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El Bistro del Mar

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$$ - $$$
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Playa Madera | Eva Samano de Lopez Mateos, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
01 152 755 5542142
08:00 - 23:00
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Mission Viejo, California
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bistro del Mar is always full. It is basically on the beach, a few steps and voila! you are on the sand. The food is good, a bit salty, but good. Staff is very attentive. I had the shirmp Tabbouleh and quite tasty. My dinner was the Steak and I love meat, however a bit salty, even for a salt... More 

Thank Sofia M
Cary, Illinois
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Waiter prepared Caesar salad tableside which was delicious! We found the wait staff to be above average in attentiveness..

Thank 6913debk
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We just had an great dinner here. Service was excellent and food was awesome. Loved to sit and watch the sunset and enjoy the waves on the beach. Caramel crepes for dessert were awesome. Cheers!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Terre Haute, Indiana
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate at this wonderful restaurant twice, the second time a happenstance. On our first visit, I did the not hungry thing and ordered the chocolate mousse. It was a delight, ranking up there with that wonderful dessert in Aguas Calientes. That was enough to give it five stars. On our return, I ordered the coconut shrimp and was pleasantly... More 

Thank Bendercl
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Nice restaurant on the beach. Great service, great food and for an appetizer they had prosciutto thinly sliced with melon. It was a treat

Thank Lloyd M
Granada, Spain
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316 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

We received very poor service and had to wait over an hour for our food to be served, which could only be described as average. The vegetables were cold and over cooked and my husband's pulpo was tough. The portions were also very small. The music was also too loud for us to hear each other talk. With so many... More 

Thank MargaretGranada
dianemartin5, General Manager at El Bistro del Mar, responded to this review

Hello Margaret, I am so very sorry that you had such a bad evening. I thank you to let me know what happened and we will try to do our best and what is going on. Did Francisco the manager was there? Do you remenber who served you? It will be very helpfull to see and arrange things that are... More 

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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Great, fresh pizza and lovely ceviche. Great place to sit and enjoy a beverage and a snack or a full meal. Staff very friendly and provide great service.

Thank JMFSaskatoon
Vancouver Island, Canada
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61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

We stayed at the hotel Aura del Mar and this restaurant has 2 distinct personalities. The morning staff and food were always excellent, due primarily to the stewardship of Martine and Pepe. The evening experience on the 2 occasions we ate there was absolutely appalling. An example: my drink order was taken but not for my husband. The presentation of... More 

Thank travelwithval
dianemartin5, General Manager at El Bistro del Mar, responded to this review

Hello, I am so sorry that you had such a dreadfull experience with the staff and the food in the afternoon at Bistro del Mar. It will be very helpfull for me if you can give the name of the waiter who insist on the tip. Every worker we have knows perfectly that it's absolutly forbidden to ask for a... More 

Outlook, SK
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

We chose the El Bistro for dinner this evening through word-of-mouth recommendation and confirmed our decision with TripAdvisor rating of 40/285. We feel the service, view and incredible food is worthy of El Bistro being rated much higher. The coconut shrimp is an absolute 10/10. Great value!

Thank merlyn55
Yakima, Washington, United States
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71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

All meals were great. One evening I wanted a light meal so I had just the Caesar Salad. The best I have ever had! The Sunday breakfast buffet is excellent and includes all of the typical Mexican foods. We ate here often since we were staying at Aura Del Mar (also excellent) and never had a meal we didn't fully... More 

Thank TheBeav19

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Madera | Eva Samano de Lopez Mateos, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Pacific Coast  >  Guerrero  >  Zihuatanejo
  • Phone Number: 01 152 755 5542142

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?