Restaurants in San Miguel de Allende + Colonial Cities


There is a robust appreciation for food here, be it a humble taco from a nighttime street stand to a puree, reduction, or infusion swirled over roast... Read More

There is a robust appreciation for food here, be it a humble taco from a nighttime street stand to a puree, reduction, or infusion swirled over roast duck; or a red chili pepper stuffed with chocolate truffle. Chefs from Mexico City and abroad come here to work on fish flown in from the coast or wild mushrooms just harvested in the mountains after the rain. Young chefs quit their jobs to open up something small, like the gourmet AguaMiel, or more humble Victoria’s Cafe. Today, San Miguel is home to more than 350 restaurants and more are planned for the near future. Take a walk through San Miguel Market to learn about the produce of the region, and then dig in at some of the city’s best restaurants. T+L’s travel guide will tell you the best places to eat in San Miguel de Allende.

There’s cuisine both high and low, and everything in between: South American, Asian, European, fusion. Mostly, of course, there’s Mexican: enchiladas, gorditas, sopes, tacos, and salsas. It’s not just a beef, chicken, and pork world, either: there’s nopal cactus, purslane, squash, beans, corn, dragon fruit, and locally grown “foreign” items like asparagus and artichoke. There’s boutique chocolate from a farm in Veracruz at Mente de Cacao, wakame and hijiki seaweed salads at the Japanese home-style deli Delica Mitsu, and local artisan goat cheese at Luna de Queso. Enrique Olvera is one of the most acclaimed chefs in Mexico, and you can see why at Moxi at Hotel Matilda. The menu emphasizes inventive dishes—such as braised lamb with serrano peppers and chickpea puree, or squash stars with sweet corn, red pipian and hazelnuts—made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Any movable feast bucket list should include pozole at La Aborada, the tasting menu at Aperi, breakfast at Posada Corazón, imaginative tacos and soups at Don Taco Tequila, brunch at Nirvana, comida with views at Cumpanio, farm-to-table cuisine at De Temporada, and a sandwich, croissant or pizza slice at Mesa Grande.

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  • AguaMiel Cocina Rustica

    Dishes include Thai pumpkin soup, mushroom gyoza, and chile relleno. Save room for her flan—it's reason enough to come. Bonus points: this place has... Read More

  • Aperi

    For a treat, try the tasting menu with wine pairings—if you want to eat at the chef's table, inside the kitchen, book early. The fish is sustainably... Read More

  • Cenaduria La Alborada

    Around the corner from the Jardín is this popular lunch and late night space, famous for their pozole made with chicken or pork. They also have some... Read More

  • Chao Ban

    Chao Ban recently moved to a terrace across the street, giving this Asian-fusion eatery twice as many tables as before. You'll find various influences... Read More

  • Cumpanio

    Most people stop in Cumpanio for their baked goods, and with good reason—the croissants made by their French pastry chef may be the best you'll find... Read More

  • De Temporada Farm Restaurant

    The farmstead restaurant is located on the grounds of Rancho La Trinidad, a large organic farm about 15 minutes by car from Centro. New Yorker James... Read More

  • Delica Mitsu

    San Miguel de Allende's only Japanese deli is a tiny hole-in-the-wall on a busy street that's easily missed. You can eat there if there's room or take... Read More

  • Don Felix Tacos

    Kitschy decor aside, the food here very reasonably priced—and it's not just tacos (although the sample platter is recommended). Try a San Miguel classic... Read More

  • Don Taco Tequila

    The salsas that come with chips are enough to make a meal of, but the tacos are delicious. Try a Del Huerto (from the orchard) taco: portobello relleno... Read More

  • El Pegaso

    Long popular with the local expat community for the brochetas, seafood, and central location, the restaurant began as a folk arts and crafts space in 1982. Read More

  • La Mesa Grande

    As if pizza weren't enough, many ex-pats visit this San Miguel spot regularly in order to stock up on foreign finds like sourdough bread, pan de... Read More

  • Los Sabores de Frida

    The slightly fusion-y but very Mexican menu is popular among pescatarians for take-out and delivery, and there may be only one dish (like chile rellenos... Read More

  • Moxi Restaurant

    Highlights include pumpkin risotto with squash blossom, ceviche flavored with dark beer, shrimp burgers, eggplant mole with artichokes, fish in purslane. Read More

  • Nectar

    It's just a few tables, and the breakfast and lunch menus focus on vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, as well as salads (like corn with tofu mayo, chili... Read More

  • Nirvana

    One of the first destination restaurants out in the countryside, Nirvana's terrace overlooks the river and fields. Once, these greenhouses were the only... Read More

  • Petit Four Patisserie & Confiserie

    The coffee is good, but the real reason to come is for the best cakes and pastries in town. The tres leches cake, in particular, is worth going out of... Read More

  • Posada Corazón Restaurant

    The breakfast at this B&B's restaurant may be the best in town. They have their own chickens on site, they bake bread daily, and they craft their own... Read More

  • Restaurante 1826

    Rosewood Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is especially popular for Sunday brunch. Expect a mélange of influences, from... Read More

  • The Restaurant

    Thursdays here are especially popular, when nearly a dozen varieties of haute burgers are available. Try the kale and brussel sprouts salad or the... Read More

  • Victoria's Cafe

    A tiny hole-in-the-wall with a limited but highly creative menu, Victoria's Cafe serves Mexican cuisine that's lighter and fresher than you'll find... Read More

  • Zumo

    Chef Ferrant mixes things up in a way that will make your head spin—gyoza filled with morcilla sausage and plum sauce, udon noodles in Indonesian... Read More

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