NileGuide Expert Says:
The best for classic Spanish restaurants on the beach.
Costera Miguel Alemán
39555 Acapulco, Mexico
tel: (+52) 744 484 2386
NileGuide Expert tip:
We are not recommending the new sister restaurant high up on the Carretera Escénica because it has not picked up an atmosphere yet. Wait for the re-opening of the original place, which has a great location near the Zócalo and on the beach.
This restaurant opened in 1968 and was a classic of seafront dining with a wooden deck over the sand, that children could hop over and run to play in the waves while you continued sipping the sangria. Great Moorish fantasy architecture and cluttered Spanish decor, and good formal service, made this a great lunch and night-time event. Food of course was reliably Spanish and good, from tasty paella and arroz negra (prepared in squid ink), along with a range of hot and cold seafood tapas, Spanish tortilla, the Portuguese Fideua, and good wines. The owners have now experimented with opening another restaurant on the Escénica, where it is forced to compete with Zibu and Becco, and so far is failing to draw the crowds. Watch this space to find out when the original location on the Costera and near the old town is open again, as this offers the atmosphere you want.