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“Worst and Best”

Franks bar and grill
Ranked #3 of 117 Restaurants in Ixtapa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Mexican, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Canadian
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Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: This restaurant has excellent food and service. It has huge screen tv's for any game that you want to watch or just tv while you dine. It's also a great place to just have a drink with friends after the beach. My only complaint would be the manager there, she is very rude and mean to her employees in front of the customers. The food, servers are great and the service is A++.
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198 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Worst and Best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014

Arriving in November 2013 our first return visit to Franks was the worst that we had ever encountered...admittedly it was at the beginning of the season but we have been in Ixtapa and at Franks since he first opened and this year seemed to be a disaster...no service, marginal food and again no service.
We tried Franks again in early December and were treated to one of his signature dishes ,the stuffed King shrimp and it was delicious, we.had a party of 12 with us and each and every person was just blown away...
Continue to give Franks a fair shot--when he is on it makes up for any early season disappointment,

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank klinoregon
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Breckenridge, Minnesota
1 review
“Best Meal we had while in Mexico!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

We ate at Franks the last night we were in Ixtapa, it was the best food we had all week. we were staying at an all-inclusive resort (Azule Grand), and ventured out a few nights. The food was good at the resort also but Franks was by far the best. His staff nad him included were very courteous, making sure you had plenty to drink and eat. The prices were average, with very large portions of food. I would recommend 3 dishes there: The pizza(any of many too choose from), Franks Zappattizer(Jumbo shrimp stuffed with cheeses, wrapped in Bacon), and the Lobster(any style). I cannot say it enough, the food tasted AMAZING, it was really too bad we did not find it sooner, we would have returned most definately. If we ever return to Ixtapa, Franks will be the first meal we eat. We went there with a group of 12 adults and they served us fabulously. I have have vacationed in Mexico 4 times and never felt the urge to write a review, until now. We had the pleasure of personnally meeting Frank and he was an amazing person, with a great story. You will have to go there yourself to hear it.

P.S. Thanks for the great memories Frank!!!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank paul v
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66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Good place to visit if you like sports”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

The bar staff is very friendly. The drinks are cold. And they always have sports on. Anything you want to watch from NHL to CFL (when in season).

Visited March 2014
Thank gkll
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Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good Food...Not the best service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

Our group of 5 had pizza at Frank's which we found to be very tasty. Loved the wood fired thin crust. They also served a good Margarita. My only concern was very poor service after drinks and dinner had been served. About 20 minutes after we'd finished eating our waiter had not brought the checks. We finally asked Frank, a very personable gent, to get the three checks for us. Two were paid with cash and I'd decided to pay with a credit card. After giving them the card, another 20 minutes passed before the bill was returned for my signature. I had wanted to leave a tip on the bill but had to leave cash after being informed that I couldn't do so.
I understand that service suffers when a restaurant is very busy but the the place was by no means full when we were there. Will we go back?? Maybe, but there are other nearby places that serve good pizza and better serve their customers.

Visited March 2014
Thank oldbartho
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Random Lake, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Service staff overwhelmed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014

Supposed to be a nice little place. We came at a busy time and was able to be seated immediately, but the service staff was very unorganized. It took about 10 minutes to get our drinks, and we waited 30 minutes our food order (pizza). We asked what happened to our food order and after 10 minutes we left after not receiving any explanation at all.

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank tropics2014
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