El Nido

In a restaurant full of caged birds (and a patio with free birds a-wing), enjoy sublime mesquite-grilled aged steaks, quail with garlic sauce, or venison -- especially the savory machaca de venado (meat strips with peppers, onions, and tomatoes). Mostly moderate; cash only.


Day Hours
Sunday noon to 10 p.m.
Monday noon to 10 p.m.
Tuesday noon to 10 p.m.
Wednesday noon to 10 p.m.
Thursday noon to 10 p.m.
Friday noon to 11 p.m.
Saturday noon to 11 p.m.

Restaurant Details

Detail Status
Cuisine Breakfast, Brunch, Mexican, Steak
Price range of entrées $4 - $22
Delivery No
Outdoor seating Yes
Party room Yes
Reservations accepted No
Kids menu Yes
Occasional live music Yes
Vegetarian friendly Yes
Payment Options Does not accept credit cards

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My first experience at El Nido was quite a disappointment, as I AM a vegetarian and found that the dinner menu offerings were extremely scant; I think I had a chile relleno, my old standby, and found it mediocre. My date, not wanting to indulge in heavy meat in my presence, chose plain beef tacos, so we both had standard fare found everywhere: not good choices for this very 'special occasion' place with its unique decor and history. I returned last Spring with another date as we were celebrating his birthday. Not shy about his meat consumption in front of me, he ordered a quail and steak combo. He could choose any cut of steak and opted for the rib eye. I don't even remember what my vegetarian choice was because I was pleased with the margaritas we ordered first. The vegetarian choices were still few and unimaginative, but I wasn't the guest of honor so oh well. The service was excellent, and we knew the steak was going to be good when it arrived cooked to perfection, and tender enough to cut with a fork. The look on the birthday boy's face when he had the first bite was priceless. He said it was, bar none, the best steak he'd had in his life...and he has four decades of serious steak experience. His pleasure was so obvious that I had to sample a morsel myself; it was what I imagined Kobe beef would taste like. I would definitely recommend El Nido for the quality beef (and the quail was great too, although my date had no reference point for comparison),the value for the money, and the charming decor; but don't expect a "vegetarian" menu or accommodations. Be prepared for margaritas and beans and of course that old standby, chiles rellenos, and then go to a Puerto Nuevo lobster restaurant so you can enjoy better side dishes while your lobster-eating buddies busy themselves with the lard-cooked crustaceans.

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