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Rufo's Grill

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Barbecue, Mexican
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Calle Adelita Esquina Sra. de Remedios | Colonia La Madera, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
7551205494
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5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Dining on a budget, Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine
Description: From steak to seafood, vegetables to burgers, anything that Rufo can throw...
From steak to seafood, vegetables to burgers, anything that Rufo can throw on his grill he does -- and to much success, too. The outdoor restaurant fits perfectly with the charcoal grill flavors, fresh corn tortillas and hearty homestyle portions that makes Rufo's so popular. There's often a crowd during high season but it's worth coming early or staying late to get a taste. Rufo is a personable host and takes extra effort to make each customer's experience unique and fully satisfying. He has even been known to bring out a large platter of grilled steak, ribs, fish and shrimp for a group to sample when they can't make up their mind. There isn't a huge bar selection but the margaritas are strong and the beer is cold. On a hot Zihuatanejo night, what more could you ask for?
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  • 108
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Don't walk by, sit down and have a great meal.

No better cooking anywhere. Rufo's set the standard for grilling. The vegetables are so good a 12 year old will steal from your plate.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Linda B
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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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Chilliwack, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our table of four had a very dark corner and we could not see our food. The ribs were tasty but for the price I expected 3 times the amount. The steak was good. The service was very friendly. I have been to much better in "Z". I don't think I'd return. The night before went to a place down... More 

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Thank MelK0730
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

No better cooking anywhere. Rufo's set the standard for grilling. The vegetables are so good a 12 year old will steal from your plate.

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Thank Linda B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We loved the ambience of this restaurant. Very good food – we had the grilled snapper and Spanish mackerel respectively. Excellent and attentive service.

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Thank Patty C
Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Was looking for more Mexican food so disappointed. The local tourist seemed to be enjoying it along with the North American music.

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Thank Jkmcm2014
Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were hoping for excellend Mexican food but there was very little "Mexican" about this restaurant, unless you count the dog at our feet. Ribs were tasty but better down the street at Adelita Restaurant. French fries?? I can have those at home. The service? Our waiter told, not asked, an elderly lady to leave so that he could give... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the mackerel grilled and it was very good. Music while you eat was excellent. Had grilled veggies which were good,but not much flavor. Good meal for vegetarians would be just grilled veggies.

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Thank MnTreker
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Rufo's twice during this year's visit to Zihuatanejo. On our first visit, we enjoyed the grilled fish and the aracherra. The aracherra was the best I have ever had. It was so tender and flavorful. My husband's fish (Sierra) was grilled perfectly and he loved it. Each dish came with a few sliced vegetables, french fries and a... More 

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Thank TahitiZ
Pompton Plains, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We always go to Rufo's a couple of times when we are in Zihua. They have excellent pork chops! They serve it with a variety of side dishes that are more interesting than the typical Mexican places in Zihua. Also there is s very nice guitarist who played both nights we were there

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Thank DanCohen55
edmonton
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This place is perfectly situated on a quiet street with great music, service and food! The mahi mahi was awesome as was the grilled veggies and chips and salsa. The llpie was amazing and a must,

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Thank teddawn
Edmonton
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138 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

They use mesquite wood on their grill so ribs with lots of sauce were okay. Dorado was so thin it was very dry and too much mesquite flavor (use thicker smaller portion). One piece of carrot, zuchinni, and pepper was also on the plate again very dry along with rice. Unfortunately no potatoes. Music was good but its time to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Adelita Esquina Sra. de Remedios | Colonia La Madera, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Pacific Coast  >  Guerrero  >  Zihuatanejo
  • Phone Number: 7551205494

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

From steak to seafood, vegetables to burgers, anything that Rufo can throw on his grill he does -- and to much success, too. The outdoor restaurant fits perfectly with the charcoal grill flavors, fresh corn tortillas and hearty homestyle portions that makes Rufo's so popular. There's often a crowd during high season but it's worth coming early or staying late to get a taste. Rufo is a personable host and takes extra effort to make each customer's experience unique and fully satisfying. He has even been known to bring out a large platter of grilled steak, ribs, fish and shrimp for a group to sample when they can't make up their mind. There isn't a huge bar selection but the margaritas are strong and the beer is cold. On a hot Zihuatanejo night, what more could you ask for?
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?