I've been visiting Mazatlan for 53 years and have seen it morph from its entirely downtown-centric traditional society to one much more dependent on tourism and cookie-cutter resorts in the Gold Zone five miles away. On our most recent visit, we paid our regular hommage to the old classic center and discovered three new boutique hotels and several new restaurants - despite some of the most challenging economic times in the past half-century. Water's Edge Bistro was the last of our finds, and we returned with friends for dinner the next evening. It was the best dining decision of our week.
Water's Edge sits at the front of one of those new boutique hotels, the Hotel Lucila. That's important to know if you ask your hotel/resort concierge to make reservations. The bistro is unknown to most locals and our resort staff accessed the bistro number via the Hotel Lucila listing. Note that the hotel is also very modern, attractive and among the best options if you choose to avoid the Gold Zone and stay in a traditional Mexican downtown. This small complex sits on a rise at the south end of Olas Altas and offers sweeping views of the bay from the outside dining terrace as well as several of the rooms and small roof pool. Our party of four opted for indoor dining, and every table was full at our 7:30pm reservation time.
Service was prompt, friendly and efficient. Chilean wine as priced typical of the market at $22 but the rest of the menu was, well, INEXPENSIVE! Our four entrees ranged from $8-12 and were all delicious and filling. My Asian noodle bowl with chicken, yakisoba noodles, and bright, julienned vegetables was on par with any similar dish I've had anywhere. Our senior friends both had tagliatelli and said it was great.
We recommend this restaurant without reservation. It is a true Downtown gem and well worth the $10 in taxi fare round-trip from the Gold Zone - you'll still enjoy savings along with a better dining experience than is to be found at most places within the Zone. You'll also find menu choices that are not typical of local restaurants, and that is welcome no matter where you may travel.
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