Chimaltenango Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Chimaltenango

December 20, 2017 Natalie Tallman

Chimaltenango is a town in Guatemala of some 43,900 people (as of 2002). It serves as both the capital of the department of Chimaltenango and the municipal seat for the surrounding municipality of the same name. Chimaltenango stands some 35 miles west of Guatemala City, on the Pan-American Highway. The municipal capital produces textiles and pottery and is also the home of the Rose Education Foundation, a non-profit organization working to make educational opportunities available to children living in rural areas in Guatemala.

1. Restaurante Casa Santo Domingo

3a Calle Oriente No 28 A, Antigua 03001, Guatemala Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover International, Guatemalan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$196 - HK$785 +502 7820 1220
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 648 reviews

Restaurante Casa Santo Domingo

Reviewed By FdK_traveler - Houston, Texas

If you find yourself in Antigua come visit this restaurant for Sunday brunch. Service is outstanding, we always had someone next to us asking if we were ok. When you come in ask to be seated “outside” by the main hall, you will find yourself surrounded by hanging orchids which grow naturally in this weather...! I suggest to make a reservation so you don’t have to wait to be seated. There are certainly crowds to be battled to get to the very large buffet. You will be pleased with the experience.

2. Restaurante Las Antorchas

3a Avenida sur 1, Antigua 03001, Guatemala Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Latin, Guatemalan, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$55 - HK$157 +502 7832 0806
Excellent
72%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 392 reviews

Restaurante Las Antorchas

Reviewed By bigmohank - florida

Stopped here for lunch with a work colleague during a day of sight-seeing. Lucky for us it was empty, so no competition from other tables.
Alfredo, our waiter, was polite and attentive. Helpful when necessary, but never overbearing.
We had the garlic calamari and grilled onions for appetizers. Note - the onions are green onions, sorta the mini-leek kind of things. Both were delicious, and very generous portions. The calamari could easily be shared between 2-4 people, and likewise for the onions. We also ordered a side of garlic bread.
We shared one entree for the main course, a steak with beans, guacamole, and rice. We ordered medium-rare, it was closer (in my opinion) to rare, but still very flavorful and very good.
No dessert; I had a glass of rum, which was very nice. Antorchas has a good selection.
Overall we had 2 beers, 1 bottle (.5 liter) sparkling water, 2 appetizers, 1 main course, and a glass of rum. I believe the overall total was in the $55.00 range.
Would definitely visit again! Hankmeister recommended.

3. Fernando's Kaffee

Avenida Norte y Callejon Camposeco 7, Antigua 03001, Guatemala Reservations, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Cafe, International, Guatemalan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch HK$24 - HK$63 +502 7832 6953
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 641 reviews

Fernando's Kaffee

Every item in our menu is made here from scratch. Plenty of gluten free options to choose from. All our juices are prepared with fresh ingredients and "Juiced" on the spot, without adding sugar, water or milk. We provide a wide variety of "From Bean to Bar" Chocolate, Roast our own coffee, both in the premises and in view of the customers.

Reviewed By April038 - Perth, Australia

Fernandos serves great coffee & lovely breakfast. There is free wifi & a resident cat who sleeps anwhere it likes. Very cute. The service is efficient & friendly, the decor lovely & the food is very good. Try some handmade chocolate while you're there too.

4. Hector's Bistro

1ra. Calle Poniente No. 9A | Besides La Merced church and around the corner from the famous Arch, Antigua 03001, Guatemala (Formerly Hector's / H Bistro) Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards European, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$78 - HK$196 +502 7832 9867
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Hector's Bistro

Open for lunch and dinner. Perfect for couples, small groups and special occasions. Cozy ambiance, great music and incredible food. .

Reviewed By M L

I had the duck which was exquisitely prepared, tasty, and accompanied by yummy roasted red grapes. My husband enjoyed the very filling lovely beef Bourgogne. Warm French bread is served. Generous size glasses of wine. An excellent place to eat. Highly recommend this restaurant.

5. COMO COMO

2 Avenida sur No. 12, Antigua 03001, Guatemala Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards European, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$141 +502 7832 0886
Excellent
73%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 305 reviews

COMO COMO

Reviewed By GardenerJ1 - Jersey, United Kingdom

With a group of 9. We all had steak which just melted in our mouth. A good selection of wines were available at reasonable prices. Lovely open eating environment and attentive staff and manager.

6. Meson Panza Verde

5a Ave sur # 19, Antigua 03001, Guatemala Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Contemporary, Healthy, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Lunch, Dinner HK$235 - HK$471 +502 7955 8282
Excellent
69%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 678 reviews

Meson Panza Verde

Mesón Panza Verde is well known for its fine cuisine and romantic ambiance. Dine in our elegant Main Sala with vaulted ceiling, amid fine wines and original paintings. Its reputation for "International Cuisine with a Twist" has made it a favorite for Guatemalans and international travelers alike. If you prefer, you can choose to be served on the corridor surrounding the main garden, on the Terrace in romantic candle filled setting for two in the Cupula or in La Cueva, where live music is performed on certain nights of the week. Our menu of classic dishes from around the world are carefully chosen and supervised by our cooking team, led by Head Chef Noé Sicán and Sous-Chefs Allan Ruiz and Jorge Tacs. Our food has achieved critical acclaim. Mesón Panza Verde is considered to be one of the top restaurants in Guatemala, having received the “Tenedor de Oro” award as best in the country.

Reviewed By Vladimir de Sou... V - Sao Leopoldo, RS

This restaurant is superb.
Service is perfect. Disher are wonderful. We had a muniere fish and Fillet au Poivre.
Both dishes well prepared and delicious.
We had a Gin Tonic, glass of wine, water, dessert ano coffee, all costed only U$ 94.00, wich is a bargain for a restaurant that level.

7. Epicure Restaurant

3a Avenida Norte no. 11B, Antigua 03001, Guatemala Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night +502 7832 5522
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 922 reviews

Epicure Restaurant

Relish in the farm -to- table cuisine handcrafted with a fresh and flavorful approach in dish, we invite you to come experience our unique garden dining setting to our relaxing atmosphere. Our long-time favorites, unique daily specials to our fresh baked goods are made from fresh grown ingredients to our gluten free – dairy free and soy free dishes all to offer you the best in dining. Come be our guest and be part of the heart and soul of Epicure with your family, friends, to social visits and your business meetings, our experienced staff is here to create a place like no other in Antigua.

Reviewed By Dan F - Atlanta, Georgia

We selected this restaurant and had high expectations due to its #1 rating on TripAdvisor, its farm-to-table philosophy and its support of education through its foundation. We emailed for Reservations and received nice responses from Lizeth confirming a patio table. Arrived and were warmly greeted...MoreDan, I reviewed your comments, thank you for stopping by to dining with us. We look forward to your next visit not just here but in our beautiful Guatemala as well. Have a great day!

8. The Refuge Coffee Bar

7th Avenue North 18A, Antigua 03001, Guatemala Seating, Free Wifi Cafe
Excellent
80%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 231 reviews

The Refuge Coffee Bar

A small quality driven coffee bar. Sits on the Tanque De la Union park with a beautiful view of the Agua Volcano.

Reviewed By smokemon - New York

The Refuge coffee bar has excellent coffee. It really is a refuge from the chaos and terrible coffee places around the park. We had a cappuccino and cafe Americano sin leche. The mugs of Americano were big and the cappuccino was excellent and well presented. We had to have two more. atmosphere is relaxing, and the staff very friendly. It was a nice find, and only a few blocks from the park. Peaceful and just what we needed for a coffee break. Fast service, and most important is the coffee is excellent!!

9. Toko Baru

1a Avenida sur Nr. 17 "A" | Next to Cafe Sky, Antigua 03001, Guatemala Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$47 +502 4079 2092
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 329 reviews

Toko Baru

Toko Baru was founded in 2008. The menu is quite eclectic and can be described as pan-Asian and mid eastern. Toko Baru strives to serve a great quality meal for a fair price. Toko Baru has become a staple among locals as well as the expat and traveler community in Antigua. All food is prepared locally and Toko Baru prides itself on some very tasty meals like the Shoarma Kebab- The choice of how to eat the meal lies with the customer- the options are: in a Pita Bread- in a wheat tortilla (as a burrito) or on a plate with Rice.All meals are served with our sauces- a yogurt garlic based sauce, a fruity sauce – and a very hot version of a Sambal sauce (made out of local chilies).

Reviewed By AldoCT - Connecticut

This place was recommended by a friend who has lived in Guatemala for 30+ years as a “must stop” in Antigua for fantastic food at reasonable prices. Plus, it was mentioned in a food blogger’s “Top 10 Antigua Food Spots” and ,ow, I know why.
Menu is great, lots of options. Everything we ordered — the spring roll, chicken tikka masala and pork tico loom were delicious. Beer selection was impressive too. We also heard the fish-n-chips are not to be missed and we believe it.
If you are in the mood for an unpretentious dining experience of delicious food/generous servings, GO HERE. It’s a no brainer.

10. Luna de Miel

6ta Avenida Norte # 40, Antigua 03001, Guatemala Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +502 7882 4559
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 893 reviews

Luna de Miel

Reviewed By Melinda A - Leonia, New Jersey

Guatemala does not seem like the place to get sweet or savory crepes but this beautiful restaurant has both! And they are delicious.
Had the cheese, ham and caramelized onion crepe with a margarita- awesome choice!
Have also had most of the salads and they are fresh, large and full of ingredients. Great value. Very picturesque roof top venue which fills up fast. Worth standing in line in the evening as the food is fresh and high quality. The line streams past the crepe makers making your mouth water.

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