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Restaurants in Riviera Maya

The region's culinary scene is centered on resort restaurants, many of which deliver sure-to-please American fare. But some upstart chefs—at the hotels and in the towns of Playa del Carmen and Tulum—are finding inventive ways to interpret traditional Mexican dishes. Happily, most restaurants in the Riviera Maya are close to the sea and afford great views. Another perk: Even the best restaurants in Rivera Maya are rather affordable. Here's where to dig in:

  • Playa del Carmen's La Cueva del Chango (translation: the Monkey's Cave) serves authentic Mexican meals in the garden. It's a gem among Riviera Maya restaurants. Try the cascabel-chile encrusted tuna with fresh-squeezed juice.
  • Founded by a local fishermen's cooperative, El Camello serves just-off-the-boat fish in Tulum.
  • Facing Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen, Cocina 38 has a playful menu featuring specialties such as tuna tartare with mescal foam.
  • El Sol, part of the Maroma Mayan Riviera Resort in Playa del Carmen, fuses Mexican and Mediterranean influences in dishes such as shrimp empanadas with ancho-chile sauce.
  • Alfredo di Roma

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Chef Sergio Leoni serves Italian classics—seafood risotto, grilled sea bass and fennel—in a stylish setting, with formal service (an especially sol... More
  • Café de la Musique

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    A paneled art piece featuring the national flag hangs above the bar in this stylish supper club, where a different Brazilian designer has decorated... More
  • Casa Rolandi

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Part of the Hotel Villa Rolandi on Isla Mujeres, this upscale restaurant serves Swiss-Italian fare amid panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. Begin... More
  • El Capi Navegante

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    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 hu... More
  • El Sol

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Located at the Maroma Mayan Riviera Resort, this beachfront restaurant fuses the Mediterranean tapas concept with authentic Maya and Creole flavors... More
  • La Choza, Cozumel

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Close to San Miguel's central square, the palapa restaurant is justly renowned for traditional Mayan food with complex, rich sauces. Standouts: shr... More
  • La Cocay

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The restaurant's open-air dining room is enhanced by the glimmer of fireflies (cocay in Mayan). The menu blends Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Mexic... More
  • La Cueva del Chango

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Meaning “the monkey cave,” La Cueva del Chango is an immersive dining experience. The restaurant is designed to resemble a cave, complete with smal... More
  • La Vida Buena, Akumal

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    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 w... More
  • Panchos Backyard

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    To find this restaurant, walk through the Cinco Soles shops to the colonial building's interior courtyard. Once you're in, relax with lightly batte... More
  • Posada Margherita Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    This, intimate, open-walled Italian restaurant forgoes menus and sticks with a consistent rotation of a handful of pastas made in-house and two to ... More
  • Sal y Fuego

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    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 i... More
  • Suegra de John Gray

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    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... More
  • Super Carnes HC de Monterrey

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    A local institution in Playa del Carmen, Super Carnes is a small, open-air restaurant known for its grilled steak. The unassuming space is decorate... More
  • Yaxche

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    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 methods ... More

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