At the request of a good friend, I am adding a post on the best rooftop dining. With great weather most of the year and stunning views, San Miguel is a perfect spot for rooftop dining. Also with the impact of the COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, rooftop dining has become even more important. My top recommendations include:
Casa Nostra: Opened in February, 2018, this is a wonderful addition to the dining scene for Mediterranean cuisine. It is located at Terraplen #8, south of the Jardin and north of Parque Juarez. It has a small indoor dining room, but has two outdoor terraces upstairs. The top terrace is perfect for views of the sunsets over the distant mountains, the flowering jacaranda trees in the spring and of the churches of San Miguel. I am always very impressed with the passion of chef/owner Marco Massarotti and the wonderful menu he has created. It features a large number of tapas, salads, risottos and pastas plus entrees of fish, chicken and veal. In the colder months, you might enjoy cheese fondue, raclette and chocolate fondue for dessert. There is also an extensive menu of cocktails and wines. I love the pistachio crusted tuna and their ravioli specials. I always look forward to going back for for another great experience.
Trazo 1810: Located at Hidalgo #8 in the Casa 1810 Boutique Hotel, I enjoyed an excellent meal in their rooftop bar and restaurant. The views are stunning and the food outstanding. I loved the beet salad and octupus/pulpo entree. The chocolate dessert was excellent as well. My friend loved the fresh green salad and a lovely couscous served with grilled shrimp. I highly recommend this great new spot close to the Jardin.
La Azotea and Pueblo Viejo’s new fine-dining restaurant ATRIO means atrium. When you make the climb to the rooftop restaurant you get one of the most spectacular views of the Parroquia in the entire city. It is located in the old La Fragua space at Cuna de Allende #3 I went on the first night and loved the food. The salmon on a bed of curry, the burrata salad, a quinoa/shrimp salad. Fig and marscapone dessert was amazing. It had lovely wines and large cocktail menu.
Cent’anni Trattoria: At Canal 34, this is second location for this Italian trattoria based in Condesa in Mexico City. The San Miguel restaurant opened in early 2014. It has inside seating downstairs but the highlight is the rooftop bar and outside terrace seating with wonderful views of the Las Monjas across the street. They have a large menu of pizzas, salads, pastas and meat and fish entrees. Our group had a great house salad with nuts, goat cheese and apples, and steak, fish and grilled pulpo or octopus. I have been back several times and always enjoy the experience.
La Azotea: A sleek restaurant that is perfect for drinks, lunch or dinner overlooking the mountains and nearby churches. Sunsets here are excellent. It was smaller when it first opened, but has recently been expanded for more bar/lounge seating. It has a great tapas menu with good jicama tacos. I always enjoy the experience. Umaran 6.
El Pegaso, corner of Correo and Corregidora, for great lunch fare. I always get the gazpacho. They recently opened a lovely rooftop dining room and bar which has great views.
Casa Chiquita, two doors down, is a a casual spot with very good pizza. There are a few seats downstairs but the roof top patio has incredible views. Correo #45.
Formerly located in the Colonia San Antonio neighborhood, Zumo restaurant has recently moved to its new location at Canal and Quebrada. This is one of San Miguel’s best fine dining restaurants. The new space above a small boutique hotel, has wonderful views of Centro and the Parroquia. The staff is extremely attentive and the food excellent. It used to be open for dinner and offered a full tasting menu. Now in its new space, they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition to its tasting menu at dinner, they now offer ala carte options as well. I went for brunch with a local friend and we both had a great experience. I also enjoyed visiting with Stewart Haverlack the owner, who has a real passion for great food and service. tewart just expanded the restaurant by adding another terrace on the rooftop above. I can be reserved for dining and special events.
Opened in late 2020 is Kookaburra Restaurant at Pila Seca #2. This rooftop restaurant featuring international cuisine has a lovely terrace and bar. I went for lunch and ordered off of the breakfast menu. I really loved their eggs benedict while enjoying the view. They have two other Mexican locations in Acapulco and Cuernavaca.
Opened in April 2016, is the sleek, new Quince restaurant located at Cuna de Allende 15. Opened by American restaurateurs, it features upscale Mexican cuisine in a spectacular setting overlooking the Parroquia and the city of San Miguel. I was there on one of the first nights it opened and thought the food and service were excellent. It is also a great spot for an early cocktail to catch a sunset view. They have some wonderful specialty cocktails made by their talented bartenders.
Antonio Bistro: Located atop the El Palomar Hotel at San Francisco #57, this new fine dining restaurant is a great addition to the San Miguel food scene. Not only are the views of Centro exceptional, but the food is excellent. I loved the beet salad, grilled tuna entree and decadent chocolate mousse, ice cream and cake.
I read about and just tried Ki’bok Coffee at Sollano 25, A bock off of the Jardin, this a fun spot for coffee that has a lovely rooftop patio with great views. This cafe is the second one after their original in Tulum.
A new spot in town is Sabroso Taqueria at Zacateros #41. This is a fun, casual and colorful spot that features a large number of tacos made with different preparations. I enjoyed the chicken tacos with cheese. It came with a number of salsas you can add. They also feature a number of sides as well. On nice days, I recommend eating upstairs in the Raffaele rooftop terrace and bar. Next door they also have Chicago’s Stuffed Pizza for those craving this Chicago specialty.
I always enjoy the wonderful views and Mexican food of La Posadita at Cuna de Allende 13. They have great Mexican specialties. Make sure to eat on the rooftop terrace!
Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar: Located at the Rosewood Hotel in San Miguel, you will find Luna, the rooftop tapas bar which has amazing views of Centro and the Parroquia. This is the place to watch the sunset over the city.
MX Restaurante Bar: Make sure to check out this fun San Miguel restaurant and bar. The decor is sleek and contemporary and the upstairs rooftop bar is one of the best in town. The lighting at night is spectacular and the views of the Parroquia are wonderful!! A perfect spot for an after dinner drink. They have a full menu upstairs as well as in the dining room downstairs, including sushi. It is located at San Francisco #8, a block from the Jardin.
Casa No Name, a small boutique hotel at Hernandez Macias #52, has Olivia BAr. This is a lovely spot to stop in and enjoy a cocktail in a perfect setting on the roof.
The Hotel Casa Blanca, at Juarez 7, opened Fatima 7 by chef Donnie Masterton in May, 2019. I went for a private event just as it was opening and and then went back while hosting a family dinner. The food was excellent and the views stunning.
After reading about the recently expanded Inside Cafe at Insurgentes 66, I had to try it. I went for lunch and really enjoyed the experience. The delightful owners are Teu Campbell from New Zealand and David Barajas from San Miguel. They opened it just as a coffee shop, but have expanded to a rooftop restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. They feature a menu of breakfast and lunch items including sandwiches and salads. I thought the grilled cheese sandwich was one of the best I have had anywhere! I had to go back and have it again. It was so good.
They recently added a second upstairs terrace for more seating.
In partership with the recently opened Apapacho Boutique Hotel near the Parquez Juarez at the end of Recreo, the popular restaurant Marsala opened Kôuyīn Asian Eatery in February, 2021 headed by Chef Marcela Bolaño. I went the second week it was open with friends and enjoyed the experience. The food was very good and the views really stunning. They have a number of dim sum dumplings, bowls and entrees. Bajada de Chorro 11.