Must-see restaurants in Yucatán Peninsula

  • Las Mestizas

    Chichén Itzá

    One of the town's better restaurants, Las Mestizas serves up decent Yucatecan fare. There's indoor and outdoor seating – depending on the time of day, an…

  • Luan Restaurante y Café

    Campeche

    This breezy and cool place in an old colonial building overlooking the prettiest section of pedestrian Calle 59 serves Mexican breakfast and and brunch…

  • Ruben's Restaurant

    Isla Mujeres

    There's nothing fancy about this little diner, but homemade Mexican food and great service are guaranteed. Regulars usually go for the daily set menu,…

  • Babe’s

    Playa del Carmen

    Babe’s serves some excellent Asian food, including a yummy home-style tom kha gai (chicken and coconut-milk soup) brimming with veggies. Vietnamese shrimp…

  • Thai Lounge

    Cancún

    Tucked away in the rear of La Isla Shopping Village, this place serves Thai food under your own private, stilted palapa, either with a garden or lagoon…

  • Pickled Onion

    Yucatán State & the Maya Heartland

    Situated under a large veranda, this spot provides pleasant relief from the sun. Dishes include the usual Yucatecan specialties, as well as a few options …

  • La Pigua

    Campeche

    Campeche's most upscale restaurant can be found just outside the old city walls and is an elegant space with white linen tablecloths. Service is attentive…

  • Viva Zapata

    Isla Holbox

    You really shouldn't leave the island without trying the mixed seafood platter here (order for two or ask for a single portion if traveling solo, M$540)…

  • La Parrilla

    Cancún

    Colorful decoration, a large outdoor bull, and the sounds of a mariachi band invite you in to La Parrilla. Open since 1975, it fills with locals and…

  • Hostería del Marqués

    Valladolid

    Dine in a tranquil colonial courtyard with a bubbling fountain, or the air-con salon looking on to it. The restaurant specializes in Yucatecan fare, such…

  • La Tratto

    Mérida

    A bistro (one of two locations around town) that's consistently OK and best known for its gourmet pizzas and handmade pastas. You can enjoy happy hour at…

  • Kaxapa Factory

    Playa del Carmen

    The specialty at this Venezuelan restaurant on the park is arepas (delicious corn flatbread stuffed with your choice of shredded beef, chicken or beans…

  • Rooster Café Sunyaxchen

    Cancún

    A main go-to cafe for locals in search of a place to write, work or hang out, this trendy coffee shop has a central location in downtown Cancún, close to…

  • Flamingo's

    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…

  • El Fish Fritanga

    Cancún

    With plastic tables set under little palapa huts on a sandy floor, this is one of the Zona Hotelera's less expensive places. Good-value seafood, tasty…

  • Restaurant La Pirámide

    Cobá

    At the end of the town's main drag, by the lake, this restaurant is pretty touristy but does decent Yucatecan fare like cochinita or pollo pibil (achiote…

  • La Palapita de los Tamales

    Valladolid

    The menu changes daily here, but you'll always find a welcome tamal to snack on. Sweetcorn and pork was on the menu recently, as was excellent pozole (a…

  • Luz de Luna

    Campeche

    Carved, painted tables and folksy decor lend a creative atmosphere to this popular restaurant. The menu choices are reasonable – try the shrimp salad,…

  • La Picuda

    Yucatán State & the Maya Heartland

    Locals highly recommend this casual eatery with plastic chairs and bright tablecloths, located just off the square and near the pier. The camarones al…

  • Diez Con Quince

    Isla Cozumel

    Mexican and gringo-friendly breakfasts such as eggs Benedict are served in a peaceful rear garden at this affordable restaurant. The menu also includes a…

  • Sabor de Mar

    Tulum

    This unassuming Sinaloa-style seafood joint gets praise for its torres (seafood tostada 'towers' piled high with tuna, shrimp or fish) and house…

  • Crabster

    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…

  • Pita Amore

    Isla Mujeres

    This unassuming shack does several varieties of pita sandwiches and does them extremely well. The chicken, beef and vegetarian pitas are the creation of a…

  • Restaurant Hacienda Xaybe'h d'Camara

    Chichén Itzá

    Set a block back from the highway opposite Hotel Chichén Itzá, this is a large place with attractive grounds. It’s popular with tours and the food is a…

  • Taquería Nuevo San Fernando

    Mérida

    Out-of-towners staying in the nearby business-class hotels have been known to buy kilos of these tacos to take home with them. It's a bit of a trek to get…

  • La Parilla Colonial

    Campeche

    Despite its relentlessly cliché decor that takes in as many national tropes as possible, this is actually one of the best of the restaurants spread out…

  • Muelle Viejo

    Punta Allen

    Service here can be as slow as the frigates circling overhead, but it's hard not to use this as a chance to relax and enjoy. Overlooking a dock where…

  • Cafetería Pop

    Mérida

    There’s a '70s feel to this little orange-and-cream cafeteria-style restaurant, which has cheap breakfast combinations and a good variety of Mexican…

  • La Viagra Jarocha

    Chetumal

    Fun and festive, with a goofy dolphin statue outside, La Viagra Jarocha is a hit with locals and tourists alike, most notably for its namesake 'sopa…

  • Qubano

    Isla Mujeres

    Here you get something different in music from the neighboring restaurants, Cuban son (a type of dance) selections as opposed to bad disco remixes. Apart…

  • Surfin' Burrito

    Cancún

    Always a crowd-pleaser on the strip, where cheap eats come few and far between, this small joint prepares beef, shrimp, fish and vegetarian burritos with…

  • Sotavento Café

    Campeche

    Nice, clean and quirky, with interesting art and curios around the multicolored walls, this cafe-gallery has tasty espresso drinks, plus a variety of…

  • Taquería Chepe

    Laguna Bacalar

    Go straight for the taco de cochinita surtida (slow-cooked pork), which comes prepared on a handmade tortilla and with a little extra fat for good measure…

  • Lo Que Hay

    Mérida

    Even nonvegans usually give an enthusiastic thumbs up to this dinner-only restaurant, where three-course themed vegan meals are served in a serene…

  • La Palapa

    Celestún

    A cut above the other seaside joints, La Palapa has an expansive dining area looking down to the sea, as well as a number of tables right on the beach…

  • Los Huaraches de Alcatraces

    Cancún

    A casual cafeteria-style place that's packed with locals and sometimes even has live music to boot. Grab a tray, point at a few items that look tasty, and…

  • Squimz

    Valladolid

    A delightful, casual little cafe just a few doors east of the ADO bus terminal, Squimz offers cakes, pastries and espresso drinks, as well as heartier…

  • Edelyn Pizzería & Restaurant

    Isla Holbox

    We would be remiss if we didn't mention the self-proclaimed creators of Holbox's famous lobster pizza, but locals say you can find much better pies with…

  • Picaña & Grill

    Cancún

    The house specialty here is the picaña (top sirloin cap), which can be ordered as a tender steak or sliced off a spit for tacos. They also do loaded baked…

  • Sergio's Pizzas

    Chetumal

    Walk in here and you'll feel like you're in a Hollywood mafia movie: the service and decor are old-school, with stiff, formal waiters in starched shirts…