Cancún Restaurants

Large breakfast and brunch buffets are among the most popular meals in the Zona Hotelera, with prices ranging from MX$165 to MX$338 per person. Most local restaurants open for lunch around 2 pm and generally stay open until midnight. When choosing one, be aware that those lining avenidas Tulum and Yaxchilán are often noisy and crowded, and gas fumes make it hard to enjoy meals alfresco. Many of the finer options are on Avenida Bonampak. Eateries in the Parque de las Palapas, just off Avenida Tulum, serve expertly prepared Mexican food. Deeper into the city center, you can find fresh seafood and traditional fare at Mercado Veintiocho (Market 28). Dress is casual in Cancún, but many restaurants do not allow bare feet, short shorts, or bathing suits. Even at the fanciest places, suggested attire is "resort elegant," meaning long pants, collared shirts, and closed shoes for gentlemen. For women, a dress or skirt and blouse with chichi sandals or heels will suffice. Upscale resorts in the Zona Hotelera typically purify their tap water; however, ask in advance whether it's safe to drink.

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  • 1. Hanaichi

    $$$

    It might look like a hole-in-the-wall, but this small Japanese restaurant has some of Cancún's best sushi. Expect sashimi, nigiri, and every type of sushi...Read More

  • 2. La Dolce Vita

    $$$ | El Centro

    The grande dame of Cancún restaurants delivers on the promise of its name. The fare includes homemade pizzas and pastas such as Bolognese-style lasagna; veal...Read More

  • 3. Labná

    $$ | El Centro

    Yucatecan cuisine reaches new and exotic heights at this Mayan-themed restaurant, with fabulous dishes prepared by chef Elviro Pol. The papadzules (tortillas stuffed with eggs...Read More

  • 4. Le Basilic

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    Arched bay windows, checkered marble floors, live jazz, and exquisite garden views create a stunning backdrop to your dining experience here. The menu changes every...Read More

  • 5. Mare

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    Everything at this traditional Italian restaurant is stark white, including the stone facade, grand piano, and even the brick oven, where fresh breads are baked....Read More

  • 6. Peter's Restaurant

    $$$ | El Centro

    Although it has only six tables, Peter's Restaurant has an impressive menu that gives international dishes a Mexican twist—think foie gras with hibiscus or grilled...Read More

  • 7. Puerto Madero

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    Modeled after the dock warehouses that have been converted into modern eateries in Argentina's Puerto Madero, this steak-and-seafood house gets rave reviews from locals. The...Read More

  • 8. Tempo by Martin Berasategui

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    Mirrored columns, leather chairs, and orchid floral accents enhance this stylish dining room in the Paradisus Cancún, an offering from acclaimed Spanish chef Martin Berasategui....Read More

  • 9. The Club Grill

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    Recently renovated in beautiful neutral colors, begin the evening at the Club Grill with a special cocktail at the Champagne bar. The contemporary continental menu...Read More

  • 10. 100% Natural

    $$ | El Centro

    Start the day at this open-air restaurant with a signature omelet and a bebida inteligente ("intelligent drink") which combines fruit juice with ginseng. Sandwiches, soy...Read More

  • 11. Babel Odissea Culinaria

    $$ | Zona Hotelera

    Overlooking the Nichupté Lagoon, Babel has created a new type of dining experience with one of the prettiest sunset views in all of Cancun. This...Read More

  • 12. Bandoneón

    $$$$ | El Centro

    Entering Bandoneón you might think you're in Buenos Aires. The broad menu features starters like smoked marlin and charcoal-grilled provolone cheese; mains include pasta, fish,...Read More

  • 13. Café con Gracia

    $$ | El Centro

    This adorable downtown café with an outdoor garden is a local favorite for breakfast. They serve an extensive selection of coffees alongside yummy pancakes, crepes,...Read More

  • 14. Cambalache

    $$$ | Zona Hotelera

    This Argentinean steak house is rustic yet elegant, with dark wooden tables and arched brick ceilings. Not surprisingly, steak is the most popular main; however,...Read More

  • 15. Casa Rolandi

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    The secret to this restaurant's success is its creative handling of Italian and Swiss cuisine—that explains why both carpaccio de pulpo (thin slices of fresh...Read More

  • 16. Casitas

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    Sink your toes into the sand at Cancún's only on-the-beach restaurant where impeccable service matches an incredible setting. The romantic ambiance caters to couples---silk curtains...Read More

  • 17. Cenacolo

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    Brick-oven pizza and pasta, handmade in full view, have made this fine Italian restaurant a Cancún favorite, serving stellar pasta dishes like lobster ravioli filled...Read More

  • 18. El Cejas

    $ | El Centro

    The clientele is lively and the seafood is fresh at this open-air eatery, located at the bustling Mercado Veintiocho. The kitchen serves crab (stuffed, steamed,...Read More

  • 19. El Oasis

    $$ | El Centro

    This aptly named eatery is a welcome respite from El Centro's busy streets. House specials include grilled seafood with rice, fish fillet with coconut cream,...Read More

  • 20. Fantino

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    Expect fine dining and culinary excellence, with rich-in-flavor ingredients, at this Mediterranean restaurant; consider the tasting menu for the full Fantino experience. With synchronized precision,...Read More

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