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Marlena's Restaurant & Bar

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Ave. Veracruz #167, Barra de Navidad 48987, Mexico
+52 315 355 8645
17:00 - 23:00
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Vancouver, BC
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We just returned from an amazing night @ Marlena's. We were hesitant to try the new courtyard location, but are SO glad we did. It's beautiful. Music by the Chita Rivera Band was great and the food....yum. We started with the coconut shrimp and mango salsa appetizer (I had to fight for my half) followed by garlic shrimp with fettuccine... More 

Thank RebeccaVancouver_BC
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

No surprise at Marlena. Simply a pleasant and tasty affair. The most professional run restaurant in Barra de Navidad. Great food, super fresh ingredients, immaculate setting and attentive service. Add very reasonable prices - and nice garden setting, right at the entrance to Barra.

Thank Tee S
Wenatchee, Washington
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Food was so good we ate there several times on our vacation even though we love trying new places. Amazing margaritas also! Staff was very friendly and attentive. Great ambiance and the live music was fabulous! Will definitely go back.

Thank MollyV39
Victoria, Canada
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79 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Three of us had dinner here. I wanted to combine an appetizer with a salad for my entree, and that seemed to flummox them. My companions both ordered entrese that came with starter salads. Then the food started to arrive: First my appetizer without the salad or any bread. I finished and it was cleared away. Then the two salads... More 

Thank Tiga_22
Saskatoon, Canada
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Scrumptious food & beverages. Friendly staff. One of the better restaurants in Barra da Navidad. Close to Cabo Blanco resort on the way to the walk to the town square.

Thank Q4960DBneils
Clearwater, Canada
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103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Marlena's new location is underwhelming. It is pleasant enough but it's just not the same without the sunset view. It seems like that's not the only change. Everything is less spectacular. The location, the service and the food. It feels tired. Another big change are the prices....more $ for less. Still it seem popular with a lot of room for... More 

Thank samcan8
Vancouver, Canada
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We chose Marlena's on our first night because arriving late in the afternoon, we enjoyed some pool time, some happy hour time, and a wee nap before heading out to dinner. Walking from Hotel Cabo Blanco into town this is the first restaurant you'll see. We had a pretty standard meal here, a couple of salads to start and a... More 

Thank conniey228
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I'll keep it short because you don't really want to hear about all our experiences over the years, but basically, the restaurant now, without it's sea view does NOTHING for me. The food is mediocre to say the least. Tell myself all the time I'm not going back then someone comes into town and wants to go, so off we... More 

Thank Candace T
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59 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

One of the classier places to have a meal in Barra. Have been here a few times - we usually save this restaurant to visit for special occasions (Valentine's Day etc.). The stuffed Avocado is amazing! Sometimes they have music. Service is excellent... if you are senstivie to moisquitoes ask for a table on the cement vs. the grass. Very... More 

Thank PB8080
Indian Wells, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Had a great dinner with friends. I had the chicken Parmesan and it was really tender and with great flavor. I recommend the avocado and shrimp appetizer. Very creamy and delicious. Friends had shrimp with pasta, also a pork medallion dish that were enjoyed by all.

Thank M H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$6 - US$20
German, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ave. Veracruz #167, Barra de Navidad 48987, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Jalisco  >  Costalegre  >  Barra de Navidad
  • Phone Number: +52 315 355 8645
At Marlena's new location you enjoy fine dining in a courtyard setting with great ambience. Our International cuisine has something for everyone. We serve fish, meat dishes, and salads. We also have a weekly special. Our chef also prepares wonderful appetizers and desserts. A full bar is available with "Happy Hour" 5pm to 7pm. Open from 5:00 pm to 11 pm Monday through Saturday. Reservations are welcomed.

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