Yucatan Peninsula Gastronomy & Restaurant Guides

Fragrant and tangy, Yucatecan cuisine delights the palate with flavors unique to the region. The distinct regional cuisine of Yucatan state incorporates many of the ingredients traditionally used in Mayan cooking including corn, chocolate, wild turkey, squash, chiles and tomatoes, with European ingredients such as pork and oranges from the Spanish and Edam cheese from the Dutch. Yucatecan cuisine differs from traditional Mexican cuisine in part due to the Yucatan region’s geographic isolation from other parts of Mexico and its European, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and indigenous influences. Many of the delectable dishes that you’ll find on the menus at restaurants in the Yucatan Peninsula are not traditionally prepared in other parts of the country.

Two seasonings that are frequently used in Mayan cooking include achiote (sauce made from ground annatto seeds) and pipian (sauce made from ground pumpkin or squash seeds). Regional dishes such as cochinita pibil (roasted suckling pig) and pollo pibil (chicken) are prepared by marinating the meats in achiote sauce, and papadzules (tacos filled with hard boiled eggs) are served with pipian sauce. Other traditional Yucatecan dishes that you’ll find include: sopa de lima (chicken and tortilla soup with lime), poc chuc (pork marinated in sour orange juice), pollo ticuleño (chicken baked in banana leaves), pavo en relleno negro (turkey in a black chile paste), pavo en escabeche (spice rubbed turkey with cloves and black peppercorn), pork trancas (pulled pork sandwiches), and panuchos and salbutes (fried tortillas with cochinita).  Deer, armadillo, and caiman meats are also found in the region. / visitmexico.com

Campeche Restaurants


Location: Malecón Miguel Alemán 179A, Centro Mexican Seafood
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Sunday through Saturday 13:00Pm–9:00 pm
Phone: 981 811 3365 Credit Cards Accepted

It started as a small cocktail bar and restaurant but thanks to the exquisite cuisine and the quality of the products it has become in a favorite. The chef Francisco Romero Hernández has inherited the love for the kitchen of his grandfather and his parents. His mother is the creator of the signature dessert: coconut cake. Besides the delicious seafood dishes, the quiet atmosphere and the excellent service make La Pigua a well-known spot in all the state.




Location: Calle 8 No. 267, Centro Historico Mexican Traditional
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Sunday through Saturday 7:00am–11:00 pm
Phone: 981 811 3898 Credit Cards Accepted

Marganzo is without a doubt the restaurant in the Walled City of Campeche with more international prestige; fruit of it’s traditional Campeche Cuisine, it’s exquisite international food of fish and sea food, plus a marvelous ambiance full of magic music and it’s unforgettable location in the heart of the Historic Centre beside the Sea Door.




Location: Calle 59 Entre 10 y 12, Centro Steak and Seafood
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 2:00pm-12:00pm
Phone: 981 127 1656  Credit Cards Accepted

Anchor’s 59 is unique in its type in Campeche. They use the best sea products and the best beef cuts, with the best techniques to get fabulous dishes. They offer a wide variety of wines bringing a complete experience.




Location: Calle 59 No 4, Centro Historico Mexican Traditional
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Sunday through Saturday 8:00am-10:00pm
Phone: 981 816 8090 Credit Cards Accepted

Don’t forget to satisfy your appetite. The city of Campeche has some of the best food in the state. Fresh seafood and fish are delivered to our restaurant. Everything is deliciously prepared: fried oysters, wrapped pampano fish with achiote and a pinch of cumin, squid stuffed with shrimp, tamales stuffed with chaya leaf and boiled egg wrapped in banana leaves. Delicious!




Location: Calle 10 No 319 altos. Centro Caribbean-International
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Monday through Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm; Sunday 4:00pm-12:00pm
Phone: 981 811 8016 Credit Cards Accepted


You can enjoy the best city view. This gallery-restaurant hosts the art of some national and international photographers and painters. Dishes as Gulf shrimps, delicious fresh Bahia fish, beef cuts, chicken and seafood are served with Caribbean touch. Here, the Margaritas are legendary.




Location: Av. Resurgimiento and Lopez Mateos Contemporary Argentinan – Mexican
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Sunday through Saturday 1:00pm-­‐2:00am
Phone: 981 811 3050 Credit Cards Accepted

The best place to taste Argentinian Contemporary cuisine. They offer dishes such as tuna carnitas, chicken breast with cheese and chaya in a chile poblano sauce, grilled octopus, and traditional Argentinian empanadas. The terrace is an ideal spot for a relaxing afternoon and enjoying a wine of glass.



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Cancun Restaurants


Location: Margaritas 25, Las Palapas International
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Monday through Sunday 1:00pm-12:00am
Phone: 998 884 3158 Credit Cards Accepted

The fame acquired by this restaurant has not solely been for its atmosphere. The superb cuisine and service, the menu composed of original and personal creations, emphasizing on Caribbean seafood, Mexican cuisine and excellent top choice cuts of beef are part of La Habichuela’s success. All of this, along with the courteous and professional service where every detail is taken care of, are the reasons, why, not having visited La Habichuela is like never having been in Cancun.




Location: Retorno del Rey 36 (Ritz-Carlton Cancun) Mexican Contemporary
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 6:30pm-12:00am
Phone: 998 924 2992 Credit Cards Accepted

Avant-garde Mediterranean food and beautifully executed, Fantino features an innovative menu that works with the purity of
ingredients and their natural flavors to create award-winning cuisine for food lovers and fine dining enthusiasts alike. The
praised menu features exhilarating food, such as: Agnolotti stuffed with handcrafted Ricotta and presented with local heirloom
carrots, Maine Lobster Lasagna with a fresh bean ragout finished with brandy cream, and Short Rib with squash Gnocchi and
violet mustard- that adds allure to the tantalizing gourmet-affair.




Location: Retorno del Rey 36 (Ritz-Carlton Cancun) Mediterranean
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 6:30pm-12:00am
Phone: 999 924 2992 Credit Cards Accepted

Avant-garde Mediterranean food and beautifully executed, Fantino features an innovative menu that works with the purity of ingredients and their natural flavors to create award-winning cuisine for food lovers and fine dining enthusiasts alike. The praised menu features exhilarating food, such as: Agnolotti stuffed with handcrafted Ricotta and presented with local heirloom carrots, Maine Lobster Lasagna with a fresh bean ragout finished with brandy cream, and Short Rib with squash Gnocchi and violet mustard- that adds allure to the tantalizing gourmet-affair.



Fred’s House

Location: Kukulkan Blvd., Km. 14.5 Seafood
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 12:00am-1:00am
Phone: 998 840 6466 Credit Cards Accepted

Fred’s House offers fresh, delicious seafood in an elegant waterfront setting. The menu has an extensive selection of seafood dishes, as well as beef, chicken, and other specialties of the chef. There are also selections available from the raw bar, as well as sushi. Caribbean lobster and Maine lobster are both available. Seafood platters are available for parties of two or four people. Fred’s House gives many dishes a little Mexican flair. A regional favorite is the Tikin-Xik Style Whole Fish. The mixture of spices on the fish makes it incredibly flavorful. Outdoor dining is available, with tables overlooking the lagoon. Private, outdoor cabanas are available for small groups.



Julia Mia

Location: Yaxchilán 2-01 Local 101 SM 17 MZ 1 Mexican Contemporary
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Sunday through Friday 7:00am-7:00pm; Saturday 7am-11:30 pm
Phone: 998 884 1086 Credit Cards Accepted

Julia Mia features contemporary Mexican food, but never forgets to incorporate traditional flavors and ingredients. The inspiration behind Julia Mia (My Julia) is a woman “that’s not afraid of anything or anyone, she enjoys life and her traditional Mexican drink, tequila, as well as the best selection of recipes from Mexico which integrate tastes and smells, always respecting and honoring each ingredient.” Expect to be wowed by the tostadas, flautas, sopes, quesadillas, enchiladas, sea bass tacos, blue crab taquitos, roast corn soup, red pozole, chicken with mole, salmon al pastor, corn smut and goat cheese ravioli, garlic octopus fettuccini, and scrumptious desserts like flan, chocolate volcano, and chocolate truffles with mole and churros.



Du Mexique

Location: Av. Bonampak 109, Sm. 3, Mz. 17, Centro French – Maya Fusion
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 7:00pm-11:00pm
Phone: 998 884 5919 Credit Cards Accepted

Located in what used to be a house, the divine ambiance, service and food make this restaurant stand out on the endless list of Cancun restaurants. Chef Alain Grimond and his wife Sonya prepare and serve the food themselves. The cuisine is an interesting combination of Mayan and French. Have an appetizer in the lounge or “sala”, move to the 20-seat dining room for dinner, and have dessert on the patio. If you would like something special that you don’t see on the menu, ask and if it’s possible, they will prepare it for you.



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Merida Restaurants & Nightlife

Casa Piedra

Location: Carr.Merida, km 12 (Hacienda Xcanatun) Mexcian Yucatecan
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Monday through Wednesday 7:30am-11:00pm; Thursday through Saturday closes at 12:00pm; Sunday 7:30am-9:00pm
Phone:999 930 2140 Credit Cards Accepted

Hacienda Xcanatún’s Casa de Piedra restaurant opened its doors over 15 years ago and is located in what used to be the threshing room of the splendid 18th century sisal hacienda just 15 minutes from Mérida’s historic center. The unique and exclusive surroundings are the ideal venue for the restaurant’s excellent cuisine based on French techniques and showing off fresh regional and Caribbean ingredients. The menu is menu creative and different while respectful of the past. The restaurant has one of the most extensive wine lists in the region, and an excellent assortment of tequilas and mezcales.



La Chaya Maya

Location: Calle 55 #510, Centro Mexican Yucatecan
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Sunday through Saturday 7:00am-8:00pm
Phone: 999 928 4780 Credit Cards Accepted

With a familiar and traditional style it is a great option for tasting the authentic Yucatecan cuisine. The chaya was chosen as the theme for this restaurant, because of its importance in the Yucatecan cuisine and its meaning for the Mayan people. With this inspiration, Chaya Maya chefs have included the leaf in several of their recipes. And they have only the freshest ingredients in the kitchen.



Hacienda Teya

Location: Carr. Merida-Cancun KM 12.5 MexicanYucatecan
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Sunday through Saturday 12:00pm-6:00pm
Phone: 999 988 0800 Credit Cards Accepted

Exquisite Yucatecan food that has received two national awards. This restaurant is located on the ground floor of the main house of Hacienda Teya, built in 1683. It has a classic colonial style that transports every visitor to the past. It is one of the favorite places for many visitors and locals.



Rosas y Xocolate

Location: Paseo Montejo 480, Centro Mexican Contemporary
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 7:30am-12:00am
Phone: 999 924 2992 Credit Cards Accepted

The atmosphere of Rosas y Xocolate’s restaurant is imbued with the predominant style that identifies the boutique hotel. Guests can enjoy the gastronomic fusion dishes in the space of their selection, either in the open sky Moon Lounge, in the exterior or interior terraces with water gardens, in the contemporary bistro with its play of light and shadows, or the tequila-bar and specialized cava.




Location: Andres Garcia Lavin 32, San Antonio Cucul Mexican Avant-garde
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 1:30pm-12:00am;
Sunday 1:30pm-6:00pm
Phone: 999 938 0838 Credit Cards Accepted

Owner Roberto’s philosophy of the restaurant is based on harmony with nature and creating what is known today as ‘The New Yucatecan Cuisine”. The fundamentals of this cuisine include using ingredients of the region and adding details to traditional Yucatecan plates such as incorporating flowers, herbs, and local specialties such as deer and pig. It also involves creating a perfect balance to invoke the pallet so guests can obtain an experience that exceeds expectations. All of this is possible thanks to the avant-garde techniques used in every plate.




Location: Calle 60 #471 x 55 Local 2, Parque Santa Lucía Mexican Contemporary
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Sunday through Saturday 1:00pm-12:00pm
Phone: 999 923 1979 Credit Cards Accepted

A contemporary Mexican cuisine restaurant, Apoala’s aims to rescue and reinterpret a wide variety of levels of flavors, textures and scents. The menu is a mixture of traditional Oaxacan food with a nod to the Yucatan in passing as exemplified by the cochinita on the menu, which is organic. The flor de calabaza appetizer and the short rib tacos are delicious. The amazing and beautifully presented food, the sublime decor, and most importantly the impeccable service make Apoala a serious contender for the top restaurant in Merida.



La Recova

Location: Paseo de Montejo #382, Emiliano Zapata Norte Contemporary Argentinian
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Monday through Saturday 1:00pm-2:00am; Sunday 1:00pm-12:00am
Phone: 999 944 0215 Credit Cards Accepted

La Recova is the best place to taste Argentinian contemporary cuisine in Merida. They offer dishes such as tuna carnitas, chicken breast with cheese and chaya in a chile poblano sauce, grilled octopus, and traditional Argentinian empanadas. The terrace is an ideal spot for a relaxing afternoon enjoying a wine glass.




Location: Calle 30 #313, San Ramon Mexican
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 7:30am-11:30pm
Phone: 999 944 0522 Credit Cards Accepted

Specialized in casual cuisine this restaurant is perfect for a relaxed breakfast. They have a traditional bakery with the regional recipes as well as an excellent coffee selection. It´s menu is great for lunch as well. With an international variety of dishes this place puts the Yucatecan style in a very subtle but harmonic way.





Location: Paseo de Montejo 49, Benito Juárez N Night Club and Live Music
Reservations: Not Necessary Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 10:00pm-3:30am
Phone: 999 322 3703 Credit Cards Accepted


Location: Lateral, Centro Night Club
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 10:00pm-3:30am
Phone: 999 968 3223 Credit Cards Accepted

El Barezzito

Location: Calle 43, San Antonio Cucul Bar
Reservations: Not Necessary Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 9:00pm-3:00am
Phone: 999 944 5394 Credit Cards Accepted

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Riviera Maya - Playa del Carmen Restaurants

The cuisine in the Riviera Maya is based on fish and seafood, freshly caught in the Caribbean Sea. These marine-type dishes are prepared with Mayan ingredients and techniques, giving them a unique flavor. What’s more, this region is going through a culinary boom thanks to renowned chefs who reinterpret regional dishes with a gourmet touch.

Le Chique

Location: Azul Sensatori, Carr. Cancun-Puerto Morelos km 27.5 Mexican Contemporary
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Monday through Saturday 6:00pm-10:00pm
Phone: 998 872 8450 Credit Cards Accepted

If it’s true that the first bite is with the eyes, Le Chique at Azul Sensatori is a feast in every sense. From the moment you arrive, the seductive décor offers a visceral taste of what’s to come – an experiential, multi-sensory dining adventure that will challenge any notions of how fine cuisine should look, feel and taste. This is modernist cuisine, where nothing is as it seems. In fact, everything on Le Chique’s seasonal tasting menu was designed to puzzle, amuse and amaze you. Behind this pageantry is Chef Jonatán Gómez Luna and his talented culinary team, who’ve mastered the art and science of cooking to achieve astounding new flavors, textures and shapes. Add a focus on regional ingredients, sustainable growing practices and select wine pairings, and you have a dining experience that’s both a visual feast and culinary triumph.



Almirante Pech

Location: Avenida 5 & Calle 30 Mexican Seafood
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 6:00pm-11:00pm
Phone: 984 169 2807 Credit Card Accepted

Restaurant/bar Almirante Pech is the little brother of the popular Diablito Cha ChaCha. Serving sohphisticated and contemporary food, the menu has a Yucatecan influence that will impress. The specialty is Mexican seafood. Although it is referred to as a bar, its style is more elegant than a typical “taberna”. With its long exterior bar facing the main avenue, it makes this place popular for delicious drinks.




Location: Juárez Av. Between 65 and 70 Mexican Yucatecan and International
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Sunday through Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
Phone: n/a Cash Only

Alux emerges within the depths of a naturally formed cavern. The restaurant’s interiors have metamorphosed for thousands of years to create the visual spectacle of countless stalactites and flowstones.
Awe your senses as they delight your palate with fine Mexican and International cuisine.The enigmatic energy of the ancient Mayans is felt everywhere in this cenote cavern. At Alux, nature itself is the star attraction. If you are looking for a cozy romantic getaway, a unique family outing, a private party, the ideal reception venue, or a majestic wedding ceremony led by an authentic shaman, Alux provides the setting for any occasion. Alux is more than a restaurant; it is a unique and unforgettable experience.



EL Muelle

Location: Avenida 5 & Calle 32 Caribbean Seafood
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Monday 5:00pm-12:00pm; Tuesday through Sunday 1:00pm-12:00pm
Phone: 984 803 0073 Credit Cards Accepted

El Muelle Restaurant is known for its fresh seafood and produce. The Menu is based on surprising customers every visit as it changes depending on the fresh catch of the day. Chef Charly Parks, a very experienced and professional Chef, selects only the best for his costumers. El Muelle is a small and cozy place; its decoration connotes style, care and dedication in every nook. Their main premise is to provide honesty and simplicity in every dish, using only the highest quality products, culinary ethic and fair prices.


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Tulum Restaurants



Location: Carretera Tulum km 7.6 Steak and Seafood
Reservations: First come, first serve Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 6:00pm-­11:00pm
Phone: 981 811 3898 Cash Only

Hartwood is located on a jungle road along the Caribbean Sea in Tulum; the nearest power lines are miles away. By necessity, Hartwood considers sustainability first and foremost in all their work and in every decision at the restaurant.  Solar panels power the lights and music and every other little thing that keeps the restaurant running. they have broken down their waste with zero carbon footprints, creating 100% organic compost that is used in regenerating the mangrove environment and interior farming. All cooking is done by open fire within their hand made wood burning over and grill. Every ingredient that they use is deeply rooted within Mundo Maya. All fish are properly hunted and spear caught within the Caribbean and the Lagoons of Boca Paila. Hartwood harvests colorful, exotic produce from communal Mayan farms called milpas where they work with the Maya community in all aspects of their education of organic polifarming. Hartwood’s menu changes daily based on the sea and land that offers new harvest each day.



Casa Banana

Location:Carretera Tulum km 8.5 Argentinian
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 7:30am-­9:30pm
Phone: 984 877 8512 Cash Only

Casa Banana is a gathering place located on the jungle side of Tulum Mexico’s beach road, serving up urban rustic food and specializing in wood-­‐fire cuisine. Their main focus is steak and their goal is to share the authentic traditions of perfectly grilled meat from their home in Argentina. The menu favorites include homemade chorizo, fresh caught fish, impressive salads, and a thoughtfully selected international wine list. tulum-casa-banana



Location: Carretera Tulum km 1.5 Thai
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 8:00am – 11:00pm
Phone: 984 131 1596 Cash Only

Exotic, spicy, and delicious, Mezzanine’s authentic Thai restaurant will leave
your tastebuds dancing. Celebrity Thai Chef Dim Geefay has brought the tantlizing flavors of her country to the Mezzanine kitchen, serving up a traditional mix of frangrant Thai curries, crish nad tangy salads made with herbs grown in the garden, fresh seafood delicacies, and of course the class Pad Thai that tastes the same as it does in the streets of Bangkok. Also serving great cafe-style breakfast menu for those wanting to try local flavor through a casual beach menu.



Tita Tulum

Location: Mexican Specialities
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily – Breakfast through Dinner
Phone: 984 877 8513 Credit Cards Accepted

Open air restaurant with view to the Caribbean Sea. International and Mexican cuisine. Try Tita’s house specials such as shrimp in coconut sauce or fish fillet ‘Olmeca’ in a savory sauce. In their famous restaurant you can also find excellent Mexican and international food.



Posada Margherita

Location: Carretera Tulum km 4.5 Italian & Seafood
Reservations: First come, first serve Hours: Daily 12:00pm-9:30pm
Phone: 984 877 8513 Credit Cards Accepted

Posada Margherita is a resutic restaurant located on the beach and entirely powered with alternate energy using solar panels to provide electricity. The menu features homemade, simple, and delicious Italian food using fresh vegetables, live oil, a simple and tasty red sauce, and local seafood all with careful preparation. They also serve gluten free pasta and a nice selection of wine, beer, and cocktails.


El Tabano

Location: Carretera Tulum km 5 Mexican
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 9:00am-10:00pm
Phone: 984 134 2706 Cash Only

Immersed  in a luscious garden in the jungle side, El Tabano is a favorite amongst neighbors and visitors alike. Serving homemade flavor infused with regional character, and a touch of the chef’s personality into each
dish, El Tabano offers a true experience for all the senses.  Family warmth, exquisite taste, and creative food prepared right in front of you is what this restaurnt is known for. As a bonus, if you like the recipes so much that you’d like to learn, you’re welcome to come into the kitche and live the joy of cooking alongside the cooks! The staff is always happy to share Tabano’s secrets in exchange for a smile.




Location: Carretera Tulum km 7.3 International with Mexican Flair
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Monday through Saturday 6:00pm-11:00pm
Phone: 984 106 3512 Cash Only

Cenzontle, the secret garden, is a small and cozy restaurant that borders with jungle. At night, patrons enjoy open candlelit and a soft glow. The menu is adventurous and beautifully executed with Mexican flavors and cuisines of the world using unconventional twists on traditional recipes and adding Mexican spices and flavors to enhance dishes from around the world. The restaurant only  has 10 tables adding to the charm and exclusivity of this Tulum restaurant




El Camello

Location: Av. Tulum & Luna Star Seafood
Reservations: Not Necessary Hours: Daily Breakfast through Dinner
Phone: 984 871 2036 Cash Only

A local fish market at the sound of town, El Camello is open for breakfast in the morning and closes once the fresh fish is all gone.



Location: Polar Norte, 1 block from Av. Tulum Mexican
Reservations: Not Necessary Hours: Daily 5:00pm-10:00pm; closed Wednesday
Phone: 984 108 0681 Cash Only

Chef Claudia Perez Rivas, originally from Mexico City, performs culinary wonders in this homey restaurant that sits just one block from Tulum’s main avenue. Her gourmet creations are inspired by traditional Mexican dishes and prepared with a fine-tuned eye for detail.


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