The Best Restaurants & Bars in Guadalajara
Collected by Allegra Ben-Amotz, AFAR Local Expert
Although Mexico City gets much of the credit for its country’s booming culinary scene, Guadalajara also features an incredible variety of flavors. The city has something for everyone, from classic street food like spicy tortas and stews, to fine-dining restaurants offering a sophisticated take on regional dishes, to a burgeoning craft beer and cocktail culture.
Avenida México 2903, Vallarta Norte, Vallarta Nte., 44690 Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
Chefs Paco Ruano and Luis González Rodriguez opened Alcalde in Guadalajara after working at some of the world’s top-ranked restaurants, including Noma and Mugaritz. Though they bring international sensibilities and techniques to their...
Calle Leandro Valle 895, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Like the torta ahogada, birria is a culinary specialty in Guadalajara, served everywhere from street-food stalls to sit-down restaurants. To leave the Pearl of the West without sampling it would be a loss, as it offers a...
Efraín González Luna 2061, Obrera, 44140 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Around 10,000 animal bones and skulls, cast from aluminum, line the whitewashed walls of Hueso, a restaurant named after the Spanish word for “bone.” Chef Alfonso Cadena sourced the bones, which include a whale spine and a puma skull,...
Av Inglaterra 3128, Vallarta Poniente, 44110 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
A trendy restaurant that draws both local and international diners, i Latina offers funky décor, inventive cocktails, and eclectic cuisine with Mexican, Asian, and Mediterranean flavors. Opened in 1999, the restaurant was a pioneer of...
Av Ramón Corona 126, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
For comida típica (home-style food) in Guadalajara, you can't beat La Chata, an old-school, diner-style restaurant that’s been around since 1942. Generations-old recipes for enchiladas, flautas, and the platillo jalisciense...
San Gabriel 3030, Jardines del Bosque, 44500 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Chef Darren Walsh has come a long way since the 2001 New York Times review in which food critic William Grimes wrote that his Manhattan restaurant, Papillon, served “two-star food in a no-star setting”—all the way, in fact, to...
Tierra de Fuego 3160-2, Providencia, 44630 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
The torta ahogada, or drowned sandwich, is a Mexican specialty that can only be authentically sampled in Guadalajara—the salt used to make the distinctively dense, crusty bread comes from the region. The sandwich is filled with meat...
Calle Gabriel Ramos Millán 146, Ladrón de Guevara, Americana, 44600 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
A recently opened beer garden, Casa Trapiche serves Cerveza Colima’s delicious craft brews in a beautiful white house with a spacious terrace. Gourmet takes on local classics like seafood tacos and esquites with chicarrón from chef...
Periferico Sur 4250 Interior A3, Pirámides, 45078 Zapopan, Jal., Mexico
Founded in 2004, Cerveza Minerva is one of Mexico’s original—and biggest—independent craft breweries. Sample the spot’s regular brews along with a variety of special editions in its tasting room, where a glass wall...
Calle Manuel López Cotilla 1940, Lafayette, 44160 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Although the craft cocktail movement is relatively new to Guadalajara, Fat Charlie has quickly made a name for itself as a place to get a really decent drink—that is, if you can get in. The bar bills itself as a speakeasy and requires a...
Calle Argentina 66, Americana, 44160 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
One of Guadalajara’s hippest bars stocks an awesome collection of agave-based spirits, with a focus on mezcal. In fact, its full name, Pare de Sufrir Tome Mezcal, means “to end suffering, drink mezcal.” Although...