the sayulita beach, with El Costeno's three tiered palapa on the left

Where and What to Eat in Sayulita

Whether you’re into traditional Mexican cooking, freshly caught seafood, or a quick taco snack, the small Mexican fishing-village turned surf town of Sayulita has something for everyone.

Here’s a quick tour of the best of the best.

the sayulita beach, with El Costeno's three tiered palapa on the left

Whether it’s during the day or just getting dark out, head to the beach for some mouth-watering seafood at Sayulita’s oldest beachfront restaurant, El Costeño. With views of the water perfect for surfer or sunset watching, and margaritas larger than your face, El Costeño isn’t just a restaurant, it’s a dining experience. Try their fish ceviche or the shrimp in garlic and butter sauce and you won’t be disappointed.

For something a bit more traditional, the place for quality and taste is the slightly fancier Café Sayulita: Casa del Chile Relleno. Now famous for the Chile Relleno dish that owner/chef Miguel Muro has raised to perfection, the restaurant, just off the main plaza past ChocoBanana, is always packed and is essential on any visit to Sayulita. Try the dish they’re known for and you’ll walk away full and satisfied.

And when you’re ready to really mingle with the locals, find Tacorriendo, a taqueria hiding a block over from Café Sayulita on Jose Mariscal. Open for dinner only, this local run hole-in-the-wall sells some of the best and cheapest tacos around and has everything from chicken to cow tongue and other such delicacies. Experiment if you dare, but know that regardless what you try, you can’t go wrong.

And that’s really the truth about these places: because of their warm local hospitality, genuine cultural experience, and deliciously authentic Mexican cuisine, whatever you order, you’ll leave knowing you’ll be coming back for more.

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