Experience the perfection that is dining in the Gran Palapa of El Pez Boutique Hotel. The space has been carefully designed to provide our guests with a cozy, intimate setting that is also open to catch the sea breezes and to offer views of the pelicans diving for fish in the Caribbean Sea.
We offer an enticing menu that features the best local meat, seafood, and produce and these are all combined into delightful dishes that are carefully crafted by our chef and his staff. Try a tropical fruit plate for breakfast, a fresh salad or delicious sandwich for lunch, and sample the catch of the day when we dim the lights for a relaxed dinner atmosphere.
The Gran Palapa is also the perfect place to try one of our signature cocktails, crafted just for El Pez by our master mixologist, and make certain to check out daily special board to discover the catch of the day or other off-menu items that are sure to please.
El Pez Head Chef Efren Rios has a long and storied career both within Mexico and internationally.
Born and raised in Guadalajara to a family that consists of three generations of chefs, Chef Efren began his own career in the kitchen at the age of 16. He then attended the College Gastronomica in Guadalajara to further his culinary training and to learn more about the fascinating array of cuisines represented in Mexico.
Chef Efren then moved to Canada where he focused on exploring the nuances of Italian cuisine, and he worked in some of the finest Italian restaurants in Montreal. These include a time with Chef Sandro Carpene, celebrated Michelin starred chef, at pizzeria Bottega in Montreal, which has consistently been voted as the best pizza in the city.
After leaving Canada, Chef Efren journeyed to Antigua and Barbuda where he was the executive chef at Paparazzi, which has received accolades as the best Italian food in the Caribbean. Efren then returned to his native Guadalajara where he took on the task of menu consulting for some of the city’s best restaurants.
In 2014 Chef Efren Rios joined the Colibri Hotel Collection as chef de cuisine and quickly assumed the role of head chef and food and beverage manager for El Pez Boutique Hotel. With a combination of his years of training in both food and wine and his in-depth knowledge of regional Mexican cuisine Efren brings his own inspiration and dedication to customer service to each and every dish created in his kitchen.
With a focus on locally sourced produce, meats, and seafood Chef Efren completely redesigned the menu at El Pez to provide the guests with a unique and comforting take on Mexican cuisine. This level of service and focus on customer satisfaction, he says, is the goal every day at El Pez Boutique Hotel.
Chef Efren speaks five languages and enjoys travel, music, reading, and exploring the unique flavors and influences of street food around the world.