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44 Alcantar Ave. | Old Port, Puerto Penasco 83550, Mexico
+52 638 383 2608
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Friendly Dolphin features mainly Mexican cuisine dishes. The local...
The Friendly Dolphin features mainly Mexican cuisine dishes. The local products like the blue shrimp from the Sea of Cortes and flounder are used in our menu. Open daily for lunch and diner. The Friendly Dolphin is the home of the fish La Farga style a recipe of our own.
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Friendly Dolphing

Excellent service and food!! The view is fantastic, and the place in itself is actually a museum, 4 floors of history!! We are so happy that Gaston (the owner) has reopened after his hiatus.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
reconmay
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Puerto Penasco, Mexico
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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40 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Spanish first
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English first
Green Valley, Arizona
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We ate there this week and were delighted to find it had re-opened. We were somewhat disappointed in the food however. We remember it from a couple of years ago and it was simply wonderful. Maybe our expectations were a bit too high. The food was certainly fine, it just wasn't what it used to be. We would go back.

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Manuel M, Manager at Friendly Dolphin, responded to this review

Dear Graham Q, Thank you very much for your review and furthermore thank you for coming back and suggest you would come back in the future. The restaurant certainly is slightly different than it was before. After 30 years of operation, Gaston, the owner decided to reopen the restaurant and refresh it. The first and main big change was the... More 

Bisbee, Arizona
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

THIS PLACE IS STILL OPEN! (disregard "closed" review). My wife and I can not handle direct sun, so we decided to try the Friendly Dolphin since it is on the north side overlooking the entrance to the fishing port and the boat launch. The decour is great - tons of pictures on all the walls and very tastefully done. Huge... More 

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Victoria, Canada
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I am so grateful for the staff and food at Friendly Dolphin. My husband and I are very spoiled in that when we have travelled to Mexico (Bucerias and Zihautenajo), we have always found restaurants that have exceptional food at extremely reasonable prices. I was hoping to find the same in Puerto Penasco and we had tried two of the... More 

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Manuel M, Manager at Friendly Dolphin, responded to this review

Dear Victoria Traveller, Thank you very much for your review and your kind feelings that the restaurant should be among the top 5 places in Puerto Peñasco. The Restaurant was closed for almost two years and that caused it to drop to the 56th position of 96 restaurants from Puerto Peñasco on Trip Advisor. Last February the restaurant reopened its... More 

Deming, New Mexico
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We had a great dinner there. The waiter provided us with great service. The owner came to everyone's table to thank us for visiting his restaurant. Coconut shrimp and blue shrimp were excellent. The view from the second floor is fantastic, you can see local boats arrive and depart..

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Puerto Penasco, Mexico
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Excellent service and food!! The view is fantastic, and the place in itself is actually a museum, 4 floors of history!! We are so happy that Gaston (the owner) has reopened after his hiatus.

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Tucson, Arizona
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

The Dolphin, packed to the rafters with interesting artwork, sculpture, and icons, offers the best Sonoran cuisine in town. The portions are huge, the service excellent and classy, and the seafood is fresh and creatively prepared. The fish veracruzano is succulent and swimming in peppers, onion, and olives. Sipping a salty margarita on their rooftop deck overlooking the bay with... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The Friendly Dolphin is what i like to call an oldie but goody! Food and service is always good. Off the beaten path in old port!

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Phoenix, Arizona
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Appears to be closed down. When DID visit more than year ago, was OK. Nice atmosphere. Food irregular. They charge tourists a higher price from English menu. Next time, ordered from Spanish menu since I'm fluent, but when check came, they had changed the prices to be higher to match what it said on the English menu.

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Manuel M, Manager at Friendly Dolphin, responded to this review

Dear PaulaS, Thank you very much for your review. That is correct, the restaurant was closed for almost 2 years but we are very excited to inform you it is back in operations welcoming our old clients like yourself. The restaurant now has a new Chef/Partner and the menu has been enhanced by adding new recipes, removing the not so... More 

Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

The restaurant was extremely friendly, the service was excellent for Mexico, the food was delicious, fresh, and well prepared, and Pedro (the singer) made the experience over-the-top!

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Chandler, Arizona
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

The food was good and the building is very charming. The wait staff could use some attitude adjustment but were friendly enough.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 44 Alcantar Ave. | Old Port, Puerto Penasco 83550, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Northern Mexico  >  Sonora  >  Puerto Penasco
  • Phone Number: +52 638 383 2608

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients

Description

The Friendly Dolphin features mainly Mexican cuisine dishes. The local products like the blue shrimp from the Sea of Cortes and flounder are used in our menu. Open daily for lunch and diner. The Friendly Dolphin is the home of the fish La Farga style a recipe of our own.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?