Best of Sayulita Mexico: Where to Eat

Guacamole lovers rejoice!

I didn’t go to Sayulita Mexico specifically for an excuse to eat Mexican fare for five days straight.  However, it wouldn’t be completely inaccurate to say that after spending two weeks in China and SE Asia I was sorely missing my two staple food groups; tacos and avocados.  And I certainly wasn’t opposed to throwing back creative mixology of the margarita persuasion while basting in 80 degree weather.

As Sayulita Mexico has transformed from a quaint fishing village to a surfing mecca and tourist destination the culinary scene has surely kept up and offers unlimited dining options lining the beach expanding throughout town.  I was delighted to find many organic wholefood kitchens with vegan options as well as traditional dishes and unlimited guacamole and salsa selections.

And I want to broadcast that unlike the stingy guacamole minuscule scoops you receive in the United States, Sayulita scoops come in the form of five ounces for $1.75 USD!  That’s right my friends!  I was practically swimming in the holy green goodness.

I should mention upfront that I do not typically follow all of the ‘food rules’ you may hear about when travelling to a country like Mexico or Thailand.  I’m conscious of where I eat and my surroundings but I take calculated risks. I eat raw fruits, veggies and ceviche.  I drink unpasteurized fresh juice.  I don’t turn away ice in my drinks…especially in my margaritas and I likely wouldn’t say no to a food cart serving all of the aforementioned.   My advice is to use your best judgment, eat adventurously under the right circumstances, do the research and trust your gut…literally.

Now that we have that out of the way…I will admit I am salivating while writing this post and reliving some of these savory meals.  In five days, I tried as many dishes and establishments as I could and have listed additional highly recommended spots that I just didn’t have time to experience first-hand on this particular visit.

Favorite ‘new to me’ Mexican Dishes in Sayulita Mexico

Itacate:  A unique burrito where fried cheese (enough said) is used as the shell instead of a tortilla and stuffed with the filling of your choice.  I chose fajita veggies.  Incredibly savory and rich but worth every calorie.

Aguachile:  Appetizer dish typically made of shrimp, submerged in liquid seasoned with chili peppers, lime juice, salt, cilantro, and slices of onion.  However, I had a vegan version with mushrooms substituted. The dish is accompanied by chips or fried tortillas for dipping.

Paleta: Good old-fashioned Mexican popsicles.  Frozen fruit and sugar or ‘paletas de leche’ which blends fruit and other ingredients with milk or cream.  Nothing beats the heat like these sweet treats.

Where to Eat in Sayulita Mexico

La Esperanza (Breakfast and Dinner) Calle Jose Mariscal 12A, Centro, 63734 Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
ChocoBanana (Breakfast and Lunch) Delfin 14, 63734 Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Itacate (Dinner) Calle Jose Mariscal 42, 63734 Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Wa Kika (Dessert) Marlín s/n, Sayulita, 63734 Bahía de Banderas, Mexico
La Rustica (Dinner) Avenue Revolución 40 C, Centro, 63734 Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Mary’s (Dinner) Avenue Revolución 36, Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

Highly rated for next visit:

Bistro Organico (Breakfast and Dinner) Asia 6, 63734 San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico
Maria’s (Lunch and Dinner) Ave Tercer Mundo, San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico
Don Pedros (Lunch and Dinner) Calle Marlín 2, Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Bichos (Lunch and Dinner) Manuel N. Navarrete, Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Yah-Yah Café (Breakfast and Lunch) Delfines 20, Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

Buen Provecho!

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  1. January 17, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    Wow! I have been dreaming of going to Sayulita, Mx for years. I too am just another surfer wanting to explore this side of Mexico. I love all of the food suggestions and I would love that cheese taco right now!
    I also feel you on the SE Asia struggle. I spent three weeks in Thailand and severely missed veggies -that were not swimming in a broth or fish sauce!

  2. January 17, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Such gorgeous food!! Sayulita has long been on my list of places to visit. I feel like the only person living in the PNW who doesn’t go there regularly these days. Your post makes me want to go there NOW!

  3. Melissa
    January 17, 2018 / 11:51 pm

    Wow!!! This amazing. 🙂 Awesome

  4. Tammi
    January 18, 2018 / 1:10 am

    I’ll all about that avocado life and adventurous eating. Sounds like a trip south is in order for this gal!

  5. January 18, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    Stunning photos!!! Love hearing about your travel adventures!

  6. January 18, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    Since I lived on the east coast of the US for so long, I’m more aware of what’s on that side of Mexico, too. I’m glad to know of Sayulita and it looks like a place to go. We also took calculated risks last time we were in Mexico, and it was worth it. Great photos, too!

  7. Rachel
    January 18, 2018 / 11:03 pm

    And I’m salivating just reading about it and scrolling through your beautiful food photography! Love that heart shaped bowl. Sayulita, you’re getting bumped up higher on the to-do list!

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