The Chef House

Great Food with a Million Dollar View

Highly recommended by locals as a place with great food and reasonable prices, we arrived at The Chef House filled with anticipation. What everyone forgot to mention was the spectacular beach view you’re greeted with upon entering the restaurant. With a large panoramic window area, the breathtaking view is accessible to almost every table in the dining room. The dining room itself exhibits a spacious open concept that is filled with the kind of vibrant Latin music that can put anyone in a good mood. Our waitress was attentive and patient while assisting us.

To start, we ordered Shrimp Ceviche for our appetizer. All of the ingredients were fresh, colorful, crispy, and accompanied well by the crunchy tostadas provided. For our main dish, we chose the Carnitas Platter as recommended by the chef. The dish is a healthy serving of tender pieces of pork lathered with a green sauce. On the side was a perfectly cooked portion of rice and some of the best refried beans I’ve had in a while. The texture and flavor reflected the traditional bean recipe that not very many places can perfect. The corn tortillas served to accompany the main dish were soft and moist, perfect for building tacos. I could have used a bit more guacamole on the side. You can never have enough!

My companion ordered a Veggie Burrito that she devoured so fast, I hardly had a chance to ask how it was – a success, I think. The grand finale to this amazing meal was the Fried Rum Bananas served with a side of ice cream and bunuelo-like cookies. This delicious dessert was the perfect topping to a warm meal and beautiful beach view. The service was impeccable throughout the meal. In fact, even the restaurant owners, Esmeralda and Silviano, were attentive, whether by greeting guests or tending to the management of the restaurant staff.

We ended our delightful lunch with a stroll on the beach, which was easily accessible through the restaurant’s main door.

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