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“Not Quite Numero Uno”
Review of Topolo

Topolo
Ranked #5 of 407 Restaurants in Mazatlan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $13
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Not Quite Numero Uno”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We visited Topolo last night, Saturday, January 19, 2013. It is hard to add to the superlatives that others have used to described Topolo. It is simply a first class dining experience, no matter how you look at it. Topolo would be a top restaurant in any location in the world, but we do not give it the #1 position in Mazatlan.

From the warm welcome to the equally warm "buenos noches" as you depart the premisis, the experience is a romantic feast for all of your senses. The atmosphere, the hospitality, the service, the aromas, the absolutely perfect live background music, the stars and the moon, and the food are as perfectly orchestrated as we have ever experienced.

This is the place to come from all corners of the Earth to propose a life until death, to celebrate an anniversary or just to spark a romantic evening. It sure beat hell out of the country and western show with cafeteria level food we endured Friday night at Hotel Playa Mazatlan and the lack of taste (cuisine-wise) of our experience at The Water's Edge earlier in the week. But, while coming close, it does not quite measure up to Pancho's.

The difference is the menu. Topolo's is too limited, in our opinion. Granted, we have not tried everything (this was just our second visit to Topolo), but we also did not feel that we had enough seafood options. It seems to be a major mistake by many top level restaurants in Mazatlan; too much focus on MahiMahi, and shrimp. Not that I have a problem with either of those options when prepared properly, but after visiting El Mercato and seeing the array of fish available first hand, more diversity should be exercised.

We started with a cheese appetizer (not the brie) top with a tasty sauce and multiple slices of a delicate chorizo, and the cilantro cream, accompanied by flour tortillas. Both were excellent, especially the cream. The amount of cheese was almost disturbing. It is obviously an appetizer designed for a minimum of four people and more like eight. Do not order this if you are just a couple. It is a real waste of good food.

My wife ordered the tuna seared with a black sesame crust, accompanied by the fantastic roasted vegetables and excellent mashed potatoes. The tuna was nice but more done than we prefer. It is a huge portion that could easily be shared by two with appetizers and desserts.

I ordered the chili relleno combo that includes aan enchilada stuffed with chicken and covered in mole sauce, carne asada, a quesadilla, rice and fantastic guacamole. My dinner was truly exceptional. No need for salsa here. The tastes were individual yet orchestrated into a fantastic Mazatlan melody of joy. The relleno was juicy and delicate. The enchilada was mole heaven. The carne asada was authentic. And that guacamole was stupendous smeared on the quesadilla.

Bravo.

We accompanied the dinner with an excellent Mexican red wine, the name of which escapes me. It was a 2007 and second on the Mexican wine list at 400 pesos.

Problably our biggest disappointment is that we had no room for a special dessert and just split the coconut gelato. It was a pleasant experience though, given the poor ice creams we had experienced at The Water's Edge and Margarita's.

In our Mazatlan experience Topolo is #1 for romance and #2 overall behind only Pancho's. That is nothing to be ashamed of.

My wife chose the tuna. Her (usual) request to replace the rice with potatoes was happily obliged

  • Visited January 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Best meal by far in Mazatlan”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Wow! From the watermelon and mango margaritas to the Cilantro Cream and Cuitlacoche Cream (a kind of fungus) soups to Mexican platters, this was the best food my wife and I had during our week in Mazatlan. The made-at-the-table salsa was also excellent as was the service and atmosphere. While it was by far the best restaurant we ate at this week, it was certainly not the most expensive. $70 for two appetizers, two mains and one delightful key lime dessert, plus four of the best margaritas ever. You really should try this restaurant.

  • Visited January 2013
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chicago
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“Great made to order salsa and bananas flambe.”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

Stopped by on a Saturday with no reservation and couldn't get in. Made reservation for Sunday and loved it. Tried the made to order salsa at your table "caliente" and it was delicious, but it was hot!! My friend had the speciality, pork shank, very tender. Also loved the bananas flambe. Great place to celebrate a special occasion, or have a night out with friends.

  • Visited December 2012
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“fantastic !!”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

A group of 6 of us went here last week for my husbands 50th birthday and we could not have choosen a better place to celebrate. We didn't have a reservation but showed up at about 4:30 so we had the place all to ourselves for a while. The service was excellent, the atmosphere was beautiful with all the candles and lights hanging in the trees. We all ordered different dishes and all were very delicious. They have a really good wine list at reasonable prices. I would highly recommend the Tuna Tartare for an appetizer.

  • Visited January 2013
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“Mazatlan's best”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Topolo, in the old downtown section of Mazatlan, may be the finest restaurant in town. The atmosphere, decor and service are impeccable, and the food even better. Bonus - the prices are more than reasonable! Our family of 5 tried lots of different things from the menu and each was spot-on. I have never been a big fan of mole as the US versions just seem to be missing something, and now I know why. Topolo's mole was incredible! If you are in Mazatlan, you must put Topolo on your list of restaurants to visit. By the way, reservations are a must for Friday and Saturday -- we showed up around 7:00pm on a Friday, and got lucky.

  • Visited January 2013
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