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$5 - $10
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Latin, Central American
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
Updated 12/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 12/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The views here are some of the best we’ve seen in lake Atitlan. We have the balam, coffees and carrot cake which were all amazing. We also spent some time perusing the shop downstairs and buying souvenirs. A credit to the people of Santa Cruz...and a great way to support the community!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed February 22, 2022 via mobile

Just go there! Amazing place with amazing food. So glad we swerved the hostel breakfast in favour of this. Views are incredible too

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 5, 2022 via mobile

Great food and fantastic way to support the local community! Love that Pat is teaching sustainability and women’s rights! Could not be more proud and happy to eat at this restaurant with an amazing view and really good local fare! Highly recommend!

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 30, 2021 via mobile

This was a fun and educational experience. Claudia, our chef was extensive in explaining the foods we made and their history. Cooking with her was fun. Her English is excellent, she shared much about Mayan culture and life in Santa Cruz.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 28, 2021 via mobile

Wonderful hospitality, and it might be a small thing, but the tortillas are perfect. The staff is so nice and the food well presented.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 22, 2021 via mobile

Exceptional food and atmosphere! The view is outstanding and one of the best in the area! I ate here several times during my visit and was never disappointed! I loved the smoothies and the blue corn pancakes!

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed May 10, 2021

The views of this place are just incredible and hard to beat! The food was also amazing and was actually the best Pepian that we had the whole month we were in Guatemala!

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed November 18, 2020

I'm trying to catch up on reviews that I should have left a LONG time ago. I was here in March 2019 with my vegan partner. I had previously lived in Guatemala and was showing him some of my favorite places. When I lived in...Guate, I was not vegetarian. When I returned in 2019, I was. I had been missing foods like Pepian, but I didn't think I would find a vegetarian/vegan version. But they had it! And it was so good! I don't know if it's still on the menu, but based on the quality of the food last year, you'll be happy with whatever you order. This whole organization is just great. We also took a weaving class through them and had a wonderful time. Get out of the other "laguna" towns, come to Santa Cruz and have a great meal! And the view is great too!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed October 21, 2020

We love the Kaq’Ik (traditional stew) and a cold Moza. The pizza was decent as well, but honestly, everything tastes good sitting on that rooftop.

Date of visit: October 2020
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alexmacfarlan, General Manager at Cafe Sabor Cruceno, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2020

Thanks for visiting us! And thanks for supporting the young chefs of Santa Cruz!

Reviewed June 16, 2020

We stayed in Santa Cruz for a few days and were told that Cafe Sabor would be one of the best places to get a bite to eat in this quiet village. It definitely exceeded our expectations. The food was excellent and the view from...the terrace is stunning, even on a cloudy day.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 2, 2020

Wow! Authentic food with beautiful presentation and vibrant flavours! So delicious I think we have to come back for their Cooking Course. Panoramic views, friendly staff, great cause---doesn't get any better than this. My favourite meal in Guatemala so far. Totally worth walking up that...massive hill (next time I will take a tuktuk!).More

Date of visit: March 2020
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alexmacfarlan, Director General at Cafe Sabor Cruceno, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2020

Thanks for visiting us! We're really happy you enjoyed your tamales and your visit so much! Thanks again for supporting CECAP and our mission to empower the young chefs of Santa Cruz!

Reviewed February 27, 2020 via mobile

We rewarded our mid afternoon hike up the hill to the Santa Cruz village with a couple of drinks at Sebora Cafe. The view from the cafe is amazing and the cafe ambience is pleasant and well decorated as well. We had a Mango Licuardo...and Guatemalan Hot Chocolate and both were inexpensive and delicious. The cafe is run by locals and also part of an NGO that supports the local community. There are also cooking classes and other classes here as well.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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alexmacfarlan, Director General at Cafe Sabor Cruceno, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2020

Thanks for visiting us and supporting CECAP! Coming back again soon!

Reviewed February 19, 2020

we LOVED this restaurant! The food was amazing. Best Tacos we've ever had. The prices were incredible, and the view was stunning. Also, the restaurant has an incredible, empowering mission. Would highly recommend! It was our favorite restaurant in Lake Atitlan.

Date of visit: February 2020
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alexmacfarlan, Director General at Cafe Sabor Cruceno, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2020

Thanks so much for visiting us Julia! We're really happy you had such a great experience! Come back again soon!

Reviewed February 13, 2020

The Chef that night, Julia, served a delicious and tastefully made meal with amazing flavors. Supporting Sabor Cruceno supports young people gain employment opportunities and it really is a hidden gem of Santa Cruz. I would highly recommend.

Date of visit: October 2019
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alexmacfarlan, Director General at Cafe Sabor Cruceno, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2020

Thanks for visiting us! And thanks for supporting the young chefs of Santa Cruz! We hope that you can come back again soon.

Reviewed February 12, 2020

Family members and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Cafe Sabor Cruceno in Santa Cruz on Feb. 6. Chef Santiago and staff like Claudia worked wonders with beef, salad and tiramisu and were highly attentive to our group's needs. If you're able, take time to...learn about CECAP, an organization in the same building that is transforming the community through its educational efforts. We also enjoyed shopping for lovely crafts at the Artisan's store, also in the CECAP building. -Duane N, Feb. 12, 2020More

Date of visit: February 2020
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alexmacfarlan, Director General at Cafe Sabor Cruceno, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2020

Thanks so much for visiting us Duane! Come back again soon.

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We just recently started accepting credit cards. And yes, there are plenty of tuk tuks to take you up the mountain.
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Cafe Sabor Cruceno is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5