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. 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

  • 2. La Pigua

    $$ | Col. San Martin | Seafood

    This is hands-down the town's favorite lunch spot. The seafood is delicious, and the setting is unusual: glass walls replicate an oblong Mayan...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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Rosas & Xocolate Restaurant

    $$$$ | Centro | Eclectic

    A tribute to the owner's mother Rosa and to Mayan chocolate, this trendy restaurant is beautifully designed in hues of pink and brown, with...Read More

  • 7. Solé

    $ | Malecon | Eclectic

    This modern eatery on the Malecón is one of the most popular dining spots in town. Take a seat inside or grab a table on the patio overlooking...Read More

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