Cancun's Hotel Zone: Please Your Palate with International Cuisine

Cancun's Hotel Zone is home to a lot of restaurants, most either located inside a hotel or resort, or overlooking Nichupte Lagoon. You will only find a few restaurants located on the Caribbean Sea. Cancun's first class restaurants feed visitors from all over the world, and serve cuisine from many different countries.

Puerto Madero, arguably Cancun's best restaurant, is an Argentinan steak & seafood restaurant. It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for. Cambalache also features Argentinian fare. La Habichuela Sunset, sister to downtown Cancun's La Habichuela, serves traditional Yucatecan food from the region of Mexico in which Cancun is located. Fantino and The Club Grill (in the Ritz Carlton) never disappoint with their delicious cuisine and impeccable service. If you're in the mood for a perfect steak, Harry's Prime Steakhouse and Raw Bar is unbeatable. La Palapa Belga is a small, intimate restaurant which services French cuisine and Belgian specialites. Cenacolo Laguna is the place to go for homemade, handmade pasta. Indulge in some of Cancun's fresh seafood at Fred's House Seafood Market & Grill. For amazing ambiance and authentic Thai food, Thai in Plaza La Isla is your best bet.

Escape the resort one evening and dine in one of the Hotel Zone's best restaurants.

Zona Hotelera

This open-air restaurant is small and intimate and is one of Cancun's hidden treasures. It's located in Cancun's Hotel Zone but slightly off the beaten path. La Palapa Belga is tucked inside a small hotel that sits on Nichupte Lagoon in the...  Read More

Zona Hotelera

This Argentine steakhouse has been one of Cancun's most popular restaurants for many years. Delicious cuts of meat, large portions, and top-notch service make this place a real crowd pleaser. Cambalache and Puerto Madero restaurant are owned by...  Read More

Cenacolo Laguna (Cenacolo II)
Photo courtesy of Grupo Cenacolo

Cenacolo Mare, located at km. 13.5 of Blvd. Kukulcan, serves upscale Italian dishes and beautiful views of Nichupte Lagoon. The focus here is seafood. All of the pasta is homemade and handmade fresh every day (not with a press). Service is...  Read More

Fred's House Seafood Market & Grill
Photo courtesy of JC Capitan

Fred's House offers fresh, delicious seafood in an elegant waterfront setting. The menu has an extensive selection of seafood dishes, as well as beef, chicken, and specialties of the chef. There are also selections available from the raw...  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

Hotel Zone
The Club Grill
Photo courtesy of Harry's Facebook

The Ritz-Carlton Cancun is has 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 a la carte menu. Impeccable...  Read More

Prime cuts of USDA, dry-aged 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, Australia and...  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

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


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