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Marlena's Restaurant & Bar

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Ave. Veracruz #167, Barra de Navidad 48987, Mexico
+52 315 355 8645
17:00 - 23:00
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was probably the best meal we had during our trip to this area. I had the rack of lamb, while my husband had the schnitzel. Both dishes were excellent. The atmosphere was also very nice and it was very comfortable for our group of 6. Service was also excellent and our server spoke very good English. I would like... More 

Thank 1TravelingCanuck
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here with a group and the food was sooo good. At the table we had 3 salmon dishes, the house salad, chicken parmesan, and the avocado mousse &a chocolate cake desserts. Everything was beyond tasty but not heavily seasoned. The cocktails and wine were also very good. To top it off, the service was excellent. Our waitress anticipated... More 

Thank Elisha M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

A cute little courtyard restaurant. Great service and a lovely menu selection(German/Mexican). Easily found at the entrance to Barra de Navidad.

Thank Cathy W
Barra de Navidad
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

Love the new location! Same great menu with some additional specials served. I had salmon served over kale, with rice on the side. It was fabulous! I actually went back later in the week to enjoy it again. Marlena's is now making their own rolls, which are almost like mom's. My husband's favorite is dessert. Chocolate cake with ice cream... More 

Thank 490LindaB131
Victoria, Canada
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239 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We had a great meal at Marlena's. We had the veal schnitzel and it was done perfectly with a very nice sauce and potatoes and veges. It came with a nice green salad to start with. They also have wonderful desserts and after dinner they served us a tequila on the house. Nice setting just out of the town as... More 

Thank gayle6769
Issaquah, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

This restaurant is very good for food and service. the owner and wait staff are friendly. Also very accommodating to special request. The Goulash is awesome best in Mexico. They have a broad menu, fish, pasta and many other things. All good choices. The food is all made on site.

Thank merilyn h
Barra de Navidad, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

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 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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 

Thank Dave_SHP1313
Portland, Oregon
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

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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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

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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$6 - US$20
Mexican, German, International, European
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 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
At Marlena's new location you enjoy fine dining in a courtyard setting with great ambience. Our International cuisine has something for everyone. We serve fish, meat dishes, and salads. We also have a weekly special. Our chef also prepares wonderful appetizers and desserts. A full bar is available with "Happy Hour" 5pm to 7pm. Open from 5:00 pm to 11 pm Monday through Saturday. Reservations are welcomed.

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