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Cancun Restaurant Guide

Cosmopolitan Cuisine For Any Budget

Updated April 2024 ⋅ Written by Laura Schulthies ⋅ Edited by Daniel Mode

Cancun Restaurant Guide: The Best Restaurants In Cancun
Cancun Restaurant Guide: The Best Restaurants In Cancun

Welcome to Cancun

Cancun is a famous resort town on the Caribbean Sea with stunning beaches, pristine turquoise waters, and exciting nightlife. Beyond being an electrifying destination to visit, you can find a wide range of wonderful bites to eat in Cancun as well. Even if you’re staying at one of Cancun’s all inclusive resorts, venturing out to sample local cuisine is a must. If you’re looking for a culinary adventure in Cancun, check out our guide to some of the best Cancun restaurant choices to visit this year.

Cancun is a famous resort town on the Caribbean Sea with stunning beaches, pristine turquoise waters, and exciting nightlife. Beyond being an electrifying destination to visit, you can find a wide range of wonderful bites to eat in Cancun as well. Even if you’re staying at one of Cancun’s all inclusive resorts, venturing out to sample local cuisine is a must. If you’re looking for a culinary adventure in Cancun, check out our guide to some of the best Cancun restaurant choices to visit this year.

Cancun Map

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Contents

Where to Eat

The Top Neighborhoods

CENTRO

Centro or Downtown Cancun is where locals live and is your best stop for budget accommodations and local cuisine. Find a more charmingly authentic Mexico experience in Centro where you’ll find very diverse entertainment options. Visit Mayan Ruins or watch bullfighting in awe. The restaurant scene in Centro is a can’t miss experience.

ZONA HOTELERA

Zona Hotelera is where most of the large all-inclusive and luxury chain hotels are located. This is a perfect place if you just want to relax and eat at oceanfront restaurants. The northern part of Zona Hotelera is called Punta Cancun and has a famously vibrant nightlife with plenty of clubs, late-night eats, and tourist bars.

CENTRO

Centro or Downtown Cancun is where locals live and is your best stop for budget accommodations and local cuisine. Find a more charmingly authentic Mexico experience in Centro where you’ll find very diverse entertainment options. Visit Mayan Ruins or watch bullfighting in awe. The restaurant scene in Centro is a can’t miss experience.

ZONA HOTELERA

Zona Hotelera is where most of the large all-inclusive and luxury chain hotels are located. This is a perfect place if you just want to relax and eat at oceanfront restaurants. The northern part of Zona Hotelera is called Punta Cancun and has a famously vibrant nightlife with plenty of clubs, late-night eats, and tourist bars.

Budget Options

A plate of Mexican favorites at El Rinconcito de Puebla in Cancun
A plate of Mexican favorites at El Rinconcito de Puebla in Cancun

El Rinconcito de Puebla

$ Mexican, Brewpub, Latin

El Rinconcito de Puebla in Centro is great if you want to fill up without emptying your wallet. This spot has a wide range of menu items and great service. You’ll find food ranging from traditional Mexican classics like chilaquiles to pasta and hamburgers. Don’t skip the tacos, nachos, or the 2 for 1 beer special!

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Mexican street food at Parque de las Palapas in Cancun
Mexican street food at Parque de las Palapas in Cancun

Parque de las Palapas

$ Public Market

A favorite place to grab delicious local treats is the Parque de las Palapas in Centro. At night the park is filled with food stands selling all types of local cuisine. Try some marquesitas (a local classic, like sweet cheese, stuffed waffle roll), elote, and tacos at this park. Don’t skip the large burritos or churros either! 

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Traditional Mexican favorites at Restaurante Margely in Cancun
Traditional Mexican favorites at Restaurante Margely in Cancun

Restaurante Margely

$ Mexican

For a local, traditional spot, and friendly service visit Restaurante Margely in Centro. This restaurant has various traditional Mexican dishes, including a Desayuno Cancun (Cancún breakfast) and chile rellenos. The menu is extensive and meals here are simple, classic, and delicious! Don’t miss out on the ceviche, steak tacos, and empanadas

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Whimsical brunch at Marakame Brunch Buffet in Cancun
Whimsical brunch at Marakame Brunch Buffet in Cancun

Marakame Brunch Buffet

$$ - $$$, Mexican, Pizza, Seafood

The popular Marakame Brunch Buffet is in a whimsical garden setting with a fun boho vibe in Zona Hotelera. Brunch is around $20 USD and includes a traditional Mexican breakfast, artisanal bread, Mimosas, orange juice, and coffee. A la carte items include Mexican and international fare. Try traditional brunch fares such as french toast and omelet or huevos rancheros and chilaquiles.

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Vibrant seafood at El Oasis Mariscos in Cancun
Vibrant seafood at El Oasis Mariscos in Cancun

El Oasis Mariscos

$$-$$$, Seafood

El Oasis Marisco specializes in vibrant seafood dishes in a cozy atmosphere that gives guests an authentic taste of the island lifestyle right in Cancun Centro. Make sure to try one of their famous cocktails created by a certified mixologist. There are a variety of ceviches to choose from on the menu, but the empanadas are the star of the show. Try the lobster tacos or El Oasis Mariscos signature specials like the grilled octopus. Their menu offers some of the freshest local seafood.

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Midrange Options

Fantastic views at Restaurante Käajal in Cancun
Fantastic views at Restaurante Käajal in Cancun

Restaurante Käajal

$$ - $$$, Mexican, International, Healthy

You’ll love Restaurante Kaajal, this scrumptious restaurant with a spectacular marina view in Zona Hotelera. Breakfast features an enormous buffet with plenty of options. You can have a relaxing meal on the terrace, enjoying the nice weather and stunning views. Brunch options are all amazing and the coconut shrimp is a must-try. 

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Amazing seafood at El Fish Fritanga in Cancun
Amazing seafood at El Fish Fritanga in Cancun

El Fish Fritanga

$$ - $$$, Mexican, Caribbean, Seafood

El Fish Fritanga is a local favorite in the middle of Cancún’s Zona Hotelera next to a lagoon. Seafood is the star of the show here as you can eat delicious fried fish, octopus, and lobster. If you’re not a seafood fan, they also have steak and pasta. Live music only adds to the ambiance at this hidden gem.

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Ambiance and views at Captain’s Cove in Cancun
Ambiance and views at Captain’s Cove in Cancun

Captain’s Cove

$$ - $$$, Caribbean, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly

Captain’s Cove Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Zona Hotelera is as much about the ambiance as it is the food. You can’t beat the views of its waterfront terrace. Often reviewed as one of the best restaurants in Cancun, there are excellent brunches and phenomenal surf and turf dinners. A tempting array of fresh fish, shrimp, lobster, and steak awaits you on the menu.

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Romantic Italian fusion at La Fonda Del Zancudo in Cancun
Romantic Italian fusion at La Fonda Del Zancudo in Cancun

La Fonda Del Zancudo

$$ - $$$, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

This romantic Italian fusion restaurant, La Fonda del Zancudo, serves up delicious food in a beautiful garden setting in Centro. Guests can eat tasty pasta, fresh seafood, and mouthwatering empanadas. And don’t forget to wash your meal down with a refreshing cocktail! Between the ambiance, service, and fantastically fresh food you just can’t go wrong at La Fonda del Zancudo. 

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High quality sushi with a Mexican twist at Irori in Cancun
High quality sushi with a Mexican twist at Irori in Cancun

Irori

$$ - $$$, Japanese, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly

If you want something that is both familiar and unique, visit Irori in Centro. We 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.

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High-End Options

Fine dining at Restaurante Careyes
Fine dining at Restaurante Careyes

Restaurante Careyes

$$$$, Seafood, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly

Restaurante Careyes offers a memorable fine dining experience with stunning ocean views. The restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine with a Mexican flare just north of Cancun’s Hotel Zone in the ultra-luxurious Nizuc Resort & Spa. This is the place for a romantic evening out with its sophisticated, upscale dining experiences made for date night. Try the grilled octopus, cooked to perfection and served with a delectable aioli. Restaurante Careyes also offers an impressive wine list featuring some of Mexico’s finest wines and wines from around the world.

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Lobster and Seafood at Lorenzillo’s in Cancun
Lobster and Seafood at Lorenzillo’s in Cancun

Lorenzillo’s

$$$$ Caribbean, Seafood, Soups

If you’re a seafood lover, try Lorenzillo’s in Zona Hotelera. 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.  The lobster is succulent and an absolute must try at Lorenzillo’s!

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Authentic Greek cuisine at Ilios Greek Estiatorio Cancun​​
Authentic Greek cuisine at Ilios Greek Estiatorio Cancun​​

Ilios Greek Estiatorio Cancun

$$$$, International, Mediterranean, Greek

Be transported from Cancun to Mykonos at this authentic Greek restaurant in Zona Hotelera. Enjoy the vibrant ambiance, stunning decor, and the open-air feel of Ilios Greek Estiatoria. Try the meze selection, which features classics like hummus, baba ganoush, and dolmathes. For your entree, the oven baked lamb shank is a crowd favorite, but you can also choose from a selection of fresh seafood. Try the baklava, and thank us later! 

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Beach side cabanas at
Beach side cabanas at

Casitas Cancun

$$$$, Seafood, Grill, Gluten Free Options

You can dine in style at one of Casita’s private cabana dining rooms or on the terrace at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Zona Hotelera. The menu suits all tastes, serving delicious seafood, steaks, and desserts expertly paired with their extensive wine list. Try the shrimp tacos, BBQ beef short rib, and for dessert key lime pie or tiramisu.

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Modern Mexican cuisine at Porfirio’s in Cancun
Modern Mexican cuisine at Porfirio’s in Cancun

Porfirio’s

$$$$, Mexican, Latin, Contemporary

When we want to eat something a bit upscale in Cancun, we visit Porfirio’s in Zona Hotelera. We 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!

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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Charles E says:

    Please insert a link to their actual website, not to Facebook.

    1. Daniel says:

      Hey Charles. Thanks for reaching out. Many restaurants in Mexico dont have actual websites, only FB pages. Also, some restaurants have websites that are broken or hacked often. When we find those, we replace them with their FB page instead to protect our guests. Which restaurant are you referring to? I’m happy to check if they have a new site!

  2. Zea Richardson says:

    My boyfriend and I are looking forwards to checking out Parque de las Palapas. We both love checking out local food trucks, and this place seems similar. Thanks for adding them to your list.

  3. Holly D. says:

    I found this guide while researching places to eat in Cancun. My group and I decided on La Fonda Del Zancudo based on your guide. We all really enjoyed it. We sat outside and it was perfect. The food and the atmosphere were both top-notch.

  4. Jennifer Crawley says:

    These all sound delicious! Thank you for this guide. This will be so helpful when my husband and I go there later this summer.

    1. Daniel says:

      Happy to help! You won’t be disappointed.

  5. Celestina says:

    I checked out El Rinconcito de Puebla after coming across this site. My whole group enjoyed it. The portions were huge and they had everything from American food to Mexican food.

    1. Daniel says:

      Glad you liked it!

  6. Blaire Z. says:

    La Fonda Del Zancudo was a great suggestion, and both my girlfriend and I really enjoyed our meals.

  7. Louis Armestad says:

    Porfirios was a great suggestion. Thank you for making our dining choices easier. There are too many choices here!

  8. Shirley Franklin says:

    We love all the recommendations you’ve listed. I’ve been to several of these places but will visit the rest when we go back to Cancun later this year.

  9. Nadine says:

    Awesome recommendations!

  10. Lily & Sam Rohrbach says:

    Marakame was the best! Than you for the excellent recommendations.

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