Palenque restaurants

Top Choice Mexican in Palenque

Restaurante Bajlum

Creative and stunningly presented Maya gastronomy fills the menu at this upmarket but very inviting restaurant. The house specials include the delicious rabbit with 'jungle herbs' and duck with orange. Much of the p…
Top Choice Seafood in Palenque

El Huachinango Feliz

A popular, atmospheric restaurant in the leafy La Cañada neighborhood. It has an attractive front patio with tables and umbrellas, and there's also an upstairs covered terrace. Seafood is the specialty here: order s…
Top Choice Mexican in Palenque

Café Jade

This very cool bamboo construction has indoor and outdoor seating and is one of the most popular places in town. Its growing fame hasn't led to a reduction in quality though, and it serves good breakfasts, some Chia…
Italian in Palenque

Monte Verde

There's a real Mediterranean vibe to this Italian restaurant tucked away in the forest (do a bit of bird- and monkey-watching while waiting for your lunch!), and though most people go for the delicious thin-crust pi…
Mexican in Palenque

Don Mucho’s

In El Panchán, popular Don Mucho’s provides great-value meals in a jungly setting, with a candlelit ambience at night. Busy waiters bring pasta, fish, meat, plenty of antojitos (typical Mexican snacks), and pizzas (…
Mexican in Palenque

Restaurant Las Tinajas

It doesn’t take long to figure out why this place is always busy. It slings enormous portions of excellent home-style food – enough to keep you fueled up for hours. Pollo a la veracruzana (chicken in a tomato, olive…
Mexican in Palenque

La Selva

An upscale and slightly formal (for Palenque anyway) restaurant serving up well-prepared steaks, seafood, salads and antojitos (snacks) under an enormous palapa roof, with jungle-themed stained-glass panels brighten…
Mexican in Palenque

Restaurant Maya Cañada

This relatively upmarket and professionally run restaurant in the shady La Cañada area serves fine steaks, regional specialties and terrific seafood kebabs, all of which is beautifully presented. It’s open to the ai…
Cafe in Palenque

Café de Yara

A sunny start to the day, this funky, deep-orange-colored corner cafe has huge, tasty breakfasts and an excellent range of organic Chiapan coffee – just what you need after a dawn exploration of the ruins. On Friday…
Mexican in Palenque


An upstairs restaurant overlooking the main street, Aluxes offers Angus steaks, pastas and seafood dishes under a thatched palapa roof. Drop in for evening cocktails at its cute cafe tables.