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, s
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
Expect a superb variety of cuisines—primarily Yucatecan, of course, but also Lebanese, Italian, French, Chinese, vegetar

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. Café Alameda

    $ | Centro | Middle Eastern

    The waiters are brusque, the building is old, and the decor couldn't be plainer. But you'll find good, hearty, and cheap fare at this always...Read More

  • 2. Café Lucía

    $$ | Centro | Italian

    Music floats above black-and-white tile floors in the dining room of this century-old restaurant in the Hotel Casa Lucía near the main plaza...Read More

  • 3. Cana Nah

    $ | Mexican

    Although this large roadside spot mainly caters to the groups visiting Uxmal, locals recommend it as the most formally established eatery in...Read More

  • 4. Casa Vieja de los Arcos

    $$ | Centro | Mexican

    Whether you're having a meal or an evening cocktail, try to snag a table on this eatery's outdoor balcony for a fabulous view over Campeche...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Flamingos

    $$ | Seafood

    This restaurant facing Progreso's long cement promenade is a cut above its neighbors. Service is professional and attentive, and soon after...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Los Mestizos

    $ | Centro | Mexican

    This humble restaurant has brightly painted walls; even the ceiling fans are painted a vivid orange. The "Combinado los Mestizos" on the dinner...Read More

  • 9. Luz de Luna

    $ | Centro | Mexican

    Inside a colonial-era building, this small family-run restaurant is decorated with Mexican crafts. Since most customers are tourists, you'll...Read More

  • 10. Mandarina

    $$$ | Eclectic

    On the ground floor of Casa Las Tortugas, Mandarina has indoor and outdoor seating just feet from the sand. Chef Jorge Melul, a master baker...Read More

  • 11. Marganzo

    $$ | Centro | Mexican

    Traditional Yucatecan dishes—like panuchos (fried masa cakes stuffed with beans and piled high with shredded meat, lettuce, sour onions, and...Read More

  • 12. Pizzería La Góndola

    $ | Pizza

    The wonderful smells of fresh-baked bread and pizza waft from this small corner establishment between the market and the main square. Scenes...Read More

  • 13. Restaurante Ría Maya

    $ | Seafood

    Grab a seat in this palapa restaurant directly across from the water, and watch the day's catch come straight from the docks. With a seashell...Read More

  • 14. Restaurante Isla Contoy

    $ | Seafood

    Run by the amicable family that guides lagoon tours, this open-sided seafood shanty at the dock serves generous helpings of fish soup, fried...Read More

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