11 Best Restaurants in El Peten, Guatemala


$$ Fodor's choice
A broad menu features comida típica as well as familiar plates, so you can order a tasty hamburger (with optional whiskey sauce) or pollo al achiote, chicken spiced with the red, red pre-Colombian herb. The atmosphere is tasteful and relaxing, so you won't even miss the lake, which is a couple of blocks away.

Las Orquideas

$ Fodor's choice

If you've never eaten in an Italian grandfather's kitchen overlooking a beautiful lake here's your chance. This unfussy outdoor spot has a nice selection of pasta cooked to order in the open kitchen. They bake up homemade bread for the bruschetta, and the pizza is a treat with a glass of wine or a frosty Gallo. It's worth the drive after Tikal. 

Lakeshore Rd., El Remate, Petén, Guatemala
Known For
  • Italo-Maya pasta: a homemade tagliatelle with your choice of sauce
  • homey atmosphere
  • great pizza

Maple & Tocino

$ Fodor's choice

This cozy eatery has tasty brunch all day, with items like: shakshuka eggs, Flores skillet with egg, avocado, beans, and mushrooms, or chicken and waffles. Don't miss the famous milkshake: three scoops of vanilla ice cream, flavor of your choice (we suggest maple syrup and bacon), topped off with a delectable doughnut. 

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Raíces Bar and Grill

$ Fodor's choice

Grilled meats come piping hot off the parrilla (grill) and give this palapa restaurant swagger. Tacos with practically an artist's palette of sauces are also popular, and the steamed fish is excellent. Raíces is built over the water, so with friends, a margarita in hand, and the lake framing it all, you'll have a good time. You can also take a boat ride from the restaurant out to Raíces Del Lago for a special dining experience from another vantage point on the lake.


$$ Fodor's choice
This terrace is so lovely and the Italian food so rich that the lake will seem swapped for the Mediterranean in a delicious sleight of hand. The best plates are the bowls of house-made pasta slick with olive oil and dense with shrimp, bacon, tomatoes, squash, basil, or whatever tops your dish of choice. Burgers, steak, and interesting pizzas are also on the menu. The avocado salad is a little wedding cake of vegetables; beautiful. Plus, if you've been jonesing for that clementine San Pelligrino, Il Terrazo's got you covered.
Calle la Union, Flores, Petén, Guatemala
Known For
  • must-try avocado salad
  • killer sunset views
  • homemade pasta
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Café Arqueológico Yaxhá


Combining a cultural and educational experience with good food, this restaurant is the creation of German architect Dieter Richter, who has worked on projects at Yaxhá and Naranjo. You can browse a collection of books, photos, maps, and other information about the Mayan world while you enjoy a hamburguesa or a Mayan dish such as Pollo Xni Pec (chicken in a chili sauce served with rice and yucca). You can also book tours to Yaxhá and elsewhere.

Av. 15 de Septiembre, Flores, Petén, Guatemala
Known For
  • unique Mayan dishes
  • laid-back boho atmosphere
  • friendly, helpful staff
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

Caffé Ital– Espresso


Tucked away between the souvenir shops and museums you'll find this extremely reasonably priced coffee shop to wake you up for your sunrise tour. It's next to a small pond where you can search for a crocodile while you sip your latte.

Near visitor center, Tikal, Petén, Guatemala
Known For
  • espresso
  • snacks
  • good prices

Capitán Tortuga


The large, cartoonlike Capitán Turtle sign may fool you into thinking this restaurant is just for kids, but the grilled meats, pizza, tacos and burritos, and other options make this one of Flores's better choices for a meal with a view. The pinchos (grilled kebabs) are cooked on an open barbecue, sending enticing aromas throughout the restaurant. There's a nice patio out back, which offers tremendous sunset views of the lake.

Cool Beans


You'll feel appropriately cool chilling in a hammock or shooting the breeze with another wanderer in this leafy garden café, sipping lemonade or an ice latte. If you're bored by the national beers, Gallo in Guatemala or Belikin in Belize, this café serves real IPAs and a selection of imported craft beers. You can eat breakfast for under Q40, and light meals are served the rest of the day. There's free Wi-Fi.

Legumbres Mayas

“Legumes" might not be the sexiest feature of a restaurant name, but this little cinder-block, rickety-tabled joint has plates and plates of those fresh veggies you've been missing—and not the boring kind, either. Heaping helpings of beans and rice can be had for about Q20. Vegetarians and vegans especially will rejoice. The folks are friendly, too.
Calle 15 de Septiembre, Flores, Petén, Guatemala
Known For
  • vegan and vegetarian nirvana
  • friendly family service
  • great value

Restaurante Gonzalez


If you're looking for delicious, authentic, homemade Guatemalan food at great prices you've come to the right place. There's a good chance your whitefish was caught from the lake that morning, and the tortillas are homemade with pride. The grilled chicken is mouthwatering, and the soup is a must-try on a cooler day. The thatch-roofed open-air restaurant is nothing fancy, but you'll get attentive service—and breakfast, lunch, and dinner all hit the spot.

Rd. PET-3 Caoba, El Remate, Petén, Guatemala
Known For
  • homemade tortillas and charcoal grilled chicken
  • warm and welcoming chef/owner
  • fresh, healthy juices like hibiscus and passionfruit