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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. La Habichuela

    $$$ | El Centro

    The much-loved Green Bean has an elegant yet cozy indoor dining room plus an outdoor area full of Mayan sculptures and local flora. The seafood...Read More

  • 9. La Parrilla

    $$$ | El Centro

    With its flamboyant live mariachi music and energetic waiters, this place is a Cancún classic. The menu isn't fancy, but it offers good, basic Mexican...Read More

  • 10. La Pasteleteria

    $ | El Centro

    This cheery café and bakery has comfortable equipales (rustic Mexican chairs) to plop into as you sample terrific soups, salads, and fish dishes. The eggs...Read More

  • 11. Locanda Paolo

    $$$ | El Centro

    Flowers and artwork lend warmth to this sophisticated Italian restaurant, where the cuisine includes linguine with lobster, angel-hair pasta with seafood, specialty lasagnas, plus assorted...Read More

  • 12. Perico's

    $$$ | El Centro

    The Mexican menu here (tacos, seafood, fajitas, etc.) is passable, but the real reason to come is the nonstop party. Bar stools are topped with...Read More

  • 13. Rolandi's Pizzeria

    $$ | El Centro

    This Cancún landmark since almost the beginning draws crowds with its scrumptious wood-fired pizzas. The most popular, Pizza del Patrón, is topped with tomatoes, prosciutto,...Read More

  • 14. Ty-Coz

    $ | El Centro

    The inexpensive croissants and freshly brewed coffee make a delicious breakfast combo at this place tucked behind the Comercial Mexicana grocery store on Avenida Tulum....Read More

  • 15. Yamamoto

    $$$ | El Centro

    The oldest Japanese restaurant in Cancún serves the best sushi and sashimi in El Centro with a menu of traditional Japanese dishes like chicken teriyaki...Read More

  • 16. duMexique

    $$$$ | El Centro

    Discreetly located on bustling Avenida Bonampak, this hidden gem created by chef Alain Grimond and his wife, Sonya, has an intimate dinner-party feel. Accommodating only...Read More

  • 17. Downtown

    $$ | El Centro

    This urban bistro brings a touch of New York into the heart of El Centro. Warehouse meets Zen in the informal yet sophisticated dining room,...Read More

  • 18. El Tacolote

    $ | El Centro

    A great place to stop for lunch or after a night on the town, this popular taquería (taco stand) sells delicious fajitas, grilled kebabs, burritos,...Read More

  • 19. Roots Jazz Club

    $$ | El Centro

    Locals and tourists mingle here to enjoy contemporary jazz and flamenco music (piped in during the afternoon but live at night). The performances are the...Read More

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