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Local Experts: Cancun, Laura Winfree

By Local Expert Laura Winfree

5 Best Mexican Restaurants in Cancun

The entire country of Mexico is famous for having some of the most flavorful cuisine on the planet, and it’s no surprise simple comfort foods like quesadillas and tostadas are so popular. Whether you’re searching for juicy tacos, spicy salsas, or a new innovative take on classic Mexican recipes, Cancun has a variety of restaurants that will satisfy your cravings. On your next beach vacation, set aside at least one night of your stay to venture outside your resort and explore Cancun’s wide array of Mexican cooking. These restaurants can be found all over the city, from the Hotel Zone to Downtown, and many of them are just minutes from your hotel. If you go on the right night (especially weekends), you’ll even find live mariachi music. Although this spectacular destination has a long list of Mexican restaurants for you to try, there are five that stand out above the rest when it comes to flavor and style.

La Destileria

La Destileria has a reputation as Cancun’s most famous Mexican restaurant, and it’s well deserved. At this beautiful restaurant, you can feast on all kinds of seafood, tacos, salsas, and more, not to mention an extensive list of tequilas to spice up your evening. For an even more exciting meal, take the tequila tour to learn all about how the drink is crafted.

La Habichuela Sunset

Not only does this restaurant serve the most authentic Caribbean and Mexican cuisine in Cancun, it’s also known as one of the most memorable spots for a romantic dinner. Its design is inspired by ancient Mayan architecture and the famous haciendas of Yucatan, and the gorgeous garden sits right by Nichupte Lagoon. 

Hacienda Sisal

Styled after the haciendas of the Yucatan Peninsula, Hacienda Sisal is a favorite restaurant among Cancun travelers. In addition to authentic Mexican and Mayan cuisine, you can also choose from a variety of dishes you know and love like fajitas, burritos, and tacos. To add extra flavor to your dinner, ask for the guacamole prepared tableside or the super-spicy “Llorarás” salsa.

Julia Mia

Here you’ll find Mexican cooking with a contemporary twist. This sleek restaurant located in downtown Cancun has quickly become a favorite among locals and tourists alike with its captivating style and interesting recipes. Each dish served at Julia Mia is designed to add that “wow factor” to your meal. Choose from mouthwatering options that include seafood, homemade tortillas, Mexican mole sauce, and amazing chocolate desserts.

Casa Tequila

The incredible location sets this restaurant among the best Mexican restaurants in town. Casa Tequila is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the thrilling Punta Cancun area, a part of town that’s filled shopping, bars, and nightlife. Pick a table on the outside patio and enjoy a night of fun and mouthwatering Mexican cooking.

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