We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

El Nene

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Boulevard Benito Juarez 14A, Puerto Escondido 71980, Mexico
+52 1 954 102 5701
14:00 - 22:00
Closed now
See all hours
Mon - Sat 14:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

156 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 116: English reviews
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Mike R
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank KirstenKubin
Nelson, Canada
Level Contributor
13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles 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
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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
Level Contributor
103 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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 

Level Contributor
172 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
Level Contributor
47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

The food was superb. We had the tacos rajas and the veggie tacos. The rajas tacos (pablano peppers cooked in cream) were amazing. I had never had tacos like that before (and I live in CA). The margaritas were great as well, not too sweet and were made peoperly (no cheap mix). We had chocolate mousse for dessert and it... More 

Thank Lindsay F
RestaurantElNene, Owner at El Nene, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. Hope you got to try some more dishes. More 

Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
82 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We were a party of 10 on a Saturday night and the service was good. We enjoyed the range of available drinks from the full bar. I recommend the mohitos. The food was good but nothing spectacular. Prices were extremely reasonable.

Thank Susan K
RestaurantElNene, Owner at El Nene, responded to this review

Thank you for your friendly review. I am glad you enjoyed! More 

Travellers who viewed El Nene also viewed

Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca
Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca
Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

Been to El Nene? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of El Nene and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Miami, Florida
Kitchener, Canada
Portland, Oregon

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from El Nene staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?