Food and Drink

Dining in Nicaragua

There are a wide variety of local Nicaraguan hot spots that offer a taste of the rich, warm culture. For the weary traveler there are also cafés and restaurants offering familiar comfort food that one can enjoy anywhere up and down the coast.

Barrio Cafe

Right at the heart of San Juan del Sur is a quaint café with a creative international dishes and delicious local fare serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The place has a friendly vibe plus really good locally grown coffee.

El Gato Negro

It is a coffee shop, café and book store all in one, serving organic Nicaraguan grown and on-site-roasted coffee and housing the best selection of English-language books in Nicaragua. There are plenty of reasons to linger over real espresso, bagels, sandwiches, crepes, pastries, fresh juices, and more. Located on the road into town. Open daily from 7:30am to 3pm.

El Gato Negro

It is a coffee shop, café and book store all in one, serving organic Nicaraguan grown and on-site-roasted coffee and housing the best selection of English-language books in Nicaragua. There are plenty of reasons to linger over real espresso, bagels, sandwiches, crepes, pastries, fresh juices, and more. Located on the road into town. Open daily from 7:30am to 3pm.

Pan de Vida Bakery

When walking through San juan del Sur it’s impossible to miss the aroma coming from Pan de Vida’s brick oven. It is the only bakery of it’s kind in the tourist center and has become a local favorite. Their carrot breads, sourdough and cinnamon-raisin loaves and especially the chocolate chip cookies and come highly recommended.

Bambu Beach Club

This European-run upscale restaurant is located on a quiet stretch of beach and has an Mediterranean and Nicaraguan inspired cuisine, delicious cocktails and a wide stretch of beach right at Beach Front Road. Movie nights are held from Mondays through Thursdays at 7:30 at night. They have great food & great ambiance perfect for family dinners or romantic dates.

Bambu Beach Club

This European-run upscale restaurant is located on a quiet stretch of beach and has an Mediterranean and Nicaraguan inspired cuisine, delicious cocktails and a wide stretch of beach right at Beach Front Road. Movie nights are held from Mondays through Thursdays at 7:30 at night. They have great food & great ambiance perfect for family dinners or romantic dates.

Blue Marlin Mexican Grill

Conveniently located across Hotel Casa Blanca, one can feast on the best Mexican delicacies and take a stroll along the beach right after.

El Pollito Pescador

Located near hotel Colonial, this restaurant is known to have the best fire roasted chicken in town. Another must try is the fried chicken and the chicken cordon blue.

El Pollito Pescador

Located near hotel Colonial, this restaurant is known to have the best fire roasted chicken in town. Another must try is the fried chicken and the chicken cordon blue.

Mauricio’s Pizzeria in San Juan

Simply the best pizzeria in all of Nicaragua, locals and tourists alike say it is their own slice of Italy. They have the best homemade pizza, pasta, seafood and the freshest salads. Tables filled with poeple playing chess is a usual site. Mauricio’s is located in southwest corner of the park on Calle de la Bolsa.

Munchies Blues

Real Italian style pizza made in a traditional wood oven with homemade mozzarella cheese. Located on the road out to Playa Maderas.

Munchies Blues

Real Italian style pizza made in a traditional wood oven with homemade mozzarella cheese. Located on the road out to Playa Maderas.

El Colibri Restaurant

This charming restaurant brings you the flavors of the Mediterranean in a colorful garden setting bursting with life, art and ridiculously delicious food. Diverse menu options and weekly specials such as steaks, soups, chicken kabobs, fish dishes, and desserts. It is a family friendly place located in Avenida del Calvario, SJDS. Open Wednesdays thru Sundays, 6pm until 10pm.

Pili’s Kitchen – Camino del Gigante

Located in Playa Gigante, it offers great Mediterranean food and outdoor seating. They have pizza, nachos, seafood, crisp salads and thirst quenching drinks. It is a favorite stop among locals and tourists, your Nica vacation won’t be complete without dining here.

Pili’s Kitchen – Camino del Gigante

Located in Playa Gigante, it offers great Mediterranean food and outdoor seating. They have pizza, nachos, seafood, crisp salads and thirst quenching drinks. It is a favorite stop among locals and tourists, your Nica vacation won’t be complete without dining here.

Doña Yolanda

A true taste of Nicaraguan home cooking & hospitality, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner it is the favorite watering hole of tourists, locals and a growing population of expats. Iit is a must visit list if you ever find yourself in Tola.

La Cantina at The Surf Sanctuary

This beautiful surf resort along the coast of Playa Santana houses the best gourmet restaurant in the area. La Cantina offers refreshing cold Toña, local food, delicious grilled meats and succulent fresh seafood caught on the same day.

La Cantina at The Surf Sanctuary

This beautiful surf resort along the coast of Playa Santana houses the best gourmet restaurant in the area. La Cantina offers refreshing cold Toña, local food, delicious grilled meats and succulent fresh seafood caught on the same day.

Party Wave, Playa Gigante

Playa Gigante’s only restaurant, cyber cafe and WiFi hot spot in one. They have freshly-ground Nicaraguan Coffee, excellent espresso drinks, iced Vietnamese-style coffee, fresh fruit juices and yogurt/kefir smoothies. The cafe also offers freshly baked breads, cookies, patisserie and great food. They also have Sushi Tuesdays!