West & North of Mérida restaurants

Cafe in Progreso

Milk Bar

The 'cow in a rowboat' indicates you've arrived at this laid-back Texan-run spot. Despite the name, it doesn't specialize in milk-based drinks, but is definitely the place to go for hefty sandwiches, burgers and sal…
Seafood in Progreso


A longtime local favorite on the boardwalk, Flamingo's fries up a tasty pescado en mojo de ajo (fish in garlic sauce, M$121). Tasty chips, salsas and other snacks are served while you're waiting for the main dish.
Seafood in Celestún

La Palapa

A cut above the other seaside joints, La Palapa has an expansive dining area looking down to the sea, plus savory seafood dishes. The go-to dish is the coconut-coated shrimp served in a coconut shell.
Seafood in West & North of Mérida

La Picuda

Locals highly recommend this casual eatery with plastic chairs and bright tablecloths, located just off the square and near the pier. The camarones al mojo de ajo (shrimp sautéed with garlic, M$150) is really good, …
Seafood in Progreso


At the current posh spot on the strip, with its blond-wood chairs, pink velvet trim and designer lighting, you could be in an international hotel, not smack on the beachfront. But this spot pulls in the moneyed visi…
Seafood in Progreso


This is a bit of an institution around town with its beachfront setting and action to boot. Though some say the botanas (complimentary sampler plates that come to the table before the main dish arrives) are the real…
Mexican in Progreso

Restaurant El Cordobes

This older-style, locals’ joint is on the north side of the plaza in a 100-year-old building. Weak ‘American’ coffee is served quickly, with a warm smile, and it’s a perfect place to relax for a bit, sluice down a c…
Breakfast in Celestún


It's as casual as it comes with plastic chairs and a 'picnic' feel (sandy floor), but it's an excellent breakfast spot at Hotel Gutiérrez. Full breakfasts include coffee, juice, freshly made bread, marmalade and som…
Seafood in Celestún

La Playita

Of all the sandy-floored, plastic-table-and-chairs beachfront joints here, this one gets the thumbs-up from the locals. Fresh seafood and ceviche are its main draws.
Yucatecan in Progreso

El Naranjo

One of the best options in the market for cochito (slow-cooked pork) – and it's squeaky clean.