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.
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