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Marlena's Restaurant & Bar

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Ave. Veracruz #167, Barra de Navidad 48987, Mexico
+52 315 355 8645
15:00 - 23:00
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Tue - Sun 15:00 - 23:00
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Barra de Navidad, Mexico
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Marlena has done a beautiful job of relocating, the intimate courtyard is lovely. The Mahimahi was delish, nice big chunk of meat. The Chocolate Cake was the best I have eaten, maybe ever! Right here in Barra de Navidad. Beautiful new, clean kitchen and nice bar area. Well done, Marlena!

Thank C F
Ottawa, Canada
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been going to Barra/Melaque for the past 17 years. I don't recall how long Marlena's has been open, but I have been there many times over the years. Her food and service are fantastic! I usually get the Goulash because it is one of the house specialties. They also serve 2 for 1 cocktails over Happy Hour which... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner here 3 times which speaks for itself. Marlena's has moved and is no longer on the beach but they have a lovely courtyard. We had shrimp, pork, and chicken with multiple sauces...all delicious. The mango margarita was my favorite but the pina colada and other flavors were also good and not sweet. When you want a change... More 

York, South Carolina
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66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Marlene's is a very popular spot to watch the sunsets. It has outside tables nestled in an alley. Very unique. Food was good, service a bit slow but that's because they get very busy

Thank beachloverskdh
currently... Tucson AZ
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67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

The menu looks great and I have heard lots of good things about the food but I have to say that I have just had the micheladas, which are great!

Thank brownheart
Spring, Texas
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

Whatever you order with Marlena's, it's good, fresh and tastes delicious. The cuisine is a mix of European (German) and Mexican styles. The service is friendly and flexible. A very reliable place to go. The setting is unique! During the season you rather make a reservation! Can't find it? Walk from the taxi stand towards the sea, next to Casa... More 

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Vancouver, BC
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67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

We have visited Marlena's many time and always enjoyed our meals. This last visit, standards seem to have fallen. The Schnitzel & Chicken Piccata were...boring. No capers in piccata? Still a lovely place to watch the sun go down, but the kitchen needs to pay attention.

Thank RebeccaVancouver_BC
Kelowna, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Food & ambience was really nice. A little on the pricier side, but worth it! Accommodating & friendly wait staff. Steak was done perfectly, gracias!

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Sorrento, Canada
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

Marlenas has quite possibly the most varied menu in Barra The food is awesome Five star for sure. And even better the Happy Hour starts here at 4:00 pm daily. You will not find this restaurant until about 3:30 PM as it does not exist until they set it up.

Thank ribbet01
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

We had to wait quite a while on a Friday evening, my bad, no reservation. But we just walked around the core and upon our return we were seated. After all the local cuisine it was a bit odd to get such a good higher end meal, The location is beachfront and the owner seems to run a really fine... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$11
Italian, Mexican, German, International, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ave. Veracruz #167, Barra de Navidad 48987, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Jalisco  >  Costalegre  >  Barra de Navidad
  • Phone Number: +52 315 355 8645
Great location ocean front good ambience and atmosphere. Open from 3:00 pm through 11pm Happy hour from 5-8 pm.Located just below the hotel "Casa Chips"Spend a nice day on the beach and enjoy an amazing sunset with a good meal and nice drink.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?