Restaurants in The Lake Chapala and Ajijic Area
So many to choose from and so many to try. Discovering some of the best restaurants in the area will not take long and making a few of them your favorites is inevitable. As part of Access Lake Chapala’s ongoing effort to guide and show you on how Chapala living is like, we bring you our detailed restaurant section where we show you some of the best ones in town.
Many of the restaurants in the area have live music, you will often find local musicians or mariachi bands playing right at your table or on the local stage. Their are several solo artists that play the violin and harp, you will surely encounter them at one of the many restaurants Lakeside has to offer.
The Lakeside community is an international one and this reflects the quality of cuisine in the area. Many expats have opened their own restaurants and brought their delicious cooking and traditions with them. Lakeside is filled with first class restaurants, everything from:
Thai, German, Argentinian, Greek, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Vegetarian, Italian & more….
Panino’s Deli – sandwiches, daily specials & delicious desserts
Along the Carretera in San Antonio near a grove of blooming trees is the restaurant Panino. It is easy to find. It is on the lake side of the highway. Panino’s is a popular place for lunch among expats. Many residents eat their main meal there everyday. Their specialty is deli style sandwiches, everything from LAX salmon to turkey paninos. What drives so many of the exapts to Paninos’s is their daily specials. They have different daily specials every day plus many other delicious entrees and soups.
Simply Thai – pad thai, emerald chicken curry & more
Simply Thai Restaurant has the only authentic Thai cuisine in the entire lakeside area. It is conveniently located in the heart of Ajijic, diagonally across the street from the entrance to the Lake Chapala Society. They also have takeout and delivery. They do catering. Call for more information. The appetizer menu has 7 items, including Chicken Satay, Tom Yum Soup with Shrimp, Crispy Spring rolls and Fresh Spring Rolls. Prices are from $35 to $80 pesos. The meals can be ordered to your liking, from mild to hot.
Johanna’s – Bratwurst, Wienerschnitzel, Jagerschnitzel
Das Essen ist lecker. La Comida esta sabrosa. The food is delicious. No matter if you say it in German, Spanish or English, it all means the same thing. The cuisine at Johanna’s Restaurant is a real treat. You will not go away hungry or disappointed. Johanna’s is located at the eastern edge of Ajijic, near the Plaza Bugambilias, which is on the Carretera, next to Revolution Street. They serve eight different meat dishes including their most popular dish Bratwurst. Pflaumenstrudel for dessert.
La Bodega Restaurant – Dancing and talent shows
La Bodega is located at 16th of September St. No. 124. It has become a social and cultural center. The owners Javier and Martha Gonzalez started La Bodega in 1998. At the beginning it was a store for Mexican handicrafts. That was in February of 1998. They also had five tables and served coffee, cakes and baguettes. People kept asking them to serve other food and by July of 1998 they turned it into a restaurant.
Tony’s Restaurant – Bar – Famous for Ribs
Tony Andalon and his wife Hermila opened up Tony’s Restaurant in San Antonio on February 5th, 1998. Initially they just sold tacos but people kept asking him to sell other dishes too. One year after Tony opened, he expanded and started serving many different dishes. We asked him how he would describe his food. He said, “You could call it Mexican with a little bit of American or American with a little bit of Mexican”
Salvador’s Restaurant – Best Breakfast & Lunch
Every town in the world seems to have a central gathering place where men have coffee and breakfast in the mornings. Sometimes the women show up but not as often as the men. Maybe the wives are home doing dishes. Salvador’s is probably the main restaurant in Ajijic for this sort of gathering. I am not saying that women don’t go there for breakfast. They do. I am just making an observation about men and morning coffee gatherings.
Manix’s – In the heart of Ajijic
Manix Restaurant is located in the heart of Ajijic on Ocampo #56. The restaurant was once their family home. Now Manix is another one of the many popular “Hot Spots” for dinning in Ajijic Restaurants. Good food, music, dancing and wonderful service. The story of how the home was converted into a successful restaurant is like a fairy tale. It started with Manuel (Manix) Espana Ramos. When he was twelve years old he was working in…
Pedro’s GO le Club
You don’t go to the restaurant GO Le Club in Ajijic for the entertainment. There is no entertainment. You don’t go for the view, although the sunsets are spectacular. You don’t go for the drinks, although he serves them. You go for the world-class cuisine! Pedro Palmer, owner of GO has spent the past thirty-five years as a chef. He studied for three years at the Cordon Bleu School in Paris and since that time he has traveled the world, taking cooking classes wherever he visits.
Mario’s Restaurant in San Antonio MX
Mario’s Restaurant is located half a block from the San Antonio Plaza. If you don’t have a car, the small buses go through town and stop at the plaza. It is an interesting area to visit on your way to Mario’s. There is fierce competition in the restaurant business. So, what is the secret to staying in business? Traditional Mexican Food: Swiss cheese enchilada, Birria, Chili Rellenos with meat or cheese, chicken cordon bleu
Min Wah Chinese Restaurant
Some of his specialties include: Orange Beef for 90 pesos, Cantonese Chow Mien for two people for 115 pesos, Tofu Szechuan with ground pork for 75 pesos, Chicken with Mushrooms for 85 pesos, Beef with Black Mushrooms for 85 pesos, Prawn a la Shanghai (with Shell) for 100 pesos, Dragon and Phoenix for 95 pesos, Peking Duck (24 hour advance notice) for 350 pesos, Pot stickers (8) for 55 pesos….
Mom’s Deli in Riberas del Pilar
Mom’s Deli is open six days a week, closed on Wednesday. Breakfast hours are: 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Lunch is: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Saturday Lunch hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday Brunch 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mom’s Deli is located in Riberas del Pilar at the Maskaras Plaza. The address is: Av. Hidalgo #79-I, Plaza Maskaras.
Cafe Magana in Riberas del Pilar
Deep Fried English Style Fish ‘N Chips, Fish Tacos, BBQ Beef and Chicken Sandwiches, Meatloaf, Roast Beef and Chili. Perfected BBQ sauces. A list of the different flavors: Ginger, Garlic, Chili, Smoke, Apple, Tamarind, Pepper and Orange. Also sells these BBQ sauces by the bottle for 62 Pesos. The side orders are: BBQ Beans, Garden Peas, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Baked Potato, Mashed Potato, and Chips/fries.
Lake taco Restaurant
Do you like Burritos? If so, this is the best burrito place in Chapala. I have friends who go to Lake Taco almost everyday. It is conveniently located, on the Libramiento, next to the car wash. The people working there are friendly. Food is delicious. If you go to the car wash, you could have a nice lunch at the same time. The service is fast. No long waits. There are always available tables and there is a view of the lake from everywhere in the restaurant.
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