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. Chez Céline

    $ | French

    Take one bite of Céline's chocolate croissants, and you'll think you've died and gone to Paris. Fresh-baked breads and pastries bring honor...Read More

  • 2. El Muelle

    $$$ | Caribbean

    The Pier" resembles a Caribbean fish market with its wooden plank floors, whitewashed tables, and pilings strung with rope. A chalkboard features...Read More

  • 3. Hartwood

    $$$ | Eclectic

    New York chefs cooking New York food for New York prices—in a wood-fired jungle lot, open to the night sky—that's Hartwood. Big-city transplants...Read More

  • 4. The Leaky Palapa

    $$$ | Seafood

    Nobody expected the kind of sophisticated flavors that the Leaky Palapa brought to town, but this little 11-table palapa restaurant done up...Read More

  • 5. Unico

    $$$ | Zona Hotelera | International

    As competitive as the culinary scene has become in Tulum, this restaurant by Chef Brian Sernatinger truly is único (unique), with every dish...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Al Chimichurri

    $$ | South American

    The smoky aromas of a South American parillada waft down the street from this Uruguayan barbecue joint. Heaping portions of short ribs, flank...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Café Olé International

    $$ | Seafood

    The laid-back hub of Puerto Aventuras is a terrace café with a varied menu, including coconut shrimp and chicken with a chimichurri sauce made...Read More

  • 10. Ki-Janal

    $$ | Mexican

    You can't get any closer to the ruins than this two-story restaurant. Adding color to the palapa setting are Mexican blankets draped over wooden...Read More

  • 11. La Cueva del Pescador

    $$ | Seafood

    Dig your toes in the sand floor and enjoy the catch of the day at La Cueva del Pescador. A crowd of easy-going expats hunkers down for the afternoon...Read More

  • 12. La Playita

    $ | Mexican

    Two blocks north of the town square, this "restaurant" is actually made up of plastic tables and chairs shaded by mini palapas and tarps. What...Read More

  • 13. Le Café D'Amancia

    $ | Bakery

    This colorful hangout on the corner of the main plaza is the best place in town to watch the world go by (or take advantage of free Wi-Fi) while...Read More

  • 14. Restaurant Cenote Azul

    $$$ | Seafood

    Perched on the rim of the 300-foot-deep cenote, this palapa restaurant charges a M$10 entrance fee to access the site. Busloads of tourists...Read More

  • 15. Restaurante Oscar y Lalo

    $$$ | Eclectic

    This wonderful palapa restaurant with a pebble floor and peaceful garden is actually a couple of miles outside Tankah on Carretera 307. The...Read More

  • 16. The Mayan Grill

    $$ | European

    Unlike most restaurants in Xcalak, this beachside eatery is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Start the morning with a ham and cheese...Read More

  • 17. Toby's

    $ | Mexican

    Near the entrance to Xcalak, this modest Mexican restaurant is made up of a few plastic tables and chairs. Stop by for Toby's famous fajitas...Read More

  • 18. Turtle Bay Café & Bakery

    $$ | Café

    This funky café serves Akumal's best breakfast, with a vast menu spanning acai bowls, eggs Benedict, pancakes, and fruit plates. For lunch and...Read More

  • 19. Café Sasta

    $ | Café

    This sweet little café serves good espresso drinks and a wide variety of teas, along with bagel sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, and pastries. Try...Read More

  • 20. Hot Baking Company

    $ | Café

    This cheap streetside breakfast café opens at 7 am, and it's one of the few places where you can get breakfast before early-morning sightseeing...Read More

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