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“Amazing luncheon....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nirvana Restaurant and Retreat

Nirvana Restaurant and Retreat
Camino Del Cortijo a Montecillo de Nieto | Antigua Via Del Ffcc 21-2 El Cortijo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
+52 1852194
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Cuisines: International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Chicago, Illinois
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39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Amazing luncheon....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We had a group luncheon at this location and everything was flawless from the quality and flavor of the food and the amazing hibiscus margaritas, the Chef-Patron took care of us at all times make sure all our guest had a great time. The place is lovely, we were seating in the little terrace and everyone was amazed by the lovely gardens. We did a quick walk to see the spa and the rooms and I definitively want to come back and stay there.

  • Visited February 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
San Francisco, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Disappointed 3 out of 4 times”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Normally we would not return to a restaurant after 2 disappointing (or downright bad) experiences, but when our friends who love the place said that's where they wanted to take some visiting friends whom we wanted to meet, we were agreeable. Besides, we've wanted to love this place because its so beautiful.
Over the past 3 years, we've always been in either Feb or March as that's when we're typically visiting San Miguel. We've been once for dinner and today was the third time for late lunch. We've wondered for a couple years now how they can stay in business, as the restaurant's been almost empty every time with little evidence of overnight guests.
The plusses: gorgeous grounds, very nice dining areas inside and out, casual but gracious seating and their own beautiful line of hand-made ceramic dinner ware. Some of the items on their too-large menu* have been good (lasagna and risotto) but I've felt very disappointed 3 out of 4 times.
The minuses: very lackadaisical service this last time, from a very young waiter - not unfriendly, but you had to be assertive in asking for everything - he never once stopped by the table to see if we needed anything. I had to ask for a clean fork, we had to ask for cream to be brought, had to ask for a water refill.. and the restaurant had only ONE other table of guests. The menu reads like an encylopedia - with no less than 40 entrees including deer, ostrich, duck and the standard beef and chicken dishes, Mexican and Thai selections, about 15 - 20 seafood dishes, AND 10 pasta choices -- what are they trying to prove? Over 3 visits we've been totally non-plussed with their Thai soup, Cowboy steak, scallops with pistachio sauce, caprese salad. My partner's comment this last time: he thought he might've liked the ostrich, but wasnt' sure because it was so overwhelmed by a sweet sauce.
One exceptional item I've now ordered 3 times is on the dessert menu (I always have room for dessert at Nirvana because I usually don't finish my entree.) Their own basil tangerine sorbet - is out of this world and unique - and the richest vanilla ice cream accompaniment sets it off perfectly.
Conclusion: I really doubt we'll give Nirvana a fifth try - unless its just for dessert, or we limit ourselves to their pasta.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Highly Recommended!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

Now this is the place for good Mexican food!! The place is serene and surrounded by nature... The staff is very courteous and Juan Carlos (the chef and owner) is an excellent host. It is a few minutes outside of town but well worth the drive -- highly recommended for couples!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago
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“Wonderful luncheon spot outside San Miguel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Nirvana is located about 5 miles (8km) outside of San Miguel. It is a wonderful location (very green and lush) for a leisurely lunch on a Sunday afternoon. We split a duck taco appetizer, a caesar salad and grilled lamb chops. The meal was very tasty and the service efficient and friendly. Since we have become quite fond of Mexican wines (you will be surprised at the quality), we order a Shiraz from a small vineyard in Baja California. When the waiter asked if we wanted desert, I said yes since it was my wife's birthday. We were pleasantly surprised to receive a complimentary desert (chocolate mousse cake) accompanied by a happy birthday rendition from the staff. And, while all of this was going on, a helicopter landed in front of the restaurant - a very rare event in San Miguel. This is our second visit to Nirvana and we will definitely return.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mexico City, Mexico
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“Slow service- but was worth the wait”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The service was slow, but the food was excellent. Has a tuna sashimi which was better than most. The view and surroundings are really beautiful. Great value. We went for lunch and it was a nice break from dining in San Miguel Will definitely visit again.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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