Depending on your preference, Adriano’s is either the outlandish and ostentatious, or the delightfully colorful, character filled orange building on the beach at the North edge of Bucerias’ town square.
Cutting straight to the point on this one, if you’re looking for a place for lunch or dinner in Bucerias, Adriano’s has it’s good and it’s bad.
The restaurant is certainly visually stimulating. It’s bright orange interior and plethora of decorations lining the walls, from plates to sombreros to Mexican artwork makes it an entertaining atmosphere from which to enjoy your meal, and certainly a unique experience. As you wait for your food you can observe and discuss the various pieces as well as of course the view of Bucerias beach out the window.
The restaurant has the common drink specials like 2 for 1 Margarita’s and the ever popular 5 Corona for 80 pesos, making it an easy start to the evening.
The menu at Adriano’s is common yet vast, a little more vast than a couple of the other spots on this strip (see our posts on El Brujo and Mezzogiorno from the same strip). You can choose from all the Mexican favorites, as well as steak, seafood, and a variety of appetizers.
Service wise (it’s always very subjective and must vary so greatly regardless of the place) while it wasn’t poor, we got the subtle feel that (and maybe fair enough) our waiter lost a lot of his friendliness and attentiveness toward us after we actually came inside the restaurant. But overall, it was nothing to complain about.
Having eaten at most of the restaurants on Avenida Del Pacifico, the unfortunate thing about Adriano’s is that it’s quite expensive relative to it’s neighbors, maybe the most expensive on the strip. I don’t mean expensive by western standards, just expensive for the area.
Food wise, we sampled the Filet Mignon, the Mexican Pork Cutlets, and the BBQ Ribs. The verdict was: Filet Mignon with creamy mushroom sauce was a delight; Mexican Pork Cutlets, tasty but only saved by stealing the BBQ sauce from our friend’s ribs to put on them, too plain on their own; and BBQ Ribs small but tasty and BBQ sauce, not too bad.
Re-reading what I’ve written here I can’t put my finger on exactly why I’m unable to be more excited about Adriano’s. Nevertheless, I can’t say anything particularly bad about it.
Adriano’s is the kind of place you have to go at least once because of it’s uniqueness, and after that, you might come to love it, or you might decide that once was enough.
If you end up checking out Adriano’s, let us know what you thought!