Best restaurants in Riviera Maya

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tulum

    Hartwood

    Assuming you can get in (it accepts walk-ins and online reservations made one month in advance), this sweet 'n' simple nouvelle-cuisine restaurant down on the beach road will definitely impress. Ingredients are fresh and local; flavors and techniques are international. The chalkboard menu changes daily, and the solar-powered open kitchen and wood-burning oven serve to accentuate the delicious dishes. It's about 4.5km south of the T-junction. Cash only.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tulum

    Taquería Honorio

    It began as a street stall and became such a hit that it's now a taco place with a proper roof overhead. Most folks go here for the cochinita (pulled pork in annatto marinade) served on handmade tortillas or tortas (sandwiches). Also well worth seeking out here are Yucatecan classics like relleno negro (shredded turkey in a chili-based dark sauce).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Playa del Carmen

    Passion

    With a French-Basque-inspired menu created by Michelin-starred-chef Martin Berastegui, this is unquestionably one of Playa's finest restaurants. Diners can order from the à la carte menu or opt for the exquisite seven-course tasting menu. Reserve ahead and dress appropriately for a meal served in an elegant dining room at the Paradisus Hotel.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Akumal

    Turtle Bay Café & Bakery

    A popular breakfast spot, this appealing cafe slings a wide variety of gringo comfort food ranging from breakfast burritos to eggs Benedict. The lunch and dinner menu include sourdough flatbread pizzas, burgers and tasty fish and seafood options, such as pescado negro (blackened fish). It's near the town entrance. There's also a full bar.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Playa del Carmen

    Lara & Luca

    'Okay, but first, coffee' is the motto here, and they sure do coffee well. They do everything well, actually: from tasty fruit-and-yogurt bowls to green juice and smoothies to eggs Benedict with pork confit and bacon that will have you wondering if you can take it on the plane. Well worth the trip out of the town center.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Playa del Carmen

    La Cueva del Chango

    The 'Monkey's Cave,' known for its fresh and natural ingredients, has seating in a jungly palapa setting or a verdant garden out back. Service is friendly, but the kitchen can be slow. The food is delicious; try the sopa de coco con camarones (coconut milk with shrimp). Yum!

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Puerto Morelos

    Al Chimichurri

    You definitely can't go wrong with the fresh pasta and wood-fired pizza here, but this Uruguayan grill is best known for its steaks. The star cuts are a Flintstones -size rib eye, tender flank steak and filet mignon in homemade beef gravy. It's just south of the plaza.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Playa del Carmen

    Chez Céline

    Good, healthy breakfasts (some vegan!) and a range of yummy baked goods are what keeps this French-run bakery-cafe busy. Savory croissants with smoked salmon or ham, cheese, and béchamel.

  • Restaurants in Puerto Morelos

    John Gray's Kitchen

    One block west and two blocks north of the plaza, this ‘kitchen’ turns out some truly fabulous food. The chef's specialty, though not listed on the regularly changing menu, is the duck in chipotle, tequila and honey sauce. It opens for breakfast too.

  • Restaurants in Puerto Morelos

    El Pesquero

    OK, so it's not right on the beach, but the sand floor, palapa roof, fan-cooled dining area and fresh fish sure make you feel like you're there. Start with a tuna tostada, then go with the excellent pescado frito (fried whole fish), which can be cooked 'natural' style or al ajillo (in chili-garlic sauce). If available, try the boquinete (hogfish).

  • Restaurants in Playa del Carmen

    Axiote

    Putting a gourmet twist on tacos, tostadas and Mexican regional dishes, Axiote's diverse menu features creative treats like fish tacos with a sausage-avocado sauce and bone marrow topped with a refried bean and chili guajillo salsa. The casual palapa restaurant can get packed on weekends but there are some cool bars nearby if you need to kill some time.

  • Restaurants in Tulum

    Puro Corazón

    Reasonably priced (by Zona Hotelera standards), this inviting spot serves excellent house-made cocktails that can be enjoyed immensely at sunset on the property's rear observation deck. Everything on the menu is prepared with a gourmet twist. The gravel floors, painted tables and chairs, and hookah decorations all add to the flair.

  • Restaurants in Tulum

    Posada Margherita

    This hotel's beachside restaurant is candlelit at night, making it a beautiful, romantic place to dine. The fantastic food, including pasta, is made fresh daily and consists mostly of organic ingredients. The wines and house mezcal are excellent. It's 3km south of the T-junction. Cash only. Parking can be a nightmare.

  • Restaurants in Tulum

    La Gloria de Don Pepe

    With its 'A meal without wine is called breakfast' sign, this spot tickles the taste buds with delicious tapas plates and fine seafood paella. And wine – did we mention there's wine? A perfect place to come to talk to a friend for a couple of hours without being drowned out by noise. Alfresco seating is also possible.

  • Restaurants in Tulum

    El Asadero

    Somewhat pricey but worth it, this spot has grilled arrachera (flank steak) served with sides of potato, nopal (cactus paddle) and sausage, which pairs nicely with the Mexican craft beers on offer. Pescatarians and vegetarians won't be disappointed with the grilled tuna and loaded potatoes.

  • Restaurants in Puerto Morelos

    Mangata

    If you like eggs Benedict you're gonna love the 'Mangata Benedictin' (poached eggs with slow-cooked roast beef smothered in a rich hollandaise sauce). Strong coffee and a good selection of vegetarian and vegan options are also available at this pleasant open-air cafe with mismatched furniture.

  • Restaurants in Playa del Carmen

    La Famiglia

    Pay a visit to the family and enjoy superb wood-fired pizza and handmade pasta, ravioli and gnocchi. Playa is a magnet for Italian restaurants, but this definitely ranks among the best of them. Dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options are all available.

  • Restaurants in Playa del Carmen

    Ferron's Jerk Chicken

    Venture out to the seldom-visited side of Playa for some fine Jamaican jerk chicken and a cool reggae vibe. Combo meals include sweet-and-spicy grilled chicken, corn on the cob, coleslaw and a dinner roll. They also grill spicy pork ribs.

  • Restaurants in Akumal

    La Cueva del Pescador

    Near the town's entrance, this popular foreigners' hangout does good grilled fish dishes and shrimp tacos in a casual atmosphere with outdoor seating. Cash only.

  • Restaurants in Tulum

    Acqua e Farina da Mario

    A taste of real Italy on the streets of central Tulum. This cafe is cramped (luckily there are some alfresco tables outside) but somehow Mario makes it well worth the wait: get perfectly cooked al dente pasta, ravioli, or fish and seafood specials that will make you think you're in Roma. Wines are excellent, and you can even order a Negroni (rare in Mexico) if you're feeling the Old World vibe.