Sunday, June 16, 2024

Don Marcos Cantina (Cielo Restaurant and Lounge) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Port St. Lucie, Florida to rescue Cielo Restaurant and Lounge.  During recon, the owners are just standing around and doing nothing.  Also, the bartenders cannot make basic drinks and do not have a proper service well.  The training standards for the staff are non-existent and the owners are supposedly $150,000 in debt. Jon will need to get the owners to regain their confidence and show them how to properly run a bar.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Cielo Restaurant and Lounge to Don Marcos Cantina and the bar has kept the name. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Don Marcos Cantina since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Positive Reviews:
  • "Always wonderful! Bar fabulous with great views, all dining relaxing with incredible wait staff (especially Jeff!! and outstanding food. Filet, ribeye, lobster done perfectly. . A true gem! Traffic this year on Sanibel made getting there from where we are M-F difficult- but we made reservations on a Saturday. Amazing drinks!- we got a smoked Manhattan and smoked bourbon and later superb wines with the meal.- The ONLY problem was: I was jealous my husband got a blue duck in his Manhattan ice cube, and I did not! 😂😂 I stole it from him later."

Negative Reviews:

  • "We walked through the door and the first thing we're told is Cielo's is Now Don Marcos Cantina and they have been Bar Rescued. I'm calling bull ^&*t on that one. We were the second table seated for a full house comedy show. The menu is hand cut and lying on the table with only 5 options. But they have empanadas and fries too. We ordered the empanadas, but don't really know if they make them because 80 minutes later they still hadn't arrived. The food that did come out was cold. We did get a $9 bowl of fries prepared incorrectly ,however now there was food on the table. So there's that! Here's the kicker- wait for it... The prices on the bill are different than the menu. You see they have a different menu in the back so it's ok???? Whatever the name is- NEVER going back- and either is Jon Taffer"
*Reviews from Yelp, Google

Other News and Links:
  • The Bar Rescue for Cielo Restaurant and Lounge happened in the February.
  • Here is a preview video of the episode from the Bar Rescue YouTube page
  • Here is the Don Marcos Cantina Instagram and Facebook page. They also have their old Facebook page that continues posting updates and advertisements. 
    • They have an "As seen on TV" tagline on their Facebook page and are advertising their cocktail menu "created by Bar Rescue celebrity mixologist Mia Mastroianni."
    • All of the recent advertisements on their pages say Don Marcos Cantina, so they have kept the name.
  • Here are the Facebook pages of Mark (owner), Os (owner), and Kim (bartender).
  • Here are the reviews for Don Marcos Cantina from Yelp and Google.


Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Cielo Restaurant and Lounge to Don Marcos Cantina and the bar has kept the name.  The bar does not have many reviews since the makeover, so it's hard to get an idea on how it is doing through reviews.  Don Marcos Cantina is advertising its appearance on Bar Rescue and the cocktails created by the show, so it seems they have embraced what the show installed at the bar and continue to go with the concept. 

*To see how all of the bars from Bar Rescue are doing, go to the Bar Rescue Updates page, and also Like us on Facebook or Follow Us on Twitter to stay up to date with all things involving Bar Rescue.

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