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“EASILY THE BEST RESTAURANT IN ENSENADA”
Review of Belio Restaurant - CLOSED

Belio Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 4 May 2013

This restaurant is a foodie's delight. The building, the decor, the location are all visually appealing. Belio sits right on the beach, beautiful beach/wave views to both north and south, and only lacks the rocks of Punta Morro and Splash. It was too chilly for us to sit outside on the patio, but on a warm evening around their Firepit it would be wonderful. With linen tablecloths and lovely table settings this is definitely meant to be a fine dining restaurant. We visited for lunch, and the majority of other customers were local businesspeople. We had the Caesar Salad mixed tableside for two, just perfect if you like anchovies. We split the Shrimp Crown entree, delicious, bacon-wrapped shrimp in puff pastry, with a scrumptous cream sauce with baby corn. We celebrated with Strawberry Jubilee (out of cherries) for desert, would have been more exciting in the nighttime. With drinks, coffees, all of the above, our bill before tip was only seventy-five dollars - what a bargain. We plan to visit every time we are in Ensenada. In addition, for other foodies, the menu features Ox Tail soup, charred corn soup, and Cornish Game Hen. WARNING: TA has the Map Location totally our of place; Belio is just North of downtown Ensenada, on Hwy #1 just before you get to the Wine Country Turn-off.

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2  Thank parkinsd
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

We have heard about this restaurant from some of our friends. In the fast changing restaurant scene of Ensenada it was intriguing to notice that BELIO did not disappear into culinary history. One late afternoon while in Ensenada we decided to try it out. Actually we wanted to return to Ophelia but as they are closed Mondays we decided to finally try Belios. The location of the restaurant is well chosen, the entrance to the impressive and the view is breathtaking. It was a cloudy and windy Monday in Ensenada so the outside patio was not an option. I could just imagine how nice it would be to sit outside on a sunny day.
I started out with the “BABY OCTOPUS with mild guajillo chili &garlic sauce and Mediterranean touches” which I must say was an excellent choice. The Octopus was tender but still nutty and the sauce was not to oily.
My wife had the “TEMPURA STYLE YELLOW PEPPERS stuffed with cheese & shrimp and peperoncini sauce” which was also very good. Then she choose the “SEARED BLUEFIN TUNA MEDALLIONS with sesame crust and peanuts & chili vinaigrette” which was unfortunately not a success. The chili vinaigrette was a soup of oil, it was not a vinaigrette at all. The fish was fresh but the dish was not exciting.
After the BABY OCTOPUS I continued with the “DUCK MAGRET with raspberry sauce and chili chipotle essence” which was reasonable. It was not at all bad but it was just not a dish where you would take a bite, look up and your taste buds would whisper “wow”.
As a desert we topped it off with the “FLAMBE BANANAS”. The waiter who by the way was very attentive and charming prepared this at the table side. Unfortunately the Bananas where not Bananas but plantain, Granted, they are from the same family but I was expecting Bananas. The orange caramel sauce was way too sour and the whole dish was just insipid.
We had a bottle of Santo Tomas Tempranillo which we always enjoy.
We paid about US $ 150.- not including the tip. I will try it another time again but it will take a while till I will come back.

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Thank Travelbua
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

For under $15 you’ll have a truly impressive brunch buffet here with everything fresh and delicious, including an omelette station, fresh quesadillas made to order, delicious pastries, etc.--all very upscale and perfectly prepared. The restaurant is very clean, modern, airy and comfortable, with a breathtaking ocean view and beautiful, soft music from a talented marimba trio out on the patio that drifts into the restaurant. The same meal with this ambience in the US would cost you at least twice as much--and it wouldn’t have the authentic Mexican touches to the food that make Belio something special. Don’t miss this place.

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2  Thank David K
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

Belio is at the western end of Ensenada, out of town by about 5 miles. We live about the same distance to the east, so rarely go that far north. On NY's Day, most of our favorites were closed, so we decided to venture to Belio and this turned out to be a very good choice.

Food, service, view (it was night, so we had to use our imagination and added our local knowledge of the open coast). All were just right. Food selections (4 different entrees) plus a Caesar salad for 2 were great. Salad made at the table to your specs.

The only negative is that on this PM, it was cold in the restaurant. Having brought jackets, we wore them throughout.

It's still a long drive from our house to the restaurant, but we will definitely go back.

And the desert was terrific!!

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1  Thank navigator53
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Reviewed 30 December 2012

I had shied away from Belio restaurante since it opened. Many of may friends had catalogued it as an expensive restaurant. Expensive is when you pay to much for the food and service you get. Beiio is pricey, but not expensive. The atmosphere is great, the service is faultless, and the food first class. We started with a blue-fin tuna sashimi, followed by a corn, and a three cheese cream, plus a grilled vegetable salad. All served with great attention and at a perfect temperature, even when the restaurant does not have a heating system for a teen Centigrade temperature. The main dishes were also splendid, a chicken breast and a mexican Cod, and a Swordfish dish. The dessert, Explosión de chocolate was faultless. We accompanied the meal with two bottles of Minotauro, a well kept secret of a wonderful local wine. The favourite wine from the Tres Vírgenes winery is Fauno, a mild flavoured wine. Minotauro is full bodied, and flavourful, a perfect compliment to a tasty and wonderful dinner.

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1  Thank lateleapagada
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