Managua Restaurants are Plentiful & Diverse:
Managua offers a wide variety of options for dining that will cater to all palates. Following is a list of Managua restaurants that is put together with a geographic criteria.
Managua Restaurants in the Metro Centro area
El Café de Los Poetas
Located at the Hotel Villa Americana, it is open daily for breakfast and Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. A pleasant setting for a good breakfast, or a light lunch or snack with good coffee and great service. Quiet and peaceful.
A very popular grill and tavern, Hippos offers a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere and is very popular with the local crowd. Menu includes vegetarian options, burgers, ribs and a variety of other options. Setting includes an open air terrace as well as an air-conditioned room, both with TV screens to enjoy sport events. They usually have live music on Saturday evenings. Located in the Reparto Altiplano, half a block above the Seminole Inn Hotel. They have a full international bar service. Hippos is certainly one of the most popular Managua Restaurants with the local young crowd!
A popular pleasant option for Managua restaurants, very American atmosphere that is popular with the local crowd. Seating options include a terrace overlooking the street as well as interior air conditioned room. Personally, I think the outdoor terrace is much better than the indoor saloon. Located across the street from the Seminole Plaza Hotel. Menu includes a variety of dishes with a specialty in seafood. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full international bar service.
Definitely a seafood restaurant. A variety of seafood options including ceviches and seafood options. Full international bar. Service usually outstanding.
One of the more traditional Managua restaurants, la Marseillaise has an elegant decor with a nice variety of art from different local artists. As a matter of fact, they are also one of the better art galleries in Managua! Their menu offers a selection of French cuisine and they are famous for the service they provide to their guests. This is one of top Managua restaurants. They offer an extensive wine selection. Open daily for lunch and dinner. If you are looking for an elegant restaurant for fine dining in Managua, this is a great alternative!
La Terraza Peruana
Located next door to the Hotel Villa Americana at Planes de Altamira. Open daily for lunch and dinner and featuring the best of Peru’s culinary art to the the people of Managua. Obviously, seafood is on the menu, but there are also some beef dishes. Pleasant atmosphere with outdoor seating in the gardened terrace of the establishment. Full international bar service.
Mi Vieja Managua
A tribute to the old Managua, before the devastating earthquake that changed the city forever. This restaurant offers the only air-conditioned thatched roof in the city. Decor includes with memorabilia from days gone by, including many old photographs of Managua. Mi Vieja Managua serves great steaks and offer an executive buffet menu for those that do not have time to relax and enjoy their outstanding food. If you are looking for an authentic Nica atmosphere with fine service, this is a great option! You can find them one block behind Metro Centro in Los Robles.
La Lora Viajera
An interesting and different concept, featuring a tavern, a small display of historic artifacts about Nicaragua, good coffee and interesting food. This is about as eclectic and friendly as a local Nica Pub can get! They offer locally brewed beer, and sponsor artistic events regularly. If you are looking for an informal, friendly and safe place to have fun, this might just be your cup of tea! La Lora Viajera is very close to the the Seminole Inn Hotel in the Metro Centro area of town. They are open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner till 10:00 pm. later on weekends. This establishment promotes the diversity of Nicaragua´s culture. They also arrange tours to enjoy nature and historical sites.
Specializing in Spanish cuisine, but with a pleasant tropical setting under a cool thatched roof. Their cuisine is of course Spanish, featuring an excellent paella, as well as a variety of Spanish tapas. Also more traditional dishes including beef and chicken. Relaxed atmosphere ideal for siting down with friends and having a nice conversation. Full international bar. Located across the street from the Hotel Colon.
La Casa de Los Nogueras
One of the most popular Managua restaurants for business people in town, La Casa de los Nogueras offers an international gourmet menu with a delicious Spanish influence. Ambiance offers two distinct settings, a lovely outdoor patio and an air-conditioned area inside. It’s a good idea to make reservations here. Credit cards are accepted. Full international bar and a good wine list.
El Garabato Café y Antojitos
Located in the heart of the zona Hippo`s, this café offers a nice terrace with some of the best Nicaraguan hospitality. Menu includes typical Nicaraguan food as well as a variety of coffees, pastries and desserts. Open daily for lunch and dinner, they also have a nice souvenir shop on premises that offers very nice high quality arts and crafts from Nicaragua. Nice background music that allows you to have a conversation while enjoying your meal or coffee.
La Cocina de Doña Haydee
This is a true landmark if we are talking about Nicaraguan cuisine! A very pleasant, relaxed typical ambiance in a lovely home with outdoor porches where you can enjoy your meal with the garden around you. Menu includes vegetarian options, as well as a special daily option. If you want to sample a good selection of high end Nicaraguan cuisine, this is the place to go! Located behind the Pharaohs casino one block from the highway to Masaya. La Cocina de Doña Haydee is certainly the most popular Nica style Managua Restaurants you will find.
There are actually several outlets of this popular restaurant, one on the road towards the airport, another in Santo Domingo Mall and another adjacent to Metro Centro, just behind the Intercontinental Hotel. Open 7 days a week and offering outstanding steaks, their menu also includes other options, such as seafood, fish and chicken. Elegant, air conditioned setting with pleasant background music. This is one of the best steakhouses on our list of Managua restaurants. A bit on the pricy end for Nicaraguan standards.
Las Conchas Negras
Located across the street from the Hilton Princess Hotel, this restaurant bar offers more of a night scene, with live music starting at 9:00 P.M. from Thursday to Saturday. Ample menu with specialty of seafood and beef dishes. Very local atmosphere. They offer a full international bar. Closed on Sunday.
The USA typical neighbourhood bar and restaurant is also in Managua. Open daily for lunch and dinner and featuring a very North American menu with everything you would expect to find in the USA. Full international bar, sports on the TVs around the bar and restaurant, etc. Located at Carretera a Masaya, a couple of blocks past Pharaohs casino.
Marhaba Hookah House
Located a couple of blocks from Zona Hippos, this restaurant specializes in Middle Eastern cuisine. The décor and atmosphere is really quite unique and the food is outstanding. They have a high level belly dancer on weekends, Friday and Saturday starting at 9:00 p.m. Full international bar.
Located on the Carretera to Masaya, this restaurant offers some of the best meat cuts in the country! Atmosphere is very relaxing and pleasant, with two settings, an outdoor terrace and an indoor, air-conditioned salon. The outdoor terrace offers a very green setting and is superb for dinning. Good service, extensive wine list and outstanding desserts. One of the best restaurants in town, but rather pricy!
La Ola Verde
A perfect option for those that are obsessed with eating healthy. Boasting a fusion cuisine with Nicaraguan ingredients incorporated in their recipes, La Ola Verde offers vegetarian dishes prepared with organic ingredients. Great coffee and desserts are served here. Open Monday to Friday from 9:00 A.M. till 10:00 P.M. and Saturdays from 9:00 A.M till 5:00 P.M. If your are looking for vegetarian options, this is probably number one on our list of Managua Restaurants.
Managua Restaurants in the Plaza Inter and Bolonia area.
Considered by locals one of the best of all Managua restaurants. Specializing in steaks. They also have a variety of seafood dishes. Pleasant indoor and outdoor settings, with a nice view overlooking Managua. Good service and full international bar service. Centrally located in the city. Open for lunch and dinner.
La Casa de Los Mejia Godoy
A pleasant, informal typical Nicaraguan restaurant, offering a menu with the best of Nicaragua’s cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner, this establishment is owned and operated by two of the most distinguished singers in Nicaragua, the Mejia Godoy brothers. They have live concerts every Thursday and Friday night, and these are a real treat, especially if you understand Spanish and can understand the lyrics of their songs. There is a $10 USA entrance fee on concert nights which is well worth it. Make reservations or arrive early to insure a table. Food and service are good, but the singing is outstanding! On concert evenings this becomes the top option for Managua Restaurants due to the folklore music played by the Mejia Godoy brothers.
Considered by many the best steakhouse in Managua. Pleasant setting with a nice terrace as well as air conditioned salons. Try their onion soup, their churrasco is outstanding, and service is superb. A must if you are a meat eater! Good wine list Although it is one of the pricier restaurants in town, its still very affordable by international standards.
Managua Restaurants at the Mall Galerias Santo Domingo Area
One of the outstanding malls in town, this one actually has an outdoor pink zone area where you will find many of the most distinguished restaurants in town. The added value is that there is plenty of parking, a large selection of restaurants to choose from and of course, being in a mall has the added benefit of a completely secure environment. Not that Managua is unsafe at all, but if you feel insecure waking in a strange city, you will feel completely safe walking around here! This area is open 7 days a week from noon till 10:00 p.m.
A Mexican franchise specializing in Sushi, Sushi Itto offers a complete menu with Japanese specialties. One of your best options for Japanese food in town.
Papa John’s Pizza
A well known American franchise, you will find pizza and Italian specialties here.
A Nicaraguan franchise that is also established in Costa Rica. Although the specialty is chicken, you will find a quite extensive menu that includes a variety of beef dishes as well as salads, desserts, etc.
Savor, Meson Español
A Spanish restaurant with a touch from the European Continent. Spanish cuisine, and a nice selection of wines and spirits.
An Italian restaurant offering a complete italian menú, including pizzas, pastas and italian dishes. Indoor and outdoor seating.
El Churrasco Steak House
A branch of El Churrasco restaurant, one of the best steak houses in Nicaragua. Outstanding cuts, great service and good desserts.
BW Buffalo Wings
A Salvadoran franchise that is growing rapidly in Central America and Colombia. A nice selection of juicy buffalo wings with sauces that include spicy and not so spicy tastes. Good service and nice atmosphere.
A pleasant, Mexican style taco restaurant, offering good affordable food with a very Mexican taste. Part of a Central American franchise that is now present in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Ice cold beers are always available here!
A branch of the famous Hippo restaurant in downtown Managua. Same good food and service.