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Holbox Restaurant Guide

The Best Places To Eat On The Island

Updated December 2022

Holbox Restaurant Guide: The Best Restaurants In Holbox
Holbox Restaurant Guide: The Best Restaurants In Holbox

Welcome to Holbox

Isla Holbox is a spectacular island off the northern shores of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. About two hours north of Cancun, this laid back island offers a pleasant respite in the Mexican Caribbean. The island has a wide variety of centrally located restaurants sure to make your mouth water. You won’t regret a visit to any of these restaurants on Isla Holbox. 

Isla Holbox is a spectacular island off the northern shores of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. About two hours north of Cancun, this laid back island offers a pleasant respite in the Mexican Caribbean. The island has a wide variety of centrally located restaurants sure to make your mouth water. You won’t regret a visit to any of these restaurants on Isla Holbox. 

Holbox Map

Holbox Map

Where to Eat

The Top Neighborhoods

CENTRO / PLAYA HOLBOX

Isla Holbox is 26 miles long, but only one mile wide and Centro/Playa Holbox is the place to find all of the best restaurants. This is also the heart of the island where you’ll find hotels, eateries, shops, and much more. Most places are easily walkable within Centro, located on the western end of the island. 

Budget Options

Las Panchas, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico
Las Panchas, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico

Las Panchas

$, Mexican, Caribbean, Latin

Las Panchas is a local classic with terrific seafood, tasty margaritas, and live music in Centro. The warm ambiance and welcoming staff and traditional dishes make Las Panchas feel like a home cooked meal. You can fill up on some delicious bites of fish or shrimp tacos while enjoying the seaside view without breaking your wallet!

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Arte Sano, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico
Arte Sano, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico

Arte Sano

$, Mexican, Latin, Healthy

If you’re looking for healthy but tasty options at a Mexican eatery, Arte Sano is your place in Centro. You’ll find traditional favorites like chilaquiles with fresh local eggs, but the menu also has numerous appetizing vegetarian and vegan options. Try the Green Goddess, it’s Arte Sano’s specialty. You’ll feel satisfied after eating here.

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Holbox Restaurant Guide
Holbox Restaurant Guide

Barba Negra

$ Mexican, Latin, Seafood

A tropical vibe lends to the atmosphere at Barba Negra in Centro. Situated in the “Foodie Market”, Barba Negra is a taco stall you cannot miss. A local favorite for amazing tacos whether you grab a cocktail or tacos the food here is sure to satisfy your hunger. Try the Baja or Mayan Fish Tacos and the guacamole.

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Tierra Mia Juice and Coffee, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico
Tierra Mia Juice and Coffee, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico

Tierra Mia Juice and Coffee

$, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Tierra Mia is an environmentally friendly café with delicious smoothies, coffee, juices, light breakfasts, and lunches right in Centro. Everything is made fresh, and they import their delicious coffee from Chiapas. Try the Coco Latte, any of the fruit smoothies, and the bagels for a great start to the day! 

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Ceviches La Chingada, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico
Ceviches La Chingada, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico

Ceviches La Chingada

$, Mexican, Caribbean, Latin

Ceviches La Chingada is a favorite local spot on Holbox and for good reason, the seafood is fresh and offered at a great price in Centro. The place has mouthwatering ceviches, seafood tacos, and platters that come in ample portions. Perfect for a family meal or a quick bite with friends.

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Los Peleones Holbox, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico
Los Peleones Holbox, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico

Los Peleones Holbox

$$ - $$$, Italian, Mexican, Seafood

Whenever guests visit Holbox, they love visiting this crazy luchador themed rooftop restaurant in Centro. This funky spot serves high-quality housemade pasta and refreshing drinks. The portions are generous, and the leftovers could last you several meals. You may even leave with your own luchador mask.

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Midrange Options

Roots Pizza a Leña, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico
Roots Pizza a Leña, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico

Roots Pizza a Leña

$$ - $$$, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Try an International classic with a local twist at Roots Pizza a Leña in Centro. Their most famous pie is the lobster pizza, but they also offer plenty of unique pizzas, including “The Yucateca” and “The Poblana.” Fans of Roots rave about the friendly service, chill atmosphere, and perfect pizza crust. 

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Milpa, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico
Milpa, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico

Milpa

$$ - $$$, Mexican, Mediterranean, Deli

Milpa is a family-owned restaurant in Centro that serves modernized Mexican cuisine created by head chef Adrian Barajas. The restaurant only serves fresh locally-sourced ingredients with the highest quality produce. This not-so-well-kept secret is incredibly popular and reservations are recommended. All plates come with complimentary salsas, bread, and juices. For something special try the seasonal 5-course tasting menu

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Painapol, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico
Painapol, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico

Painapol

$$ - $$$, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly

For a delightful, fresh, and colorful breakfast, head to Painapol in Centro. The chill vibes will have you relaxed in no time and every plate here looks like a work of art. The restaurant serves everything from fresh juices to tasty avocado toasts in a beautiful setting. Try the frappuccino, fresh fruit bowl, or avocado toast.

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Parador 33, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico
Parador 33, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico

Parador 33

$$ - $$$, Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean

If you’re looking for something different give Parador 33 in Centro a try. This Argentine/Uruguayan restaurant serves up delicious fusion dishes in a gorgeous setting. Their pasta and bread are homemade, and all of their meat is grass-fed and free-range from the Uruguayan countryside. Try the Filete de Sal, a dish for two, as recommended by the chef.

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High-End Options

Holbox Restaurant Guide, the best restaurants in Holbox mexico
Holbox Restaurant Guide, the best restaurants in Holbox mexico
Holbox Restaurant Guide, the best restaurants in Holbox mexico
Holbox Restaurant Guide, the best restaurants in Holbox mexico
Holbox Restaurant Guide, the best restaurants in Holbox mexico

Piedrasanta Holbox

$$$$ Mexican, Caribbean, Latin

At Piedrasanta Holbox, both the food and experience are magical at this stunning eatery in Centro. Set in a whimsical garden filled with fairy lights, the artistically prepared food and cocktails are the stuff of dreams. Did we mention that everything is also delicious? Don’t miss the ceviche, shrimp, and dessert. This is a must visit!

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Ser Esencia Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico
Ser Esencia Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico

Ser Esencia Restaurant

$$$$, Mexican, Seafood, International

This modern fusion restaurant is the brainchild of one of Mexico’s most acclaimed chefs, Roberto Solis. You’ll find Ser Esencia Restaurant inside the CasaSandra Boutique Hotel in Centro. The food fuses the flavors of Mayan culture with modern cooking techniques for a unique dining experience. Don’t miss the sashimi sea bass, margaritas, and the chocolate tamale for dessert.

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Luuma, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico
Luuma, one of the best restaurants in Holbox mexico

Luuma

$$$$, Mexican, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly

Luuma is a lively space that serves delicious tapas and refreshing artisan cocktails in their beautifully decorated garden setting in Centro. Exceptional contemporary Mexican and cosmopolitan cuisine. Luuma is often regarded as one of the best restaurants in Holbox, and they even have live music to add to the charming ambiance. Try the fresh tuna ceviche, octopus empanadas, and delicious cocktails.

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Roots Pizza a Lena was such a great restaurant for my whole family! We were ready for something that wasn’t traditional food, so we were looking for food online and came across this website. Thank you for the suggestion. It was great!

  2. My wife and I are complete foodies and came across this food guide while researching places to eat on our next vacation. This list makes it really hard to just decide on a few. All of these places look great.

  3. My boyfriend and I went to Luuma after finding this page. Their food was spot on and having the live music made for a perfect night. If anything, go for the atmosphere. It was so modern and fun.

  4. Great list of restaurants….we went to a few on this list, but Parador 33 was our favorite. Their homemade pasta was fantastic and the atmosphere was nice. Thanks for all the suggestions.

  5. Honestly this is the only food guide I have found that is actually on point. All the recommendations are fantastic. If you are a food person, eat at every place this guide recommended. Thank you Island Life Mexico! Yummy

  6. We wish we had enough time on the island to visit all these wonderful sounding restaurants. Thank you for doing all the work for us and posting this article. Excellent picks!

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