Must-see restaurants in Yucatán Peninsula

  • Arte Sano

    Isla Holbox

    A small, intimate, palapa-roofed cafe with bright colored tablecloths and even cheerier service. A mix of veggie and meat options, with good green juice…

  • El Nicho

    Puerto Morelos

    Puerto Morelos' most popular breakfast spot, El Nicho serves organic egg dishes, eggs Benedict, chilaquiles (fried tortilla strips in salsa) with chicken…

  • El Paisano del 23


    A local favorite for more than 40 years, the paisano ('fellow countryman' – it's the owner's nickname) marinates pierna (pork leg) in red wine and then…

  • El Bastión de Campeche


    Don't let the drab exterior fool you – this plaza-side stalwart serves up some good campechano dishes. Cool off with a chaya juice (M$29) before tucking…

  • Dolphin


    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…

  • Taquería El Sitio

    Isla Cozumel

    For something quick, cheap and tasty, head over to El Sitio for breaded shrimp and fish tacos or a huevo con chaya torta (egg and tree-spinach sandwich)…

  • El Pirata

    Puerto Morelos

    Known for its varied menu, locally grown organic produce and casual atmosphere, this place north of the plaza does everything from tacos and classic…

  • Toby's

    Costa Maya & Southern Caribbean Coast

    On the main drag in town, the friendly chitchat and well-prepared fish and seafood dishes make this a popular expat spot. Try the coconut shrimp or…

  • El Coffee Cozumel

    Isla Cozumel

    A tempting array of fresh-baked goods and organic coffee from the Mexican highlands make this place popular with locals and visitors alike. Pies are made…

  • Taco Queto

    Isla Holbox

    Tired of seafood? Head to this taco joint for good arrachera (flank steak) and al pastor (marinated pork) tacos and burritos. There's even a few…

  • Cocina Económica Las Palmas

    Isla Cozumel

    This place really packs ’em in at lunchtime. And though it gets hotter than Hades, you’ll love the Maya favorites such as poc-chuc (grilled pork) or the…

  • Restaurante Natura


    This little bistro offers up a good mix of natural and vegetarian Mexican cuisine – think giant natural juices, and quesadillas with Chihuahua cheese,…

  • Pescaditos


    The namesake pescaditos (fried fish sticks served with a mayo-chipotle sauce) are the star attraction here, but the menu features plenty of other fresh…

  • Chile Picante


    Located at Hotel Maya, Chile Picante does everything from vegetarian omelettes with chaya (Mexican tree spinach) and fresh fruit plates to panuchos …

  • Club Náutico Tarraya

    Playa del Carmen

    One of the few restaurants in Playa del Carmen that dates from the 1960s. It continues to offer good seafood at decent prices in a casual place on the…

  • Pepe's Grill

    Isla Cozumel

    This is traditionally considered Cozumel's finest restaurant and the prices reflect its reputation. The menu focuses mainly on Angus steaks, pastas, fresh…

  • Savora Bakhalal

    Laguna Bacalar

    With its 'smoking bench' and 'flirting bench', this al fresco spot on the plaza charms, offering tapas-style food, plus pizzas, pastas, tacos and…

  • Panadería La Tartaleta


    Hopping in the mornings, the tiny Tartaleta has decent expressos, pastries and freshly baked bread. Expect a line. It's in the pedestrian section of…

  • Tacos Rigo


    There’s a taco joint on nearly every block in Cancún, but this one has been a local favorite for more than 30 years. One bite of the al pastor (spit…

  • 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…

  • Lorenzillo’s


    Lorenzillo’s gives you 20 separate choices for your lobster presentation, including a taste bud–popping chipotle, plum and tamarind sauce. Facing the…

  • Barracuda


    A very popular seafood eatery at the south end of the center, known for its parillada de mariscos, a large platter (for three people) with grilled fish,…

  • Angelo

    Isla Mujeres

    Menu standouts at this Italian-owned sidewalk steakhouse include the black grouper fillet, baked mussels and the Angus beef cuts. When he's around, owner…

  • La Nave


    This open-air Italian joint is perpetually packed. There are delicious pasta dishes, such as shrimp or lobster ravioli, brick-oven pizzas, and an…

  • Fernando's 100% Agave


    Fernando's offers up fish and seafood dishes prepared with sauces ranging from sweet coconut-mango to spicy red. After dinner – or before – try a smooth…

  • Le Café d’Amancia

    Puerto Morelos

    Right on the plaza, this is a spotlessly clean place with pleasing ambience. It serves bagels, sandwiches, pies, good strong coffee, and fruit and veggie…

  • Taquería Los Sera's

    Isla Cozumel

    The late-night, go-to spot for al pastor (spit-cooked pork) and chuleta (pork chop) tacos. Locals rave about the al pastor pizza; we say it's a cheesy…

  • El Foco

    Isla Cozumel

    Looking for a late-night taco fix? These folks have got your back, in a very tasty way. El Foco offers a variety of simple, tasty treats, served with a…

  • Don Sirloin

    Playa del Carmen

    Al pastor (marinated pork) and sirloin beef are sliced right off the spit at this popular late-night taco joint, which now has four locations in Playa.

  • Rolandi’s Restaurant & Pizzeria


    A longtime Cancún favorite, Italian eatery Rolandi's serves wood-fired pizzas, calzones, homemade pasta plates, and a range of meat and seafood dishes.

  • El Naranjo


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

  • Mercado Municipal

    Isla Cozumel

    Visit this downtown market for your daily supply of fruit and veggies; it's also a good place to munch on cheap eats.

  • Aluxes Coffee Shop

    Isla Mujeres

    Aluxes serves bagels, baguettes and mighty fine banana bread, and it's one of the friendliest joints in town.

  • Zermatt Bakery

    Isla Cozumel

    Unlike many Mexican bakeries, Zermatt bakes its pastries, cakes and wholewheat bread in the early morning.

  • Mercado Municipal

    Isla Mujeres

    Inside the remodeled market are several stalls selling cheap hot food, while other vendors offer a variety of produce and fresh juices. Outside the market…

  • 100% Natural

    Playa del Carmen

    The trademark offerings of this quickly establishing chain – vegetable- and fruit-juice blends, salads, various vegetable and chicken dishes and other…

  • Taco Factory


    This casual open-air restaurant boasts the best authentic Mexican tacos in the Cancún Hotel Zone, and its convenient location in the central alley right…

  • Ty-Coz


    This busy air-conditioned deli serves sandwiches on croissants and baguettes with a variety of meats and cheeses, and there's a vegetarian option as well…

  • Pórtico del Peregrino


    A very old-school restaurant with several traditional-style dining rooms surrounding a small courtyard. It bills itself as an upscale eatery and serves…

  • Va q' Va


    The seafood is pretty good here but the real draw is the festive atmosphere, plus you get to enjoy a meal in a working-class neighborhood far removed from…