The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park

Downtown El Paso Dining Guide

From authentic south-of-the-border cuisine to contemporary American favorites, El Paso is a growing hot spot for gourmands of all stripes to find their fill. No matter what you’re craving, let our downtown El Paso dining guide point you toward your new favorite plate.


Our flagship restuarante, Ámbar emodies the parallel cultures, histories and spirits of out own Texan twin cities – El Paso and Cuidad Juarez. Enjoy handmade tortillas, churrasco-grilled meats and regional specialties while mingling around a striking two-story backlit amber backdrop. With a world-class selection of fine sipping tequilas and mezcals, Ámbar Restaurante is one of the finest dining options in El Paso.

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Inspired by La Peregrina—the world famous pearl that passed from the Spanish monarchy to Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother before appearing on the neck of Elizabeth Taylor— our rooftop bar and restaurant offers spectacular views of El Paso’s dessert sunset views while enjoying  a vintage craft cocktail in hand our seafood-driven plates


A family-owned El Paso institution, L&J Café has been adored by locals since 1927. The restaurant has won multiple awards and is known as the best Tex-Mex in the area. Try the red table salsa, a version of traditional ‘chile de arbol’ salsa — you can even buy a bottle on-site to take home.


Sample Texan-style tapas at Tabla, a stylish eatery blending flavors from Spain and Morocco. Enjoy Spanish classics like paella and papas bravas or try the chickpea fries with chipotle curry ketchup and Moroccan spices. Top it off with a craft cocktail or after-dinner sherry.


A seasonal menu and elegant bistro atmosphere is offered at this upscale restaurant, providing one of the best fine dining experiences in El Paso. Savor innovative cuisine paired with an extensive wine list or stop by for a late-night drink on the outdoor terrace.


Cattleman’s Steakhouse at Indian Cliffs Ranch makes a great day trip from the city, offering beautiful scenery and top quality cuts of meat. Known for some of the best steak in the country, Cattleman’s serves king-size portions of beef, including a hearty T-bone cut on-premise. After your meal, enjoy the sweeping desert views which have been featured in multiple Hollywood productions.