Best Central American food near Santa Cruz, Nicaragua

February 1, 2021 Rebbecca Marino

Discover Restaurants offering the best Central American food in Santa Cruz, Nicaragua including El Bamboo, Comedor Mi Ranchito, El Encuentro, Restaurante Caballito's Mar, Restaurante Pasito, Exotic Island, Cafe Comedor Las Penitas, Hostal Maria, Rancho Morgan Food & Drinks, El Picante Mexican Restaurant

10. El Picante Mexican Restaurant

Main Street Next to The Landing Hotel, Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe 00000-1 Nicaragua Mexican, Latin, Central American Lunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Takeout, Reservations [email protected] +505 8490 3444
Overall Ratings

4 based on 191 reviews

El Picante Mexican Restaurant

El Picante provides delicious Mexican cuisine and great service. Located 70 meters from Moyogalpa dock. Best place to eat when coming to Ometepe Island or catching your ferry back to the main land. Enjoy spicy or mild nachos, fajitas, quesadillas, and mor

Reviewed By amandariin

Unfortunately this place promises Mexican food, but at most it could be considered some pale version of TexMex. The food is definitely eatable, but very overpriced. The owner/guy that works there is very sweet though. Dear unsatisfied customer,Sorry for last night experience @ El Picante.But.. couldn't wait couple hours to write the review!!I Since I received it few hours later of you leaving my place.Hopefully you slept better after taking your frustration off your chest.First, you complained to me that your cheese quesadillas didn't have vegetables, which I apologized to you and brought you vegetables.When I returned to your table to ask you if everything was ok, you said yes.I admit that we are not perfect here, I always listen to comments from my customers specially face to face and try to improve the quality of our food.Been running this Restaurant more than 10 years. If you don't think it's Mexican, I am sure by reading the reviews, 90% think it is. When people says that everything is good( as you did) and couple hours later criticized you, I found it very add especially knowing Netherlands people which are always straight forward.We offer the menu as soon as you enter the Restaurant, not when we hand you the check.If you think we are overpriced, please hand the menu back to us and walk away. We never changed to look at the menu.Our prices ranges from $ 3 - $7 max.Your Cheese quesadilla and chicken quesadilla for the person you were with plus 2 drinks came up to $ 13.3.And this included a fee chips&psalsa before your meal.Coming from Europe, I have a hard time understanding your observation of beeing overpriced.You can always grab a bite on the street for around $3 but may ( not always) spend few days laying in bed while paying extras days at your hotel. The choice is your.Good luck finding Authentic Mexican Restaurant on Ometepe Island.

9. Rancho Morgan Food & Drinks

At the Sign of the Skull & Crossbones in San Jose Del Sur, Ometepe, Isla de Ometepe Nicaragua South American, Central American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Rancho Morgan Food & Drinks

Reviewed By Abby_and_Luke

Great find, we hired scooters to explore Ometepe and came across this place. We each had a fruit smoothie, which was lovely and refreshing.It is located right by the water with a view of the San Jose ferry and there is parking for bikes.

8. Hostal Maria

Nn-226 100m east of the Santa Cruz junction, Santa Cruz, Isla de Ometepe Nicaragua South American, Central American [email protected] +505 8456 3244

Reviewed By KatSchem

Great hostel! Maria is a lovely host - always making sure we had everything we needed, sometimes giving us extra fruit. The place is clean with one brand new dorm. Restaurant is cheap with good food, and all staff are friendly and helpful. Good wifi. Also rents bikes and scooters.

7. Cafe Comedor Las Penitas

Nn-226, Balgue, Isla de Ometepe Nicaragua American, Bar, Cafe, Fast Food, Pub, South American, Central American +505 5782 3515

It is a very quiet place with a natural environment, and we offer traditional Nicaraguan food and vegetarian food, wifi service

Reviewed By rotjong

We went there as we wanted to support the locals, everything is made from scratch and they have a huge selection on their menu. The prices are super cheap, the food is typical Nicaraguan.

6. Exotic Island

Playa Santo Domingo, Isla de Ometepe Nicaragua Bar, Pub, South American, Central American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards +505 8883 8363
Exotic Island

Reviewed By acargozoom

My husband and I were looking for somewhere to eat and have a drink. I looked online and saw this place had great reviews. We ordered chicken nachos and tacos. The food was horrible. All the chicken tasted freezer burned and had no seasoning. The tortillas were tough and rubbery. I can’t believe the high reviews the other people gave. Maybe it was just the luck of the draw for us.

5. Restaurante Pasito

Nic - 64, Altagracia, Isla de Ometepe 070786 Nicaragua South American, Central American +505 8634 3881

Reviewed By Patrice_VDD

Just at the entrance of the village of Altagracia, you will find this small bar/ restaurant. The owner Pacino welcome you with a big smile. The food is great. Don’t miss the ceviche as an appetiser. The price are moderate for this Island. The music is also good.

4. Restaurante Caballito's Mar

Del Instituto 100 metros Norte, 350 metros al Lago Merida, Isla de Ometepe Nicaragua Bar, International, Pub, South American, Central American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Table Service [email protected] +505 8451 2093
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Restaurante Caballito's Mar

Our services are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our rancho style restaurant and bar area is just in front of the lake, on the shade of tropical trees. Fried fresh fish, meat, chicken, pasta, pork; as well as salads, sandwich, and starter dishes. Fo

Reviewed By D A

Caballitis Mar is located right on the lake nicaragua in the town of Merida which is slightly southwest on the island. It has the best views of sunset I have ever seen and I have been in safaris in Africa. The owner Fernando is truly relaxed and hospitable and all of the staff are simply amazing. After a day kayaking (this is the best place to go kayaking on the island) try having a sundowner at Caballitos Mar - brilliant!!!There are only about 5 rooms here and 2 private rooms with bathroom - so you must book well in advance. I went for 4 days and stayed 10. This is a really simple place for those looking to live close to nature - it is not luxury - there is the sound of the birds and lizards and other wild life. The best secret of all is the restaurant! Fresh fish caught daily is served here and the chef makes her own pasta!!!

3. El Encuentro

Nn-226, Santa Cruz, Isla de Ometepe Nicaragua Caribbean, Asian, Diner, South American, Central American, Puerto Rican [email protected] +505 8669 5669
El Encuentro

American comfort food, homemade daily. Soups, Breakfast burritos, smoothies, fresh squeezed juices, stirfry. Breakfast served ALL DAY! Vegetarian friendly. Vegan upon request. Good vibes, good food, good music and even games. Come join us at El Encuentro.

Reviewed By Mark v

They make exelent food over here, don't expect the local dishes, but you can get that every where, for exemple in Hospedaje La Penita.The staff is great, lovely and respectfull.If you looking for some hot dishes , this is your place to go ...and all day breakfast burito...... OOHHH this is YAAAMM

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2. Comedor Mi Ranchito

Nn-226, Santa Cruz, Isla de Ometepe Nicaragua South American, Central American +505 2520 3679
Comedor Mi Ranchito

Reviewed By nilgrily

I rented 2 scooters with a couple friends over the weekend. They were delivered the next day, on time to where we were staying. We spent the day riding around the island. Such a great way to see and explore Ometepe.This was a no hassle experience. I highly recommend Comedor Mi Ranchito.

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1. El Bamboo

Entrada A Balgue,Isla De Ometepe, Isla de Ometepe Nicaragua Argentinean, Central American, International, South American Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout, Parking Available, Table Service +505 8716 7640
Overall Ratings

4 based on 76 reviews

El Bamboo

Argentinian grill, homemade pasta, vegetarian and vegan, grilled whole lake fish. We make our own bread, tofu, sauces, munchies, etc. organic cofee, iced cofee. spoken english. Cocktails, Argentine and Chilean wines, national beers, natural fruit smoothie

Reviewed By modernmixtravel

We probably ordered the wrong things at this Argentinean restaurant, but we had a homemade ravioli bolognese and hamburger. The ravioli sauce was fine but the paste was soggy and overdone, reminded me of boiled dumplings or perogis. And the hamburger - the house made bread bun was too thick and the stuff inside was kind of dry. If this was half the price we payed, it’d be like - ok fine whatever, but because this was most expensive meal we’ve had on Ometepe we had higher expectations for the price. Perhaps the quality of ingredients used are of high quality in the dishes we ordered, but the cooking style did not reflect that.

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