fine dining in Cancun

Old Dec 1st, 2004, 05:28 AM
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fine dining in Cancun

We will be in Cancun for 2 nights in Feb (after 6 nights in Playa del Carmen) and would like recommendations for fine dining restaurants.
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Old Dec 1st, 2004, 07:19 AM
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We just returned from Cancun a few weeks ago and had a few dinners at places that I believe would qualify.

Gustavo's at the JW Marriott. High end Italian in a very nicely decorated room. The food presentation and quality were both top-notch.

La Madera (sp?) An Argentinian style steak house that definately caters to a more affluent crowd. Reservations essential. Can be a bit boisterous and definately isn't a demur, white-glove type place. Nevertheless, it is definately a spot for those seeking a very good meal, where price isn't the main concern.

Maria Bonita - While I'd say it doesn't truely qualify as a fine dining, relative to the other establishments that specialize in Mexican cuisine, this would definately be at the high end. A nice location at the very end of Punta Cancun and a 9+ piece Mariachi band that plays just some fantastic music, with an overtone of classicial music thrown in. They make some fantastic dishes that would certainly appeal to those who like gourmet dining. I really enjoyed the Stuffed Quail in a Red Rose sauce.
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Ritz Carlton - Club Grill
La Habichuela - downtown

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Old Dec 1st, 2004, 08:26 AM
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La Habichuela downtown is really great! Very special, try to sit in the garden.
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Old Dec 3rd, 2004, 01:05 PM
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LaHabichuela hands down! See the website!
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Try the Blue Bayou a the Hyatt Cancun Caribe. We enjoyed our meals there. They even had a waiter who did a caricature of my husband in his soup. We also liked Maria Bonita. They had a marimba player the night we went there.
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Old Dec 6th, 2004, 11:54 AM
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La Habichuela is great! Atmosphere and food is wonderful. I also liked Maria Bonita, the staff was very entertaining. Ate at Blue Bayou also, it was good, too. I would rank Habichuela the best by far though.
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Old Dec 7th, 2004, 09:45 AM
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La Madera (sp?) Puerto Madero, near the Ritz Carlton, managed by the same owners of Cambalache.

My vote for italian food its for Rolandis
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I second the Blue Bayou at the Hyatt Cancun Caribe.
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What about the Fontina restaurant at The Ritz? Anybody been there? We have reservations Christmas Day and I wanted to make sure it is good.
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I'm surprised no one mentioned bogart's. Flat-out the most elegant restaurant i've visited. Simply wonderful food...
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Our favorite by far is the Laguna Grill. It is a dining experience far above the rest of the restaurants in Cancun and with the most romantic sunsets and a bar/lounge to die for.
We have not found anything quite like it anywhere in or around Cancun and we have been coming down for years. Food is always spectacular and so is the service. It is a true gastronomic experience which should not be missed if you are any where near Cancun.
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