Bistrot Cinq – A little Paris in Antigua Guatemala

From my time in Paris, Bistrot Cinq reminds me much more of a brasserie than a bistrot. Let me clarify that this is not a criticism, far from it, as it’s a gorgeous space with fine ambience. It really could almost be a film set representing the Antigua Guatemala version of the great Bofinger in Bastille.

Por Jimena Palencia


The owner Robbin Haas has been a restaurant consultant for many years and has recently opened Birroteca in Baltimore which has received rave reviews.

He fell in love with Antigua Guatemala and opened Bistot Cinq some six years ago.

As for the food. It has all the staples that one would want from a French brasserie. Starters include, mussels meuniere, seared octopus and excellent beef sliders. Meat and fish dishes feature for the main courses including a signature  Steak Frites with béarnaise sauce. Recommendations from Que Pasa include, for starters, roasted red beets with goat cheese and French onion soup. For the main course, steak tartare, and for dessert the tarte tatin.

On Sundays, brunch is served from 12PM-5PM. All you can drink Mimosas, sparkling wine and Sangria for only Q70!

As well as a very good wine menu, Bistro Cinq has an amazing Absinthe collection; Probably the finest in Central America.

On the walls are many framed drawings left by the clients drawn on the paper tablecloths. Pencils are found on each table.

Open 12PM-10.30PM every day. For reservations call 7832 5510.  Wifi.

Written by: Scott Stanton

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