El Tapeo

Written by www.casago.com’s Local Expert


When people visit Penasco, visions of shrimp and Margaritas dance in their heads. Because they’re both fantastic here! On the other hand, if you are feeling more Bohemian than Beach Bum, try El Tapeo. It’s like a trip to the Valle Guadalupe area in Baja, famous for its vineyards. Lots of great Mexican and Chilean wines are on the menu. Keep an eye out and you may find a weekend when a representative of one of Mexico’s fine vineyards visits for a wine tasting before a relaxing evening at your private beachfront villa.

During the early evening, this restaurant offers a relaxing, rustic ambiance with ocean views. Old barrels, rustic wood tables, and string lights overhead and lots of candles make for the perfect setting to savor a glass of wine on a cool night. But, this restaurant transforms later at night. In the later evening, when the sun goes down, it's a lively restaurant and venue with music, wine, and dancing! What more could you ask for?

For food, El Tapeo serves up Tapas. These Spanish-style appetizers are intense in flavor, featuring quality, real artisanal ingredients. There are charcuterie style boards with fine cheeses, olives, fruit and deli meat. Also, mushrooms stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and bacon, mini pizzas, baked goat cheese-stuffed dates, and more.

If wine is not your thing, try the house premium Mexican micro-brew beer. It is called Cachorro, and is exceptionally tasty. The IPA with a hint of Orange is so tasty! El Tapeo is a good example of the variety you now find in Rocky Point Mexico Restaurants.

What to Try at El Tapeo

Mushroom or Asparagus Crostini

Crostini is sliced, crunchy French bread. Asparagus Crostini features the asparagus that grows in the fields to the east of Rocky Point near the farming community of Caborca. It is the best you can get anywhere. Similarly, many of the olives you find on the menu are grown there as well. Here, the asparagus is sauteed in white wine, then set on top of the bread accompanied by bacon, bell peppers, and artichoke spread.


A diminutive pizza baked with unique toppings. Try the Genesis covered with creamy artichoke sauce, mushrooms, onions and prosciutto. Or the Grape with prosciutto, grapes, serrano chile, dates and feta cheese. Go all in with the Supreme, which combines chorizo, onions, serrano chiles, black olives, mushrooms, pepperoni, salami, and bacon. 

Dates MM

For a taste of something sweet, opt for the Dates MM. The dates are slow cooked in Merlot win and Mebac wine, stuffed with goat cheese, and then wrapped with bacon.

We can undoubtedly recommend El Tapeo for an amazing meal in Puerto Penasco. Whether you spent the day relaxing on the beach or mini golfing, El Tapeo is a perfect option for a delicious meal!

Local Tips

  • Located next to the Best Western Laos Mar Hotel, behind Playa Bonita Resort.
  • Live music and dancing at night - check the Facebook page for live music info.
  • Thursday night special is Paella.


5/5 (8)
Nayelly Zuluaga
Tapeo is a great night-out spot to enjoy with my girlfriends. A glass of wine and some tapas are always a good idea to take a break of daily routine and stress.
Daniel Soto
My friends and I love coming here for cheese boars and wine, there are many other options but that is just our favorite.
Cristian Oros
Anytime I want to have a relaxing time and have a drink with my friends I came here. The music and the place are the best combo for a wonderful night.
The best place to dance and have some delicious wine, accompanied by some delicious biscuits.
The best place to dance and have a delicious wine and snacks.
Fernanda Chavez
If you are a wine lover like myself, this is a must-stop on your next vacation! We found this spot a couple of years ago and highly recommend it. You have many delicious wine options and great food recommendations from the staff to pair and enjoy of a lovely evening.
Clarissa ML
Drinking and dancing at the same time are amazing. I love this place!
Guadalupe Rosas
If it's about having fun, this is a good, pleasant place with live music. Their food is delicious and I recommend the cheese board.

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