Restaurants in Mexico

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These are outposts of the popular Mexican natural food restaurant chain that originated in Acapulco and is noted for its use of the freshest ingredients... Read More

Acento Gourmet, a favorite gourmet shop among locals, debuted their first restaurant this year. The menu changes four times a year, making the most of... Read More

Order delicious huaraches (griddled masa cakes) with toppings such as chorizo and carne asada. Read More

San José del Cabo’s latest farm-to-table creation is Acre Baja, a design-forward development that offers an immersive experience, including yoga, hiking... Read More

Dishes include Thai pumpkin soup, mushroom gyoza, and chile relleno. Save room for her flan—it's reason enough to come. Bonus points: this place has... Read More

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

For a treat, try the tasting menu with wine pairings—if you want to eat at the chef's table, inside the kitchen, book early. The fish is sustainably... Read More

Inspired by French bon vivants, this chic, cozy watering hole is dedicated to absinthe, and actually has its own blend custom-made in France. Though the... Read More

This Paris-based restaurant treats hungry guests to steaming bowls of onion soup, foie gras and of course, the namesake baked pork leg in Bernaise sauce... Read More

Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita has several restaurants in the Mexican capital, and the best of them is Azul Histórico, located in the Downtown México hotel... Read More

The gorgeous central courtyard at chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita has a roof made of laurels, which sounds like reason enough to visit this downtown eatery,... Read More

Tortilla soup gets the VIP treatment at the hyper-authentic Azul y Oro café. Flavored with guajillo-chile paste and tangy crema and strips of... Read More

A cozy, cottage-like setting is the ideal scenery to experience Chef Vicente Etchegaray’s Basque-French menu, featuring hearty dishes like rack of lamb,... Read More

Located in the heart of Condesa, this retro-cool diner serves comfort food at its best. You can’t go wrong with their juicy burgers (the “Father’s... Read More

Italian food and fine wines with superb views of Acapulco Bay. Read More

Hip and cozy, this eatery became an instant classic thanks to its fantastic sandwiches, available for lunch and dinne—but the breakfast options are... Read More

Outdoor dining on fresh seafood by the ocean. Read More

Described on paper or aloud, the concept of Biko could seem too complex or too ambitious: a restaurant that specializes equally in Basque and Mexican... Read More

A frequent presence in the Pellegrino World’s Best list, this luminous Polanco restaurant is the result of Basque-born duo Bruno Oteiza and Mikel Alonso... Read More

A bistro in the Mexico City airport may come as a surprise, but this casual spot offers contemporary Mexican dishes—meatballs in chipotle sauce,... Read More

Bonito means “pretty,” and you’ll definitely find yourself agreeing as soon as you settle down at the patio of this Condesa hotspot. Try the rib eye... Read More

Quiet and peaceful, this turquoise-walled neighborhood café will make you wish you lived in Coyoacán. Let the friendly baristas help you choose your... 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

The state of Guerrero—where the owners are from—provides the aromatic and delicious coffee beans that are brewed into steaming cups of joe at this tiny... Read More

At this bustling downtown lunch spot, try international dishes (Andalusian pulled-pork sandwich) with indigenous ingredients (crunchy jicama). Read More

Tourists frequent Café de Tacuba not only for the food and pastries, but also for the art that lines the walls. Situated in the historic city... Read More

This bright, welcoming coffee shop boasts a homey decor and communal table, perfect for breakfast with friends (omelets, fresh pastries, Nutella crêpes)... 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

With more than 250 tequilas in stock, it’s no wonder that the margaritas at this modern cantina are irresistible. But there’s more: they’re all made... Read More

Classic Italian cuisine gets a modern twist at this Santa Fe restaurant, where you can feast on homemade pastas like burrata-stuffed ravioli with shaved... Read More

Famous for its carnitas (slow-roasted pork), this casual, open-air taquería is part of a small national chain established in Michoacán in... Read More

Of the four popular Ávila Spanish-food restaurants in Mexico City, two are at the airport. Interiors suggest dining rooms in Spain’s... Read More

Solid Mexican dishes and mariachi music complement fantastic views from the outdoor terrace. Read More

The kitchen that launched the town’s culinary reinvention. Entrées $11–$19. 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

Named for the old lady who lived above her gourmet shop, Delirio, this Colonia Roma restaurant was developed by chef Mónica Patiño (she runs it... 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

Around the corner from the Jardín is this popular lunch and late night space, famous for their pozole made with chicken or pork. They also have some... Read More

A long bar, huge planters, and piñatas make this lively Coyoacán bar one of the most popular in the area. Of course, it’s also beloved because of its... Read More

Rustic meets chic at the terrace of this trendy restaurant, decorated with worn-down sculptures and wooden furniture, and offering views of Santa Fe and... Read More

Rustic meets chic at the terrace of this trendy restaurant, decorated with worn-down sculptures and wooden furniture, and offering views of Santa Fe and... Read More

Chao Ban recently moved to a terrace across the street, giving this Asian-fusion eatery twice as many tables as before. You'll find various influences... 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

After a night of partying, most people in Spain head to a churros y chocolate joint. With that in mind, a group of Spaniards set up this downtown haunt... Read More

“Here, we just call it small,” reads the cheeky copy on the paper cups at this colorful and very Mexican answer to coffee mega-chains, which now boasts... 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

A high-ceilinged, blue-and-white dining room is the setting for long, loud, convivial lunches, especially on weekends. Fashionable locals come here to... Read More

With marine murals and an exposed kitchen, this perpetually packed Roma eatery was already a seafood institution before the neighborhood became trendy.... Read More

Corazón de Tierra serves deliciously complex dishes such as black cod in onion embers with onion-verbena purée. 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

With the vibrant colors, craft décor, and rustic dining chairs with woven rush seats here, you may feel as if you have stumbled into a colonial... Read More

Most people stop in Cumpanio for their baked goods, and with good reason—the croissants made by their French pastry chef may be the best you'll find... Read More

At age 21, Ovadía stepped into the spotlight by serving updated Mexican classics at Paxia, which almost a decade later remains a local favorite. His... Read More

Crab ceviche, lobster thermidor, oysters au gratin and shrimp are among the more than 100 items that you’ll find at this classic downtown house, where... Read More

The farmstead restaurant is located on the grounds of Rancho La Trinidad, a large organic farm about 15 minutes by car from Centro. New Yorker James... Read More

Located in the bustling Prado Norte area, this crustacean-centric spot serves snow crab legs and grilled King crab, plus seafood carpaccios, tostadas,... Read More

San Miguel de Allende's only Japanese deli is a tiny hole-in-the-wall on a busy street that's easily missed. You can eat there if there's room or take... Read More

Celebrated chef Monica Patiño set up this lovely gourmet shop in one of the busiest streets in the trendy Roma area, which means that Sunday brunch... Read More

The mediterranean-inspired restaurant's wood-burning oven delivers crispy, thin-crust pizza. 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

Kitschy decor aside, the food here very reasonably priced—and it's not just tacos (although the sample platter is recommended). Try a San Miguel classic... Read More

This waterside restaurant serves as Sayulita’s unofficial social center, with tables in the sand and wood-fired pizza. Read More

The salsas that come with chips are enough to make a meal of, but the tacos are delicious. Try a Del Huerto (from the orchard) taco: portobello relleno... Read More

This sheerful tavern serves handmade tortillas and hearty stews. Read More

When Chef Martha Ortiz Chapa's Dulce Patria was added to the Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants list in 2015, judges wrote that Ortiz "channels the... Read More

Edith Jiménez is the woman behind the name and the restaurant. Jiménez started at this restaurant as a waitress, then eventually bought this charming... Read More

This Guanajuato-born chef cooked alongside Eric Ripert and Enrique Olvera before opening Máximo Bistrot Local, where the menu, based on fresh and... Read More

Veracruz-born Carmen “Titita” Ramírez oversees the extensive menu at all 11 locations of this beloved eatery, serving specialties from her native state,... Read More

Aside from serving all the taquería classics –pastor, steak, gringas– this cheerful joint is famous for inventing the “cráter,” a large tostada topped... 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

When a restaurant has trademarked their hot chocolate, you know it’s a place where you’ll enjoy a memorable breakfast. Order a steaming cup of Doña... Read More

Located in the heart of Condesa, this laid-back watering hole was once local brewery Cervecería Minerva’s outlet store. It now sells more than 160... Read More

Calling yourself a pharaoh carries a lot of weight, but with their tasty and super-affordable tacos (one taco al pastor for a dollar), these folks are... Read More

Legend has it that the original location of this taquería (in Anzures) was the birthplace of another national treasure: the gringa, a flour-tortilla... Read More

The folks at this nearly 60-year-old establishment have declared themselves the creators of “gourmet tacos al pastor,” and let’s face it: their juicy,... Read More

Right in the heart of the Chapultepec forest, this beloved restaurant serves contemporary Mexican specialties like chicharrón lasagna and ibérico-and... Read More

El Moro now has several locations around the city, but a visit to the original—in operation since 1935—gives visitors a glimpse into a long-standing ... 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

Head to this kitschy-cool joint in the city’s hip Roma neighborhood for a couple of mezcals paired with antojitos like tortas, tacos and the very... Read More

Long popular with the local expat community for the brochetas, seafood, and central location, the restaurant began as a folk arts and crafts space in 1982. Read More

Local folk art adorns the walls of this upscale favorite. 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

With nearly 20 locations all over the city, these taco pros also claim to be the creators of al pastor. While this may or may not be true, they still... Read More

Drop by this homey restaurant for slow-roasted pork and house-made corn tortilla quesadillas. 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

From the kitchen of her lovely, airy Colonia Roma eatery, Rosetta, Reygadas has been dishing out sophisticated yet approachable Italian specialties like... Read More

This combo of gourmet shop and neighborhood hangout is the work of famed chef Enrique Olvera, who dishes out choices like organic yogurt with honey,... Read More

Culinary Institute of America-trained Olvera has been one of the indisputable leaders in the renaissance of Mexican cuisine over the past couple of... Read More

Craft beer and artisanal mezcal are the stars at this restaurant and bar, whether you’re opting for the house brew (Escollo), or asking your server for... Read More

At Javier Plascencia’s alfresco Finca Altozano, the focus is on impeccably grilled meats and seafood. 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

In 1996, Flora Farms opened on 10 acres of valley in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, paving the way for a number of local farm-to... Read More

This bar, in a former bank, has a regional menu and Cuervo tequilas. Read More

Fonda el Refugio serves regional Mexican cuisine for lunch and dinner. Located on a tree-lined street, the bright blue, two-story building has a Spanish... Read More

Fonda Fina was an out of the gate success, thanks, in part, to the backing of star chef Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil. But the lion's share of the credit... 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

Set above a buzzing food hall in Colonia Roma, this rooftop beer garden may just snag the title of Most Coveted Hotspot in town. Trying the many on-tap... Read More

La Hacienda de los Morales is an iconic Polanco district restaurant, bar, and special events destination. The hacienda (estate) was established in 1526... 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

The hip basement of this European-style house is a great destination for buzzing crowds and endless pours of wine and beer. It’s also a terrific place... Read More

Pozole every Thursday in the Traditional Zone. Read More

A laid-back stop for traditional street foods (left). Sample a selection of tetelas, memelitas, and tostadas that are great for sharing. All dishes... Read More

Although Ivoire is a French restaurant, it is one of the trendiest eateries in the Polanco district. Perhaps this is because the location is... Read More

Famed Spanish chef José Andrés probably could have chosen any country to hang the shingle of his latest restaurant (his ever-growing empire consists of... Read More

Husband-and-wife team Jared Reardon and Sonia Arias are the creative force behind this Modern American-meets-artisanal eatery in Polanco. With a menu... Read More

This small, cozy coffee shop has been a Polanquito favorite for years—not just because of its convenient location right by Parque Lincoln, but because... Read More

To get to this cleverly concealed speakeasy, you’ll need to head through the refrigerator door of La Surtidora restaurant. Inside, an intimate black-and... 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

Located at the chic St. Regis hotel, this lovely watering hole not only offers views of Reforma and the Chapultepec Castle, but it also boasts a mural... 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

Excellent seafood near Las Brisas. Read More

With three locations (Coyoacán, Roma and downtown), this bar is inspired by old-school cantinas with a touch of hipster cool. Enjoy their tequila... Read More

La Bipolar is one of the city’s most star-studded cantinas, as A-list Mexican actor Diego Luna co-owns this funky fabulous restaurant and bar.... Read More

Feet-in-the-sand lunches on bustling Caleta Beach. Read More

Though the modern cantina-inspired interiors with high ceilings are pretty cool, nothing beats spending the afternoon in the ivy-covered terrace of this... Read More

The folks at all 13 locations of this friendly joint (three of them are open around the clock; the rest close at 11p.m.) dish out cochinita pibil tacos,... 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 popular microbrewery is justifiably hyped for in-house creations like the Gose Leipzig and the spices-and-herbs Brujas—either of which can be... 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

Although the two locations of this bar are located inside modern shopping malls (Plaza Carso and Samara Shops), they manage to maintain the old-school... Read More

As soon the sun sets, the band comes alive at this rustic-chic restaurant in the center of San José del Cabo. The simple taco-focused menu—stuffed with... Read More

La Mascota is a traditional cantina known for having some of the best botanas (free tapas with a three-drink minimum) in the city’s historic... Read More

As if pizza weren't enough, many ex-pats visit this San Miguel spot regularly in order to stock up on foreign finds like sourdough bread, pan de... 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

In the heart of San José del Cabo, this sophisticated restaurant offers an artfully prepared menu that changes daily and can include dishes like fried... 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

Just across the border, the restaurant is the swankest in the city, serving up classics like chicken mole and Azteca soup. Read More

With two locations in the city (and two more in Acapulco), this market-meets-restaurant features seafood from the coasts of Baja California, Sinaloa and... 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

If you are looking for cheap and authentic Mexican food, look no further than Las Guacamayas, which has three locations—two in Cabo San Lucas, and... Read More

A homey outpost best known for its wide selection of authentic moles. Entrées $7–$11. Read More

The folks behind this hip multi-level house in Colonia Roma were some of the first mixology pioneers in the city. While patrons used to complain that... Read More

Named after a the first independent woman who appeared in the Bible, this bar pours delicious if questionably named libations like the San Francisco... 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

This restaurant on the main square has a tasty lunch and dinner menu, and it’s open until midnight. 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

The slightly fusion-y but very Mexican menu is popular among pescatarians for take-out and delivery, and there may be only one dish (like chile rellenos... Read More

There’s nothing quite like looking out onto a 17-acre organic farm that just provided the ingredients for the meal you are enjoying. Huerta Los... Read More

The name Los Tres Gallos means “the three roosters,” paying homage to three of the most beloved Mexican stars of the silver screen. Not only is the... Read More

The open-air Luna restaurant is part of the hotel Tata Tulum. It sits right atop the sand on a peaceful part of the beach. Come as early as 8 a.m. to... Read More

Tacky maritime interior; sublime oysters and seafood coctels (try the octopus). Read More

This hip restaurant, facing Polanco’s lovely Parque Lincoln, is inspired in a legendary Mexico City lady named Malamén. According to the restaurant’s... 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

A smaller marketplace off the beaten path. Churros, or sugary donuts, and meat-or cheese-filled empanadas are a must. Read More

This three-level, orange-tiled gourmet market, designed by Rojkind Arquitectos, has been a must-try for everyone in town since the day it opened. Browse... Read More

Beloved chef Jair Téllez (known for his Ensenada restaurant, Laja), brings the flavors of Baja California to Mexico City in this surf-and-turf joint,... Read More

Mi Casa has been serving up serious Mexican cuisine with a side of entertainment (mariachis, magicians) for more than 20 years in Cabo San Lucas. A... 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

Highlights include pumpkin risotto with squash blossom, ceviche flavored with dark beer, shrimp burgers, eggplant mole with artichokes, fish in purslane. Read More

On the boardwalk near the fish market, Benito Molina’s casual seafood joint has a daily changing chalkboard menu; come for mussels and local wine. 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

Náos is a highly modern restaurant housed at the base of a glass skyscraper in Polanco’s chic Palmas neighborhood. Mexico City’s... Read More

It's just a few tables, and the breakfast and lunch menus focus on vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, as well as salads (like corn with tofu mayo, chili... Read More

Most people don’t come to Cabo expecting to have some of the best sushi of their life. But that’s what you get at Nick-San, which serves a fusion of... Read More

One of the first destination restaurants out in the countryside, Nirvana's terrace overlooks the river and fields. Once, these greenhouses were the only... Read More

Oaxacan flavors meet contemporary techniques. Save room for buñuelos—sweet fritters stuffed with molten, chile-spiked choco- late. Entrées $10–$20. Read More

Oscar Wilde 9 may be one of the most flavorful restaurants in Mexico City. Tucked between a salon and a dry cleaner along charming Oscar Wilde Street 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

Alfredo Gómez Rubio jump-started Old Town's renaissance when he opened this restaurant in 1997. Named after actor Pedro Infante and ranchera... Read More

The coffee is good, but the real reason to come is for the best cakes and pastries in town. The tres leches cake, in particular, is worth going out of... Read More

The self-proclaimed gringo behind this project is Dan DeFossey, a New Yorker who fell in love with barbecue in Texas, and decided to bring the taste of... Read More

Head here for a high-concept take on dishes like beef tongue and chicken in mole. Entrées $10–$16. 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

The breakfast at this B&B's restaurant may be the best in town. They have their own chickens on site, they bake bread daily, and they craft their own... 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

Buzz has surrounded this Mediterranean-inspired eatery since it opened in late 2013, thanks to its lovely setting (a renewed 19th century house) and a... 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

More than 15 years after it opened, chef Enrique Olvera's Pujol remains wildly popular, a Mexican riff on the principles of molecular gastronomy... Read More

With his very personal way of mixing tradition with contemporary techniques, chef Enrique Olvera has made this restaurant a reference in modern Mexican... Read More

Though chef Jorge Vallejo's first restaurant, Quintonil, opened 12 years after Pujol launched, it quickly achieved parity with its older peer. Quintonil... Read More

Chef Arturo Fernández offers a seasonally-changing menu that may include dishes like roasted tomato soup with Cotija cheese or duck carnitas ravioli,... Read More

Rosewood Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is especially popular for Sunday brunch. Expect a mélange of influences, from... Read More

Travel back in time at this charming restaurant, open since 1876, which has ornate chandeliers, velvet curtain, and a bullet hole in the ceiling... Read More

Perhaps the epitome of the after-work cantina, this multi-level house, with cool black-and-white-tiled floors, serves dishes from Yucatán such as sopa... Read More

This low-key restaurant’s namesake, Don Humberto, hails from one of the country’s most prolific culinary regions: the Yucatán peninsula. Dishes like... Read More

Jair Téllez’s rustic farmstead is the valley’s answer to Napa’s French Laundry. Savor buttery diver scallops, seared bluefin... Read More

Mexico City native, Benito Molina started his career in Boston, working under Todd English at Olives, where he fell in love with the bold, direct... Read More

At this family-style joint, you can expect old-school, 19th century recipes, plus homemade bread and tortillas –all of which fits perfectly with their... Read More

Dubbed “the anthropologist of Mexican cuisine,” it’s little wonder Muñoz Zurita was named Best Chef for Traditional Mexican Cuisine in Travel + Leisure... Read More

Cozy and intimate, this Italian eatery in Polanco makes for a picture-perfect date night. Choose from artisanal pastas, fresh seafood or game (including... Read More

Sip on a lime caipirinha or a Pibirita (mescal, hibiscus and passion fruit) while taking in the view of the city’s oldest streets and buildings,... 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

Mexico City isn't a go-to destination for exceptional Italian food for most—unless they've previously tried Elena Reygadas's food. Reygadas received the... Read More

Generous portions and natural ingredients make this laid-back eatery a favorite among locals who want to kick back with a long, relaxed breakfast on... Read More

Bookworms will be pleased by this cool, low-lit Condesa joint, where gin-and-tonics are inspired by the namesake author’s most iconic characters. The... Read More

The name and food may hail from Spain–seafood, tortilla de patata–but the atmosphere in this Roma cantina is all Mexico City. From young artsy types and... Read More

Since its birth in 1925, this has been one of the most hallowed drinking halls in the city. Locals and tourists alike flock to the sprawling cantina in... Read More

This former monastery, located in the picturesque San Angel neighborhood, has been a classic for decades, hosting dinners for everyone from celebrities... Read More

If you haul in your fresh catch of the day the chefs there will cook it for you. Read More

The gorgeous décor at this Pedregal spot—lots of plants, low lighting, fancy wallpaper—is almost as impressive as the dishes emerging from the kitchen.... 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

At this 21st century version of an old-school cantina in Polanco, you’ll find plenty of Mexican comfort food (albóndigas, bistec pasilla, tuna tostadas)... 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 corner stand serves up the best fish taco ever. It’s a DIY affair: they give you the tortilla and double-fried nuggets of angelito shark,... 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

If you're in the mood for good old-fashioned frijoles or pork-topped tacos al pastor, this place serves some of the best Mexican comfort food around. 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

Less is more at this charming and somewhat gritty roadside taco shop where the chairs are plastic and so are the blue-and-white-checked tablecloths. The... Read More

As the name implies, seasonality rules the menu at this new eatery from chef Diego Pérez Turner. He and his culinary team often take to social media to... Read More

A boring museum café serving stale muffins this is not. The rooftop at this downtown gallery features live music (jazz on Wednesdays, DJs on weekends),... 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

This is casual dining at its best: a beachfront joint with tables right in the sand. The food is decent (think Mexican standards), but it’s the view... Read More

Thursdays here are especially popular, when nearly a dozen varieties of haute burgers are available. Try the kale and brussel sprouts salad or the... 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 before... 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

The restaurant, owned by the Mendoza sisters, serves a delicious guisado de pollo. Read More

The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it entrance to this über-cool Japanese joint is only marked by a tiny hen (the restaurant’s logo). Inside, marvel at the woven... Read More

This little spot is owned by Amado Ramírez Leyva, who is part of the Slow Food movement. The menu highlights four kinds of organic corn flour... Read More

Ever wish you had a lovely backyard where you could host outdoor parties every weekend? Well, your dream would probably look something like this Colonia... 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

A tiny hole-in-the-wall with a limited but highly creative menu, Victoria's Cafe serves Mexican cuisine that's lighter and fresher than you'll find... Read More

Yucatecans believe that the biggest meal of the day should be the first. So they arrive in droves to this corner stand come seven in the morning for... 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

ZHEN’s base camp may be in Shanghai, but this Mexico City outpost inside the Polanco district’s Presidente InterContinental Hotel is as... Read More

Mex-Thai fusion overlooking the Bay of Puerto Marqués Read More

Chef Ferrant mixes things up in a way that will make your head spin—gyoza filled with morcilla sausage and plum sauce, udon noodles in Indonesian... Read More

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