Fodor's Expert Review The Leaky Palapa

$$$ Xcalak Casual Fodor's Choice

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

Nobody expected the kind of sophisticated flavors that the Leaky Palapa brought to town, but this little eight-table palapa restaurant with its upscale-hacidenda-meets-secret-garden decor has quickly become the place to meet, enjoy a beer, and eat like kings. Feast on lobster bites with cilantro-rice noodles and a ginger sauce that'll keep you coming back for more, squid-ink risotto, tangy pork osso buco, or seared shrimp on bean cakes with tamarind salsa. Try to save room for dessert, too; the chocolate flan is a work of culinary art. Canadian owners Linda and Marla believe in using fresh, local ingredients as much as possible, so many of the greens on your plate come from their own rooftop garden. Opening hours vary—check the website before arrival. Credit cards are accepted via PayPal.

Casual Dinner $$$ LGBT Fodor's Choice Mexican Fusion Pet Friendly

Quick Facts

Calle Pedro Moreno
Xcalak, Quintana Roo  77109, Mexico


Known For:
  • Shrimp on bean cakes
  • Pork osso buco
  • Grilled octopus
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Wed. Nov.–Christmas; Mon.–Wed. Christmas–late Apr.; and May–Oct. No lunch

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