Here’s a list of restaurants that we enjoy for special lunches or dinners, not just because they have good food, but also because of their lovely settings.
Hacienda de guadalupe
This restaurant is one of the most beautiful restaurants in San Miguel, especially after dark. It is in the large courtyard of an old hacienda that is now a modern boutique hotel owned by the family of the current mayor of San Miguel. The décor is elegant and contemporary, with a beautiful embellished-glass mechanical roof that is opened or closed depending on the weather and the time of day. We also really like their food, which is Mexican haute cuisine (with a Yucatan influence). The clientele tend to be affluent and young-ish (30-50), and the atmosphere, especially on the weekends, is usually fun and celebratory. They occasionally have live music; otherwise they have a great play list on the house sound system. Reservations recommended. (Note: Go on Thursday nights at your own risk! It’s salsa night, which is very popular with retired, single gringas who love to dance and are always looking for partners!)
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 1 to 10 p.m.
La Garufa is an Argentinian-themed restaurant that serves delicious mezquite-grilled steaks. They also serve very good fish, chicken and veggie dishes. The decor is contemporary and elegant with accents of bright color and soft amber lighting and, as a bonus, La Garufa is the only restaurant in town with air conditioning, which is a huge plus in April and May.
Address: Hernandez Macias 15 (door is on Canal)
Andanza is a sophisticated, colonial-style restaurant inside Hotel Sierra Nevada (an Orient Express hotel). The restaurant is popular with affluent, mature diners. The menu “celebrates Mexican tradition with a modern flair and always features seasonal local produce.” You can dine in the open air courtyard or in one of the connected indoor dining areas. Andanza is a quiet, serene restaurant. It is not extremely popular with the local expat community, primarily because of the perception that it is too expensive. We really enjoy Andanza though, especially when we want to go somewhere where we know we won’t see anyone we know!
Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Address: Hospicio 35