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

November 9, 2017 Dorsey Hagwood

Quetzaltenango, also known by its Maya name, Xelajú [ʃelaˈχu] or Xela [ˈʃela], is the second largest city of Guatemala. It is both the capital of Quetzaltenango Department and the municipal seat of Quetzaltenango municipality.
Things to do in Quetzaltenango

1. La Red Kat

8 Avenida 5-19, Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Cafe, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +502 5086 0993
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

La Red Kat

Reviewed By Sarah I - London, United Kingdom

Nice calm place to settlle down with a drink and do your homework. They have free wifi, reasonably priced drinks and nice hot chocolate in an enclosed leafy courtyard.

2. Salon Tecun

Interior Pasaje Enriquez Quetzaltenango Guatemal | Main Square, Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Bar, Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$39 - HK$157 +502 5630 2411
Excellent
52%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 103 reviews

Salon Tecun

Burgers, pizza and bar food with a guatemalan twist, bar, Dutch owned, bar/cafe, pub, pasta, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, soups, cozy, good music, best pizza in Quetzaltenango, good atmosphere, oldest bar in Guatemala, mixed crowd, locals and turists, central park, lunch, dinner, late night dining, live music, safe, security, beer, wine, cocktails, good prices

Reviewed By Silvia_PY - Spain

Love the Carbonara pizza here!!! It's a cool bar to hang out, grab a few beers and a bite. Gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because when they are full they take forever to bring out the food. So make sure you order enough food from the beginning!

3. Sabor de la India

15 Avenida 3-64 | Zone 1, Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$24 - HK$63 +502(0)7765 2555
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 286 reviews

Sabor de la India

Best restaurant in xela. We receive group up to 25 without reservation.Everything locally purchased.

Reviewed By Elena A

The food is amazing.. one of the most authentic Indian food experiences I have had in Guatemala. Only sad thing is they are not open on Mondays, and only open for dinner (if I am remembering correctly) during other days. That being said, it is totally worth it to go! Delicious food!

4. El Pasaje Mediterraneo

Pasaje Enriquez, Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +502 5630 6404
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

El Pasaje Mediterraneo

Best tapas in Guatemala. Real quality food

Reviewed By MrAusDog - Melbourne, Australia

In Spain Tapas are small dishes - or at least they used to be. These are large - 3 are adequate for a couple - but very tasty. We ate here twice in our stay and were not disappointed.

5. Bajo La Luna

Avenida y 4ta Calle D3-72 8va, Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala Takeout, Waitstaff, Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night HK$24 - HK$55 +502 7763 0125
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Bajo La Luna

Bajo La Luna is a 1900's house's crawl space turned into a wine bar (the first one in town), we opened June 23rd, 2001. Some things have change (size, menu, etc) since then, but never the idea to own and run a bar that makes us feel like is the only place we want to be, even if its were we 'work'... Bajo La Luna's menu is an assortment of drinks and food, including our famous cheese fondue and the best burgers in town! Half-pound patties (beef, pork, beef and pork, vegetarian), fresh veggies, artisan bread and a side of hand cut fries, so yes, simply the best.

Reviewed By Raphaël C - Valenciennes, France

The burgers are good, but there is too much coriander in the meat. The french fries are excellent and the waiter is nice.

6. Tertulianos Restaurante & Museo

14 Ave 5-26 | Zona 3, Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Fusion, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Brunch, Drinks HK$78 - HK$235 +502 2507 9095
Excellent
74%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 207 reviews

Tertulianos Restaurante & Museo

It is the idea of the family sitting around the table, the one that makes Chef Pablo Alvarado and his collaborators say, every day, "We We Fell For Serving You". Allow Tertulianos to please your senses.

Reviewed By EMILE D - Guatemala City, Guatemala

This is a restaurant-museum. It is a big antique astonishing house, with beauiful decoration and furnishings, with wide corridors and a beautiful garden. Historic site, very well conserved. Good service and attention from personel, but the food quality needs to be improved. I ordered a fish plate and was regular. The restaurant is too beautiful to serve regular dishes. Prices are expensive per food quality. Ideal for a dinner to enjoy every area of the restaurant. A nice visit if your´re in Xela.

7. El Cuartito

13 Avenida 7-09 | Zona 1, Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff Cafe, Bar, Delicatessen, Pub, Gastropub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +502 7765 8835
Excellent
51%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 89 reviews

El Cuartito

Restaurant, Beer Garden and Event Venue located in the Historic Central Park of Quetzaltenango (Xela) Guatemala. Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Vegetarian options. Best craft beer selection in town! Chill place to share a good time with friends or take your spanish class with your favorite teacher! Follow us on Facebook to know about all about our events and live music!

Reviewed By Hannah E - Puebla, Mexico

El Cuartito is a great place to hang out with friends and get drinks. They also have good food to picar. Mojitos particularly stand out.

8. La Esquina Asiatica

9 Avenida 6-79 | Zona 1, Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Chinese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast HK$16 - HK$71 +502 7763 0316
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

La Esquina Asiatica

La Esquina Asiatica is located 3 blocks away from Parque Central, the main plaza. It is on the 2nd level, across the street from the yoga house, as well as across from the taiwanese street food store. It is directly on the corner of 9a avenida and 8th calle! We're open MONDAY through SATURDAY from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. and SUNDAY from 12:30 to 3:00 P.M.

Reviewed By Irma S

I decided to give this restaurant a try because I read the other reviews, it is a hidden gem. Their food is delicious and cheap, I had the chow mein and loved it. They have live music for lunch time on Saturdays and the musician is good. They also serve amazing breakfasts. Food is fresh and very tasty with big portions.

9. Sabe Delis

14 Avenida "A" 3-38 | Zona 1, Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff Italian, Pizza, European, Healthy, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$63 +502 7761 2635
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

Sabe Delis

Welcome to Sabe Delis, the purpose of this restaurant is offer you a big variety of dishes with french and italian influence. Savoury and sweet crepes, pizzas, homemade pasta and more. Our products are all fresh, homemade and selected to give you the best quality. We are expecting you all day a week from 12am to 12pm. Live music every saturday at 7h30pm.

Reviewed By Nicolas C - Houston, Texas

I stopped there with a group of friends (12 of us) and had wonderful pizza. The servings are generous, the ingredients fresh and the flavors on point. Only the crust could use a little tweaking. Unfortunately, the service is a little 'panicky' and the food takes a long time to cook (we waited 45 minutes for our pizzas).

10. La Chatia Artesana

22 Avenida 5-48 | 7ma Calle 15-20 Zona 1, Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Guatemalan, Cafe, Healthy, South American, Vegan Options Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks HK$47 +502 5923 4356
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 89 reviews

La Chatia Artesana

We are a bakery dedicated to the production of healthy and home made products. We have three locations for our clients convenience, at zone 1, zone 3 y zona 9. We open seven days at week from 6:30 in the morning. We offer you also vegetarian and vegan food. We work with local producers and local staff making us a bakery with own personality and authenticity.

Reviewed By mtnb192 - Guatemala

I visited La Chatia for lunch. I tried a Portobello Sandwich and a pesto pizza. The Sandwich was delicious! The pizza was ok. The only thing I'd mention is that the Sandwich was to be accompanied by vegetables (I expected them to be steamed), and it was surprising to see my plate arrive with carrot and celery sticks. That's more like... salad. Anyway, their service is excellent. They're very attentive and nice. The ice cream they have is also delicious! I loved it. I'll definitely go back another time.

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