The Riviera Maya Restaurants

Restaurants here vary from quirky beachside affairs with outdoor tables and palapas to more elaborate and sophisticated establishments. Dress is casual at most places, so leave your tie and jacket at home. Smaller eateries may not accept credit cards, especially in remote beach villages. Bigger ones and those in hotels normally accept plastic. Many restaurants add propinas (tips) to the bill; look for a charge for "servicio." If tips aren’t included, a 15% gratuity is standard. It's best to order fresh local fish—grouper, dorado, red snapper, and sea bass—rather than shellfish like shrimp, lobster, and oysters, since the latter are often flown in frozen from the Gulf. Playa del Carmen has the largest selection of restaurants.

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  • 1. 100% Agave

    $$ | Mexican

    Fernando's friendly, homey restaurant—which serves as a sort of ersatz visitors bureau—seems to change locations often but remains a Mahahual...Read More

  • 2. Cafe Karlita's

    $ | Café

    The smell of fresh baked goods wafts onto Mahahual's boardwalk from this central café. The towers of cookies, pastries, and muffins under glass...Read More

  • 3. Ibiza Sunset

    $$ | International

    It may be far from Ibiza, but this trendy beachfront spot hits the mark with food like garlic fish and vegetables wrapped in foil, pineapple...Read More

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