restaurants in cancun

The Top Restaurants in Cancun

Best Restaurants in Cancun

Cancun is a place where you can enjoy different varieties of food in various world class restaurants. It is a perfect place for anyone who wants to enjoy well prepared delicious meals. There are various restaurants that serves different types of food in the famous Hotel Zone and down town Cancun. In the Hotel Zone, there are only few restaurants that are not located in a restaurant. However, you will be assured of waterfront eateries that are overlooking Nichupte Lagoon which provides spectacular view of the great Cancun’s unparalleled sunsets. Besides the seafood restaurants, there are the eateries the specializes in Italian, Mexican, Indian, Thai ans French cuisine. Moreover, there are some AAA Five-Diamond Award winning restaurants such as Fantino and The Club Grill both found at Ritz-Carlton Cancun. Generally most of the restaurants that are found in Cancun have track records of excellent services and many years of offering services that exceeds the needs of the customers. Some that are new are also gaining market niche due to excellent services. Below are some of the Best Restaurants in Cancun:

9. Les Cepages

This is a restaurant that has been in the field for about four years. To reach there, you take either R1 or R2 bus to the first stop downtown. Then you can hire taxi which takes you to Plaza Nichupte located at the Nichupte Avenue. They are known to serve wonderful dishes that are prepared with fresh and quality ingredients. They are also known to offer the best meals at reduced rates in the Hotel Zones. This means that you will be assured of saving cost without compromising the quality of the food you will get. They are open Monday from 6 to 11pm and from Tuesday to Saturday, they are open from 3 to 11pm. They remain closed on Sundays. Reservations are usually suggested due to the size of the dining space.

http://www.cancunmenus.com/lescepages.html

8. La Palapa Belga

best restaurants in cancun

Cancun truly has world class dining

This is an open air and thatched roof restaurant. It is small in size and happens to be the hidden treasure of Cancun that most of the people do not know. La Palapa Belga is known to locals but most of the tourists spend their time in this restaurant. The French and the Belgian dishes are served as the guests dine under the stars in an open place. There is a spectacular view of the lagoon. The services you will get as a customer exceeds your expectations.

http://lapalapabelga.com/en/

7. L’escargot

L’escrgot is a small French restaurant which is located on a quiet side street in the downtown Cancun. It is operated by a popular Parisian who have been in Cancun for about 30 years and is one of the Best Restaurants in Cancun . They have small menu but well prepared, fresh and satisfying. At night, the amazing garden area is characterized by twinkling lights. The surrounding is well decorated with natural vegetation which is perfect for a dinner with a friend and a romantic date. With professional and well trained staff and french music, L’escargot can give you a wonderful night in Cancun.

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6. Peter’s Restaurante

Peter’s restaurante has been operational for a shorter period yet it is one of the Most popular eateries that tourists spend their time. The popular dishes served includes beef, shrimp, pasta, veal, fish, vegetables and small but good wine. Their prices and a bit lower than expected for a hotel in its standard. It is located on Bonampak just a few walking steps from the first stop downtown.

http://petersrestaurante.com/menu/

5. Du Mexique

This is one of the best restaurants located in Bonampak avenue in Cancun. It is the best place to celebrate an occasion such such as anniversary or a birthday party. The place is good, silent, has wonderful food and service by well trained staff. The food served is a good combination of French and Mayan and served by Chef Alain Grimond and his wife Sonya. In case you want anything special which is not there in the menu, they can make it for you on order.

https://www.facebook.com/DU-MEXIQUE-239430996309/

4.La Habichuela Sunset

La Habichuela Sunset has its sister property La Habichuela and is located in the downtown Cancun. They both serve good Mexican, Mayan, International and Caribbean food. They both have garden areas and their food and customer care services are among the best in Cancun. They both serve the same Menu but the only difference is the location. La Habichuela Sunset is located In the Hotel zone on the Nichupte Lagoon. This place overs a good view of the sunset since the sun sets over the lagoon each evening.

http://lahabichuela.com/

3.Harry’s Prime Steakhouse and Raw Bar

The major foods served at this waterfront restaurant includes Prime cuts of USDA beef, Kobe beef and dry aged beef. The beef that has been dry-aged has more flavour. Kobe beef from Australia, Japan and USA are offered together with Kosher steaks. There is also burgers, Kobe beef hot dogs and tacos for those who are looking for something unique. The services offered are good and professional and the dining space is ample.

http://www.harrys.com.mx/

2. Puerto Madero

The decorations found in this place makes you feel stylish. It was named for the Buenos Aires port district that has risen in the recent years. They serve special Argentine foods and they include a lot of seafood and steaks grilled to meet the customer’s specifications. They also offer excellent salads and pasta. You can also order a few appetizers and share. It is a good restaurant for special events and a big date.

http://www.puertomaderorestaurantes.com/es/

1. The Club Grill

There are only two AAA Five Diamond Restaurants in Cancun and The Club Grill is one of them. Some of the foods featured here include fine cuts of meat, Seafood and duck. If you are a guest, you can try tasting menu or order from the regular menu. The professional services and the outstanding quality of food served makes this restaurant on of the best in Cancun. During dinner, the jazz band plays softly and there is ample dance floor. The dark woods and the soft lighting makes this place entertaining. The dress code is smart casual.

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/mexico/cancun/dining/club-grill

Merida in Mexico

Even if practically every road didn’t lead to Mérida, it would still be an inevitable stop. Nicknamed “La Ciudad Blanca” after its white limestone buildings (now covered in peeling layers of gem-coloured paint), the capital of Yucatán state is in every sense the leading city of the peninsula, with a population of some 1.6 million. But within its historic core, there’s a sense of small-town graciousness coupled with an extremely lively and sometimes avant-garde cultural scene.
Also known as “White City” because of the large use of white limestone and white paint this traditional city depicts much of the splendor of Colonial Mexico. This is by no means to say that Merida still exists in a time warp and the contrary could be said. There is old and new exhibited in everything from fashion to architecture.
The Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Montejo founded present day Merida in 1542. An insight into the horrendous pain and suffering of the people who were brutalized by the conquering conquistadors exists in magnificent paintings that are on display in the Governor’s Palace located in downtown Merida. Left in seclusion for many years because of the difficulty of traveling to Merida the people of this region have cultivated a distinct contemporary society that is unique in Mexico.
Merida is a safe place to visit and the people are warm and friendly. Being such a close-knit society I took it to mean that violent acts of crime are simply not committed here that often because they are more or less one big family. It draws thousands of visitors, both Mexican and foreign, and has seen a rash of expat investment in the last decade. But even as the buzz increases, the city retains its grace and manners: every street in the centre boasts a well-maintained colonial church or museum, and locals still ride in little horse-drawn taxis, which gather by the plaza in the evenings. Not only can you live well here, but you can also find good beaches nearby, and it’s a great base for excursions to the Maya sites of Uxmal and Chichén Itzá.
There is lots of traffic in Merida, especially downtown. Taking the local bus can be tricky if you do not speak Spanish. The majority of streets are one-way and the bus routes wind all over the place and if you are not on top of things you can end walking more than you expected. If you are in relatively good shape and don’t mind the heat (it’s hot in the summer) then you can walk to almost every attraction if you stay near the downtown main plaza. This is a great way to get to know the city and once you figure out the street numbering system, getting lost is unlikely.
The biggest problem you will encounter in Merida is finding a hotel with a swimming pool that fits into your budget. You may want to inquire if the pool is indeed in operation before you make your booking if you feel you need to have the use of a pool, especially in the summer months.
Merida is nothing like Cancun or Playa del Carmen and if you want to experience Mexican culture while staying relatively close to the Caribbean Sea then Merida is a great place to go. There are lots of interesting shops to browse in, if you seek some familiarity, the Merida WalMart is well stocked and also has a food-court.
Outstanding regional dishes and traditional music and dances local to this region can be found in restaurants, theatres and shops housed both near the main plaza and in palatial mansions along Paseo de Montejo – a boulevard fashioned after Paris’ Champs Elysée. Progreso, Merida’s port city, is 30 kilometers north and is an interesting area to visit to see the salt-flats and flamingos.
Being centrally located, Merida is a practical hub to explore numerous ruin sites and ecological wonders. Many charters fly into Merida or you can take a four-hour bus ride from Cancun. There are also two highways connecting Cancun and Merida plus many roads winding their way through the jungle from Tulum.
Eating and drinking

Good restaurants are plentiful in the centre of Mérida, though the best (and some of the least expensive) are open only for lunch. At dinner, many restaurants are a bit overpriced and cater largely to foreigners; locals tend to frequent the snack stalls on Plaza Santa Ana (Calle 60 at Calle 47) and Parque de Santiago (Calle 59 between calles 70 and 72) for panuchos, salbutes and sopa de lima.
There are also sidewalk cafés on the Parque Hidalgo, along Calle 60 between calles 61 and 59. Juice bars – notably Jugos California, on the southwest corner of the plaza – serve all the regular juices, as well as home-made root beer, and La Parroquia (Calle 62 between calles 65 and 67) is a lechería, serving cinnamon-laced chocolate milk, fruit plates and yogurt. The bakery Pan Montejo, at the corner of calles 62 and 63, also makes a good breakfast.
Accommodation

Although Mérida can get crowded at peak times, you should always be able to find a good, reasonably priced hotel room. Unless you have a very early bus to catch, there’s not much point in staying in the grimier area near the main bus stations, nor in the generic upmarket hotels along Paseo de Montejo; the far more desirable options are all within a few blocks of the central plaza – which is still just a long walk or a short cab ride from the furthest transport and sights. In addition to the usual hotels, Mérida has excellent B&Bs, smaller inns and even hostels, all housed in converted old homes complete with vintage tile floors and lofty ceilings.

Yucatan

The three states that comprise the Yucatán Peninsula – Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo – are among the hottest and most tropical parts of Mexico, though they lie further north than you might imagine: the capital of Yucatán state, Mérida, is actually at a higher latitude than Mexico City.

Until the 1960s, when proper road and rail links were finally completed, the Yucatán lived out of step with the rest of the country and had almost as much contact with Europe, Cuba and the US as with central Mexico, resulting in a very distinct culture. Tourism has since made major inroads, especially in the north around the great Maya sites, such as Chichén Itzá, and on the Quintana Roo coast, where development has centred on the “superresort” of Cancún and the islands of Mujeres and Cozumel, but is now shifting to the so-called Riviera Maya, the stretch of beachfront that includes Playa del Carmen and Tulum. But away from the big centres, especially in the south, where towns are sparsely scattered in thick jungle, there’s still a distinct pioneering feel. In northern Yucatán state, the landscape is relatively spare: shallow, rocky earth gives rise to stunted trees, and underground springs known as cenotes are the only source of water. Campeche state, by contrast, boasts a huge area of tropical forest, the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve – though the trees are being thinned in places for cattle ranching and timber.
The entire peninsular coastline is great for spotting wildlife – notably turtles at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in Quintana Roo and flocks of flamingoes at Celestún and Río Lagartos in Yucatán – but the most spectacular, white-sand beaches line the Caribbean coast, where magnificent offshore coral reefs form part of the second largest barrier reef system in the world.

Yucatan beaches

The Yucatan is full of beaches.

Caught between the relentless beat of progress and the echoing shouts of tradition, the Yucatán Peninsula stands at a crossroads. On one side you have the brawny mega-resorts like Cancún and Playa del Carmen with their oft-preposterous pomp and circumstance.
On the other are the proud, steadfast traditions of the Maya, the mystery of the ceremonial centers created by their ancestors, and the Old World allure of colonial masterpieces such as Mérida and Campeche. And in between, on every peroxide­-blonde beach and every patch of jungle still echoing with the roars of howler monkeys, beats the heart of Ixchel, the earth goddess, marveling at her remarkable creation.
Despite overzealous development, the natural beauty of the Yucatán abides, and with it, the reverberations of civilizations past. Set in a vast, jungle-swathed natural reserve, the pyramids of Calakmul are a prime example of nature and ancient history in perfect harmony.
Far more famous and crowded – but absolutely unmissable nonetheless – are the ruins of wondrous Chichén Itzá, seventh modern wonder of the world. There’s a Maya ruin near Xcalak, too, although that’s probably not the reason you’d be visiting – this tiny beach town in the middle of nowhere has another attraction: its absolute isolation from the tourist trail…