| There are more good restaurants than bad ones in La Crucecita, and it's really hard to go wrong anywhere around
the main square. All up and down the side streets of Crucecita are simple places the locals patronize, from taco stands to full menu restaurants,
and most of them tend to be very cheap and decent. Just look for a total absence of frills and plenty of customers and you'll know you're at a good
spot. For other than standard Oaxacan cuisine, the restaurants singled out below are local classics.
- For great value on incredible Italian food, this small restaurant is a local favorite.
Giordana is one of the warmest people in Huatulco, and makes authentic Italian like no other. At the corner of Gardenia and Palma Real in Crucecita.
|Cafe Juanita- On the west side of the park in Santa Cruz, Canadian Jane Bauer runs this small upstairs cafe that serves a variety of innovative
dishes, with a different limited menu every night. The food is outstanding in an intimate setting, and Jane also offers cooking classes through her Chiles and Chocolates cooking school.
|Mediterraneo- Franco, the Italian owner of Mamma Mia's in Crucecita, opened this beach location in Santa Cruz in late 2013. It has been a tremendously
popular addition to the beach, which has otherwise consisted of the usual overpriced and average beach seafood restaurants. He often has live music, comfortable seating on the sand, and a traditional wood fired brick pizza oven.
|Terracotta- Housed in the elegant Mision de Los Arcos hotel on Calle Gardenia a half block off the main square in La Crucecita,
Terracotta is a beautiful, air-conditioned restaurant with surprisingly reasonable prices. Service is pleasant and fast,
and the Oaxacan specialties are good. It is a dependable, safe place to eat, but the sterility isn't for everyone. For those looking for a more typical open air Mexican dining experience, you might want to try elsewhere, but for those
looking for quiet and air conditioning and cleanliness, it's a good choice. Also has an outdoor cafe with free wireless internet, and is a very popular breakfast spot.
|Itoo- A new restaurant two blocks to the west of the park in Santa Cruz, this is quickly becoming a favorite breakfast spot in Santa Cruz,
with enormous pancakes (don't order more than one unless you're hungry!) and a good lunch and dinner menu in an elegant setting. |