Restaurants in Cancún + The Riviera Maya

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Chef Sergio Leoni serves Italian classics—seafood risotto, grilled sea bass and fennel—in a stylish setting, with formal service (an... Read More

One of the best-loved taco places in downtown Tulum, Antojitos de Chiapaneca is only open for dinner and always full of locals. The menu is simple: pick... Read More

A paneled art piece featuring the national flag hangs above the bar in this stylish supper club, where a different Brazilian designer has decorated each... Read More

This hotel restaurant offers a relaxed version of the Ritz experience—even the waiters seem more at ease than their European counterparts&mdash... Read More

This massive Argentinean steak house, located inside a nondescript shopping mall, has an ardent following, and for good reason—its meat dishes,... Read More

Part of the Hotel Villa Rolandi on Isla Mujeres, this upscale restaurant serves Swiss-Italian fare amid panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. Beginning... Read More

Casa Rolandi has the best lagoon views in Cancun, especially at sunset when the sky turns amazing shades of orange, and at lunchtime when the water... Read More

The incredible location sets this restaurant among the best Mexican restaurants in town. Casa Tequila is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the... Read More

My first dinner at Casitas was an unforgettable Cancun culinary experience. In my opinion, it’s the most romantic beach restaurant in the city. Book one... Read More

Casitas is the best restaurant for a romantic evening in Cancun, with private cabanas situated right on the beach at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. The upscale... Read More

Specializing in a wide variety of Italian cuisine, Cheester has become so popular with the locals that they now offer several locations throughout the... Read More

While this American chain restaurant may not sound too exotic, it has one of the best oceanfront views in Cancun. Visit their Plaza Forum location (in... Read More

Chuchito Perez is a newcomer to the Cancun scene, but an incredible location looking out over the Party Center makes this Mexican-style bar and... Read More

Choose a table under the palapa or sink your toes right into the sand. This restaurant and beach club draws patrons in with their authentic dishes and... Read More

Rumored to have the best ceviche in town, Cocos and Grill is a restaurant and beach club in the northern part of the Hotel Zone. In addition to some... Read More

This upscale seafood restaurant has a breathtaking location on Nichupte Lagoon in the Cancun Hotel Zone, offering amazing views of the water from its... Read More

This Italian restaurant is a hidden gem tucked away on a small side street in the Hotel Zone. Here, you’ll find classic Italian cuisine and friendly... Read More

Locals and visitors flock to this open-air restaurant for the ceviche. The marinated seafood options include shrimp, fish, octopus, and snail, and comes... Read More

This nautically themed seafood spot is just a few blocks from San Miguel's oceanfront. Capi specializes in tangy but smooth ceviche, and a spicy... Read More

This nautical-theme bar and restaurant is a favorite spot for younger locals to hang out with friends and watch whatever big game is on TV. El... Read More

Located at the Maroma Mayan Riviera Resort, this beachfront restaurant fuses the Mediterranean tapas concept with authentic Maya and Creole flavors. The... Read More

Set right on the lagoon at La Isla Shopping Village, this elegant restaurant serves mouthwatering Indian cuisine in an open-air setting. A great place... Read More

Fish Fritanga is not only my personal favorite, the restaurant gets top billing in my book for two reasons. First, it serves the most authentic Mexican... Read More

This café sells coffee, fresh juices, ice cream, and more, but what people come here for are the paletas. Stored in a cold case, they have every flavor... Read More

Chef John Gray, who elevated the Ritz-Carlton’s Club Grill to iconic status in the ’90s with his classical approach to Mexican ingredients,... Read More

Styled after the haciendas of the Yucatan Peninsula, Hacienda Sisal is a favorite restaurant among Cancun travelers. In addition to authentic Mexican... Read More

Indulge in Cancun’s best steaks and wines at this luxurious restaurant and raw bar, featuring elegant contemporary design, excellent seafood, and an... Read More

Reservations at Tulum’s most famous restaurant are an absolute must. Even in low season, the restaurant is packed as soon as it opens, at 6 p.m. Start... Read More

Here you’ll find Mexican cooking with a contemporary twist. This sleek restaurant located in downtown Cancun has quickly become a favorite among locals... Read More

This family-run café is arguably the best place to get coffee in Tulum. Working with an Italian roaster, Ki’bok sources its coffee from two proprietary... Read More

Named for the nearby Mayan pyramid Kinich-Kakmó, this restaurant specializes in traditional Yucatecan cuisine. The dining room is open and airy,... Read More

Close to San Miguel's central square, the palapa restaurant is justly renowned for traditional Mayan food with complex, rich sauces. Standouts: shrimp... Read More

The restaurant's open-air dining room is enhanced by the glimmer of fireflies (cocay in Mayan). The menu blends Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Mexican... Read More

Meaning “the monkey cave,” La Cueva del Chango is an immersive dining experience. The restaurant is designed to resemble a cave, complete... Read More

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... Read More

You’d expect a restaurant with its own tequila distillery and museum (and over 100 tequilas) to have great margaritas, and La Destileria does not... Read More

Downtown’s most romantic restaurant has a cozy and inviting ambiance for a dinner date or a group meal right in the heart of town, located just one... Read More

This iconic Mayan-inspired Cancun restaurant can be found in the very heart of the downtown area, offering a charming indoor-outdoor setting for a... Read More

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... Read More

This is a hidden gem. Tucked away in the quiet Pok Ta Pok neighborhood of the Hotel Zone, La Palapa Belga has some of the very best views in the city.... Read More

La Parrilla has earned fame as one of Cancun’s most iconic restaurants, located in the downtown area on Avenida Yaxchilan. Here, you’ll find a colorful... Read More

Situated on the famous Avenida Yaxchilan in Downtown Cancun, La Parrilla is one of Cancun’s oldest and best restaurants. Along with authentic Mexican... Read More

The beachside La Popular, one of two restaurants at the Nomade hotel, is known for its expertly prepared grilled seafood. This star attraction is served... Read More

Wiggle your toes in the sand while taking a bite of Tic Kin Xic, the catch of the day, at this outdoor beach restaurant, or savor grilled seafood while... Read More

This adults-only, all-inclusive resort caters to travelers who prefer quiet relaxation over a lively party atmosphere. Sandwiched between the Caribbean... Read More

Location, location, location! One of Cancun's most famous restaurants, Lorenzillo's sits on a large pier over Nichupte Lagoon in the heart of the Hotel... Read More

One of Downtown Cancun’s most iconic restaurants, everybody in town has been to Los Arcos at least once. This restaurant and bar is situated on Avenida... Read More

This casual fish taco place has several Cancun locations in downtown and the Hotel Zone. Los de Pescado has become a popular choice for locals and... Read More

Of course they have good margaritas: it’s right there in the name! Try the Big Rita if you’re feeling adventurous, or choose one of the more unique... Read More

Although it abuts a parking lot, this beachfront restaurant offers a welcome dining alternative to hotel fare. Park yourself on the deck under a... Read More

This new restaurant on Tulum’s jungle side opened in December 2015 under the guidance of one of Mexico’s top chefs, Diego Hernandez. (His restaurant in... Read More

To find this restaurant, walk through the Cinco Soles shops to the colonial building's interior courtyard. Once you're in, relax with lightly battered... Read More

A popular choice for Cancun locals is Playa Tortugas, or Turtle Beach. It serves seafood and classic Mexican dishes at the main beach restaurant, set... Read More

This intimate, open-walled Italian restaurant forgoes menus and sticks with a consistent rotation of house-made pastas and two or three dishes built... Read More

Argentinean cuisine takes center stage at this restaurant, though Mexican specialties are prepared with equal care. Tables look out over the lagoon and... Read More

This restaurant in the Zamas hotel overlooks a small peninsula and has a wood-burning oven and fully stocked mezcal bar. It’s best to visit Que Fresco... Read More

Rose Bar becomes one of Cancun’s top late-night spots on weekends, especially on Fridays, thanks to a weekly Ladies Night promotion. Located within the... Read More

Located at the Hotel Esencia on Mexico's Caribbean coast, Sal y Fuego specializes in Meso-American-style cuisine. Many of the ingredients that go into... Read More

Up-and-coming chef John Gray and his Mexican mother-in-law opened this 36-seat waterside restaurant. Locals gather for Sunday dinners of fresh fish,... Read More

A local institution in Playa del Carmen, Super Carnes is a small, open-air restaurant known for its grilled steak. The unassuming space is decorated... Read More

Whether you’re looking for a midday feast or late-night tacos after leaving the club, Taco Factory has you covered. This open-air taco joint has an... Read More

This small and laid-back taco joint has indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a convenient location in the center of the Hotel Zone.  After a day... Read More

This no-frills taco spot in downtown looks nondescript, but has a very good reason for its word-of-mouth reputation: its slow-roasted cochinita pibil.... Read More

Located at the beautiful La Isla Shopping Village, Thai Lounge is known as Cancun’s most beautiful restaurant. Here, each table is situated in a private... Read More

This outdoor restaurant features lush tropical gardens by Nichupte Lagoon. For a more intimate dinner experience, each of the tables is situated in its... Read More

While this tiny outdoor spot gained its fame from its large, overstuffed California-style burritos, the tacos are always a smart choice, too. Here,... Read More

The bar and restaurant on the ninth floor of the new Hotel Wynston has panoramic views of the harbor, the town center, and the sea. In addition to the... Read More

It would unforgiveable to leave this restaurant off the list. It is hands down the most popular seafood restaurant for Cancun locals, although it's so... Read More

Located in an off-the-beaten-track area of Downtown Cancun, Va Q’ Va is worth a visit if you’re dying to try authentic Mexican seafood during your stay... Read More

At the most intriguing place to dine in Playa del Carmen, chef Ramón Lizaola has tapped a time-tested resource—his mother, who handed down... Read More

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