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“Great food, great view, great service, great atmoshpere, all at a great price”

Mr. Lionso Playa Bruja
Ranked #13 of 410 Restaurants in Mazatlan
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Boerne, Texas
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Great food, great view, great service, great atmoshpere, all at a great price”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

We were staying at the Riu Emeral Bay, perhaps a 5-10 minute walk from the restaurant, read the reviews of Mr. Lionso's prior to our trip, visited with some folks at the Riu who had tried Mr. Lionso's, and felt we couldn't go wrong. And we were 100% accurate.

From the Riu, simply walk north to the end of the beach, or if you want to walk along the sidewalk to avoid the walk in sand, walk to the end of the street where there is a mercado, and turn left towards the ocean. If you look from your balcony to the right (north), it's an easy-to-spot building at the end of the beach. It's very easy to find, as it's the only restaurant overlooking the ocean.

We ate at Mr. Lionso's twice during our weeklong visit to Mazatlan. Service was great both times. The first time we both had the lobster/shrimp combination, four cervezas (buy one, get one 'happy hour'), and flan, for $500 pesos...$38 USD, including the tip. My wife mentioned the fresh cookies they were baking as we walked in, and without asking, they brought some over. They also gave us samples of private-label tequillas they were selling after dinner. We enjoyed it so much, we went again with some couples we met at the Riu, and they loved it too. In fact, for one of the couples, it was their third trip to Mr. Lionso's that week.

The second time, we tried a cheese dip made tableside in a stone container...cheese, garlic, tequilla, onions, all melted over an open flame. It was fabulous. My wife had bacon-wrapped imperial shrimp and fried shrimp (they will mix and match shrimp to your request). These were the biggest shrimp I have ever seen. I had a whole smoked fish wrapped in foil. I can't recall the fish's name, but our waiter said it was a fish the locals ate. We had four margaritas (always happy hour), all for $450 pesos, $35 USD. These meals would have easily been $80+ in the States.

It's open-air dining overlooking the Pacific. Get there early enough and watch the surfers and relax with a bucket of beer or huge margaritas. Remember, order one, get one free, so we could have probably simply ordered one margarita between the two of us, as they bring them all out at the same time. The second margarita had melted ice by the time we finished our first.

There is live music as well as mariachis...but be forwarned...100 pesos per song for the mariachis. They spring this on you the second before they start singing, so you're on the hook for $10. That sucked.

Besides the best seafood I've ever eaten, they had hamburgers and chicken. We had some non-seafood eaters and kids with us on our second trip, but they had selection too. Not sure about steaks, as I simply couldn't get past the great seafood on the menu!

If anywhere near this part of 'New Mazatlan", stop at Mr. Lionso's, as you will not be dissappointed in the freshness and price.

Visited July 2012
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Great lakes
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102 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“A must stop”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

There is nothing bad to say about Mr Lionso's. There is no bad food there. There is no bad anything including the view. One tip I might say is that to take a cab there is 100 pesos each way. The cost of a lunch for 2 people From the golden zone You can catch the bus Cerrito Juarez ! That bus dead ends at playa bruja. So when the bus stops you are right there. Thr cost for the bus is about 50 cents per person. So unless you dont mind spending your lunch money on transportation the bus is the way to go. One note the buses stop running at 9 at night. So an early trip there might be advised.

  • Visited June 2012
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Ontario, Canada
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8 restaurant reviews
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“Great food, great atmosphere!”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

We visited Playa Bruja several times during our two month stay in March and April and had a great meal and a great time every Sunday that we visited. The food was excellent, from the nachos to the shrimp, fish, and seafood platter that we enjoyed. The wait staff was attentive despite it being a full house each and every time. Enjoyed the band, the dancing, just a fun place to be! Special mention to Chris our server on several occasions! Will be back next winter!

  • Visited March 2012
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Stratford, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Awesome Best Seafood Ever!”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

The most wonderful meal, buy one get one free fishbowl size pinacoladas and margarittas, Fresh lobster and shrimp, huge portions, about $20 a plate, $8 for kids.

Visited November 2011
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Olds, Canada
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“The Food Has Improved!”
Reviewed May 14, 2012

The food was always good here, according to the locals we spoke to. Several in our party had been here before and commented that the food was better than before. Fresh bread hot from the oven was a delightful unrequested appetizer. 2 for 1 Happy Hour...hello! My Red Snapper was deep fried, deliciously spiced, crispy and moist. Those who ordered Imperial Shrimp raved about it. The place was hopping as tables cleared to dance to the excellent house band. I'd definitely make this a destination in the future.

Visited May 2012
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PlayaBruja, Gerente at Mr. Lionso Playa Bruja, responded to this review, May 29, 2012

Thank you for your comment, we are so glad you like our food, house band, happy hour and bread.
We hope to see you soon.

Denisse Arámburo Herrera
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