Manuel Negrete's 11 top wine bars and restaurants outside Mexico City 2023

Which wine places outside of Mexico City should not be missed when travelling in Mexico? Here, Star Wine List's ambassador Manuel Negrete has selected his favourites – check out the guide!

  1. 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.

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. Phone: 2299375642

    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...