapulco fare at Yoyas! The place is decorated very tastefully and feels welcoming. Plus, they have a huge list of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Affordable Culinary Experience – Restaurante Rosmar 

Restaurante Rosmar 

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This hidden gem is a great choice for meals at any time of the day. You’ll get a true flavor experience for a more affordable price. Comparable to higher-end restaurants in the city, Rosmar is not to be missed. The service is great and the traditional evolutive food creations are definitely worth trying. Satisfy yourself with the amazing chicharron, eggs, muffins, and more for breakfast, as well as perfectly cooked seafood and drinks later on. Mezcal and pineapple, anyone? It’s time for a vacation!

Italian Eats- Questa Pasta

Questa Pasta

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Eat some delicious pastas, pizza, salad, and wine at this cozy Italian spot. It’s tough to find good pasta in Acapulco! Count on a talented chef and professional service. Travelers will appreciate the decorations and ambiance that will also make you feel at home! Go have a yummy Italian meal and some drinks to pair. You can find all this amazing food and more on the Tripio app. Download it today and start planning your next vacation.

Interested in more of Acapulco, check out: Best Adventures In Acapulco

-Verena O’Malley, Tripio Guru


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