Just want to clarify that the reviews here are all blended for these seafood-specialty restaurants. They are owned by different brothers whom have named their restaurants differently in different locations throughout the country all with different locations/styles and in some cases some different dishes. In the city of San Salvador, there is a Hola Betos by the Real InterContinental Hotel, one in the upscale (according to Salvadoran standards) Zona Rosa neighborhood, one in Avante Building on the Santa Elena suburb, and one in the Escalon Residential area. Outside of San Salvador, there is one in La Libertad Beach (40 mins from the city) and one in farther Costa del Sol beach in the La Paz province.
I've been to all of them except the very first one. Here are my impressions:
1) La Zona Rosa branch: Been there a couple of times and service was slow and poor. I had to go call the waiter and for a ceviche we waited almost an hour. The restaurant was not overcrowded so that seemed strange. By the way, this one is more expensive than rest of the chain. But Food is really good though so go on a weekend for lunch with PLENTY of time. Decor is going for a tropical theme.
Avante Building, Santa Elena: this one is a bit more upscale and its interior is really modern/sleek/nice. Its outdoor terrace is nice Food is really delicious and service is improving with time. I recommend the Volcan de Mariscos as a nice appetizer to share with a group. Not the fried version but garlic or sauteed.
Escalon: This place looks a bit more standard but every time I'm there I'm amazed of how cool it is just with fans given that San SAlvador is so warm all year round specially during lunch time. The washimi is to die for. And I find service considerably better than in the rest. And I find their service to be much better than in the rest (again, prob the individual owner's management style)
La Libertad: This place has grown at a crazy pace. The restaurant is over a cliff and you are eating above the waves. Stunning views and service is alright and also improving with time. Same menu items as Escalon and Santa Elena.
Costa del Sol: SLOW service but you are literally eating on the sand overlooking at the water and the shore. Love the facilities, the bar is nice has some swings as seats, anyway, they are going for the beach theme. There are seats with a shade with mini tables to chill and have your drink. The shrimp-stuffed fish fillet is really good. I gotta say though that we had a little sanitation issue with the food and we just hope that what they brought was something different. Would definitely have a ceviche with a cold beer. Bring your swim suit for the beach.
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