Mexico

Restaurants in Mexico

Throw your pre-conceived notions of what a Mexican restaurant is aside. Restaurants in Mexico offer a variety of interesting spices and flavors that are sure to ignite your taste buds.

Located in Mexico City, Biko, one of the best restaurants in Mexico, offers a unique Basque menu with interesting ingredients such as popcorn, chicharrones and quail. The understated, minimalist dining room makes it easier to focus on the delicious food that awaits.

Those looking for French restaurants in Mexico will enjoy Ivoire, a trendy eatery in the Polcano district of Mexico City. Go for lunch when the locals dine on large salads, steaks and hot soups. Patio dining is a must when the weather permits it.

Sharing its name with the Mayan pyramid, Kinich is a restaurant that focuses on traditional Yucatecan cuisine. The airy dining room features large windows and tall ceilings. As for the food, this Mexico restaurant serves corn tortillas made on the premises, sliced pork marinated in orange juice and incredibly fresh salsa.

La Cueva del Chango offers a unique, immersive dining experience. The restaurant resembles a cave with tropical foliage and even waterways. Dine on tuna with sesame seeds, chicken in mole sauce, and fresh juices. Be sure to get breakfast there. Favorite dishes include empanadas, traditional Mexican egg dishes and crepes.

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

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

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 and avoidance of preservatives and artificial flavoring.

Close to San Miguel's central square, the palapa restaurant is justly renowned for traditional Mayan food with complex, rich sauces. Standouts: shrimp chiles rellenos, chicken in red mole sauce, and grilled barracuda.

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 the restaurant's most popular dishes include exotic spices and tropical produce grown on the hotel's own grounds.

Amid the orange groves at convivial Restaurante Los Naranjos, diners feast on spicy Guadalupe quail and slow-cooked pork shank marinated in tequila, beer, red wine, garlic, orange juice, and rosemary.

ZHEN’s base camp may be in Shanghai, but this Mexico City outpost inside the Polanco district’s Presidente InterContinental Hotel is as close to gourmet Chinese cuisine as visitors can get.

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 with plastic furniture, and although the restaurant plays to tourists with piñatas and mariachi music, the food is authentically Mexican.