You can find a number of four-star restaurants throughout the Lakeside area. Dining out is probably the premier pastime for tourists in Mexico. The Chapala environs—with its huge cache of fine restaurants—is no exception.
One cosmopolitan venue has international chefs who have created a menu of unique dishes to satisfy the most discerning palates and cater to different moods and occasions. There are also restaurants that cater to eating right and providing live music for those enthused enough to dance the night away. Paintings from local and international artists adorn the walls to create a mystical and romantic ambiance. Singers and musicians from all over the world perform nightly.
You may have read about the healing power of singing. La Bodega Restaurant & Bar has an Open Mic. All are welcome to sing, clap, or sit in and showcase your talent with an audience and live accompaniment. Adelita's Bar & Grill, besides delivering popular American music that gets everybody up on their feet, also some nights sponsors a jam, meaning please see the guys before the gig to go over keys and tunes. Reservations often are a must.
Manix Restaurant & Bar entertains with improv jazz, The Bistro with funk and surf music, Bar La Tia and El Patio with country music and country dancing, and Roberto's Restaurant with singers and dancers. La Sima (can mean 'precipice') offers, besides food and live music, the best view of the lake with its glorious sunsets. You might want to have a camera with you.
La Mision Restaurant, in the theatre district, serves a superb meal, with attentive waiters, reserved seating indoors or outdoors, and also soothing, live chamber music, such as a duo of violinists.
Music is almost universally healing and uplifting. No matter what your taste may be, you can sing, listen, and dance to—nearly any night of the week.
The biggest performance venue in the Chapala Riviera is The Auditorio. They garner some of the bigger names among music and dance performers including Mexico's Ballet Folklorico.
The Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in the Old Train Station stages familiar classical music and pieces by accomplished Mexican composers such as Manuel Ponce. Usually admission is free.