San Salvador Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in San Salvador

March 26, 2018 Augustus Redeker

El Salvador's capital, San Salvador, is a modern city of wide boulevards and narrow streets, outdoor markets, government buildings, high-rises, monuments, an exuberant nightlife, museums and other cultural institutions. And all set against the backdrop of San Salvador volcano. The city is surrounded by shantytowns as well as affluent suburbs with restaurants and large shopping malls. Peaceful settings such as the botanic garden of Parque Cuscutlan provide a break from the city's hectic pace.
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93 avenida Norte Colonia Escalon, San Salvador, El Salvador Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$157 - HK$196 +503 2263 2401
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Kamakura

Reviewed By Kainosktisis - Lake Worth, Florida

Just had a wonderful lunch with my wife and brother-in-law, food was just as good as good as ever, enjoyed my sea weed salad, edamomi and California special roll, my wife and brother-in-law had the teriyaki Chicken. Great atmosphere good food in El Salvador! Give it a try! Dirk

2. Al Pomodoro

Av. La Revolucion y Calle Circunvalacion No. 184 | Colonia San Benito, San Salvador, El Salvador Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$157 +503 2243 7388
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 239 reviews

Al Pomodoro

We pride ourself on our authentic italian dishes. We are known for our quality and unique flavor. Our delicious menu variety will undoubtly be an experience you'll want to repeat.

Reviewed By Katja K

Thanks a lot for the perfect service in Al Pomodoro. The stuff is very attentive.
I choose the pizza Champechana (with mushroom, gorgonzola and prosciutto). The pastry was very good and well baked - like in Italy. But actually I couldn’t taste the gorgonzola, which has usually a very strong taste and make the pizza more salty. Because I missed the taste of the gorgonzola I had to add some salt. The pizza was served on a wooden plate with baking paper on it. I would recommend to take nice plates, because I didn’t like the paper and it looks kind of cheap in this nice restaurant.

3. Hacienda Real El Salvador

Kilometro 8 1/2 , Carretera Panamericana | Frente a La Gran Vía, Antiguo Cuscatlan, San Salvador, El Salvador Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Latin, Barbecue, Salvadoran, Central American Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night HK$118 - HK$157 +503 2243 8797
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 419 reviews

Hacienda Real El Salvador

Reviewed By Fernando U - Miami, Florida

Have visited Hacienda Real in Guatemala, Tegucigalpa and now San Salvador. Service and food were great. The design and ambience of all three restaurants are the same and the flavors of the food are very consistent. Recommended for the beef lovers, great flavors and quality!

4. La Pampa Argentina

Blvd Sta Elena | Santa Ana, San Salvador, El Salvador Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Latin, Barbecue, Argentinean, Salvadoran, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +503 2406 1001
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 600 reviews

La Pampa Argentina

Reviewed By weberwest - Bellingham, Washington

We just made it dry into the restaurant, after which a real downpour with lightening started, providing an interesting background ambience, as we were sitting in the outside but covered part of the restaurant. For starters, we were served a good beef/lentil soup. Since we came in a group of 10, our steaks were pre-ordered, I selected the filet mignon wrapped in bacon, daring to be the only person to order it rare. It was a beautiful steak, excellent meat, done perfectly “rare”, served with a mushroom sauce, salad on the side, baked potato, carrots and corn on the cob. Desert: Very good vanilla ice cream with a fruit topping. A very good dining experience, great service, well recommended.

5. Rustico Bistro

3 Calle Poniente y Pasaje Los Pinos #3877 | Colonia Escalon, San Salvador 000000, El Salvador Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$47 - HK$94 +503 2224 5656
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 235 reviews

Rustico Bistro

We make ridiculously good rustic casual food, our servings are abundant, robust and satisfying. Our best sellers are our burgers and we are proud to sell the best burger in the world. All served in a laid back ambiance with friendly service. The kitchen is runned by Alvaro, chef and owner and the front of the house is managed by Ana Elizabeth, Alvaro's mom. Pay us a visit, we'll make you feel at home, on one condition, come hungry!

Reviewed By mtangulo - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Great small down to earth restaurant, with the best big burgers around town. They have a nice menu which includes salads and paninis. Beverages are also good, venture and try a local fruit beverage like "tamarindo" (big size drink). The space is cozy, it has...MoreHello, thanks so much for taking the time to write this awesome review, it is our pleasure to serve you, we hope to have you back soon.

6. La Hola

Av. Paseo and Calle Lamatepec, San Salvador, El Salvador Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Central American Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +503 2260 1810
Excellent
48%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 268 reviews

La Hola

Reviewed By Fer_MdelC - Guatemala City, Guatemala

If you go to San Salvador, this is a place you have to visit. Seafood is well prepared and served, always full with local people and the classical environment that invites you to return. At night they have karaoke and the place turns into a fun and entertaining site.

7. Los Balcones

Km 40.5 Autopista al Aeropuerto Internacional de El Salvador | Quality Hotel Real Aeropuerto, San Salvador 00, El Salvador Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mexican, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$78 - HK$235 +503 2366 0000
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 327 reviews

Los Balcones

The Quality Hotel Real Aeropuerto El Salvador's award-winning Los Balcones Restaurant serves a full American breakfast each morning and also offers an excellent choice of regional and international buffets for lunch and dinner. El Hangar Bar serves drinks in a casual atmosphere, while the Poolside Bar offers light refreshments

Reviewed By Lawrence R

A wonderful and fun filled environment. Lilian will take care all your needs at Los Blacones. Very attentive to what your food needs are. Carlos and El Jefe will mix up any drink to perfection at the bar with pool side service. Love this place.

8. Faisca do Brasil

Boulevard de los Heroes y Avenida Sisimiles | In Hotel InterContinental San Salvador at Metrocentor Mall, San Salvador, El Salvador Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Brazilian, Latin, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +503 2211 3333
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Faisca do Brasil

Faisca do Brazil is the only Brazilian steakhouse in El Salvador where we offer the best meats and seafood served in swords from the Rodizio directly to your table. Delight in a wide variety of side dishes, salad bar, 16 types of US imported meat , pasta station, cocktails and ceviches, plus a wide variety of desserts. In the morning we also offer an extensive breakfast buffet from 6:00 am until 10:30 am.

Reviewed By Speranzasf - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

This restaurant is at Intercontinental Metrocentro Hotel in San Salvador, El Salvador. The food is fresh, authentic and there was always a variety of items to choose from. They have a Pupusa station to order the pupusas of your choice to be delivered to your table. I had breakfast 12 straight days and I never felt I was eating the same food. The best is the staff. They all are very friendly and going beyond the call of duty to please each request. The staff genuinely engaged each morning and made me feel welcomed. Great job amigos! When you go, I recommend to seat outside by the garden and mango trees and enjoy a beautiful scenery and a delicious breakfast served by the most gracious and attentive hotel staff in the world.

9. Laca Laca

Plaza L'Albero | Area de Las Sterrazas, San Salvador 00503, El Salvador Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available Mexican, Latin Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$110 +503 2210 3621
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 191 reviews

Laca Laca

Reviewed By Jason C - Reston, Virginia

Went here with a group and had a great time. The food was incredible, especially the nachos. Definitely will be coming back next time I'm in San Salvador.

10. Koi Sushi

Plaza Madero - Las Azaleas - Plaza Futura - CC. Santa Rosa | Plaza Madero - Las Azaleas - Plaza Futura - CC. Santa Rosa, San Salvador, El Salvador Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$118 +503 2263 7222
Excellent
61%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

Koi Sushi

Reviewed By AVM2016 - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Koi is on the beautiful Plaza Futura mall. There is outside Seating available. The service at this restaurant is superb. I was there for a business dinner and we stalled ordering, but our server was pleasant and very patient! I had the yucca roll and...MoreHello! Thank you for sharing your opinion with us. It is always a pleasure to serve you. We hope to see you soon!

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