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. Amaro

    $$ | Centro | Mexican

    The romantic patio of this historic home glows with candlelight in the evening; during the day things look a lot more casual. Meat, fish, and...Read More

  • 2. Hacienda Teya

    $$ | Mexican

    A former henequen-producing site dating back to 1683, this beautiful hacienda just outside Mérida serves some of the best regional food around...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Cenaduría Portales

    $ | Mexican

    Campechano families come here to enjoy a light supper, perhaps a delicious sandwich claveteado of honey-and-clove-spiked ham, along with a...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. El Príncipe Tutul-Xiu

    $ | Mexican

    About 15 km (9 miles) east of Ticul in the little town of Maní, this open restaurant under a giant palapa roof is an inviting spot for lunch...Read More

  • 9. Eladio's

    $ | Centro | Mexican

    An outpost of lively Eladio's in Mérida, this bar and restaurant is extremely popular with cruise-ship passengers who disembark in Progreso...Read More

  • 10. Eladio's

    $ | Col. Itzimná | Mexican

    Part bar, part restaurant, and part theater, this lively venue is often crammed with locals. There's an ample dance floor and a free, supervised...Read More

  • 11. Kuuk

    $$$ | San Ramon Norte | Mexican

    Kuuk, meaning "sprout" in Mayan, offers Mérida's most unique dining experience. The cutting-edge menu features eight courses, each prepared...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. La Casa de Frida

    $$ | Centro | Mexican

    Chef-owner Gabriela Praget puts a healthful, cosmopolitan spin on Mexican fare. Traditional dishes like chiles en nogada (stuffed pepper in...Read More

  • 14. La Tradición

    $ | Col. Alcalá Martin | Mexican

    This family restaurant is a top choice among locals—in fact, many say it's their favorite restaurant in town. It's also one of the most formal...Read More

  • 15. Los Almendros

    $$ | Centro | Mexican

    A vintage Yucatecan restaurant with high colonial ceilings and an elegant atmosphere, Los Almendros is a longtime local favorite. The combinado...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Pancho's

    $$$ | Centro | Mexican

    In the evening this patio restaurant is bathed in candlelight and the glow from tiny white lights decorating the tropical shrubs. Much of the...Read More

  • 20. Restaurante Kinich

    $ | Mexican

    At the entrance to the town’s most comfortable eatery, a small shop sells a carefully selected and cleverly displayed collection of local folk...Read More

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