What are the best restaurants in Nicaragua?

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Nicaragua’s capital still boasts the highest concentration of restaurants. While delicious local food can be found in markets, street stalls and beachside eateries, Managua is definitely the best bet for international cuisine and fine-dining options.

The area around Los Robles seems to be favored by Nicaraguans when it comes to dining out, as is Zona Viva around the Galerias Santo Domingo shopping center.

Los Ranchos
This famous steakhouse has been around for more than a half a century and has been known as a gathering place for the political classes throughout the decades.

Its esteemed steaks have made it all the way to the United States, with four branches of the restaurant opening in Miami since 1981. Besides the churrasco steak, staples on the menu include gallo pinto, a traditional dish that combines rice and beans, and the signature tres leches (a moist cake made with three types of milk).

La Casa de los Nogueras
This upscale Mediterranean restaurant is located in the heart of the capital, close to some of the best hotels and shopping areas. Run directly by its owners, the Noguerases, the restaurant is known for its cozy atmosphere and a garden that offers a noteworthy alfresco dining experience.

The house specialties are fish and seafood, as well as paella and housemade desserts.

Mesón Real
Formerly in the city of Leon, this Spanish restaurant reopened its doors in Managua in 2013. If you’re thinking that it’s probably not worth trying out international restaurants on your trip, think again: more than Spanish cuisine, Mesón Real offers a fusion of Spanish-style recipes with distinctly local flavors.

The black rice paella and garlic shrimp with yucca (cassava root) are among the chef’s specialties.

Acholado
Acholado is proof of the bourgeoning diversity among restaurants in the capital. Peruvian cuisine has gained a strong foothold in the dining scene the world over, and Nicaragua is no exception.

We’re raving about seafood tiraditos (similar to sashimi), Peruvian-style tagliatelle, mixed ceviches and passion fruit pisco sours.

La Marsellaise
This old-school French restaurant is considered the gold standard in Managua’s fine-dining scene. Authentic French cuisine, an inviting terrace and superior wine pairings are what set this restaurant apart.

Besides offering great food in an agreeable setting, the Nicaragua restaurant aims to promote local culture by holding regular art exhibitions onsite.

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