Must-see restaurants in Yucatán Peninsula

  • Fred's House

    Cancún

    One of Cancún’s most beautiful restaurants, Fred’s House features warm contemporary style and tropical gardens by Nichupté Lagoon. At this seafood eatery,…

  • La Tortilleria

    Isla Holbox

    This quaint cafe is so tiny you just might miss it if you’re strolling too fast by the main square. La Tortilleria specializes in Spanish-style omelettes …

  • La Fonda del Zancudo

    Cancún

    Softly illuminated by strings of lights, lanterns and moonlight, this alluring little restaurant sits within an enchanting walled patio on downtown Cancún…

  • Axiote

    Playa del Carmen

    Putting a gourmet twist on tacos, tostadas and Mexican regional dishes, Axiote's diverse menu features creative treats like fish tacos with a sausage…

  • 'Ohana

    Isla Cozumel

    Known for its Chicago-style deep-dish pizza and friendly neighborhood expat bar, 'Ohana (meaning family in Hawaiian) definitely feels like home. The owner…

  • Puerto Santo

    Cancún

    In a gated residential community about 500m south of the Puerto Juárez ferry terminal, this hidden oceanfront restaurant wins over locals with dishes like…

  • Barba Negra Seafood & Tacos

    Isla Holbox

    With just a few tables set under a palapa roof, this cool and contemporary joint features tacos piled high with a flavorful mix of ingredients and…

  • Olivia

    Isla Mujeres

    This delightful Israeli-run restaurant makes everything from scratch, from Moroccan-style fish served on a bed of couscous to chicken shawarmas wrapped in…

  • Guido's Restaurant

    Isla Cozumel

    Drawing on recipes handed down from her father, Guido, chef Yvonne Villiger has created a menu ranging from wood-fired pizzas and homemade pastas to…

  • La Lomita

    Isla Mujeres

    The ‘Little Hill’ serves good, cheap Mexican food in a small, colorful setting. Seafood and chicken dishes predominate. Try the fantastic bean and avocado…

  • Mocambo

    Cancún

    Definitely one of the best seafood spots in the Zona Hotelera, the palapa-covered Mocambo sits right on Playa Caracol and serves up excellent seafood…

  • The Bears Den

    Cancún

    In this casual open-air restaurant on the second floor of a shopping center, Québec native Christopher Vallieres prepares exquisitely refined dishes…

  • Camarón Dorado

    Isla Cozumel

    If you're headed to the windward side of the island or just want to see a different aspect of Cozumel, drop by the Camarón Dorado for a bite, assuming you…

  • Puro Corazón

    Tulum

    Reasonably priced (by Zona Hotelera standards), this inviting spot serves excellent house-made cocktails that can be enjoyed immensely at sunset on the…

  • Roots

    Isla Holbox

    Like most pizzerias in town, the hot item here is the seasonal lobster pizza and Roots' version ranks among the best of them. All of the wood-fired, thin…

  • Posada Margherita

    Tulum

    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…

  • La Gloria de Don Pepe

    Tulum

    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 –…

  • Raices

    Isla Holbox

    Despite sky-high prices, seafood here is actually hit or miss, but you can't argue with the location: any closer to the beach and waves would be washing…

  • El Asadero

    Tulum

    Somewhat pricey but worth it, this spot has grilled arrachera (flank steak) served with sides of potato, nopal (cactus paddle) and sausage, which pairs…

  • Mango Café

    Isla Mujeres

    See the south side of town and drop by Mango Café for some self-serve coffee and a hearty Caribbean-inspired breakfast. The hot items here are coconut…

  • Rooster

    Isla Mujeres

    The undeniable king of the breakfast providers on the island is this cute little cafe with tables out front and chilly air-con inside. The menu covers the…

  • La Habichuela

    Cancún

    This elegant restaurant has a lovely courtyard dining area, just off Parque de las Palapas. The specialty is the cocobichuela (shrimp and lobster in curry…

  • Los Aluxes

    Laguna Bacalar

    An open-air palapa restaurant serving regional and fusion dishes, this waterfront restaurant prepares interesting creations such as pechuga sikil pak …

  • Mangata

    Puerto Morelos

    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)…

  • Mango y Chile

    Laguna Bacalar

    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…

  • Kiosco Verde

    Cancún

    The Green Kiosk just might be the most underrated seafood restaurant in all of Cancún. It began in 1974 as a small grocery store and now it excels in well…

  • El Tigre y El Toro

    Cancún

    Gourmet thin-crust pizza and homemade pastas are served in a candlelit gravel garden at El Tigre y El Toro ('Tiger' and 'Bull' are the owners' nicknames)…

  • La Famiglia

    Playa del Carmen

    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…

  • Limoncito

    Isla Holbox

    This colorful little palapa-covered restaurant on the square slings excellent Mexican breakfasts all day long. The motuleños (eggs in tomato sauce served…

  • Sulumar

    Mahahual

    Lobster, lionfish, octopus, you name it – this fishermen's cooperative cooks up the fresh catch of the day and serves it to you right on the beach at the…

  • Ferron's Jerk Chicken

    Playa del Carmen

    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…

  • Bobo's

    Isla Mujeres

    This bar and grill fries up excellent locally caught triggerfish for its popular fish and chips, and there's malt vinegar to go along with it (a rare find…

  • La Cueva del Pescador

    Akumal

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

  • El Galeón del Caribe

    Cancún

    Famed for its pescadillas (fried tortillas stuffed with fish), this low-key seafood palapa has an outdoor kitchen and lagoonside setting. It’s near the…

  • La Palapa Belga

    Cancún

    One of Cancún’s tastiest and most peaceful fine-dining restaurants – if you can find it. Tucked away within the Hotel Imperial Laguna's garden, this…

  • La Playita

    Cancún

    The covered terrace at this bar and restaurant affords views of the nearby bullring and towering residential buildings. Multi-flavored mojitos are great…

  • Chuchito Perez

    Cancún

    The palapa-covered terrace of this trendy restaurant is wrapped in panoramic views, overlooking the nightclub strip, Nichupté Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea…

  • Jeanie's

    Isla Cozumel

    The views of the water are great from the outdoor patio here. Jeanie’s serves waffles, hash browns, eggs, sandwiches and other tidbits including…

  • Chamicos

    Riviera Maya

    Fresh-caught fish and seafood done up in simple preparations right on the beach. You may not have white linen and fine china, but you can't ask for a…

  • Codornejas Restaurante

    Yucatán State & the Maya Heartland

    Located 6km southeast of Oxkutzcab, and 21km northwest of Tekax, this is a great stopover lunch spot. It's definitely for carnivores and here's why: it…