Every night Acapulco's restaurants fill up, and every night you can sample a different cuisine, whether you opt for a small, authentic loncheria (small, family-run café) serving regional favorites or an establishment with the finest international dishes.

On the Costera Miguel Alemán there are dozens of beachside eateries with palapa roofs, as well as wildly decorated rib and hamburger joints full of people of all ages who enjoy a casual, sometimes raucous, time. At the best restaurants in town the ocean views are often fantastic.

Ties and jackets are out of place, but so are shorts and jeans, except for the inexpensive places. Unless stated otherwise, all restaurants are open daily for lunch and dinner; dinner-only places open around 6:30 or 7. Most places that cater to visitors and locals purify their drinking and cooking water.