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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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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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10 reviews
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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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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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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
currently... Tucson AZ
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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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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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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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Romantic
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?