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You can really work up an appetite lying on the beach all day. Acapulco has a little bit of everything from working-class Mexican joints to French haute cuisine.
In the old downtown area near the zócalo, or central plaza, there are two local seafood favorites, El Amigo Miguel and Julio's. Both restaurants are the kind of places you can get fresh-off-the-boat seafood like grilled whole sea bass, lobster and colossal shrimp cocktails for reasonable prices in an authentic, friendly atmosphere.
For an inexpensive, but satisfying lunch near the zócalo, try Santa Fe, a great spot for delicious mole poblano, enchiladas and other traditional Mexican staples. Not far away is Zorrito's, a late-night favorite for unique green pozole and carne asada.
For upscale dining, the trend right now seems to be Mexican-Asian fusion. Madeiras, which has been a fixture of the fine dining scene for 30 years, recently underwent a wholesale renovation, including its menu, which now features trans-Pacific flavors like achiote-hoisin short ribs. Zibu is a newcomer that specializes in Thai-inspired gourmet Mexican cuisine. And even Tabachin, the ostensibly French restaurant at The Fairmont Pierre Marqués, has gotten into the Asian act with dishes like bamboo-steamed Pacific sea bass in a banana leaf with coconut-lemongrass cream.
Of the newer restaurants, one of the favorites is the über-trendy Italian hotspot Becco al Mare, where the young, rich and beautiful go to sample homemade pasta and play spot-the-celebrity. Kookaburra is a romantic, if pricey spot for excellent Caribbean and international cuisine. And Zuntra, with its trendy rooftop bar, serves French and Asian-inspired seafood, meat, soups and salads in a minimalist, black and white dining room.
Becco al Mare
Address: Avenida Escénica Km. 14., Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico 39880
Becco al Mare offers a modern dining experience in Acapulco. Fresh Italian dishes like risotto with Taleggio cheese are standard, as is the extensive wine cellar and two bars.
El Amigo Miguel
Address: Calle Benito Juárez 31 at Calle Anzueta, Old Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico 39300
El Amigo Miguel is a local favorite with vibrant atmosphere and reasonable prices. The restaurant serves large portions of seafood including fish soup, lobster and filet of fish.
Address: Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán 1480, Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico 39850
Since 1963, El Cabrito serves up authentic Mexican cuisine like mole, shrimp in tequila and charcoal-grilled goat.
Address: Cristóbal Colón Segunda 56, Las Anclas, Guerrero, Mexico 39630
Phone: 52-744-485 3289
Julio's serves fresh fish at affordable prices. Dishes include barbecued whole fish, shrimp tacos and seafood cocktail. Most dinners cost about $7 and the restaurant is off the beaten path from busy tourist destinations.
Address: Camino Real Acapulco Diamante, Carretera Escénica, Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
With fresh fish and shellfish on the menu, La Vela offers a tranquil dining experience with the lights of Puerto Marqués in the background.
Address: Carretera Escénica 33-Bis, Playa Guitarrón, Guerrero, Mexico 39880
With breathtaking views of the bay, this sophisticated dining experience includes a four-course prix-fixe meal with 15 menus to choose from.
Address: Escénica, Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico 39887
Open for breakfast and lunch, Zibu offers upscale Mexican cuisine. The outdoor patio overlooks the water while the interior dining room is an elegant place to dine.
Address: Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán and Calle Anton de Alaminos, Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
A local favorite, the open-air restaurant boasts Mexican favorites like pozole, tacos and guacamole.
Address: Escénica Clemente Mejia No. 4201, Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico 39889
Cuisine: Mexican, Asian and Fusion
Zuntra offers guests floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the water. Food is a mix of Mexican and Asian fusion.