In my experience in other large Mexican cities and in Guadalajara, I have found that the cleanest restaurants and the ones with generally very good food are the restaurants that are located in the large hotels. Another way to determine good restaurants is by asking your hotel employees and managers. All prices listed are for dinner only. However, most of these restaurants server lunch and many serve all three meals. Recommendations? Email Dave
Aquellos Tiempos is located in Camino Real at Ave Vallarta 5005. They server continental cuisine and are rated 3 stars. They are closed on Sundays and on major holidays. Valet parking is an option if you decide to frequent this elegant restaurant. They are open from 7am until 1am. Dress is casual. Reservations are suggested and their prices range from $20 to $40. For more information call Phone Number 3-121-8000.
La Antigua is located near Hotel Frances and it overlooks Plaza Guadalajara. If you stood facing the cathedral it would be on your right hand side. They serve a delicious and bountiful breakfast buffet for a very reasonable price. Be sure to try the huitlacoche omelets! Also, notice the interesting decor. They have a huge collection of old photographs hanging on the walls.
La Feria is a bit touristy but the food is very good. It tends to be on the more expensive side. They sometimes have evening or afternoon folkloric shows. This restaurant is located several blocks from Hotel Frances.
~ The above two restaurant recommendations come from Mary Beth.
La Hacienda is located at the Minerva Circle at the juncion of Ave Vallarta and Ave Lopez Mateos in the Hotel Fiesta Americana Guadalajara. They are rated 2 stars and serve Mexican food. They are open from 1pm until 1am and they also have valet parking. Prices range from $12 to $24. Phone Number 3-825-3434.
La Morena is located across from the Plaza Del Sol in the Hyatt Regency Guadalajara on the corner of Lopez Mateos and Moctezuma. They are rated 2 stars and server Mexican food. Dress is casual and they are open from 7am until 12 midnight. Their prices range from $16 to $35. Phone Number 3-678-1234.
La Rinconada Restaurant Bar is a historical restaurant located downtown in the historical area at Morelos 86. They are open from 8am until 9:30pm. Their prices range from $22 to $28. They are rated 2 stars and serve continental cuisine. Casual dress. Phone Number 3-613-9914.
Las Margaritas is located at Lopez Cotill 1477. They are rated 2 stars and serve vegetarian ethnic cuisine. Prices range from $6 to $10. They are open from 8am until 9pm. Casual dress. Phone Number 3-616-8906.
Piaf Restaurant is rated 2 stars and is located south of Ave Vallarta at Marsella 126. They are open from 1pm until 12:30am. They are closed on Sundays and reservations are suggested. One nice feature of this restaurant is that they have a string quartet playing from 9:30pm until midnight. Their prices range from $16 to $30. Phone Number 3-615-9425.
Quinta Real Restaurant is rated 3 stars and serves continental cuisine. They are located 2 blocks north of the Minerva Fountain on Lopez Mateos Ave at Ave Mexico 2727. Reservations are highly suggested and valet parking is available. The food here is very tasty and well prepared. The setting is quite elegant although dress can be casual to elegant. This restaurant is located about 10 minutes from the downtown historic section. Prices range from $22 to $40. They are open from 7am until midnight. Phone Number 3-615-0000.
Recco Restaurant serves Italian cuisine and is rated 2 stars. They are located at Libertad 1981. They are open from 1:30pm until midnight. Reservations are suggested. Dining is in a building that used to be someone’s home. Prices range from $11 to $19. Phone Number 3-825-0724.
Restaurant Jacarandas is located off of Highways 15 and 80 at Glorieta Mariana Otera in the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Ave Lopez Mateos Sur 2500. The only drawback to this restaurant is that it is located about 25 minutes from the historic section of town. It is rated 3 stars and serves continental cuisine. This restaurant is located on the top floor of the hotel and as a result there are excellent views of the sprawling city of Guadalajara. Coupled with the great views, excellent food, violin playing, elegant setting, and reasonable prices, this restaurant is one of the best that Guadalajara has to offer. They are closed major holidays and on Sundays. Reservations are suggested and dress is casual. Prices range from $8 to $22. Phone Number 3-634-1034.
Real de la Esperanza is located on the Dolores Hidalgo Highway 36000. They are open from 1pm until 9pm. They are closed on Mondays are reservations are suggested. This restaurant is a replica of an old mission and is located on a hill overlooking the city. Prices range from $10 to $18. They are rated 3 stars and serve a continental cuisine. Phone Number 473-2-1041.
Sin Nombre is rated 2 stars and serves Mexican food. They are located in the center of Tlaquepaque at FCO Madero #80. They are open from 8:30am until 10pm. On Friday and Saturday, however, they are open until midnight. They have a changing art exhibit in their restaurant. Dress is casual. Prices range from $15 to $30. Phone Number 3-635-4520.
Sanborns Plaza Bonita is located just west of the Minerva Fountain at Ave Mexico 3370. They are open from 7:30am until 1am. They are rated 2 stars and have a good selection of soups and salads. Sanborns is almost equivalent to a Denny’s, although I was impressed with their cleanliness. They serve mostly Mexican food. Dinner prices range from $8 to $18. Phone Number 3-813-2062.
Sanborn’s Restaurant Plaza del Sol is located on Highways 15 and 80 across from the Plaza Del Sol Mall, at Ave Lopez Mateos 2718. They are open from 7:30am until 1am. They are rated 2 stars. Dinner prices range from $12 to $22. Phone Number 3-121-3675.
Sandy’s Cafe is located one block north of Ave Vallarta at Lopez Cotilla. They are open from 8am until 10pm and are rated one star. They serve American type cuisine. Their prices range from $5 to $12. Phone Number 3-616-1841.
Sandy’s Cafe, Plaza del Sol is located in the Plaza del Sol Shopping Mall at the west entrance. They serve American style cuisine and are rated one star. Prices range from $5 to $12. Phone Number 3-121-9714.
Santo Coyote . “It was really indescribable. It was a huge place indoors and outdoors, beautifully and romantically decorated with a variety of styles of candles (real candles) and lights hanging high in the tree tops of their beautiful huge oak trees. The biggest surprise of all is when you enter the restrooms. They give the impression of being inside a candlelit cave. The wash basins are literally huge wine barrels cut in half – very tastefully done. And past the sitting area of the washroom, you find a secret passage out of the cave into another world. You end up in a different place where drinks are served and where there is live music under an open sky. One side of this bar is like a natural tropical jungle with a waterfall. It really is like nothing I’ve ever seen in the US.” ~ Rhoda Visit: www.santocoyote.com.mx/cms
Suehiro is located at Ave La Paz 1701. They are rated two stars and serve ethnic style cuisine. They are closed Sundays. Reservations are suggested. Some Japanese dishes are also served. Prices range from $15 to $24. Phone Number 3-826-0094.