Where to Eat in San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur has grown tremendously over the past few years! When we first arrived in this beautiful beach town in 2012, there was only a handful of restaurants, & many of them had levels of cleanliness or service that left to be desired to say the least! But that is changing very fast & San Juan del Sur has now a fantastic variety of delicious eateries for all tastes & budgets including burger joints, ethnic food, & restaurants offering vegan dish on their menu. From the late night taco joint to the gourmet restaurant, San Juan is rapidly becoming a great place to go out with friends & enjoy a succulent meal. Here are some of our restaurants recommendations, in no particular order.

Nacho Libre

If you are craving a refreshing cold beer, a delicious burger & a great vibe, Nacho Libre Bar & Restaurant  is the place to go. With nearly 10 different kinds of burgers on the menu, including a vegetarian one, all served with some of the best French fries in town, Nacho Libre is most definitely one of the best eatery in San Juan & we strongly recommend it!

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San Juan del Sur Cerveceria Nicaragua restaurant

San Juan del Sur Cerveceria

The San Juan del Sur Cerveceria is a restaurant that is all about celebrating flavors in a fun, congenial atmosphere. Serving flavorful locally crafted beer & a variety of wonderful tasty dishes to accompany them with live music in the background is what it’s all about at the Cerveceria. It’s not just another night out, it’s an experience for the senses!

King Curry

As a vegetarian, this is one of Guylaine’s favorite restaurant in San Juan del Sur as almost every item on the menu has a vegetarian version. The food is cooked fresh, in an open kitchen by a very passionate chef who leaves nothing to chance. Everything on the menu is flavorful, prepared with care & served by a friendly staff. King Curry, a must if you like Indian food.

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La Lancha

If you love fresh seafood, you have to try La Lancha. La Lancha is a family restaurant, owned by local Nicaraguan fishermen. The atmosphere is friendly, the food fresh & full of flavors & the prices are reasonable. Eat freshly caught lobster, red snapper or shrimps, all with salad, rice & plantain chips for less than 7$! La Lancha also has a $2 lunch special that is both filling & tasty, we recommend it to every seafood lover.

Rojo Loco Cantina

 As the name suggests, el Rojo Loco Mexican Cantina is a tex-mex inspired restaurant with a great, varied menu that includes filling breakfasts, succulent burgers, tacos, burritos & more. Rojo Loco offers a fantastic view of the San Juan del Sur beach, making it an amazing place to have a delicious dinner in good company, with cold drinks in hand while watching the sunset.

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Dale Pues Sandwich House restaurant san juan del Sur nicaragua

Dale Pues Sandwich House

Dale Pues is a fast food restaurant with an urban vibe, that serves quality sandwiches prepared with care & full of fresh, flavorful ingredients. Dale Pues has a nice variety of breakfast & lunch choices on the menu as well top notch smoothies & coffee based drinks. The place is also open in the evenings, with a dining menu & serving original cocktails. Check out Dale Pues, you won’t regret it.

The Falafel Shop

This one is obviously a favorite among vegetarians & vegans. The Falafel Shop serves an absolutely succulent vegetarian & vegan friendly falafel. The falafel is made in house, fresh, & comes with hummus, pickles, aubergines, salad & a yummy dressing full of flavors. The menu also offers a few other rapid serve Middle Eastern dishes. Definitely give The Falafel shop a try!

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g&g Gourmet Restaurant san juan del sur Nicaragua

G&G Gourmet

G&G Gourmet offers a refined, yet casual fine dining experience. A step up from anything else in San Juan del Sur, G&G Gourmet might very well be one of the best restaurants in Nicaragua. G&G offers a modern flavorful menu that changes every month. From shrimp marinated in passion fruit to seafood risotto to beef carpaccio, G&G never disappoints. Be sure to reserve your table at least one day in advance!

Buddha’s Garden

Buddha’s Garden is paradise for all vegetarians & vegans passing through San Juan del Sur. Buddah’s Garden serves locally sourced, organic when possible, high quality plant-based food. The menu items contain no preservatives, no processed food & no refined sugar. All their sauces & dressings are also made fresh, in the Buddha’s Garden kitchen. If you are looking for the healthiest food option in San Juan del Sur, Buddha’s Garden is IT.

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Nica Thai restaurant san juan del sur nicaragua

Nica Thai

Nica Thai is a small Thai restaurant with nightly specials & a seasonal changing menu full of delicious flavors like lemon grass, coconut & curry. There are many vegetarian options on the menu, as well as typical Thai dishes such as authentic Pad Thai. Nica Thai offers great tasting food in an intimate environment. Don’t forget to tell the waiter how spicy you want your dish!

Comedor Las FLores

The only restaurant on this list that serves typical Nicaraguan dishes, Comedor Las Flores (known previously as Comedor Margarita) does not disappoint. The staff is always friendly, the food is tasty & priced reasonably & the place is clean. If you want to taste some real Nicaraguan dishes & not empty your wallet, give Comedor Las FLores a try.

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Don Monchis Pizzeria

There are a few pizzeria in San Juan del Sur, & of course to each is own, but we would like to argue that Don Monchis Pizzeria is in fact the best pizzeria in town. Their sauce is really tasty & their pizza pie made with fresh ingredients. Just ask them & they will put whatever you like on your pizza, before cooking it in a real, old fashion brick oven. Don Monchis also serves pasta & salads.

Taco Stop

The Taco Stop in San Juan del Sur is a tex-mex fast food restaurant open until 5am every day, which makes it THE place to go when you have the munchies after a good night out. The prices are very reasonable, the food is tasty, fresh, served & prepared quickly & the staff is friendly.  Give the Taco Stop a try!

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