Another fabulous experience at this “hard to get to” restaurant. When I say hard to get to, it’s tucked into the middle of a very large complex. You can walk in or get lucky and catch the golf cart
shuttles on site. We ordered a variety of appetizers to share, all very good, and individual entrees. The ambiance here combined with the excellent food and service make this a “must try” for first time travelers or even seasoned veterans.
Hacienda Cocina and Cantina of Medano Beach, located at the edge of the Marina—enter at South gate near the Marina. It’s hard for me to believe, but I admit I missed this one. I watched it getting built years ago and walked by, and ran by (infrequently), on the beach and never made the effort to discover it. Was referred to it yesterday by a contact in the know, and went last night. Glad I did. The ambiance is hard to match as you overlook the Sea of Cortez and hear the waves lapping on the beach, and see the twinkling lights and flame torches from the beach clubs and restaurants in the distance.
The restaurant was crowded, late, but the service was attentive and nothing lacking. The bartender makes a good gin martini, up. The menu offers a nice mix of salads and starters, a variety of entrees to suit any palette, and a couple of shared platters. We were told of the Ceviche Verde which we tried and liked very much, the Tostadas de Salpicon (shredded beef, cotija cheese, sour cream, and chile de arbol oil), and shared the Molcajete platter (skirt steak, grilled chicken, chorizo, guero chile, panela cheese, black beans and avocado). Portions were all right on the money, not too much and not too little and pricing for the food was more than fair. We also enjoyed a bottle of La Cetto, Nebbiolo from Mexico—wine prices a bit steep. Will definitely be back for more.