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Puerto Escondido Restaurants - My top 10 restaurants in Puerto Escondido

Vacations in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca are always filled with sun, sand, and adventures. But did you know that they can be filled with delectable cuisine, too? While you are enjoying my top 10 things to do in Puerto Escondido, you can enjoy plenty of places to eat in Puerto Escondido. And if you know where to go, you will find yourself dining in some of the best restaurants in Puerto Escondido. This list is updated regularly (last update: April 15, 2024).

Map of areas in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

10 Great Restaurants in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

Added bonus section at bottom: Jump to vegan options in town.

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1. El Nene

El Nene is a great restaurant in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

Google: 4.6 of 5 with 806 reviews – $$ International, Latin, Seafood – Map

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Pictured above: Sashimi Atún & tostadas atún

El Nene is best known for fresh seafood (or maybe just to me:). This restaurant in Puerto Escondido has great tuna sashimi and wonderfully prepared seared tuna. They also have burgers, Mexican sandwiches, and tacos. It’s a great place for larger parties, and during high season you’ll catch great live entertainment on the weekends. They have a pretty extensive menu, and the artisan chef, Arturo, masterfully makes each dish to perfection.

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2. Filomena

Google: 4.6 of 5 with 339 reviews – $$ Latin, Bar, Mediterranean – Map

If you are searching for Argentinian food when vacationing in Puerto Escondido, you must check out Filomena. It is the best Argentinian restaurant in Puerto Escondido. You may find yourself dining there multiple times during your stay. Roasted chicken and quinoa burgers are quite popular at Filomena. It is the chimichurri dishes they serve that are ordered the most though. In my opinion, they also serve the best steak in town. I order their steak with chorizo topping. It’s wonderful. Finally, if it’s pasta you want, their meat lasagne is very good.

3. Metxcalli

Google: 4.7 of 5 with 482 reviews – $$ Mexican, Contemporary, Fusion – Map

Metxcalli serves some of the best Mexican food in all of Puerto Escondido. Their paellas are amazing, and they pair wonderfully with the cocktails on the menu. This is one of the best places to eat in Puerto Escondido. But the best times to eat there are Fridays and Saturdays. In the evenings on those days, they have live music. You can easily sit on the deck, listen to the music, and enjoy any of the food off the menu. 


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4. Las Cazuelas

Google: 4.3 of 5 with 1,212 reviews – $$ Mexican, Fast Food, BBQ – Map

Las Cazuelas is another Mexican restaurant in Puerto Escondido. It is one of the best places to eat pozole in Puerto Escondido. They also serve tacos, tostadas, sopes, quesadillas, tortas and so much more. This Puerto Escondido restaurant prepares the food when ordered, so you must not be in a rush. You can sit inside, but the outdoor and patio seating will allow you to do a little people watching while you are waiting.

5. Café Lososeli
Google: 4.5 of 5 with 260 reviews: $$ Traditional breakfast – Map

This is another coworking space that will allow you to get your work done while you dine on some fabulous foods at the same time. The Losodeli Bowl is incredible, as are the chilaquiles costa. The coffee at Café Losodeli is amazing, but you may prefer to sip on one of their refreshing smoothies instead.

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6. Malagua Café

Google: 4.5 of 5 with 211 reviews – $$ Oaxaqueño Mexican- Map

Café Malagua in La Puta, Puerto Escondido

Malagua Café is a great breakfast, brunch and lunch spot in La Punta. They recently remodeled, and the vibe is fantastic. There’s a coffee shop in front for to-go orders, with outdoor and covered seating in back. They also put in a cool co-working space featuring Starlink satellite Internet service. Foods range from breatkfast bowls to hamburgers to avocado toast. A must visit place for breakfast, brunch or just work and coffee.

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7. Atarraya Bar & Restaurant

Google: 4.7 of 5 with 241 reviews – $$ Coastal Mexican Oaxacaño – Map

While relatively new, Atarraya Bar and Restaurant has made a name for itself. The chef, Ricardo is no stranger to serving delicious food in Puerto Escondido and I throughly enjoyed his food before I found out he was now here. Read the Google Reviews for yourself. They will tell you the food, vibe and drinks are excellent. A must visit in La Punta.

8. Chicama

Chicama is an excellent Peruvian restaurant located in La Punta in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.

The bar at Chicama in La Punta

Google: 4.7 of 5 with 1,101 reviews – $$ Peruvian, South American – Map

Chicama is a Peruvian and seafood restaurant in Puerto Escondido. All their dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients. While meat and seafood are always on the menu, Chicama also caters to vegetarians. Each one of Chicama’s dishes are delicious, but it is the ceviche that always keeps the locals and tourists going back for more. 

9. Alivo Kuaaitl Ristorante

Google: 4.7 of 5 with 300 reviews – $$ Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options – Map

As you are searching for fabulous places to eat in Puerto Escondido, you may find yourself craving a little Italian cuisine. When that happens, simply head over to Alivo Italian Restaurant to indulge in a few of your favorites. You can choose from spaghetti ai frutti di mare, penne allo zafferano con gamberi, bruschetta with shrimp and pesto, and so much more. Add a margarita or cabernet sauvignon to your order, as well as a little tiramisu, and you will have a meal that is perfect for your vacation.

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10. Beach Hotel Ines Restaurant 

TripAdvisor: 4 of 5 with 246 reviews – $$-$$$ International – Map

The Beach Hotel Ines Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is best to experience each meal at this restaurant in Puerto Escondido, because the food is that good. The breakfast menu is filled with the regular breakfast items. Lunch and dinner bring tacos, sandwiches, fillet of beef, and many different types of fish. They offer a happy hour from six in the evening until eight in the evening every single day of the week. My favorite dish there is the filet mignon with pepper sauce. If you plan your visit for the months of January through March, you can experience their fantastic barbecues.

Honorable Mention: Hotel Santa Fe Restaurant

Google: 4.3 of 5 with 873 reviews – $$ Mexican, Seafood, International – Map

The Hotel Santa Fe Restaurant is one of the many options in Puerto Escondido. They serve incredible Mexican food, but they also offer seafood and international dishes. You don’t need to be a guest to venture over to this place to eat in Puerto Escondido. You can easily walk in and order anything off the menu and enjoy the beautiful view of Playa Zicatela. A few favorites of the locals include the fried calamari, red snapper, lasagna, and pasta with vegetables.

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Chili Garden La Punta

Google: 4.9 of 5  with 37 reviews – Map

The Chili Garden specializes in Indian, Malaysian, and Vietnamese vegan and vegetarian cuisine. Their menu is always changing, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find at least one favorite dish every time you decide to dine at the Chili Garden. Make sure you order a beer, wine, or mezcalita when you are placing your food order. All their drinks pair wonderfully with everything on the menu.


Google: 4.8 of 5 with 445 reviews – Map

You will want to arrive at Cocofam hungry, because their vegetarian and vegan options are wonderful! Most diners will begin their meal with a Zicatela Breeze, which is made from cucumber, lemon, and chia. Tacos are available with either spinach or mushrooms and you can choose whether you want cheese placed on top. If pastries are more your thing when dining out, then the vegetarian cakes are your best option. Add spinach and mushrooms to them to really bring out the flavors. You can also get a chocolate pastry with strawberries and that menu item is both sugar and gluten free.

El Sultan

Google: 4.5 of 5 with 666 reviews: $ Lebanese, Mediterranean – Map

Everyone goes to El Sultan to dine, because they have the best falafel wraps in Puerto Escondido. They also have the best hummus, which they make using only the freshest ingredients. When you arrive at El Sultan, you will want to look for their house special. This will ensure you do not miss out on a special falafel wrap when you are choosing your meal.

Dan’s Café Deluxe

Tripadvisor: 4.5 of 5 with 141 reviews: $ Mexicana, café

or more than twenty years now, Dan’s Café Deluxe has been the place to go in the morning when you want a cup of strong coffee in Puerto Escondido. My favorite is the fruit and vegetable smoothies. They are so refreshing when it is hot outside! Later in the day, an ice-cold beer is a must when paired with their vegetarian stir fry.

Sativa Puerto

Tripadvisor: 4.5 of 5 with 168 reviews: $-$$ Mexicana, International

The outside terraces are where all the action is at Sativa Puerto. The terrace is directly on the beach, so you can easily sit in the sun as you enjoy time with family and friends. The menu is filled with multiple vegetarian and vegan options. Many people begin with the falafel plate and follow up with the tacos de camarón. Make sure you order a margarita, beer, or vitamine sea drink to enjoy while you are waiting for your meal.

Wok-xaca Thai Restaurant

Tripadvisor: 4 of 5 with 17 reviews: $ Caribeña, Asiática, Tailandesa

Wok-xaca Thai Restaurant is right on Zicatela Beach, so you can dine in style while the waves roll in. There are many vegetarian options on their menu and each one is filled with the Thai flavorings you love.

La Espiral

Tripadvisor: 5 of 5 with 173reviews: $ café

Mornings are best spent sipping coffee and enjoying one of the many vegetarian breakfast options at La Espiral. This charming café makes all their dishes using organic ingredients. The best part about this vegan option in Puerto Escondido is you will really start to feel connected to the community. You can meet up with friends during your visit or attend one of the numerous events and workshops held there throughout the year.

Señor Salud

Tripadvisor: no rating

Señor Salud is more than a vegan restaurant in Puerto Escondido. It is also a store that sells vegetables, fruits, and other organic foods. They offer both a salad and bread of the day, so keep an open mind when you go in and place your order.

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