Manuel Negrete's 21 favourite wine bars and restaurants in Mexico 2023
High-end restaurants with huge wine lists or hidden wine bar gems, Mexican wine or classic old world regions – in Mexico you can find it all. Here, Star Wine List's ambassador Manuel Negrete has selected his favourite spots in the country.
Address: Boulevard Manuel Ávila Camacho 2632, Ignacio Zaragoza, Veracruz
Mardel in Veracruz is a restaurant inspired by the flavours of their land and traditions. They have a menu based on products from their ranch (only 15 km away from the restaurant) and from the sea that frames their fortunate location, right on the waves of the Gulf of Mexico. The fish they use is responsibly caught, using only the best artisanal techniques to ensure you get to enjoy the authentic flavours of Veracruz. As in their cuisine, they look for wines that communicate terroir and originality. The wist list features various styles, from natural wines to the classics. Mardel is also one...
Phone: +52 1 (222) 121 0220
Address: Avenida 7 Oriente 406, Centro, Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza
Located at the beautiful historic downtown of Puebla City and within the boutique hotel called La Casona de los Sapos, Maizal is the project of the Nates' brothers. Daniel, the chef, and Antonio, the sommelier, seek to exalt the local ingredient, looking for recipes that have been forgotten and creating a cuisine around seasonal ingredients, with a tasting menu and the possibility of pairing. The beverages menu is radical because you will not find anything commercial, neither in beer or spirits, much less in wines. The idea is to get people out of their comfort zone and find a new drink that...
Phone: + 52 1 (811) 359 9358
Address: Metropolitan Center, Avenida Lázaro Cárdenas No. 2400-Interior A2, Valle Oriente, San Pedro Garza García
The Wine Bar by Grand Cru is a space dedicated to wine, mixology, and gastronomy in the Metropolitan Center, located in the most exclusive area of Monterrey. The wine program is run by sommelier Ludovic Anacleto and focuses mainly on Mexico, France, Italy, and some wine from other parts of the world. The Wine Bar by Grand Cru has different areas: The bar, where you can taste your favourite cocktails, The mezzanine, to be disconnected from the bar's atmosphere, and the dining room, where you can wine and dine in front of the open kitchen. Enjoy live jazz, unconventional pairings and a relaxe...
Phone: +52 1 (999) 518 1702
Address: Calle 47 458, Centro, Mérida
Micaela Mar Y Leña in Mérida has a casual concept, with food based on wood-fired fish and seafood with a modern Mexican touch and a lot of technique and passion. The love for wine is felt from the moment you enter, and it's probably the restaurant with the most certified sommeliers in the peninsula, with ten sommeliers debating the wines that should enter and leave the menu. This wine menu has been created very meticulously to choose the best. Each wine on the menu has to offer much in its price-quality ratio, surprising the person who tastes it and always leaving the satisfaction of having...
Phone: +52 1 (999) 944 3377
Address: Avenida Rómulo Rozo 488, Itzimná, Mérida
K'u'uk is a restaurant that opened its doors in 2012, with the firm intention of keeping Mexican food and wine on the path of the gastronomic vanguard. Although they have a laboratory, their roots are Mayan. They do some pretty crazy and very innovative things, including interactive dishes. The drinks menu includes wines from different parts of the world but focuses on Mexican wine. You can find labels from smaller producers and off-the-beaten-path areas on the list. You can always ask the staff about the hidden gems; they always have a variety of wines for the most passionate wine lovers, fr...
Phone: +52 1 624 689 0160
Address: Polígono 1. Fracción D. Fraccionamiento Diamante, Los Cangrejos, Cabo San Lucas
Nobu Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas opened in April 2019. The restaurant offers Nobu's famous signature Japanese cuisine with South American influences, including classic dishes such as Yellowtail Jalapeño Sashimi and Black Cod Miso. The location facing the Pacific Ocean allows you to enjoy an evening in nature and a spectacular sunset. Their dynamic wine list is constantly growing and contains over 400 labels and 39 wines by the glass, emphasising Mexican, Old World and American wines. They also have an exclusive selection of Japanese sakes. The idea of the wine list is to select the best exp...
Phone: +52 1 624 172 9000
Address: Boulevard Mar de Cortez S/N, San José del Cabo
Humo in San José del Cabo is a Latin American grill in which regional ingredients are used to highlight the local culture. Humo consists of four areas: the terrace with a spectacular view of the sea, the private rooms for intimate gatherings, the table next to the main grill and the basement with is its beautiful wine cellar. Gabriel Reynoso manages the beverage program, and the wine list contains more than 400 labels from around the world, mainly focusing on Mexico, the United States, France and Italy. The selection of distilled spirits focuses entirely on Mexican spirits, with a selection o...
Phone: +52 1 (612) 123 6089
Address: Carretera a pichilingue km 7 5 s/n, Lomas de Palmira, La Paz
Located in a very peaceful resort where the restaurant is open to the public, Cardón is one of the main revelations of Baja California Sur. The menu is varied and full of flavours, and the wine selection is top of the line. Certainly, they are very focued on attending to their main market of Americans and Canadians, who love to spend weeks at this high-end resort that offers such an amazing view at sunset. The wines lean towards Mexico and the US selection, though it also has a great selection from New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and of course, Italy, France and Spain. The wine menu has got e...
Phone: +52 1 (332) 306 1057
Address: 44610, Mar Báltico 2240, Country Club, Guadalajara
Shelter was literally born as a "refuge" for wine lovers in Guadalajara. They sought to create a place with good food and a living wine cellar that could be updated regularly, new findings and wines from environmentally conscious producers or classics that can be difficult to find in Guadalajara. It is a relaxed place in terms of service and ambience, with a carefully curated wine list and a short but well-thought-through menu of dishes to accompany it. The menu seeks to take diners to places they have not visited. Whether from classic must-visit regions, producers with innovative techniques...
Phone: +52 1 (331) 514 5873
Address: Boulevard Puerta de Hierro 5278-4, Puerta de Hierro, Zapopan
This is a little wine bar/store at the Andares mall, which is one of the nicest in Mexico, as well as being one of the most exclusive parts of the metropolitan area of Guadalajara. To give you some idea, they are very near a Ferrari dealer, so you can imagine how posh the area is. But don’t get me wrong―that’s one of the assets of La Mantequeria. They have very fair prices, and offer a warm, friendly kind of service, with good glassware and different labels from Mexico, as well as other parts of the world. It’s the perfect place for a glass of wine and a little bite, and then you can keep sh...
Phone: +52 1 (331) 429 9995
Address: Avenida Alemania 1779, Moderna, Guadalajara
Rayuela in Guadalajara is a wine bar focused on small producers and Mediterranean cuisine. They love the old world and minimal intervention wines, and the place itself is reminiscent of the classic buildings of Guadalajara, colonial and very traditional, but with a relaxed attitude. The wine list offers more than 150 different labels, mainly old world, organic, biodynamic and natural wines.
Phone: +52 1 (55) 5327 7700
Address: Campos Elíseos 218, Polanco, Ciudad de México
One of the most renowned restaurants in the luxurious Polanco neighbourhood. With more than 20 years of experience, Au Pied de Cochon is one of the classics when it comes to French cuisine in Mexico City. This place offers a tremendous selection of wines, including vertical collections and high-end wines by the glass. The service is carried out by sommeliers specialising in French wine and regularly under intensive training to meet the highest quality standards. Here you will find both classic and more modern producers in France and a wide selection of labels from the rest of Europe and the...
Phone: +52 1 (55) 5327 7700
Address: Campos Elíseos 218, Polanco IV Sección, Ciudad de México
Chapulin is, without a doubt, one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Polanco area. People visit them for their flavourful dishes, history and technique – and also because the place is just very nice. The wine selection has a Mexican focus, but there are also wines available from other parts of the world, as they are fed from the general wine cellar at the Hotel Presidente. Their selection of wines by the glass and bottles from medium and small Mexican wine producers is one of the largest in the city and the country. They also have a great selection of Mexican spirits.
Phone: +52 1 (55) 1163 0747
Address: Francia 75, Florida, Ciudad de México
The Sept Cinq Restaurant is located within the Club France facilities in Ciudad de México. It is a space dedicated t French culture, highlighting the food, customs, and wine for obvious reasons. The restaurant's name refers to the Parisian zip code and the location of the Club at 75 rue de France. The wine list is 98% French and holds more than 1,300 labels. The list seeks to have exclusive and family producers representing the "savoir-faire" of their place of origin and to offer customers quality wine while breaking the country's clichés. They also have a wine club called "Talking with Somm...
Phone: +52 1 55 7827 9395
Address: Sinaloa 170, Roma Norte, Ciudad de México
Sepia is an Italian restaurant with great Italian dishes and wines. Its speciality is homemade Italian pasta and amazing seafood dishes. They have an excellent selection of risottos, charcuterie and cheeses with Italian designation of origin. The wine list has a special emphasis on Italy, usually having wines from all regions, plus a large selection of French and Spanish wines as well as an exceptional Champagne cellar. Don't miss the terrace on the top floor; it is very cosy and trendy.
Phone: +52 1 55 5327 7762
Address: Campos Elíseos 218, Polanco IV Sección, Ciudad de México
The Palm in Mexico City is a true steak & lobster house. It's a restaurant that reminds you of old New York City, with classic decor and dim lights – looking like a mob deal would close in there at any moment. Its wide variety of dishes is only surpassed by the exquisite selection of wines available, with a clear focus on wines from the United States, Spain and France. The staff at The Palm is highly qualified to guide you through your experience. However, you can always entertain yourself (for more than 20 minutes without a problem) in choosing a bottle, as this restaurant collect their wine...
Phone: +52 1 55 3543 3056
Address: Jalapa 181, Roma Norte, Ciudad de México
Vigneron is inspired by the European "cave à manger", where the main focus is wine and where you can enjoy a glass or a bottle in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. As the name of the place indicates, the focus is on the vignerons, and the idea is to transmit the essence of the people who take care of the vineyard and make the wine. Their motto is "small producers, great wines", and the list always reflects two essential factors: the terroir and the vigneron. The result is a wine list composed of old world wines that speak for themselves. It holds around 180 references in many different styl...
Phone: +52 1 (55) 9012 1564
Address: Avenida Paseo de la Reforma 333, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México
Just in front of the iconic “Ángel de la Independencia” at Reforma, lies one of the top branches of Sonora Grill Group. This group is famous for its party-like steakhouses, where flashy lights and firework shows get along with DJ’s and delicious food. It’s a very peculiar kind of concept, but here, at their top line, Prime Steak Club, the service is just in another level. The wine selection includes wines from famous producers, going from Austria to Argentina, France, South Africa, Australia, USA and of course, Mexican wine. They have a selection of 17 wines by the glass, besides a good ra...
Phone: +52 1 (55) 2120 7074
Address: Avenida Paseo de las Palmas 810, Lomas de Chapultepec, Ciudad de México
There’s a special place within one of the most exclusive residential areas in Mexico City, where wine is the most important thing: Hermitage. It’s a very elegant venue, with classy details and a very experienced staff that will help you get the most out of your wine and pairing experience. Both owners of this discreet venue are very well known sommeliers: Laura Santander (also a Certified Tequila Master) and Miguel Cooley. The venue has no wine list, but a great selection of labels from many different regions. If you follow their social media, you’ll see that they frequently organize tastin...
Phone: +52 1 (55) 9102 2013
Address: Avenida Emilio Castelar 44-local 1, Polanco, Ciudad de México
Their motto is “good food, good beverages.” A cozy place with Mediterranean-oriented food inspired by flavors from the Middle East, with fresh local ingredients. Pardela is a fun and relaxed place to visit, plus they have a carefully selected wine selection. While it’s not very long, it hits the perfect spot when you’re looking for something to pair with their very flavourful dishes. “The wine selection is very dynamic,” says Rodrigo, the Beverage Director. “We want to share about the places these wines came from. We want you to choose from emotions, not thinking about your wallet.” And ye...
Phone: +52 1 (55) 7265 3616
Address: Orizaba 42, Roma Norte, Ciudad de México
Within the always busy corridor between Roma and Condesa, you may miss Sartoria if you turn around the corner too fast. It’s a small place with a big soul. The food is really good. Chef Marco Carboni used to work for Massimo Bottura, Dan Barber, and Gordon Ramsay, so yes, he’s very experienced at bringing a lot of flavour to the table. Luis Manuel, the sommelier, is also a very passionate guy who really loves wine and wants to create an experience for you. He pours the wine with elegance and talks with plenty of detail and emotion about the very carefully curated selection he has available,...