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El Presidio


Located in the Casa Garcia, a large house painted a soft grey, has been gracefully sitting on the corner of Mariano Escobedo and Niños Heroes since 1876. You’ve walked by it hundreds of times and you may have attended private events in the courtyard. At long last, the interior restaurant is completed and the large, custom made kitchen, is ruled by Chef Diego Becerra.



Av. Camarón Sábalo 2121, Mazatlán (Adjacent to Pueblo Bonito)
669/989-8900, ext. 8608 or 669-143-700

From Web Site

“Angelo's Gourmet Restaurant!
- serves fine Northern Italian and international cuisine in a graceful setting that features romantic piano music and one of Mazatlán's most popular singers. Angelo's also offers an extensive list of select imported and domestic wines.”

Review in New York Times

 “Even locals consider this hotel restaurant one of the best in town, as much for its ambience as for its food. Beveled glass doors reveal a dining room gleaming with brass, polished wood, and crystal chandeliers. A pianist plays in the background as formally dressed waiters present menus featuring homemade pastas; shrimp dishes, including superb scampi; and a large selection of imported wines. The dress code forbids beachwear, jeans, tennis shoes, and flip-flops.”

Doug and Cyndi Comments

This is one of our favorite restaurants in the world, not just Mazatlan.  The setting is warm, sumptuous and comfortable.  The service is impeccable and very friendly.  The menu is superb and the sommelier will recommend great wines at reasonable prices.  (We’re particularly fond of a Chilean wine by Santa Ema called Amplus One Carmenere).  The M-W entertainment is provided by a pianist who is adequate but Thursday – Sunday a tenor performs songs in Italian, Spanish or English and is worth the visit to Angelos alone.  The owner, Sara, is always present and will drop by to see how you’re doing.  She can also help you track down life’s essentials in Mazatlan.  Dressy casual.

Pedro and Lola’s

Pedro and Lolas

Av. Constitucion in the Plaza Machado

Doug and Cyndi Comments

Plaza Machado is such a special and enchanting square in the midst of El Centro district that Cyndi and I seriously considered buying a home in the neighborhood.  The square is headed at one end by a performing arts theater and then ringed by a series of small restaurants featuring curbside dining and often including live entertainment.  Our favorite restaurant in the Plaza is Pedro and Lola’s. Named for local stars Pedro Infante (Mexico's Golden Age Movie Star) and Lola Beltran (The Queen of Ranchera Music), P&L is one of Mazatlan's landmark destination restaurants. Our favorite entertainer is a 60+ year old saxophonist who has played for Tony Bennet and Patty Paige, to name a couple.  This place is a must.


El Shrimp Bucket

Shrimp Bucket

Avenida Olas Altas 111, in the Hotel La Siesta, Mazatlán
669-816-350 or 669-828-019

10 Best Review

“El Shrimp Bucket serves up live music every night to complement the variety of shrimp dishes you can order, plus several seafood dishes featuring extra fresh catches-of-the-day. Almost every seafood dish adds just a little touch of Old Mexico and several Mexican favorites like fajitas, enchiladas, and chimichangas also grace the menu. Pay close attention to the sauces, which can help spice up any dish you order.”

Doug and Cyndi Comments

Haven’t been there yet.  But this restaurant is immediately next to the Olas Altas Steak House, shrimp anywhere in Mazatlan is wonderful, and they get great reviews.




Numerous Locations Throughout the City

Doug and Cyndi Comments

Panamas serves sandwiches and light food but is best known for their pastries and deserts.  This place is to be avoided by all those on diets or anyone who is even contemplating a diet.  Everybody else……have fun.



Numerous Locations  Throughout the City

Doug and Cyndi Comments

Ricos is a coffee bar and internet café that also serves up some very nice breakfast specialties.  We especially recommend the stuffed crepes.