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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Gustino

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    As soon as you walk down the dramatic staircase at this elegant restaurant, you know you're in for a memorable experience. The gamberi saltati (sautéed...Read More

  • 14. Hacienda el Mortero

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    The main draw at one of Cancún's first restaurants is the setting: a replica of a 17th-century hacienda, complete with courtyard fountain, flowering garden, and...Read More

  • 15. Hacienda Sisal

    $$$ | Zona Hotelera

    Built to resemble a sprawling hacienda, this restaurant is warm and intimate, with comfortable high-backed chairs and Mexican paintings. Menu highlights include the goat-cheese-and-mango salad,...Read More

  • 16. Harry's

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    High-profile locals and visitors alike are drawn to this contemporary steak house’s Vegas–meets–Beverly Hills style. The spectacular menu features glazed duck, Maine lobster, and Kobe...Read More

  • 17. KAI

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    Don't be put off by the shopping mall location or shared entrance with the Macao casino, because this modern Japanese restaurant serves the freshest sashimi...Read More

  • 18. La Habichuela Sunset

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    Popular dishes at this bustling restaurant include soft-shell-crab tacos, garlic shrimp, and breaded fish served with tamarind and mango sauce. Cap off your meal with...Read More

  • 19. La Joya

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    Soaring stained-glass windows, a fountain, artwork, and beautiful furniture from the central part of the country lend drama to this restaurant in the Fiesta Americana...Read More

  • 20. La Madonna

    $$$$ | Zona Hotelera

    This dramatic-looking, three-story restaurant is a great place to enjoy a selection of 180 martinis, as well as Italian food with a self-described creative Swiss...Read More

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