Where to Eat in Ajijic: The Best Restaurants and Bars

January 21, 2018 Russell Mellin

Ajijic, a small idyllic town in Mexico, is the perfect setting to enjoy a quiet and relaxing holiday. Enjoy a night of lively music in the plaza of this picturesque town or enjoy a stroll along the lakeside path. Visit the colorful Chapala handicrafts market, or relax and enjoy lunch and a beautiful view at the Beergarden restaurant by the pier. If you’re traveling with children, take them to Christiania Park, right next to the market. At the park, they can play on the expansive lawn or on the playground. Take a day trip to the Casacadas de Agua, a favorite spot with the locals and a great place to spend with family. Climb the waterfalls or swim in sparkling pools at the base of the falls. Find a shady spot to enjoy the lunch you packed at your holiday rental or try a local delicacy at one of the many small restaurants in the area.
Things to do in Ajijic

1. Ajijic Tango

Morelos 5, Ajijic 45820, Mexico Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Steakhouse, Argentinean, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$39 - HK$78 +52 376 766 2458
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Ajijic Tango

Reviewed By christed - Calgary

The food as usually was amazing and the staff wonderful. On top of that, when we asked them to call a cab and none were available as there was "something" going on, a gentleman offered to drive us back to the Posada and we had a great conversation with him in regard to his schooling etc. as he plans to be a lawyer. What a great end to wonderful night!

2. La Nueva Posada

Calle Donato Guerra 9, Ajijic 45920, Mexico Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mexican, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +52 376 766 1344
Excellent
45%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 214 reviews

La Nueva Posada

“Ajijic's most unique and romantic Boutique Hotel”Hotel La Nueva Posada is classified as a small boutique Hotel with Mexican Colonial charm and yet with all the modern amenities.

Reviewed By Victoria477 - Miramichi, Nb. Canada

Not really fair to review this..meal..
We had American Thanksgiving here..
Nothing special..Turkey was moist..The plates heaped full of Turkey & all the trimming could have feed 4 adults..I guess we should have taken doggie bags home..
Would like to go back sometime for a regular meal..and have a better look at the stunning venu..

3. Gossip's Kitchen

Carretera Chapala-Jocotepec #36, Ajijic, Mexico Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +52 376 766 0217
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 264 reviews

Gossip's Kitchen

Reviewed By Victoria477 - Miramichi, Nb. Canada

First visit this year for our winter in Ajijic.
Different specials almost everyday..very unique flavours..
3 of us had the Beef Patty with pulled Pork, bacon, cheese, tomato & lettuce Burger..Coleslaw & Fries..OMG...A full meal deal..Very good..We ordered it well done & it was cooked perfectly..
We have learnt for other experiences..( in other restaurants ) do not order medium..it will arrive almost raw..
Our friend had the Salmon..He said it was perfect..
Always a bit noisy eating outside..But great for people watching..

4. Yves Restaurant Bar

Calle Poniente 493, Ajijic 45920, Mexico Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$24 - HK$86 +52 376 766 3565
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 256 reviews

Yves Restaurant Bar

Yves’ Restaurant Bar was created to provide diners with a complete dining experience – food, ambiance, and service are each equally important. Yves’ is never complicated or pretentious; it is dedicated to delighting all the senses while providing an excellent value.

Reviewed By Victoria477 - Miramichi, Nb. Canada

4 of us went for lunch..on a lovely sunny day.. Setting was lovely by the pool surrounded by Gardens & Donkeys.. 2 had the Patty Melt..It was good, nice use of Pumpernickel bread..but have had..better elsewhere.. A BLT was enjoyed also served on Pumpernickel....And I...MoreThank for your opinion

5. Mariscos El Carnal

Carretera Oriente #1352 | Col. San Juan Cosala, Jocotepec, Mexico Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Seating Mexican, Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Lunch, Dinner +52 387 761 1010
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 377 reviews

Mariscos El Carnal

A great place to eat when you visit Chapala, amazing views, free boats rides, delicious food and a familiar environment.

Reviewed By Victoria477 - Miramichi, Nb. Canada

Lovely setting & interesting entertainment..Birds being feed from the Dock..quite the noise..
Our food was good..Nothing too special..Pulpo was good but not expecting so much BBQ sauce..
We were very surprised by the Bill for 4..
Very expensive lunch...
I think the price went up with the add on of an appetizer....( that was suggested by our waiter..) Our meals & drinks were not expensive..quite reasonable..so the only explanation of the amount of the bill..was outrageous..The Scallops for 3..a large amount..& good..Just a surprise..Not sure if we will return..

6. Cafe Grano Cafe

Marcos Costellanos, Ajijic, Mexico Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Cafe Breakfast, Dinner 766-5684
Excellent
59%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

Cafe Grano Cafe

Reviewed By famillehamilton - Whitby, Canada

The coffee was excellent, as was the chocolate treat we took home. Prices are a little high by Mexican standards (you can drink a decent cup on the square for half the cost), but this was quiet, cool from the sun (no outdoor tables), has great decor and even WIFI!!!
Service is a little slow (you cannot be in a rush) but the staff were friendly. You pay after you have finished unless you are getting it to go.

7. Adelita Bar & Grill

Indepencia 124 A, Ajijic 45915, Mexico Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$24 - HK$126 +52 376 766 0097
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 306 reviews

Adelita Bar & Grill

Reviewed By tulum2017 - Waterloo, Canada

Took advantage of the Tuesday "rib discount". Did not disappoint, in fact, the quality and service far exceeded our expectations! Servers were friendly, attentive, but not overbearing. As the meal was so filling, we were not able to try any desserts and were eagerly invited to come back for a special coffee and dessert another time. We were so impressed with this restaurant that we will definitely return. The atmosphere is quiet, "old school steakhouse meets Mexican el Fresco Dining". Perfection.

8. Chile Verde

Colon 25 45920, Ajijic 45920, Mexico Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery Mexican Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +52 376 766 0072
Excellent
60%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Chile Verde

Reviewed By Aivars T - Ajijic, Mexico

We were at the Plaza in time for lunch. Our timing was perfect, getting there just before the tiny restaurant filled up. The breakfast menu is very extensive while that for lunch is smaller, but it has all the typical dishes. My wife chose their signature Chiles Rellenos served with rice and beans. I had the Mexican plate which had a piece of steak, a Chile Relleno, two flautas served with the rice, beans and the best hand-made tortillas.
This restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare, is very inexpensive and centrally located on the Plaza.
AivarsT

9. Pasteleria Francesa Isabelle et Frederic

Privada de Las Flores No. 22 Int. 8 | Plaza Las Flores 268-8, Ajijic 45920, Mexico Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa French, Cafe, European Breakfast, Drinks, Brunch +52 376 766 3399
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 65 reviews

Pasteleria Francesa Isabelle et Frederic

Reviewed By WildElMolo - Spring Branch, Texas

Actually, I do not understand the rave reviews and I do know about French bakeries, including the ones in Paris. The quiche was very doughy as if it had not been cooked enough and the spinach filling was rather tasteless. The croissants were just average and so was the coffee. Those of us who had the "Salty" breakfast which included eggs had the same reaction of "just average." The baguettes were also only average and the service was somewhat below average. We had to ask three times for the check. It was not a language problem since all of us are bilingual. Finally, I had to go to the counter and pay. Nope, sorry but it did not come near to living up to the reviews. There are miuch better places in town.

10. Chopsticks

Calle Oriente # 54 | Local 2A, Ground Floor, Inside Plaza Bugambilia, Ajijic 45920, Mexico Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch +52 376 766 1375
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 65 reviews

Chopsticks

Reviewed By George T - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

A very lovely couple own and operate this restaurant. It is on the bottom level of a small mall. They have an open kitchen. The owner/waiter speaks excellent English and is warm and hospitable. The ambiance is plain but functional and clean. The pho (I had the Wednesday special) was bland when compared to any Vietnamese restaurant in the US. The portions were quite small (once again I am speaking comparatively as someone who frequents restaurants in the US) and the soup lacked flavor. It was quite bland and did not come with traditional sides of limes, sprouts, and Asian basil or parsley). I also ordered spring rolls which tasted like they were purchased frozen and thrown into the fryer just before serving. Nothing was bad but nothing was special or flavorful. The owners get five stars for their warmth and congeniality but the food is not stellar and does not. My friend got pot stickers and the Wednesday special too (a pork pho) and felt the same. Prices were reasonable.

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