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Mazatlan is a great all around family destination and the dining scene in no exeption. Mexicans absolutely adore children, so yours will be welcomed and fussed over everywhere in Mazatlan. Try some or all, you will not be disappointed.
Casa Country - If you are a meat lover with kids or without, you will like this restaurant. Lots of meat, prepared well with friendly service. Kids of all ages will love the dancing waiters and dancing the line dances such as "macarena". Even if your kids, are not the type to get out on the dance floor to shake and wiggle, they will get a kick out of others doing it. Kids menu heavy in the meat department, if your kids are not that hip on meat, they may be limited.
Sharing the driveway with Casa Country is La Palapa del Mar with sports TV's and live weeknight entertainment during winter tourist season.
La Costa Marinara - With tables right on the beach and a kiddie play structure next to the tables, it is nirvana for the under 6 set. For the parents there is a great selection of seafood dished that are well prepared and great drinks. A an added bonus there is a singing waiter who is really good and a menu to please most kids.
El Capitano - On the beach with a great view, a free Mexican dance show and a playset in the back. Plenty of entertainment for kiddies of all ages, and usually plenty of kids to play with, both English and Spanish speaking. If your kids are on the younger side, ask to sit where you can see the playset. Kids will not want to leave it - so go with it, let them play while you enjoy your meal. El Capitano is a huge palapa style restaurant located next to the tall condo tower (south side) just north of the El Quijote Inn. They have a great classic rock band called ZAZ! playing on weekend afternoons/early evenings.
Mr. Lionso's at Playa Bruja - If you are staying inthe "golden zone' it is a ride all the way north - but worth it! Located on a surfing beach with tide pools to look at and explore, it will make the kids happy to check out all those things and go from rock to rock. It will make the adults happy to have the lobster and shrimp special for around $12 and 2X1 happy hour (all day and night) makes looking at those tide pool things sort of fun. There is a resident mariachi band that is a crowd pleaser with favorites like the chicken dance and la cucaracha, that gets all the kids and adults up and dancing.
Senor Frog's - This is a favorite of many families, bright, loud and waiters that entertain kids.
Diego's Beach House- on the beach between Oceano Palace and Luna Palace. Tuesdays, 2-6, all you can drink for 200 pesos! The great "Brenster", Brent McAthey plays and sings beach music...Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Chesney and his own great songs! Dancing in the sand. Great food and fantastic waiters (i.e. easy on the eye!).
La Paraje - in the Golden Zone half a block south of Luna Palace...the best deal on a lobster dinner in town! This is the hot spot for playing BINGO in Mazatlan.
Los Zarapes - a bit on the pricier side, but well worth it. Awesome salsa prepared tableside, and the servers can't be beat. Los Zarapes is upstairs, but their elevator is usually working.
La Mona Pizza - both in Centro and at the Marina. Fantastic pizza, great view, and every Wednesday - at the Marina location- and Thursdays in Centro, flip a coin and call it, and your drink is free! A fun place, with great people and great food. On at least one Friday night a month, the classic rock group ZAZ! plays, starting at 10 pm, so the place gets quite crowded.
Rossonero - another great place near the marina. Incredible salads, pizza and wine bar! Monday night football with hamburgers for 49pesos!!
This should get you started, and remember if your kids spent all day in the pool and jumping waves, a private cook is always an option in Mazatlan. Do plan on going out when you have energy, it is a lot of fun and you will have memories of your kiddie doing the macarena in Mexico.