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

Kristin Busse

By , Local Expert, Cancún
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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, Yucatecan and even...  Read more »

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    La Habichuela

    La Habichuela is a Cancun institution that has been open since 1977!

    Local Expert Tip: "For the best experience, request a table in the lovely garden section."

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    Puerto Madero

    Puerto Madero's food, service and ambiance are impeccable. This is the best steakhouse in Cancun.

    Local Expert Tip: "Reserve a table on the terrace for a romantic dinner."

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    Harry's Prime Steakhouse and Raw Bar

    Harry's is a fine dining American steakhouse located in the heart of the Mexican Caribbean. The food is delicious.

    Local Expert Tip: "Save room for the cotton candy that is delivered to each table at the end of the meal."

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    Julia Mia

    Julia Mia serves delicious cuisine in a beautiful ambiance. On Fridays they feature live Mariachis.

    Local Expert Tip: "Julia Mia is new on the scene so if the taxi driver doesn't know where it is, tell him/her that it's across the street from Costco and just a block away from OXXO."

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    Du Mexique

    Du Mexique's French fusion food is unique and first class. This is one of Cancun's finest restaurants.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try a Mexican wine with your dinner. Not many people know that Mexico produces some very good vintages."

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    Peter's Restaurante

    Peter's is a beloved Cancun restaurant. Owner Peter greets each customer personally.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to make reservations as the charming dining room has only 8 tables."

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    La Palapa Belga

    La Palapa Belga is romantic, intimate and serves unbelievable food at a reasonable price.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure you have directions to the restaurant in case your taxi driver doesn't know where it's located. The food is great and it's worth the extra effort required to find the place. "

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    L'escargot is a hidden gem in downtown Cancun. It's cozy, the service is excellent and the French cuisine is exquisite.

    Local Expert Tip: "Call ahead and ask which night they will have live music."

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    Les Cepages

    You'll enjoy innovative gourmet dishes at a fraction of Hotel Zone prices at Le Cepages in downtown Cancun.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make your reservation online if you are worried about attempting to speak Spanish over the telephone. A reservation form is available on the restaurant's website."

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    Cocina de Autor

    Cocina de Autor is charming, located in what used to be someone's home. The cuisine could be described as homemade gourmet.

    Local Expert Tip: "There is limited seating on the patio so if you wish to dine outdoors reservations are a must."



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