Zicatela is a celebration of our love of cooking, sharing authentic food and cocktails, and the enjoyment of the Mexican gastronomy. Whether you are enjoying quiet time alone or surrounded by friends or family, your seaside table with an exquisite glass of wine or cold beer, is waiting.
We offer fresh, casual & comforting food in a relaxed ambiance. We love local fish, and we have an obsession to always find the best ingredients.
Our bar is the spot to be in Punta de Mita. We celebrate Mexico’s tastes, traditions and flavors with an impressive selection of craft cocktails, wine, beer, Tequila and Mezcal.
Chef Magdalena Juarez
Born in Guerrero, Chef Juárez grew up surrounded by traditional Mexican cuisine, which she considers a gem. Her first culinary memories are in her childhood when she learned the art to make Tortillas with her mother.. Magdalena truly believes that “Wishes are achieved if you have the courage to go for them”, which has led her to be able to proudly transmit the gastronomic legacy of Mexico through her cuisine; from the balance and freshness of coastal cuisine to emblematic dishes such as moles, capable of filling the hearts of guest’s with joy.
Chef Hector Leyva
Chef Héctor Leyva is a travel lover and Mexican cuisine adventurer. Born in the culturally rich and diverse state of Oaxaca, Mexico, Leyva discovered a passion for cooking that led him to complete his studies at the Culinary Institute of Mexico. He then went on to explore many areas of gastronomy, combining classic and pre-Hispanic Mexican mainstays with European, American and Asian influences.
Leyva has experienced the many regions of Mexican cuisine, living in different cities from the Gulf to Pacific coasts—Los Cabos to San Miguel de Allende, Puebla to Queretaro, and finally, Puerto Vallarta. But his travels extend far beyond his home country, including many global stops along his journeys like Four Seasons, Belmond, and The world residences at Sea, to mention some, to finally open his restaurants, Hector’s Kitchen and Zicatela, in Punta Mita.
Leyva takes pride in fusing quality, local ingredients that make effortless combinations with hints of creativity from a life dedicated to the culinary art.
Chef Omar Valenzuela Lugo
Originally from Ensenada, Baja California, Chef Omar Valenzuela Lugo is a graduate of the Autonomous University of Baja California. He spent several years working in local cafes and restaurants.
In 2016, he embarked on the Encuentro Guadalupe project, where he served as the executive chef for four years. This marked his entry into the new wave of culinary talent emerging in the Valle de Guadalupe region.
In 2021, Chef Omar opened Célida Café, a breakfast café located in the heart of Ensenada. This venture earned him recognition as one of the “best new chefs of 2021” by Food and Wine magazine. In 2022, he expanded his culinary endeavors by opening Avia in Mexicali, a space where the elements of fire and art come together seamlessly.