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Traditional and gourmet Guatemalan food set on a large "palapa"style architecture. Upscale traditional decoration, local music and waiters with typical outfits; great for turists, out of town clients, families and local foodies. A wonderful Guatemalan experience right in the center of the Hotel zone.
$8 - $45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Latin, Guatemalan, Central American
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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Reviewed today via mobile

Was very excited about coming here because my mom and I use to watch the former chef on YouTube. The restaurant is beautiful with their Mayan decor and even the waiters are dressed in Mayan attire. So we order the mixed appetizer for 6 And...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Mobile802851
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful restaurant very close to Camino Real Hotel. Set back from the road and walked past the first time. Tamale with chicken and corn very good appetizer. Pork tenderloin main also excellent. Really liked the fried apple with vanilla ice cream and rum sauce. Whole...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank orchiddoc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there in January. It's a beautiful restaurant. High thatched roof, masks, candles etc. Great textile seating and table coverings. Nice service. Really interesting and very good food. We had Tamales, Tacos, Gallo en Chica, Lomito de Cerdo Adoba and local beer Michelada Gallo...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank mas1958
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cacao is a very special place. If you want to enjoy real Guatemalan dishes from all the corners of the country, accompanied by live marimba music, this is the place to visit!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank kalemontenegro
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After reading about this restaurant on TripAdvisor and the Lonely Planet's top restaurants to go in Guatemala City, I decided to give it a shot. The ambiance is friendly and inviting; the kind of place you'd go with friends or even family. By local standards,...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Dizzle28
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

Great place to try local dishes: kakik, subanik, tamale, etc. In a clean and friendly environment. Parking space available and credit cards accepted.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Amazing traditional Mayan dishes. You can’t beat the atmosphere especially if you’re lucky enough to have live local music. The Paches alone were enough reason for a return. Also the Coconut, Mango Chicken is fantastic.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

We live in Guatemala City as expats and have many family and friends who visit. We look forward to sharing this lovely venue and great food with them and they are always impressed. The service is friendly and attentive and they often have local music...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed October 27, 2018

This is a wonderful restaurant - peaceful setting, excellent local dishes,and the service is usually pretty attentive. A bit pricey, but worth the splurge, especially if you're "stuck"in Guatemala City during your visit, and unable to experience these local dishes in a more authentic setting.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank DrScottK
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

Outstanding meal of local dishes. Phenomenal service. If you’re anywhere close to Plazuela Espana, find Kacao and get all over it. A little pricey but well worth it.

Date of visit: October 2018
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March 5, 2018|
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Response from rossana m | Property representative |
Yes, of course, we have a menu in English regards
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March 5, 2018|
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Response from Rachel S | Reviewed this property |
They absolutley do have an English menu, which fabulously describes the heritage of the food in beautiful detail.
Chris R
January 31, 2018|
Response from rossana m | Property representative |
Hi Chris, we have a variety of seafood in our menu, squid, shrimp, sea bass, ceviche, others. and vegetarian dishes we have a very particular one that are grilled vegetables, vegetarian lasagna, roaviole de guicoy. It will... More
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