Marco Beteta


Designated as the Point of Entry to the Bajío area, since its origins, Querétaro has distinguished itself for being a transcendental point of confluence for our country’s history, culture and economy. It was founded in 1531, under the name of Santiago de Querétaro (in honor of the apostle that according to the legend, appeared on the then third most important city of the viceroyalty period of New Spain).  Although its intense industrial and economic activity gives it a very urban character, it has not lost its touch of provincial warm hospitality.   Its historical downtown area (Cultural Patrimony of Humanity) maintains the streets, monuments and buildings that reflect an eclectic mixture of architectural styles (renaissance, baroque, churrigueresque, plateresque and neoclassic), and of a past that was intimately linked to colonial times and to the National Independence. It is advisable to take a tourist tram to see the points of greatest interest. Worth visiting: Capuchinas Convent -18th century, current Museum of Restoration; Art Museum, Temple of Santa Rosa de Viterbo; Temple and ex Convent of San Francisco, today it is the Regional Museum; Government Palace, old residence of Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez; Aqueduct; the House of the Five Patios. Good regional cuisine based on native products (crumb gorditas or broken corn; enchiladas and queretana soup; nopal en penca (prickly pear on its main rib); chivo tapeado; sugar tamales, mantecado sherbet (ice cream based on egg yolks, with a flavor such as almond, vanilla, cinnamon or lemon), buñuelos); varied offer of international restaurants. Viniculture tradition (second national wine producing state; tours at the cellars. Must: 100 Mexicans Festival, February; Wine and Cheese Fair, May-June; Wine Harvest Festival, July; Art and Wine Festival, October. Fine artisan legacy (textiles homespun muslin, linen, wool; hand-made table linens; waist loom weavings; baskets; forged iron; steel; pottery, wood carving). Festivities and shows with (commemoration of the Independence –callejoneadas, balls, concerts, gastronomy shows; contests, seminars and classical and regional music cycles; charrería). Golf courses (El Campanario, Balvanera, Campestre de Querétaro, Juriquilla). Growing spa services (ex haciendas and boutique hotels). Good infrastructure in means of communication that allow an easy access to other attractions in the area (Peña de Bernal, Magical Pueblo -rappel, mountaineering-; baroque missions at the Sierra Gorda; San Juan del Río, Tequisquiapan, hot air ballooning, eco-tourism; ex haciendas near to the capital).




• Casona de La República

Small boutique hotel in a house designed in the 16th century; recently restored. Only adults. Fifteen suites. Spa.

Hidalgo 4. Centro Histórico.

Tel: (01-442) 251 8500.

• Doña Urraca Hotel & Spa

For those looking for peace and quiet in the heart of downtown. Twenty-four rooms. Pool, spa, gym.

5 de Mayo N° 117. Centro Histórico.

Tel: (01-442) 238 5400.



• Fiesta Americana Querétaro

Ideal for business travelers as well as for family trips. Excellent cost-benefit. Sunday brunch.

Blvd. Bernardo Quintana Arrioja 4050. Col. Álamos. Tel: (01-442) 192 9999.

• La Casa de la Marquesa

Old house from the viceroyalty period located downtown. Twenty-five comfortable suites decorated with antiquities. Elegant rooms for events.

Francisco I. Madero 41. Centro Histórico.

Tel: (01-442) 212 0092.





• Argentilia

Meat cuts.

From the Frascati group. New location. Good wine list. Ideal for any occasion.

Marco recommends:

Lamb rack; Oven-baked piglet (weekends).

Av. Constituyentes Pte. N° 59. Col. Casablanca.

Tel: (01-442) 216 0685.

• 5dmayo Experimental

Avant-garde cuisine.

Small establishment in a comfortable and intimate atmosphere. Ideal for those who like to experience new gastronomic proposals.

Marco recommends:

Tasting menu with seven courses that change monthly.

Av. 5 de Mayo 128. Centro Histórico.

Tel: (01-442) 1254040.

• Cócono

Contemporary Mexican cuisine with an American touch.

Interesting concept personally served by its owner. Ideal to enjoy innovative culinary options.

Marco recommends:

Vuelve a la vida with an oriental touch; House steak.

Blvd. Bernardo Quintana 18. Col. La Calesa.

(01-442) 223 2022.

• Comedor de la Marquesa

International cuisine.

Inside a house built in 1756 (Casa de La Marquesa boutique hotel). Ideal for business or for a romantic outing.

Marco recommends:

Enchiladas queretanas; Huevos encarcelados.

Francisco I. Madero 41. Centro Histórico.

Tel: (01-442) 212 0092.



• El Caserío

Spanish regional cuisine.

Although my mystery fooders receive complaints of the inconsistent seasoning in some of their dishes, some of them are memorable. Flamenco show on weekends. Assorted wine list. Music and live shows. Ideal for business, large groups or a celebration.

Marco recommends:

Piglet; Oven-baked kid (cabrito).

Av. Constituyentes 101 Poniente. Col. Casablanca.

Tel: (01-442) 216 1777.

• El Mesón de Chucho El Roto

Mexican and international cuisine.

A classic; with a view to the Plaza Armas: quite an experience. Live music. Touristic and of inconsistent seasoning.

Marco recommends:

Enchiladas queretanas.

Pasteur Sur 16. Centro Histórico.

Tel: (01-442) 212 4295.

• Horus Bar

Mexican cuisine.

It was once a hacienda; original decoration that mixes several styles. Ideal for dinners with friends or to have a drink at the bar.

Marco recommends:

Pork leg tacos; Spring rolls.

Prolongación Corregidora Norte 911- Bis. Col. Parques Residenciales.

Tel: (01-442) 245 1694.

• I´l Duomo Restaurante

Home-style Italian cuisine.

Small establishment with a casual atmosphere, a favorite among locals. Ideal with friends or family.

Marco recommends:

Salad bar; Stuffed zucchini flower.

Blvd. Bernardo Quintana 32. Col. Calesa.

Tel: (01-442) 213 7768.





• Josecho

International cuisine.

A classic; for many the best in its kind. Daily piano music. Live music at night (Thursday to Saturday). Ideal for business.

Marco recommends:

Salmon Carpaccio.

Dalia 1. Fracc. Orquídeas.

Tel: (01-442) 216 0201.

• La Casa Verde

New American cuisine.

Interesting proposal, a great terrace surrounded by trees. Ideal for business, as a family or with friends.

Marco recommends:

Deer tacos; Veal breast.

Brasil 35 (sobre Av. Constituyentes, frente al Hotel Real de Minas). Lomas de Querétaro. Tel: (01-442) 193 5700.

• La Gaucha

Argentinean eatery.

Simple but cozy place. Ongoing quality in its raw material. Good wine selection. Ideal for business; families on weekends.

Marco recommends:

Cabrería (Porterhouse tenderloin).

Blvd. Bernardo Quintana 24. Col. Calesa.

Tel: (01-442) 213 0616.

• La Rúcula

Argentinean grill.

A favorite in its type among the queretanos. Ideal for meat lovers.

Marco recommends:

Parrillada; Lechón.

Av. Universidad 162 Ote. Col. Centro.

Tel: (01-442) 212 4700.



• La Santa Sed

Traditional Spanish cuisine with an avant-garde touch.

Small and cozy eatery. Excellent price-quality ratio. Ideal for business or family.

Marco recommends:


Av. Bernardo Quintana 9750. Col. Centro Sur.

Tel: (01-442) 229 0091.

• Los Laureles

Mexican cuisine.

Located in an ex hacienda. Choose your table in the terrace. Ideal for the family or in large groups. Rooms for private events.

Marco recommends:

Pork meat (Carnitas).

Lateral Carretera México-San Luis Potosí Km. 8.

Tel: (01-442) 218 1084.

• Porto Buzios Náutico

Fish and seafood.

Terrace with a view to the lagoon: pleasant experience. Oyster Bar. Good atmosphere. Ideal for evenings with friends

Marco recommends:

Aguachiles; Rockefeller oysters.

Hacienda El Tintero 370. Juriquilla.

Tel: (01-442) 234 0073.

• Restaurante Nicos

Traditional Mexican cuisine.

Casual and informal place; good food cafeteria type with first class consumables. Ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner on any occasion.

Marco recommends:

Sweet bread; Pork leg; Cream soup (nata).

Bernardo Quintana Arrioja 506. Col. Arboledas Querétaro.

Tel: (01-442) 224 2556.