Restaurant Guide

Iguana Restaurants

Pilis RestaurantJ 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.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Price: $9-$16
  • Menu:  Contemporary and Basque inspired menu.

 

Casa Maderas (Delivery: 8226-9750)

  • Location: In the wood building just east of the Iguana Golf Condos and at the end of hole 8 if you are golfing.
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Price: $6-$17
  • Menu: Nicaraguan Cuisine.  

 

Vana Tacos (Delivery for orders over $25: 5781-2724 or 8187-7203)

  • Location: In Iguana’s commercial center close to the 2nd entrance gate of Hacienda Iguana. Right behind the Iguana Surf Rentals office.
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner (closed Sundays)
  • Price: $5-$14
  • Menu: Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas and Tostones

 

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 Rentals office.
  • Hours: Open Monday through Saturday 7am-10pm, Sundays from 8am-6pm
  • Price: $2-$10
  • Menu: Ice Cream, Milkshakes, Coffee, Smoothies, Fresh Juices, Craft Beers on tap, Cocktails, Paninis and Baked Goods
  • Saturday Beer Pong starting at 4pm and Sunday Crepe and Mimosa day – 9am-12pm

 

Don Eloys (Delivery: 8623-7214)

  • 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.
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Price: $6-$17
  • Menu: Bar food and pizza.

 

  • 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 8 if you are golfing.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & sometime Dinner
  • Price: $4-$15
  • Menu: Breakfast and lunch plates that include Italian specials, vegetarian, vegan and health food options and dinner special nights.
  • *visit their Facebook page Casa Ananas Nicaragua for evening specials

 

Just Outside the Gates (15 minute drive)

 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 10-15 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.

 Bromelia Restaurant at Aqua** (Reservation Required )

  • 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 your reservation name. 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 path for a couple minutes, keep your eye out for stairs leading down to the right. There will be a gong at the base of these stairs. Follow these stairs down and walk to the other side of the beach to the restaurant. The restaurant is in a beautiful, secluded bay. To make a reservation please call 7530-7888 or email at reservations@aquanicaragua.com.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Price: $7 – $32
  • Menu: Contemporary Menu.

 

La Mesa at Guacalito de La Isla (Reservation Required 24 hours in advance)**

  • Location:  Coming in on the main road to Gigante you will see a sign, gate and large entrance for Guacalito de La Isla on your left.  Take this road until you get to the security gates of Guacalito.  If you have a reservation the gate will have your name and explain to you how to get to the restaurant.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Price: $10– $70
  • Menu:  Bar and Grill Menu for Beach Club and Pricey Fine Dining Menu at La Mesa

 

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
  • Price: $8-$27
  • Menu: Local and Contemporary Menu.

 

La Scala Restaurante

  • Location: Turn left out of the Iguana gates and follow the road for about 15 minutes.  You will pass the main Rancho Santana entrance.  You will cross 2 river beds and come to a dirt road on your left with a sign to Rancho Santana beach.  Turn left on this road and go 1km, La Scala will be on your right.
  • Meals: Dinner (open Wednesday-Sunday from 5:30 to 9:30pm)
  • Price: $5-$15
  • Menu: Pizza, calzones and antipasta.

 

Yolandas Cafe

  • 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

 

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 Jiqueliste, 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
  • Price: $4-$14
  • Menu: Contemporary Menu.

 

Due to the fast growing nature of this area 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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