Restaurants

Top Choice Grill in Laguna Bacalar

Nixtamal

The slooow-food experience here pushes your patience to the limit, but grill master Rodrigo Estrada makes it well worth the wait. Exquisite dishes such as marinated rib eye and whole grilled lobster are cooked over …
Top Choice Yucatecan in Chetumal

Lonchería La Costa

Yucatecan snacks such as panuchos (fried tortillas topped with beans, chicken and pickled onion) and salbutes (puffed deep-fried tortillas filled with chicken, cheese and other goodies) are delightfully prepared at …
Top Choice Seafood in Mahahual

Nohoch Kay

Nohoch Kay, aka the Big Fish, definitely lives up to its name. Don't miss this beachfront Mexican-owned restaurant, where they prepare succulent whole fish in a garlic and white-wine sauce, and seafood paella for tw…
Seafood in Laguna Bacalar

La Playita

A sign outside reads, 'Eat, drink and swim' – and that about sums it up. Fish and seafood dishes are tasty, albeit on the smallish side, but the Alipús mezcal and fine swimming certainly make up for that. An enormou…
Seafood in Chetumal

El Abuelo

Overlooking the azure waters of Laguna Milagros, about 15km west of Chetumal, this open-air seafood restaurant draws deserving praise for its fried whole fish, fresh ceviche and chicharrón de pescado (a crispy fish …
International in Mahahual

Mayan Beach Garden

About 30km north of Mahahual, this off-grid inn and restaurant makes notably fresh seafood dishes such as mixed ceviche and fish fillet in raspberry-chipotle sauce. You can also book cooking classes here. After lunc…
Yucatecan in Chetumal

Taquería El Almendro

Choose from more than a dozen Yucatecan-style guisados (homestyle dishes) prepared as tacos and tortas (sandwiches) at this fan-cooled breakfast joint. Locals line up each morning for daily treats such as chaya con …
Italian in Mahahual

Luna de Plata

The ristorante of this Italian-owned hotel prepares fresh bread and pasta, pizza, seafood dishes and surprisingly good chilaquiles en salsa verde (fried tortilla wedges in green salsa) for breakfast. For dinner, try…
Mexican in Laguna Bacalar

Los Aluxes

An open-air palapa (thatched-roof) restaurant serving regional and fusion dishes, this waterfront restaurant prepares interesting creations such as pechuga sikil pak (Yucatecan-style chicken and pasta dish). A life-…
Vegan in Laguna Bacalar

Mango y Chile

Bacalar's first and only all-vegan dining option, Mango y Chile has a beautiful, large deck overlooking the fort and the lagoon, and friendly service. Vegans will rejoice that there's a spot here to dine at worry-fr…