Mexico › Best Sayulita Restaurants
Updated: March 8, 2022
The 4 Best Restaurants in Sayulita
- El Itacate • $
- Restaurant Yeikame • $
This casual, family-run restaurant specializes in traditional, pre-Hispanic foods alongside popular, Mexican classics. Everything on the menu is superb, but they’re most popular for their green chorizo nachos, pre-Hispanic soup, chile relleno, and marinated pork. All dishes are served with a variety of salsas, fresh blue corn tortillas, and flavorful beans. This is a great spot to visit with family and friends for sharing plates and sampling new flavors. Killer margaritas, too!
- Wakika Heladeria • $
AKA the happiness factory, Wakika is a great little streetfront ice cream stand, specializing in fresh fruit paletas (popsicles). These super flavorful treats made with huge chunks of fruit are as pretty as they are tasty. Local favorites include chili-mango and pineapple-basil, but they offer standard flavors, too, like strawberry, mixed fruit, and chocolate. Though paletas are what made them famous, their homemade ice creams are equally out-of-this-world! Try the blackberry cheesecake, rocky road, or key lime pie. Flavors change seasonally but are always delightful.
- La Rustica • $$-$$$
Contemporary Italian restaurant with a Mexican flavor twist, near the main plaza. Though they are open for breakfast and lunch, they are better known as a dinner spot for thin-crispy-crust wood-fired pizzas topped with local ingredients. Their Sayulita pizza features shrimp, bacon, and pineapple, while their El Mar is topped with shrimp, octopus, and clams with pesto; classic pizza flavors are available, too, of course. With three types of sangria daily, an assortment of Mexican craft beers, and unique margarita flavors, the atmosphere is always lively.
An itacate, the restaurant’s namesake dish, is a burrito wrapped in fried cheese instead of a tortilla. Fillings can be chicken, pork, fish, or vegetarian (and not just beans! a great veggie mix of cactus, chilies, mushrooms, carrots, and cheese), but they are most famous for their beef. Steak tacos are a big hit here, and they offer a good variety of beef cuts and cooking styles. The queso fundido, basil pineapple agua fresca, and house-made salsas are not to be missed. Seating is limited to just four little tables directly on the street. There is usually a wait unless you hit them up right as they open at 3:00.