Restaurant Guide

**indicates ocean view

 

Iguana Restaurants

 

Pilis Kitchen at the Hacienda Iguana Beach Club **

  • Location: At the community beach club in front of Colorados surf break on the south end of Iguana’s beach.  Just a 1 minute walk from the Rio Dulce condos.
  • Hours: 7am to 10pm – Breakfast 7am t0 11am, Lunch 11am to 4:30pm and Dinner 5:30pm to 10pm
  • Price: $9-$22
  • Menu:  Contemporary and Basque inspired menu.  Please see menu in the back of the info guide.

 Casa Maderas (Delivery: 8226-9750)

  • Location: In the wood building just east of the Iguana Golf Condos and at the end of hole 5 if you are golfing.
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner – 11am to 9pm
  • Price: $6-$17
  • Menu:  Nicaraguan Cuisine.  Please see menu in the back of the info guide.

 

Scoops and Spokes (Delivery: 8531-2388)

  • Location: In Iguana’s commercial center close to the 2nd entrance gate of Hacienda Iguana.  Right next to the Iguana Surf Rental’s office.
  • Hours: Open Daily – 7am-6pm
  • Price: $2-$12
  • Menu: Ice Cream, Milkshakes, Coffee, Smoothies, Fresh Juices, Paninis and Baked Goods – Please see menu in the back of the info guide.

 

Don Eloys (Delivery:  8474-8043)

  • Location: In Iguana’s commercial center close to the 2nd entrance gate of Hacienda Iguana.  Don Eloy’s is right above the NSR Surf Shop.
  • Hours: Dinner – 12pm to 9pm
  • Price: $8-$17
  • Menu:  Bar food and pizza. Please see menu in the back of the info guide.

 

Iguana Brewery (Delivery: 8282-7821)

  • Location: In Iguana’s commercial center close to the 2nd entrance gate of Hacienda Iguana.  Iguana Brewery is right next to the NSR Surf Shop.
  • Hours: Lunch and Dinner – 12pm to 10pm
  • Price: $8-$17
  • Menu:  Bar food and pizza. Please see menu in the back of the info guide.

 

Casa Ananas

  • Location: In the small white house on the corner that is just east of the Iguana Golf Condos and at the end of hole 5 if you are golfing.
  • Hours: Dinner – 6pm-10pm
  • Price: $4-$15
  • Menu: Each night is different cuisine and dinner specials.  Please see menu in the back of this info guide.
  • *visit their Facebook page Casa Ananas Nicaragua for evening specials

 

VeGarden

  • Location: Right next door to Stop and Go Surf Market in the Commercial area of Iguana.
  • Hours: 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sundays
  • Price: $1-$12
  • Menu: Vegan breakfast and lunch specials, baked goods, desserts, coffee and drinks.

Just Outside the Gates

(15 minute drive)

 

Jascos Sushi Restaurant

  • Location:  Turn right outside of the main Iguana gate.  Follow the road for about 300 meters turn into the Riviera Market Place on your left. Jasco’s is on the 2nd level.
  • Hours: Dinner – 3pm to 9pm
  • Price: $8-$16
  • Menu:  Sushi and fish specials. Menu is dependent on what fish are available.

 

Mi Ranchito

  • Location:  Turn left outside of the main Iguana gate.  Follow the road for about 300 meters and you will see the sign for the restaurant on your right shortly after the river crossing.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Price: $3-$10
  • Menu:  Local Cuisine. 

 

Most Popular Restaurants South of Iguana

Restaurants in Gigante:  There are 8-12 restaurants in the fishing village of Gigante located 2 bays south of Iguana.  You can find a variety of food including Local Cuisine and Contemporary Menus.  Please find menus for some of these establishments in this info guide.  Gigante is a 45 minute walk or 20 minute drive away.

Directions to Gigante:  From the main Iguana gate, turn right.  After driving about 2-3 kilometers, you will see a small bus station on your right.  Take this right that is just after the bus station.  You will be on this road for about 8-12 minutes before reaching Gigante.  Once you are almost to Gigante there will be a river crossing.  If the river looks impassable on the main road, back-up about 50 yards.  There will be a small road that veers off to the left, the river crossing on this road is usually much shallower.  Once you come up the small hill from the river, take an immediate right and this road will merge back onto the main road and into Gigante.

Directions to Guacalito or Aqua:  Follow the road from Iguana for about 5 kilometers passing the first turn off to Gigante on your right and then turn right on to the 2nd turn to Gigante.  There will be a bus station on the left side of the road and directly across from that is the main road with a sign for Gigante (sign faces traffic coming the other direction).  The entrance for Guacalito will be on your left (you can’t miss it) and about 2 kilometers after that you will reach the entrance for Aqua/Redonda Bay which will also be on your left. If you continue on this road you will go into the center of Gigante.

La Palapa at Aqua** (Reservation Suggested)

  • Location:  Coming in on the main road (see above) to Gigante you will see a sign and gate for Redonda Bay and Aqua.  Stop at this gate and tell the guard that you are going to the restaurant.  Follow the road, veer left at the next guard house and park at the Reception building.  From the door of the reception building head down the stairs to the right and follow the wooden bridge. To get to the restaurant with a view you will follow this wooden bridge almost to the end (where there is a gate) and look for a sign for the restaurant that will be on your right. Alternatively, you can head down to the beach and they can serve you the same food at the Palapa there.  To head down to the beach, turn right where you see the gong and follow the stairs to the bottom and you will be at the beach.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (7am-9pm)
  • Price: $7 – $18
  • Menu: Contemporary Menu. Please see menu in the back of the info guide.

 

Cafe Cicada

  • Location:  Head towards Gigante on the main road (the second entrance from Iguana).  You will enter into Gigante and come to a T in the road. Turn left at this T. You will find Café Cicada about 200 meters down the road, on your right (beach side).
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch – 8am to 1pm (closed Tuesdays)
  • Price: $2-$8
  • Menu:  Breakfast foods, baked good, fresh juice, coffee and Chicken Sandwich.  Sunday’s Brunch menu changes weekly.  Please see menu in the back of the info guide.

 

Juntos

  • Location:  Head towards Gigante on the main road (the second entrance from Iguana).  You will enter into Gigante and come to a T in the road. Turn left at this T. You will find Juntos about 200 meters down the road, on your right (beachside).
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner – 12pm-10pm
  • Price: $5-$10
  • Menu: Taco menu, wood fired pizza, burgers and seafood.  Please see menu in the back of the info guide.

 

Hotel Brio

  • Location:  Head towards Gigante on the main road (the second entrance from Iguana).  After about 2-3 kilometers look for a turquoise entrance for Hotel Brio.  It is about 400 meters before you reach the town of Gigante.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – 8am-8:30pm
  • Price: $5-$10
  • Menu:  A mix of Nicaraguan and world cuisine with an ocean view. Please see menu in the back of the info guide.

 

Most Popular Restaurants to the North of Iguana

(20-30 minute drive)

 

La Finca y El Mar at Rancho Santana (Reservation Required)**

  • Location:  Turn left outside of the main Iguana gates and follow the road for about 15 minutes.  You will pass the first Rancho Santana gates and enter at the second set of gates.  You must make a reservation 24 hours in advance in order to enter the gates.  For reservations call 8809-6153 or email at lafinca@ranchosantana.com.
  • Meals:  Dinner Only available to Outside Guests with a reservation
  • Price: $9-$28
  • Menu: Local and Contemporary Menu.  Please see menu in the back of the info guide.

 

Yolandas

  • Location:   East side of the dirt road in Limon #2.  Turn left out of the Iguana gates and follow the road for about 20 minutes.  You will pass both the Rancho Santana gates and continue on through Limon 2.  Near the end of town you will see a sign for Yolanda’s on your right.
  • Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Price: $4-$12
  • Menu:  Local Cuisine – Please see menu in the back of the info guide.

 

Magnific Rock**

  • Location:  Turn left out of the Iguana gates and follow the road for about 25 minutes.  You will pass both Rancho Santana gates and drive past the turn for Playa Jiquelite, through Limon 2 and past Yolandas.   A few kilometers past Limon 2 you will see a sweeping left with a sign for Magnific Rock.  Follow this road to the end (you will be on the road for about 6-10 minutes).
  • Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – 7am to 8:30pm
  • Price: $4-$14
  • Menu: Contemporary Menu. Please see menu in the back of the info guide.

 

We have only mentioned the restaurants closest to Iguana and the largest or most popular options outside the gates but there are many more great local restaurants in Gigante, Playa Jiquelite (Rancho Santana´s beach) and Popoyo to explore and enjoy.

 

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