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

December 1, 2017 Lashaunda Abraham

Xalapa (often spelled Jalapa, Spanish pronunciation: [xaˈlapa] ( listen); English: /həˈlɑːpə/; officially Xalapa-Enríquez [xaˈlapa enˈrikes]) is the capital city of the Mexican state of Veracruz and the name of the surrounding municipality. In the 2005 census the city reported a population of 387,879 and the municipality of which it serves as municipal seat reported a population of 413,136. The municipality has an area of 118.45 km². Xalapa lies near the geographic center of the state and is the second-largest city in the state after the city of Veracruz to the southeast.
Things to do in Xalapa

1. La Casona del Beaterio

Calle Zaragoza 20, Xalapa 91014, Mexico Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Latin Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +52 228 818 2119
Excellent
32%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 102 reviews

La Casona del Beaterio

Reviewed By Weerobbie - Kingston, Ontario

The welcome to the restaurant was friendly but the attentiveness of service tapered off through the meal to the point where at the end we had to hail the waiter for everything. The food was tasty enough but both meals were under-cooked. The prices, however, were very reasonable. The restaurant is located two blocks from the Zocalo so it is convenient to many hotels.

2. La Estancia de los Tecajetes

Av. Avila Camacho 90, Xalapa, Mexico Reservations Mexican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +52 228 818 0732
Excellent
40%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 150 reviews

La Estancia de los Tecajetes

Reviewed By IriZ24 - Pachuca, Mexico

The view is nice because you can see Parque los Tecajetes. Food was good, although the restaurant was a little noisy.

3. postodoro

Primo Verdad, Xalapa 91000, Mexico Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$118
Excellent
37%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 291 reviews

postodoro

Reviewed By SallyJSell - Oaxaca, Mexico

While enjoying beautiful Xalapa, Mexico (capitol of Veracruz) we walked into Italy!
This restaurant was open aired and perfect for relaxing with a good friend or a lover.
The drinks were sublime and the Italian and Spanish wine offerings were reasonably priced and DELICIOSO! The food selections were reminiscent of our Italian trip and the wait staff was attentive without being intrusive. My husband and I truly enjoyed this experience and would heartily recommend it.

4. El Brou

Calle Juan Soto 13, Xalapa 91000, Mexico Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Mediterranean, International, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$86 +52 228 813 9225
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

El Brou

About 9 years ago in xalapa, in the center of the city was sown the link of two cultures, but with the same vision; to restore fatigued stomachs ... Restaurant El Brou is a family place, small, accessible, modest and private. has an endless number of attributes. All this has been done by a great teamwork, both of our partners and owners of the restaurant and the affable diner; then to us and you. Thank you

Reviewed By Carlos C - Puebla, Mexico

Last weekend we visited my Dad and Mom in Xalapa, I was looking for something special to share, more than just eat something delicious was about to enjoy and delight my Family and I found it.
My wife checked tripadvisor and we found this place recommended, so we decided to go there.
From the beginning the reception and service was very warm and kind, the place very nice, with their own style, an old house with tall walls in downtown, very conveniently located.
They offer a day meal that regretfully was sold out but gave us the chance to taste the menu.
Really, from the appetizers to the main course was delightly more than expected. The tomatoes with got cheese were really great and all the main courses were something that we all really enjoyed, salmon an pasta, everything was really well presented and more important with great taste, more than a food was a pleasure to eat there.
To end the story my daughter forgot her bag and without any issue we were able to recover it the day after, they were remarkably kind and gentle with us.
Fully recommended, ENJOY!

5. Pizzeria Italiana Pacciarino

Calle Sayago 135-A, Xalapa 91000, Mexico Takeout Italian, Pizza Dinner HK$55 - HK$94 +52 228 814 1999
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Pizzeria Italiana Pacciarino

Reviewed By antoniosanna - new york

This summer I traveled to Mexico, I tried the Mexican food for the first time and it was not bad at all.
. But the best food I tried was the pizza of pizzeria Pacciarino in Xalapa the capital of Veracruz state
Remind me the flavors of the pizza in napoli where the pizza was invented.
I will not sugest to fly to Xalapa to try the pizza but if you are around is worth it a few hours driving

6. Fonda El Itacate

Calle Juan Soto # 4, Xalapa 91000, Mexico Reservations, Takeout, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Mexican Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +52 228 165 0663
Excellent
42%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 143 reviews

Fonda El Itacate

Traditional mexican food... made With local ingredients, a place You must visit when you come to Xalapa.

Reviewed By Chucumite - San Ignacio, Belize

If you've spent more than a few days in Xalapa and were eating out, it's hard to imagine not hearing about this very enjoyable restaurant. The menu appears to be fairly standard fare, but the management must encourage creativity because the chefs occasionally vary from tradition. The results have left us pleasantly surprised. Itacate is house in an old colonial style building with a central courtyard, and the atmosphere is fun. Paintings of vintage Mexican cinema stars adorn the walls, and a team of waiters are never still. The service is excellent. If you are going to breakfast there, be prepared to wait a little bit and, if you like, take a hot freshly made tortilla and try some of the homemade sauce in the molcajete. I have but one complaint and that is about the coffee. Maybe I haven't arrived early enough, because the coffee didn't taste much like coffee. There is a great place for coffee around the corner, but that's another review.

7. La Cava Catalana

Avenida Rafael Murillo Vidal 134, Xalapa 91060, Mexico Reservations Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$86 - HK$243 +52 228 817 4561
Excellent
54%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

La Cava Catalana

Reviewed By Chucumite - San Ignacio, Belize

We have traveled to Europe and Africa planning our way with trip advisor reviews and have never been disappointed. Closer to home the reviews have been equally reliable, so we went to La Cava Catalana in Xalapa, Veracruz, with high expectations and were not at all disappointed. The atmosphere was pleasant, the service excellent, and the food was delicious. We opted for seafood, including mejillones (mussels) which were perfect, absolutely wonderful. We will gladly drive 90 minutes for such a treat, and plan to make the trip as often as possible. I agree with Manumanuti: It is our favorite restaurant in Xalapa.

8. Asadero Cien

Calle Benito M. Quijano #9, Col. Alvaro Obregon, Xalapa 91060, Mexico Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Mexican, Steakhouse, Latin Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +52 228 841 0125
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 412 reviews

Asadero Cien

Hay varias sucursales en Xalapa, Veracruz. Es de los mejores sitios de carne en que he estado.

Reviewed By FlutistCPA - Xico, Mexico

This restaurant has many locations. You can check the maps on their website for the most convenient one. Some locations have valet parking and most have outdoor Seating and Playgrounds. My favorite meals is to order one taco de sirloin with an extra corn tortilla

9. La Candela

Calle Sebastian Camacho Esq. Zaragoza 2 | Dentro del Hotel Meson del Alferez, Xalapa 91000, Mexico Reservations Mexican Lunch, Breakfast HK$94 - HK$188 +52 228 818 6351
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

La Candela

Reviewed By geojak0 - Houston, Texas

My wife and I have traveled much of Mexico on various trips years ago, and appreciate Candela as one of our favorite Mexican cuisine restaurants in the country, and the price is very reasonable too. We spent two nights at the meson Alferez, the connected hotel. We wondered in for lunch the first day, and really enjoyed it, and of course we ate breakfast here too. After trying out some highly rated Trip advisor listings, wished we had come back here for more meals! There's a broad selection on the menu including many of the usual, and some I've not come across before. The Marie antoinette was especially delightful. It is a chicken stuffed with cheese, prosciutto, and apple, wrapped in carrot, cucumber and perhaps other veg and then cooked in its own juices. It's reminiscent of cordon blue, but much better.
The staff were very friendly and patient with our broken Spanish and offered very good friendly service in general.
The restaurant is in an old farm building perhaps and been tastefully restored.
Finally, all three times we attended here, the place was busy, but it was nearly full from 2-3pm on the Friday we visited for lunch.
Do yourself a favor and eat here!

10. El Cafe-Tal apan

Calle Leona Vicario # 10 | Esquina Allende, Xalapa 91000, Mexico Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +52 228 165 9649
Excellent
48%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

El Cafe-Tal apan

Reviewed By Rockabel - California

If you care a lot about food and coffee you really can't miss this place. The breakfasts were incredible and the coffee was excellent! The building is a really cool old colonial building with a courtyard filled with trees and plants. I highly recommend that you get the enchiladas with rojo sauce for breakfast. So good!!!

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