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El Nene

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Boulevard Benito Juarez 14A, Puerto Escondido 71980, Mexico
+52 1 954 102 5701
14:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 14:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was superb. We had the tacos rajas and the veggie tacos. The rajas tacos (pablano peppers cooked in cream) were amazing. I had never had tacos like that before (and I live in CA). The margaritas were great as well, not too sweet and were made peoperly (no cheap mix). We had chocolate mousse for dessert and it... More 

Thank Lindsay F
Houston, Texas
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82 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a party of 10 on a Saturday night and the service was good. We enjoyed the range of available drinks from the full bar. I recommend the mohitos. The food was good but nothing spectacular. Prices were extremely reasonable.

Thank Susan K
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
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84 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great meal at Nene's. I had a cparise salad which was huge, my friend had fish tacos which he said was delicious. The owner is super friendly and wlll go out of his way to get you what you want. The menu has a great variety. Always super fresh!

Thank Wendy E
Sydney, Australia
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41 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had tacos and quesadillas, they were okay but really nothing special. Service and drinks were good.

Thank Josephine C
Vancouver, BC Canada
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

I'd read they were good and it's so true. Beautiful atmosphere with a big palapa overhead and nice refreshing fans. I had delicious fish tacos with a fresh squeezed limonata that was the perfect mix. They bring a basket of crunchy totopos with 2 amazing homemade salsas. A peanut salsa, Mexican style that is the best! They also make a... More 

Thank Canadiangals604
Oslo, Norway
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We lived in this town for over three years (2012-2016) and this was the only place we continued to go to over those years. The food is always best quality. They only have one chef, so if its full, you might have to wait for a while. But the food is soooo good. So its worth it. Prices has gone... More 

Thank sfw_snoopy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Arrachera plate was the best we had. So tender and flavorful. The Rajas con crema side dish was wonderful as well. Staff was super hospitable telling us about the mescal and the iguanas that live in the patio.

Thank Christina R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Basic choices with big flavors. This restaurant has a unique little space with an owner that exhibits charm and pride. He spoke English and was able to accommodate my dairy allergy. The tuna was delicious along with one of the best fresh salads around! Atmosphere was great too!

Thank ShaneSellsSeashells
Saint John, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

This restaurant used to be down the road before and wasn't as nice looking as it is now. It's very lovely inside but the prices do not reflect the great decor; ie. the prices remain a great value for the food. I had arrachara tacos that were the special of the day and they were full of really tender marinated... More 

Thank danj
RestaurantElNene, Owner at El Nene, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. Hope you will be back! More 

Kenwood, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

This is our favorite spot for dinner when in Puerto, which is every year. Owner Helmut and his staff make you feel welcome in an easy-going setting slightly off the bustling Rinconada, and the food is uncomplicated and consistently well prepared: Fresh-caught fish special on most nights, juicy burgers, a never-disappointing shrimp chop suey, Mexican-style arrachera beef, regular steaks, fish... More 

Thank SonomaValleyWoman
RestaurantElNene, Owner at El Nene, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We can tell you are a frequent guest! See you next year! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$12
Mexican, Latin, International, Spanish, Contemporary, Healthy
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
14:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Boulevard Benito Juarez 14A, Puerto Escondido 71980, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Oaxaca  >  Puerto Escondido
  • Phone Number: +52 1 954 102 5701

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?