Where to Eat in San Pancho

Where to Eat in San Pancho

For such a small town, San Pancho is quite diverse, culinarily speaking. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find something to satisfy your taste buds.


La Perla

Price: $$ - $$$
In front of the beach (view location)
Seafood - Snacks - Bar

La Perla is a traditional Mexican beach restaurant. Here, you can eat fresh seafood, enchiladas, hamburgers, and Mexican snacks, like guacamole. They also offer full bar service and have tables and umbrellas right in the sand, so you don’t have to stray too far from the beach to grab a bite to eat.

Las Palmas

Price: $$ - $$$
Frente a la playa (view location)
Seafood - Snacks - Bar

Located right in front of the beach Las Palmas offers a similar menu to its neighbor, La Perla: fish prepared either fried or grilled, seafood, guacamole and other Mexican snacks. Las Palmas also has tables and umbrellas in the sand. Together with La perla, this is the ideal place to spend a day on the beach.


Price: $$ - $$$
Av. Tercer Mundo right before the corner of Calle México (view location)
Seafood - Ceviche - Tostadas

Barracuda is one of the most popular places to eat in San pancho. Well known for their fish tacos, their lunch menu also offers light options such as ceviche, tostadas, and burritos, all with different types of seafood, like marlin, shrimp, and red snapper. At night, the dinner menu changes to more elaborate plates, such as tuna sashimi, alfredo pasta with shrimp, etc. The bar offers unique and classic cocktails, as well as a wide selection of mezcal.

Baja Taquería

Price: $ - $$
Av. Tercer Mundo between Calle México y Calle Cuba (view location)
Seafood - Burritos - Hamburgers

Baja Taquería brings a fusion of California and Baja California cuisine to San Pancho. Fish tacos, burritos, and seafood burgers are all prepared and spiced with northern Mexican seasoning.


La Chalupa

Price: $ - $$
Calle México, roughly 20 meters (65 ft.) from Av. Tercer Mundo (view location)
Mexican - Fish - Seafood

La Chalupa is one of the most established restaurants in San Pancho. The menu is nothing but local fare. Plates for any time of day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are created based on fresh seafood, fish, and traditional Mexican recipes. They also have a ‘menu of the day’ that consists of an appetizer, entree, and a drink.

El Gallo

Price: $ - $$
Av. Tercer Mundo between Calle El Salvador and Calle Celian (view location)
Traditional Mexican - Bar

El Gallo brings something unique to San Pancho: dishes prepared in a traditional manner, like tortillas made from blue corn that has been prepared using a process called "nixtamal." El Gallo serves a range of fare from quesadillas, gorditas, tlacoyos, chilaquiles, to many other traditional recipes. The space is located in a beautiful outdoor garden protected by the shade of a parota tree. At night, you can return to enjoy live music and a full bar.


Price: $$ - $$$
Av. Tercer Mundo between Calle Asia and Calle América Latina (view location)
Mexican - International

María’s is a San Pancho classic. The menu is quite diverse, offering traditional Mexican plates and some American favorites. At María’s, you can start the day with chilaquiles (a traditional Mexican breakfast), pancakes, or waffles. For lunch, they have sandwiches, burgers, and salads. At night, they offer more sophisticated plates of seafood, beef, and chicken.

Fonda 29

Price: $ - $$
Plaza del Sol (view location)
Mexican eatery

Set aside from the movement of the main street, Fonda 29 is located in San Pancho’s Plaza del Sol. The menu is full of Mexican dishes with local flavor.


Los Arbolitos

Price: $
Calle América Latina at Calle Chile (view location)
Tacos - Quesadillas

Los Arbolitos is a favorite among both locals and tourists. Their appeal is a reasonably priced menu that includes quesadillas, tacos, tostadas (volcanes), and an open taco (pellizcada), all prepared with handmade tortillas. What sets Los Arbolitos apart is the table of toppings that are up for grabs with salsas, veggies, and beans for you to “make your own” taco.

Tacos Iván

Price: $
Av. Tercer Mundo at Calle América Latina (view location)
Tacos - Quesadillas

Tacos Iván is the best place for tacos al pastor in San Pancho. Tacos al pastor are pork tacos cooked shawarma-style and served with a piece of pineapple. In addition to tacos al pastor, Tacos Iván offers beef tacos, quesadillas, and a special kind of quesadilla called “gringas.”

Loncheria Uno Más

Price: $
The corner of Calle África and Calle Egipto (view location)
Tacos - Tortas - Tostadas

Loncheria Uno Más is a local favorite for breakfast and lunch. San Pancho locals stop by daily for tacos, tortas, and tostadas. Tourists who choose to try something off the beaten path appreciate Loncheria Uno Más for it’s authentic flavor and attention.


Café Arte

Price: $$ - $$$
Av. Tercer Mundo 73 (view location)
Italian - International

A few steps from the small San Pancho pier, at the end of the main street, Av. Tercer Mundo, you’ll find Café Arte. The menu primarily offers Italian food like pizza, pasta, and lasagna. The space offers outdoor seating steps from the beach.

Dolce Amore

Price: $$ - $$$
The corner of Av. Tercer Mundo and Calle América Latina (view location)
Pasta - Salads

Dolce Amore is an Italian restaurant that specializes in pastas, lasagna, and salads. The plates are served with big helpings, so you may want to share! They also serve gelato in a wide variety of flavors.

La Toscana

Price: $$ - $$$
Av. Tercer Mundo between Calle Asia and Calle América Latina (view location)
Italian - Pizza - Pasta

La Toscana offers lunch and dinner. Their menu primarily consists of bruschetta, ravioli, and pizza.



Price: $$$ - $$$$
Av. Tercer Mundo between Calle Celian and Calle Saigon (view location)
Mexican - Thai - Asian

Mexotik brings an exotic fusion of Mexican and Thai cuisine to San Pancho. Their dishes and cocktails are creative, colorful, and flavorful.

Bistró Orgánico

Price: $$$ - $$$$
Calle Asia no. 6, between Av. Tercer Mundo and Calle Chile (view location)
American - International - Organic

Bistro Orgánico, the restaurant within Hotel Cielo Rojo, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared from organically sourced products from the region. Their ambition is to provide healthy plates prepared in a gourmet fashion. They also have artisanal tequilas, national wines, and tasting menus.


Price: $$$ - $$$$
Av. Tercer Mundo at Calle América Latina (view location)
Asian - Pacific Island

Lovo is a unique fusion of Asian and Pacific Island cuisine served an intimate setting. Their diverse menu changes weekly, but often includes ceviche, carpaccio, fish, seafood, and woks. Each dish has its own special touch. They also have an extensive menu of original cocktails.


La Ola Rica

Price: $$$ - $$$$
Av. Tercer Mundo at Calle México (view location)
Grill - American - International

La Ola Rica has been open and running in San Pancho for more than 21 years. It is well-known for the high-quality service and consistent experience. The menu is varied, much like that of an American grill. They offer plates of ribs, fish, shrimp, and even pizza.

La Cresta de la Ola

Price: $$ - $$$
Av Tercer Mundo y México (view location)
Hamburgers - Salads - Bar

Above La Ola Rica is La Cresta de la Ola. Owned by the same family, La Cresta de la Ola offers more of an upscale bar menu. The environment is more relaxed, which is why you’ll find hamburgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads, as well as full bar service.

Mr Ribs

Price: $$ - $$$
Av. Tercer Mundo at Calle México (view location)

The specialty at Mr. Ribs is, as its name suggests, barbecue ribs. The menu primarily consists of barbecue fish and meat, but they also offer Mexican food as well.

Delis, Juices, and More

Combi Food Station

Price: $$
The corner of Calle India and Calle América Latina (view location)
Waffles - Hot dogs - Hamburguesas

The Combi Food Station is an outdoor space that houses two food trucks: La Combachita and Grilldogs. At La Combachita, you can get a waffle and a coffee. At Grilldogs, you’ll find German-style hot dogs and hamburgers, both of which can be made vegetarian by subbing in portobello.

Cactus Deli

Price: $$
Calle África approaching Calle Egipto (view location)
Deli - Waffles - Paninis

Cactus Deli is a great option for breakfast and lunch. For breakfast, you can stop by for a waffle, eggs, or chilaquiles. At lunchtime, they have a variety of paninis, great for taking to the beach. You can also pick up a cold frappe.


Price: $$
Av. Tercer Mundo between Calle Asia and Calle América Latina (view location)
Acai Bowls - Poke Bowls - Smoothies

Organi-k offers healthy options like acaí bowls, smoothies, and poke bowls with fresh tuna.


Price: $$
Calle Asia between Av. Tercer Mundo and Calle Chile (view location)
Juices - Smoothies

Cilantro is a juice and health bar dedicated to helping you feel your best. Here, your choices range from probiotics, wheatgrass shots, juices, and smoothies. If you’re looking for something light to eat, you can get a sandwich or a chia pudding.

Cafes and Bakeries

Café Paraíso

Price: $$
The corner of Av. Tercer Mundo and Calle América Latina (view location)
Coffee - Baked goods

Cafe and bakery Café Paraíso is a great place to sit down for an afternoon coffee, banana bread, brownie, and more.

La Voz de la Tierra

Price: $$
The corner of Av. Tercer Mundo and Calle África (view location)
Coffee - Vegan - Sandwiches

La Voz de la Tierra offers a variety of sandwiches and vegan baked goods, as well as coffee and juices.