Cancun's Best Restaurants: Indulge at Foodie Spots in Hotel Zone, Downtown

Cancun is a gastronomic delight for foodies and anyone else who enjoys a delicious meal. Countless restaurants serving all types of cuisine can be found in the famed Hotel Zone and in downtown Cancun. Surprisingly, there are only a few oceanfront restaurants in the HoZo (Hotel Zone) which are not located in a resort, but you’ll find an abundance of fine, waterfront eateries overlooking Nichupte Lagoon, which provides a spectaular view of Cancun's unparalleled sunsets.

In addition to many seafood restaurants and steakhouses you’ll also find eateries that specialize in Mexican, Italian, Thai, Indian, French and Yucatecan cuisine. There are a number of AAA Five-Diamond Award winning restaurants in Cancun, including Le Basillic in the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach and The Club Grill and Fantino, both of which are located in The Ritz-Carlton Cancun.

Some of Cancun's restaurants, like La Habichuela, located in downtown Cancun next to Parque las Palapas (Palapas Park) have been open for many years and have a proven record of excellence. Others, like Les Cepages, also located downtown, have only been open for a few years but have quickly become extremely popular with both tourists and locals due to their superior service and delicious food.  If you don't want to stray far from your resort, Puerto Madero, arguably one of Cancun's best and most popular restaurants, is an Argentinian steakhouse located in the Hotel Zone.

Escape the all inclusive resort one evening and discover Cancun's best restaurants.

This small French restaurant is tucked away on a quiet side street in downtown Cancun and is operated by a Parisian who arrived in Cancun some 30 years ago. Don't be surprised if she's sitting at the door waiting for you when you arrive. The...  Read More

La Habichuela Sunset and its sister property, La Habichuela, which is located in downtown Cancun, both serve fine Mayan, Mexican, Caribbean and international cuisine. They even have a key on the menu to help you order. Both have lovely garden...  Read More

This cozy restaurant in downtown Cancun has only been open for a few years, yet it's one of Cancun's most popular eateries. The restaurant is staffed by a family, the owner Peter, his wife Claudia and their son Eder. Dishes include shrimp, fish,...  Read More

Du Mexique is another one of the amazing restaurants on Bonampak avenue in downtown Cancun. This is a lovely place to celebrate a special occasion like an anniversary or birthday. Located in what used to be a house, the divine ambiance, service...  Read More

Prime cuts of USDA beef, dry-aged beef and Kobe beef are served at this upscale, waterfront restaurant. Beef that is dry-aged has more flavor and is more tender than beef that has not undergone the dry-aging process. Kobe beef from Japan,...  Read More

Zona Hotelera

Fantino is located in the Ritz-Carlton Cancun and is a AAA Diamond Award-winning restaurant. Traditional Mediterranean dishes are perfectly executed with a contemporary touch. Service is exceptional yet warm and inviting. Men are required to...  Read More

Zona Hotelera
Puerto Madero
Photo courtesy of Puerto Madero Cancun

Arguably Cancun's finest and certainly one of its most popular restaurants, Puerto Madero is named for the Buenos Aires port district that has risen to upscale trendiness in recent years. The decor has a stylishly industrial feel, much like the...  Read More

Hotel Zone
The Club Grill
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The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun is fortunate enough to have two AAA Five Diamond Restaurants on the premises and The Club Grill is one of them. Seafood, duck, and fine cuts of meat are featured. Guests may try the tasting menu or order from the...  Read More

Hotel Zone

Le Basilic is one of the few AAA Five Diamond restaurants in Cancun. Located in the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, the exquisite French Mediterranean cuisine they serve is prepared by acclaimed Chef Henri Charvet. Everything about Le...  Read More

La Habichuela has been a fixture in Cancun for over 30 years and is located in what was once owner Armando Pezzotti's home. The delightful ambiance which includes sculptures, trees, plants and twinkling lights can be enjoyed in the open air...  Read More


Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin