Hello, I live in Guatemala City, so I know all the places pretty well, also know the owners. Actually Jean Francois is a pretty good friend of mine, we've cooked together on ocasions. Yes, he is the best chef in central america if not latin america. However, he recently sold his restaurant to Jake (whom I also know and befriend) Anyway, its really gone down lately, nothing against Jake, its still good, just not "Jean Francois good", the main reason is because JF INSISTS on cookin all the meals himself, while Jake hires chefs. Anyway, both are OK, although don't order the deserts, they're really, really atrocious. And if you go to Antigua you may be lucky enough to find JF's new bed and breakfast/restaurant, although he's relocating right now. And Hacienda Real (owner also known) is REALLY good, best meat you can get in guatemala. Although I recomend going to the one in Carretera al Salvador, it;s much newer, and has a better ambiance than the one in Z.10 (zona viva) also, the Z.10 one is ALSO relocating. Tamarindos is pretty good, not my personal taste, but pretty good, but try to pay in cash there, there have been some waiters with bogus card readers and greed there in the past. Another great italian place, probably has the best Pizza in guate (Oh, Jake's Tomato Pies closed eons ago) is called Pecorino, they have really good pizza and pastas.
-- (February 23, 2008) on Restaurants in Guatemala City