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Cancun Restaurant Guide

Cosmopolitan Cuisine for Any Budget

February 2021

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What to Eat in Cancun

Cancun, perched right on the Caribbean Sea, is a famous resort town with stunning beaches, pristine turquoise waters, and exciting nightlife. On top of being an electrifying destination to visit, you can find all sorts of wonderful bites to eat. Most of the best eateries are in the Zona Hotelera (hotel zone) or in Centro (city center).

If you’re looking for a culinary adventure in Cancun, here are some of the best restaurants in Cancun!

Budget Options

El Rinconcito de Puebla

El Rinconcito de Puebla, one of the best restaurants in cancun
El Rinconcito de Puebla

If you want to fill up without emptying your wallet, this is a great restaurant. This spot has a wide range of menu items, ranging from traditional Mexican classics like chilaquiles to pasta and hamburgers.

Located in Centro (city center).

Parque de las Palapas

Parque de las Palapas, one of the best places to eat in cancun
Parque de las Palapas

A favorite place to grab some delicious local treats is the Parque de las Palapas. At night the park fills with food stands selling all types of local cuisine. Try some marquesitas (a local classic, like a sweet cheese stuffed waffle roll), elote, and tacos at this park.

Located in Centro.

Restaurante Margely

Restaurante Margely, one of the best restaurants in cancun
Restaurante Margely

For a local, traditional spot, visit Restaurante Margely in Downtown Cancun. This restaurant has various traditional Mexican dishes, including a desayuo Cancun (Cancún breakfast) and chile rellenos. Meals here are simple, classic, and delicious!

Located in Centro.

Marakame Brunch Buffet

Marakame Brunch Buffet, one of the best restaurants in cancun
Marakame Brunch Buffet

The popular Marakame Brunch Buffet is in a whimsical garden setting. Brunch will set you back less than $10 USD and includes a traditional Mexican breakfast, Mimosas, orange juice, and coffee. A la carte items include Mexican and international fare.

Located in Zona Hotelera (hotel zone).

Midrange Options

El Fish Fritanga

El Fish Fritanga, one of the best restaurants in cancun
El Fish Fritanga

El Fish Fritanga is a local favorite in the middle of Cancún’s hotel zone next to a lagoon. You can eat delicious fried fish, octopus, and lobster. If you’re not a seafood fan, they also have steak and pasta.

Located in Zona Hotelera.

Restaurante Käajal

Restaurante Käajal, one of the best restaurants in cancun
Restaurante Käajal

You’ll love this scrumptious restaurant with a spectacular marina view. During breakfast, they have an enormous buffet with plenty of options. You can have a relaxing meal on the terrace, enjoying the nice weather and stunning views.

Located in the Renaissance Marriott Resort, Zona Hotelera.

La Fonda Del Zancudo

La Fonda Del Zancudo, one of the best restaurants in cancun
La Fonda Del Zancudo

This romantic Italian fusion restaurant serves up delicious food in a beautiful garden setting. Guests can eat tasty pasta, fresh seafood, and mouthwatering empanadas. If you visit, don’t forget to wash your meal down with a refreshing cocktail!

Located in Centro.

Captain’s Cove

Captain’s Cove, one of the best restaurants in cancun
Captain’s Cove

Captain’s Cove Steak and Seafood restaurant is as much about the ambiance as it is the food. You can’t beat the views at its waterfront terrace. Often reviewed as one of the best restaurants in Cancun. There are excellent brunches and phenomenal surf and turf dinners.

Located in Zona Hotelera.

High End Options

Lorenzillo’s

Lorenzillo’s, one of the best restaurants in cancun
Lorenzillo’s

If you’re a lobster lover, try Lorenzillo’s. This fine-dining spot has an exclusive lobster farm taken care of by biologists. Their food is as fresh as it gets, and the seaside location offers spectacular views of the water.

Located in Zona Hotelera.

La Habichuela Cancún

La Habichuela Cancún, one of the best restaurants in cancun
La Habichuela Cancún

La Habichuela is a longstanding classic eatery in Cancún. It serves up a mouthwatering Caribbean inspired menu in an enchanting Mayan themed garden. One of its most unique must-try dishes is the curried lobster served in a coconut.

Located in Centro.

Casitas Cancun

Casitas Cancun, one of the best restaurants in cancun
Casitas Cancun

You can dine in style at one of Casita’s private cabana dining rooms or on the terrace at the Ritz-Carleton Hotel. The menu suits all tastes, serving delicious seafood, steaks, and desserts expertly paired with their extensive wine list.

Located in the Ritz Carleton Hotel, Zona Hotelera.

Staff Picks

Irori

Irori, one of the best restaurants in cancun
Irori

Staff Pick – If you want something that is both familiar and unique, visit Irori. I loved that this place had high-quality sushi, but with a Mexican twist. They offer many of the classic sushi rolls but also unique items such as their Caribbean Roll.

Located in Centro.

Porfirio’s

Porfirio’s, one of the best restaurants in cancun
Porfirio’s

Staff Pick – When I want to eat something a bit upscale in Cancun, I visit Porfirio’s. I love how they transform classic Mexican flavors into more modern, haute cuisine. They have a superb selection of wines, tequila, and mezcal to pair with your meal. And the views!

Located in Zona Hotelera.

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