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“A must-see if you are in Guadalajara” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Palacio de las Vacas

Palacio de las Vacas
Ranked #787 of 1,066 Restaurants in Guadalajara
Cuisines: Mexican
Description: This is a beautiful place with an inexpensive menu. It's the former palace of the brother of Porfirio Diaz, and was at one time used as a dairy. There are frescos on
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Description: This is a beautiful place with an inexpensive menu. It's the former palace of the brother of Porfirio Diaz, and was at one time used as a dairy. There are frescos on
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A must-see if you are in Guadalajara”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2011

This restaurant is located within the courtyard of a 160-year-old Morrocan-style palace. I have rarely experienced a more tactile sense of history; and never so in a restaurant.

As stated by the previous reviewer, it is in desperate need of a renovation. But this is the very reason it feels like you've walked back in time when the house was alive with its original inhabitants. The main restaurant is located within what used to be the front courtyard of the house. The tables surround a pillar-rimmed pond with a fountain. Palm trees reach past the top floor from the garden at our feet. There are original murals by the mentor of Diego Rivera fading and peeling off the walls. I cannot overstate the visceral sense of history while dining here.

This is one of those rare gems that won't last because nothing this amazing ever does. I see that it is currently up for sale. If only I had 8 milion dollars, i would get it myself. If you only do one thing in Guadalajara; go here. The food is par, but I think of it as a museum where you can touch everything and have a pizza and a beer while you're doing it.

  • Visited January 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank CliveDexx
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Half Moon Bay, California
Level Contributor
103 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“inexpensive food in an elegant mansion with great atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2011

This restaurant is in an elegant mansion near El Centro. It needs restoration, but it has lots of frescos, a courtyard, fountain, antiques, intimate corners, sculptures and lots of greenery. It has a limited menu but the food is inexpensive and well-prepared. It was built by the brother of Porfirio Diaz (Mexico's President for 30 years until the Revolution in 1910), and at one point was a dairy, which is why it's called the Palace of the Cows. It's owned by an American who is trying to restore it. It's comfortable, with tables tucked into corners and around the central pool and fountain. Be sure to use the restrooms so you can see the private dining rooms and all the antiques in the back of the building.

  • Visited February 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank blkdye
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