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Rufo's Grill

Calle Adelita Esquina Sra. de Remedios | Colonia La Madera, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
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Ranked #19 of 213 Restaurants in Zihuatanejo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Description: From steak to seafood, vegetables to burgers, anything that Rufo can throw on his grill he does -- and to much success, too. The outdoor restaurant fits perfectly with the charcoal grill flavors, fresh corn tortillas and hearty homestyle portions that makes Rufo's so popular. There's often a crowd during high season but it's worth coming early or staying late to get a taste. Rufo is a personable host and takes extra effort to make each customer's experience unique and fully satisfying. He has even been known to bring out a large platter of grilled steak, ribs, fish and shrimp for a group to sample when they can't make up their mind. There isn't a huge bar selection but the margaritas are strong and the beer is cold. On a hot Zihuatanejo night, what more could you ask for?
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Galt, CA
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very popular restaurant located in the La Madera neighborhood where we stay. Fish, steak, burgers, etc. all grilled and all delicious. They often have a musician playing nice dinner music. An outdoor restaurant.

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Zihuatanejo, Mexico
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We've been going to Rufo's Grill for years. Rufo always has good food fresh off the grill. His char-grilled veggie plate (usually eggplant, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, etc.) is a good option for vegans and vegetarians. Though I no longer eat animal products, I'm usually with someone who does, and Rufo's whole menu is consistently good and fresh. The restaurant... More

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San Francisco, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We have been coming to Zihuatanejo for many years and have tried many of the restaurants. We eat at Rufo's every time, if it is open (not always open in the summer). We ate there last night and had the fresh yellow fin tuna and the rib eye steak. Both were cooked perfectly and were tender and flavorful and good... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We ate dinner at Rufos 2 nites while we were in town. The open air atmosphere ,soft live music a couple of well behaved dogs hanging out while we ate delicious pork chops and chargrilled steaks made for a wonderful evening. Good service and margaritas . Its great for the nights when you might be tired of seafood and Mexican... More

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Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Pros: live music, not too loud Cons: cheap wine, poor service Food was not to our taste. Grilled fish (tuna and snapper were spiced identically) was a disappointment. Quesadillas and sides were ok though. We were promised free french fries for our kid - never arrived. Ordered orange juice - got pineapple. White wine (only option was red/white) was... not... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I just returned from rufo's and can't wait to go back. We totally enjoyed out evening out; from the unassuming dogs that linger by your table to the quiet sounds of the band, our day ended as happily as could be. We had the snapper and the pork chop; both cooked to perfection. Just the right amount... More

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Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Rufo's is very special in all fields. Rufo himself prepares the meals and visits diners to make sure that all is well. His ribs are to die for, as are the margaritas. It's a special place that attracts special people. Believe me.

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is the quintessential "locals" spot that has nothing but tourist. But that is not a bad thing! What I mean is, it is no frills, open air dining (there is roof, don't worry) that is not kitchy and touristy and while it is full of gringos, these are not fanny pack wearing yahoos. these are people that know what... More

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Thief River Falls, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

So many great places to eat so we only got there once during our visit to Zihua this year. Food is always great, nice soft music and great location. Service is very good and a must on places to dine.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

My wife and I had a very nice dinner at Rufo's last week. Nice live music, romantic atmosphere and good service. We also took cooking classes at the restaurant which is run by a relative during the day.

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