Monterrey Restaurants

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Northern Mexican cuisine is not the same as “Mexican” cooking. Like Texas to the north, Northern Mexico is ideal for raising livestock. The hearty flavor of the meats discouraged the use of the hot spices so prevalent elsewhere in the country. Also, wheat is more plentiful than corn, so the tortillas tend to be made of wheat and much larger than in other parts of Mexico.

The specialty of the Monterrey region is called “cabrito al pastor,” a kid goat that is roasted slowly over an open pit of mesquite charcoal. Locals will say that no trip to Monterrey is complete without trying this delicacy. Another favorite is "arrachera" beef, marinated strips of sirloin. For breakfast, try "machaca con huevo" – also a signature dish of the area, which combines beef jerky, fried , which is a specialty made with pulled beef jerkey, fried with eggs and wheat tortillas.

If your taste runs towards seafood, Monterry has several world-class offerings, ranging from stuffed filets to spicy shrimp and shell fish. Traditional Mexican restaurants abound as well, and visitors will also easily satisfy a yen for Chinese, Italian, French, or other international cuisines. Even fast food is convenient and plentiful along Monterrey’s main avenues.

The best part of all of this is that restaurant prices in Monterrey are still reasonable. Of course, the more elegant restaurants charge more for their entrées and service, but many restaurants are competitively priced, and some are a bargain. Many restaurants also arrange for live music or other entertainment after the dinner hour.

~ cost per person: $500.00 MXN
Colonia: Calzada del Valle
Cuisine:
French

The atmosphere of Bistro Bardot is romantic and cozy, an ideal place for an anniversary dinner or a quiet birthday celebration. Try to overlook the fact that it is in a large shopping mall. Once inside the restaurant, you will feel the intimacy and quiet of the place. The French cuisine is... more »

~ cost per person: $200.00 MXN
Colonia: Arroyo Seco
Cuisine:
Seafood

This restaurant actually has several locations. The one listed is a popular venue in the southern part of town. Both this location and the original one are unusually shaped, like a ship of some kind. The nautical theme carries through to the menu, which offers all sorts of fish and shellfish.... more »

Colonia: Arroyo Seco
Cuisine:
International | Steakhouse

El Gaucho is said to be one of the best restaurants of its kind in all Mexico. It is an Argentine steakhouse, established by an Argentine family in Monterrey more than 40 years ago. The Argentines are famous for their beef and how it is prepared and served, usually on spits, which are carved... more »

~ cost per person: $250.00 MXN
Colonia: San Jerónimo
Cuisine:
Mexican

El Gran Pastor is great place for those who wish to enjoy the traditional food of Monterrey. The house signature dish is cabrito or kid, served a la pastor (literally, shepherd style, in slices, fried or stewed in a sauce. Lots of other cuts of beef, pork and poultry are on the menu, and the... more »

~ cost per person: $200.00 MXN
Colonia: Centro
Cuisine:
Mexican

“Cabrito” is a young goat, the specialty of this famous Monterrey restaurant. Ribs, steaks and poultry are also served, prepared in traditional fashion over an open fire grill. Other stalwart Mexican dishes, like fajitas, are also on the menu. This family-owned restaurant has been recognized... more »

~ cost per person: $300.00 MXN
Colonia: Obispado
Cuisine:
Mexican | Steakhouse

Who would have thought, over 70 years ago that Uncle Rodrigo and Aunt Aurora from the Calderón farm would have begun this great history, framed by their unequaled hospitality, their sincere smiles and their excellent taste for precisely seasoned food. “El Tío” has been organizing banquets and... more »

~ cost per person: $250.00 MXN
Colonia: Tecnologico
Cuisine:
Mexican

Hacienda el Refugio promises all the flavor of great cooking," a slogan invented here to describe the marvelous delights coming from the grill. Try the meats individually or in combinations, or in tacos. Many other typical Mexican salads, sides and entrées are offered buffet style, and the... more »

~ cost per person: $150.00 MXN
Colonia: Jardines del Cerro
Cuisine:
Italian

Italiani´s operates hundreds of restaurants on two continents, through a franchise system. In spite of that, the atmosphere is warm and friendly, and each location seems like a one-of-a-kind Italian “trattoria” with family pictures on the wall and the smells of pasta and spices. The décor is... more »

Colonia: Centro
Cuisine:
Mexican

More than a restaurant-bar, the Barra Antigua provides live music! Wednesdays are karaoke nights with a live group, and from Thursdays to Saturday you can come and enjoy all the pop and salsa rhythms you want. The Barra Antigua also has a quite varied menu, listing some of the more exotic dishes... more »

~ cost per person: $250.00 MXN
Colonia: Loma Larga
Cuisine:
Mexican

La Catarina is absolutely, genuinely Mexican, with traditional recipes from all over the country. You can find dishes typical of the North Country here, and also many other recipes from other parts of the country as well. The mole is as good at La Catarina as you will find in town. Pork, beef,... more »

Colonia: Centro
Cuisine:
Chinese

La Cocina de Honan is a franchise chain of several Chinese restaurants in the Monterrey area. The food is authentic and excellent. Service is buffet-style. Traditional dishes of chicken, vegetables, fried rice and other combinations are always offered, as well as soups and egg rolls. Kids can... more »

~ cost per person: $250.00 MXN
Colonia: Valle del Campestre
Cuisine:
Seafood

La Guacamaya (The McCaw) presents all of the tradition of Nuevo Leon in fish and seafood dishes, often said to be the best seafood restaurant in the city, having invented specialties that are now imitated by others. The classic house dish is huachinango (snapper) zarandeado. Recently the owners... more »

~ cost per person: $300.00 MXN
Colonia: Tecnologico
Cuisine:
International

Just one block from the campus of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Las Pampas attracts many hungry diners with its specialties. As the name implies, Las Pampas concentrates on Argentine food, mainly meat dishes, and also on several international favorites as well. The restaurant has been serving... more »

Colonia: Barrio Antiguo
Cuisine:
International | Mexican

Located in Monterrey's "Barrio Antiguo" (Old Neighborhood), Mozart Galería and Café is an interesting and unusual restaurant that offers a novel mix of Mediterranean cuisine with Mexican recipes. Guests are encouraged to have drinks or cappuccino and relax, browsing through books, music,... more »

~ cost per person: $120.00 MXN
Colonia: Ciénega de Flores
Cuisine:
Mexican

Sixty years ago, the Restaurant García G. was established in the municipality of Ciénega de Flores, about 12 miles northeast of Monterrey, on the main highway. Since then, it has established six other branches throughout the metro district. The original Restaurant García is in the “capital of... more »

Northern Mexican cuisine is not the same as “Mexican” cooking. Like Texas to the north, Northern Mexico is ideal for raising livestock. The hearty flavor of the meats discouraged the use of the hot spices so prevalent elsewhere in the country. Also, wheat is more plentiful than corn, so the tortillas tend to be made of wheat and much larger than in other parts of Mexico.

The specialty of the Monterrey region is called “cabrito al pastor,” a kid goat that is roasted slowly over an open pit of mesquite charcoal. Locals will say that no trip to Monterrey is complete without trying this delicacy. Another favorite is "arrachera" beef, marinated strips of sirloin. For breakfast, try "machaca con huevo" – also a signature dish of the area, which combines beef jerky, fried , which is a specialty made with pulled beef jerkey, fried with eggs and wheat tortillas.

If your taste runs towards seafood, Monterry has several world-class offerings, ranging from stuffed filets to spicy shrimp and shell fish. Traditional Mexican restaurants abound as well, and visitors will also easily satisfy a yen for Chinese, Italian, French, or other international cuisines. Even fast food is convenient and plentiful along Monterrey’s main avenues.

The best part of all of this is that restaurant prices in Monterrey are still reasonable. Of course, the more elegant restaurants charge more for their entrées and service, but many restaurants are competitively priced, and some are a bargain. Many restaurants also arrange for live music or other entertainment after the dinner hour.

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