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“A night to end our trip to Mexico” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Faro

El Faro
Mirador Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
(755) 553-2090
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Ranked #76 of 212 restaurants in Zihuatanejo
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
mt. sterling, ky
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“A night to end our trip to Mexico”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

We have a habit of ending our stay in Ixtapa or "Z" on Friday night at El Faro. We normally go every Friday night but our last Friday is special for it is a tradition that is over 10 years old. We have noticed as they change chefs, the menu is tweaked also. I love their onion soup with the pastry baked over the soup and bowl- it's still hot when it's brought to the table. There are 2 menus- 1 is for the A/I guess at Pacifica and the other for the paying customers. We did New Years Eve 2012 and the view from our table of the fire works with some of the blast felt like you could reach out and touch them. With us coming back year after year, each time we arrive we are greeted by the different waiters we have had over the years and receive superb service(everyone does). The price is more than the small places but is in line with the up scale restaurants in the area. Have paid more at other restaurants and the food not as good. As everyone says, the view is beautiful. We try to get there before the sun goes down and watch the lights come on below. Seeing the beach and the hotels light up and Ixtapa- what a sight. We look forward to our next visit January 2014.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Saratoga, Ca
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great Evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We were told that the view was to die for and the food could be either good or so so, well we must have the evening just right. The View is amazing, the atmosphere is incredible, and the food was wonderful. Pierced up on the side of a hill overlooking Playa de palmar beach in Ixtapa this restuarant has it all, This evening was even complimented by a strolling musician playing a flute, alto sax or recorder that wafted throughout the restaurant. It could not have been better

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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LA
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Medicore; Avoid”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

It's a beautiful view. And it stops there. As my sister-in-law just said: "the cook needs to go to cooking school." None of the food was excellent, some was OK and most was bad. Several dishes had to be sent back (too cold; too cooked). The dishes that were served up as "redos" were not much better.

Wine is ridiculously expensive. Corkage is absurd.

Do yourself a favor. If you want a beautiful view and AMAZING food, go to La Casa Que Canta in Zihua.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Alberta
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Well Worth It”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We went to this restaurant last night and it was very nice. It truly is the best view in Ixtapa. The food was wonderful and the service great. We were greeted warmly at the entrance by their personable new manager, Axel. He takes great care to make sure your visit is enjoyable. Take the time to try it and you will be pleased that you did!!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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36 restaurant reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Excellente”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Very awesome. Beautiful expansive views of ixtapa bay from high up on a hill. Call for reservation and get special table on patio. Water Marco was very attentive and pampered us throughout the evening. Started with sangria and delish breads. Breadstick and chocolate bread were my fave. I had surf and turf recommended by Marco. Juicy tender perfectly cooked filet mignon with large grilled shrimp on top with mushroom sauce and potatoes. My mouth is watering just recalling the experience. My husband had,of course, fish in red sauce. For desert chocolate crepes and apple pastry. Dinner was about 80$ for the two of us. Go to spot for special splurge nite dinner.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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