Yucatán and Campeche States Restaurants

Expect a superb variety of cuisines—primarily Yucatecan, of course, but also Lebanese, Italian, French, Chinese, vegetarian, and Mexican—at very reasonable prices. Reservations are advised for the pricier restaurants on weekends and in high season. Beach towns, such as Progreso, Río Lagartos, and Celestún, tend to serve fresh, simply prepared seafood. The regional cuisine of Campeche is renowned throughout Mexico. Specialties include fish and shellfish stews, cream soups, shrimp cocktail, squid and octopus, and panuchos (chubby rounds of fried cornmeal covered with refried beans and topped with onion and shredded turkey or chicken).

Mexicans generally eat lunch in the afternoon—certainly not before 2. If you want to eat at noon, call ahead to verify hours. In Mérida the locals make a real event of late dinners, especially in summer. Casual (but neat) dress is acceptable at all restaurants. Avoid wearing shorts or casual sandals in the more expensive places, and anywhere at all—especially in the evening—if you don't want to look like a tourist. Although food servers at most local restaurants are kind and hospitable, they don’t always show it like they do in the States. Be patient and realize that, for many, the language barrier may cause them to be more reserved but not necessarily unfriendly. It's common practice for restaurants to include gratuity and tax in the total bill, so double-check your bill before adding a tip.

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  • 1. Taberna de los Frailes

    $$$ | Mexican

    The "Tavern of the Monks" sits above Cenote Sis Ha and overlooks the ancient stonework of the Ex-Convento y Iglesia San Bernadino. Despite its...Read More

  • 2. Casa Italia

    $$ | Centro | Italian

    If there was a "Best Pizza in Mexico" contest, this restored colonial gem a couple of blocks north of the main square would be nominated. Lots...Read More

  • 3. El Atrio

    $$ | Centro | Mexican

    Valladolid's newest entry in the restaurant sweepstakes occupies an elegant colonial house on the south side of the main square and specializes...Read More

  • 4. La Cantina

    $ | Centro | Mexican

    This colorful cantina, right on the main square, has brightly painted tables and chairs with sombreros that act as lampshades. The festive vibe...Read More

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