5 best restaurants in Cancun
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
Haute cuisine dinner party
Just because you’re on holiday doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a dinner party. This renowned French Mexican restaurant is in the chef’s own home which he’s converted into an intimate setting. Du Mexique offers a cosy sitting area for just 20 guests per evening as well as a magnificent menu which changes daily. Choices could include entrecôte with wine sauce or duckling with risotto. Your dinner ritual begins with martinis in the tropical garden, surrounded by twinkling tiki torches.
Av. Bonampak 109, Sm 3 El Centro Tel: +52 998 884 5919
The Surfin Burrito
Best burritos in Cancun
Who says you have to spend a fortune dining out in this luxurious playground? At The Surfin Burrito, you’ll enjoy mouth-watering beef, chicken, veg or even your own customised burritos – at backwater prices. With all dishes under $10, this spot is a real win. A small shack on the main street, with picnic table outdoors seating, it’s a great place to people watch. There’s also a laid-back vibe, reggae music and a full bar. Don't miss it – it’s perfect for lunch or early evening.
Blvd. Kukulkan, Km. 9.5
Tel: +52 998 883 0083 http://surfinburrito.com
Tel: +52 998 885 2829 www.puertomaderorestaurantes.com/
Surf and turf on the water
You can’t beat a juicy cut of beef or fresh seafood when you’re in Mexico. Puerto Madero gets full marks for both, whether it’s a tasty rib-eye or grilled octopus. The setting is fun and lively indoors and ultra-romantic outside with lagoon-side tables overlooking the downtown lights. No matter what you order, grab a side of papas infladas (fried puffed potatoes). They taste delicious and crackle on your tongue. It’s popular with the locals so book ahead on weekends.
Boulevard Kukulcán, Kilometre 12.5 Zona Hotelera
14 courses just 15 minutes away
Make a meal of it. This famed Puerto Morelos restaurant, a quarter of an hour south of Cancun, offers a set menu of fourteen delectable courses. Le Chique’s Spanish chef has worked at some of the world’s best restaurants and now delights diners with his innovative menu, which includes such intricacies as Campari-drenched cherries, black truffle marshmallows and foie gras crème brulee. It’s a sensory experience surrounded by lush curtains, leather furniture and twinkling lights.
Carretera Cancun-Puerto Morelos, Kilometre 27.5, Bahia Petempich
Tel: +52 998 872 8450
La Habichuela Sunset
Mayan-inspired in the heart of town
One of Cancun’s favourite restaurants for the past two decades, this Mayan-influenced spot in the party-central hotel zone never fails to impress. Wrought iron chairs, candlelit tables, statues of Mayan deities and a delightful hacienda-style garden provides the dreamiest ambience. The food is local and unique - and includes such dishes as shrimp with truffle style corn as well as aphrodisiacal drinks like the Xtabentun Honey Coculnich Cocktail. Enjoy your dinner then hit the nearby clubs.
Boulevard Kukulcán, Kilometre 12.6, Zona Hotelera
Tel: +52 998 840 6280