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Cancun Restaurant Guide

Cosmopolitan Cuisine For Any Budget

Updated May 2021

Welcome to Cancun

Cancun is a famous resort town on the Caribbean Sea with stunning beaches, pristine turquoise waters, and exciting nightlife. On top of being an electrifying destination to visit, you can find a wide range of wonderful bites to eat. If you’re looking for a culinary adventure in Cancun, here are some of the best restaurants in Cancun!

Cancun is a famous resort town on the Caribbean Sea with stunning beaches, pristine turquoise waters, and exciting nightlife. On top of being an electrifying destination to visit, you can find a wide range of wonderful bites to eat. If you’re looking for a culinary adventure in Cancun, here are some of the best restaurants in Cancun!

Where to Eat

The Top Neighborhoods

CENTRO

Centro or Downtown Cancun is where the locals live and is your best stop for budget accommodations and local cuisine. It’s definitely more of a charming authentic experience, but you don’t have all the picture-perfect beaches and infinity pools.

  ZONA HOTELERA

Zona Hotelera is where most of the large all-inclusive and luxury chain hotels are. It’s on an incredibly beautiful strip of beach and is a great place if you just want to relax at the beach and eat at pricier oceanfront restaurants. The northern part of Zona Hotelera is called Punta Cancun and is the nightlife party area with plenty of clubs, late-night eats, and tourist bars.

Budget Options

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

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, 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, 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

Midrange Options

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, 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, 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, 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

Irori, One Of The Best Restaurants In Cancun

Irori

 Staff Favorite – If you want something that is both familiar and unique, visit Irori. 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.

Located in Centro

High-End Options

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, 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, 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

Porfirio’s, One Of The Best Restaurants In Cancun

Porfirio’s

 Staff Favorite – When we want to eat something a bit upscale in Cancun, we visit Porfirio’s. 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!

Located in Zona Hotelera

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

  2. 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.

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