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Leyenda Restaurant

Leyenda Restaurant

Destination: Samara

Just about everyone in Carrillo knows about Leyenda Restaurant, nearly famous for its heaping portions of fresh local seafood paired perfectly with an extensive list of cocktails, imported wines, ice-cold beers and natural fruit drinks.

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Leyenda Restaurant serves a dynamic breakfast deserving recognition for both its size and savor, the gallo pinto, $10, comes with one egg, fried plantains, artisanal cheese, toast, a seasonal fruit plate, coffee and orange juice.

At lunch and dinner, well-seasoned starters mesmerize your mouth, fresh tuna tartare, $8, seasoned with chives, soy sauce, sesame oil, wasabi, ginger, lime, avocado, sprinkled with roasted sesame seeds and served with toasts, or local avocado guacamole, $6, mixed with hard boiled egg, red bell pepper, lime. Fruit smoothies abound with freshness, and you'll have a whole bunch to choose from: strawberry, passion fruit, sour sop and blackberry, $3.

Enormous entrees satisfy your deepest nautical desires, seafood rice, $13, squid, octopus, shrimp, mussels, clam, mahi-mahi, crab, green onions, bell peppers, celery, and white wine, with a side of sauteed vegetables and a strawberry garnish, or steamed mahi-mahi, $13, topped with mushrooms and onions, alongside sauteed vegetables and a mixed salad.

Homemade desserts draw crowds too, namely the apple hand pie, $6, served with seasonal fruit and chocolate chip ice cream, and pecan pie, $6, alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled in lime syrup.


It's a good thing the restaurant is wide and airy, overlooking Hotel Leyenda's pool and gardens; your happy stomach will need a bit of extra space to exit after the meal.


As you may expect from one of the renowned hotels in town, servers are well trained and knowledgeable about their menu, ready to fill you up with all varieties of food and drink.


Appetizers: $6-$10; Entrees: $10-$20; Desserts $4-$6; Drinks $3-$8


7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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