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El Nene

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Boulevard Benito Juarez 14A, Puerto Escondido 71980, Mexico
+52 1 954 102 5701
Mon - Sat 14:00 - 22:00
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Duncan, Canada
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Excellent food. Simple menu. Fresh ingredients. Good for breakfasts. Clean. Owner Helmut friendly. Take care with the margueritas, one of the best in town; can leave you legless before you know it

Thank Phil L
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017

A good place for a nice meal. the setting is comfortable and the service is fine.You will enjoy the meal.

Thank S502VUDavidH
Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

We had great margaritas to start then our mains. The food and service was outstanding. Highly recommend

Thank Mike R
Vancouver, Canada
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

I can't say I've ever been disappointed here- I've been often and know what I want when I go - the fish is an excellent choice, and I love the baked potato with sour cream! Try the complimentary chips with the slightly spicy peanut sauce, a nice change. Service is fine. The owners care. recommended.

Thank suzannemowat
Winnipeg, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Great mojito but the service was horrible. The food was satisfactory but the atmosphere and service needs attention

Thank KirstenKubin
Nelson, Canada
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

The food preparation is superior to many places with compareable prices. It seems with the strength of foreign currency some places raised their prices. El Nene has not done this. Thank you.

Thank Chris P
Ashland, Oregon
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

We ordered a simple meal of soup and tacos, which after more than an hour had still not arrived. Three times we were given drinks or food that were destined for another table, and never got the slightest indication that our food we had ordered was anywhere close to coming to our table. At one point we were asked if... More 

Thank karen41131
RestaurantElNene, Owner at El Nene, responded to this review

Hi there, we are so sorry about the situation last night. We had a problem because our staff was not complete. When you arrived we already had received the orders of 2 big tables, and I apologize not having told you that it will take time to get you your order. We were crazy busy and one of our staff... More 

St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
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106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

It appeared that the word of the day was NO. No to separate tabs. No to beer selection. No to making a shrimp taco. We did not at all feel that our patronage was welcome. Very strange as Helmut is such a warm and friendly individual. Go for the room and perhaps the food but if last night is typical... More 

Thank Don W
RestaurantElNene, Owner at El Nene, responded to this review

Thank you for your 3rd review, we are very sorry that we couldn´t manage to please you once. We don`t have shrimp tacos on the menu and when the restaurant is full we cannot do separate tabs. There are many restaurants in Puerto not offering separate tabs, including Cafecito. The beer we offer is Victoria and Corona, we are sorry... More 

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172 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Sounds silly in a hot climate. Sometimes you just want a small dinner and these are not watery soups? Lentils are delicious in a tasty sauce. This is the place to be brave and have nopales soup-complete with dropped egg. Their large mains are also popular

1 Thank annikarosenqvist
RestaurantElNene, Owner at El Nene, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We love having soups, especially with this climate. More 

Calgary, Canada
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Decided to give El Nene a try.... what a great choice. The food and the service was exemplary. Nice atmosphere, nice background music, continuously, and very pleasant to add to the ambience. Bartender charming, waiter attentive, owner extremely fastidious and concerned. My husband had the arachera , best he has had, lovely marinade flavor, served with baked potato, and the... More 

Thank BeachSearchers
RestaurantElNene, Owner at El Nene, responded to this review

Thank you for the kudos! Hope you will be back! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$12
Mexican, Latin, International, Spanish, Contemporary, Healthy
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
14:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Boulevard Benito Juarez 14A, Puerto Escondido 71980, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Oaxaca  >  Puerto Escondido
  • Phone Number: +52 1 954 102 5701

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?