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“I sure hope this isn't normal!”

Blind Lemon's Restaurant & Cafe
Price range: $3 - $8
Cuisines: American, Guatemalan, Central American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Constructed in the colonial architectural style with parabolic arches and gardens, Blind Lemon’s reflects the tradition of Guatemala. And set in San Marcos La Laguna, a small Mayan village on Lake Atitlan, surrounded by towering volcanoes, Blind Lemon’s holds out an invitation to travelers who want good food served in a pleasing ambiance.Blind Lemon’s was built by a blues guitarist musician and cabinetmaker who wanted to create a music venue to attract the best in live entertainment, and give value and satisfaction to his customers. The restaurant features weekly Blues Nights, as well as big screen showings of recent Hollywood, documentary, art, and foreign films. We have had theatre presentations and circus performances here as well as a host of wonderful musicians who have played here. We also have a bar and billiards for those so inclined. Blind Lemons also features an wireless internet cafe.The building is large enough to host conferences and workshops and with advanced notice we can serve food for large groups.
Dallas, Texas
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20 reviews
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“I sure hope this isn't normal!”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

My parents were in Guatemala, so we took them to the lake to enjoy and relax. We wanted to visit the Blind Lemon for dinner, but it didn't fit into our schedule. So, we hired a guy to take us to San Marcos to eat at the Blind Lemon for lunch. We then planned on going to Santiago to walk around. When we arrived at the Blind Lemon, a woman greeted us. We were the only people in the restaurant, so I asked, "Are you open?" (conversation in Spanish) and she said yes. It was 12:30 and we were pretty hungry. We ordered drinks and then our food. Still no one by almost 1:00. After we finished our drinks, we noticed that the lady who greeted us was running around frantically. Finally, another lady joined her and they started making our lunch (after 45 minutes). After a little over an hour, with no signs of any food coming, we asked for our bill and canceled our food. We were informed that the cook had an emergency. I'm not sure why she didn't tell us this in the first place. They didn't take credit cards, so I gave her cash. She didn't have change. I then had to go to 3 different stores to get change. Luckily the coke delivery guy down the street had change. We paid our bill and left. We then had to settle for a mediocre seafood restaurant in Santiago. We wasted over half of our time with the boat on this restaurant. All in all, our drinks cost us about $40 for a couple waters and licuados. I'm sure the guitar playing is incredible at night, maybe the food as well. I'm sure we didn't come at the right time, but the sounds of the owner's TV could be heard in the adjacent room. It seems like he could have at least said that he was sorry or saved the day. It didn't happen for us. This wasn't a language issue. We live here and my wife was born in Central America. Spanish is her first language.

  • Visited December 2013
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Loudonville, New York
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21 reviews
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“An evening to always remember”
Reviewed December 21, 2013

My wife, son and daughter-in-law and two grandkids went here last night; for each of us it was a night we will never forget; food was great and very reasonable; then Carlos pulled up a chair at our table and started playing; my GOD is he good!!!!!!! Mississippi delta blues, boogie woogie, and an Amazing Grace that was truly amazing. If you miss this place, then shame on you. As for us - we are going back!!!!

  • Visited November 2013
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Adamstown, Pennsylvania
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“Jammin' at the Blind Lemon”
Reviewed December 14, 2013

What a great place! My husband was thrilled to 'jam' on his guitar with Carlos on his resonator guitar. Who would think we would find out Carlos is from our area in Pennsylvania?! Small world! This is a must stop for all!! We had dinner with our son, daughter-in-law and 3 grandsons at the Blind Lemon - very family friendly. Guatemala is a breathtakingly beautiful country. And the "Lake"- words can not describe the beauty of the people and surroundings. Thanks to Carlos and the ladies of the Blind Lemon for making our last night so memorable.

  • Visited December 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“San Marcos delight!”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

We had the opportunity to visit Blind Lemon's with a group of friends and we were not disappointed. The food was great and Carlos entertained us for the evening, not only with his music, which was excellent, but also with his in depth knowledge of the music's history. We learned a lot and had thoroughly enjoyable evening. I would highly recommend this spot to everyone.

  • Visited November 2013
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London, Canada
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“One of the highlights of our trip!”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

First time to Guatemala...we were with a group of friends and looking forward to hearing some live music..jumped on the boat from Panajachel, made our way up from the dock in the dark not knowing what to expect. What we got was an experience we'll never forget. Carlos pulled his chair up to our table and played and sang for us. Candles were burning, the drinks and food were great but the real value was in hearing a truly talented musician and actually coming away having learned something about music that we didn't know before. So glad we didn't miss out on this!

Visited November 2013
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