Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Mexico City dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Mexico City Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

8 La Valentina
Pulling together regional dishes from across Mexico, this restaurant serves entrees made of a unique blend of chilies, herbs, nuts, spices, poultry, vegetables and seafood. Try the cilantro soup, the fish tacos or the blackened marinated chicken. There is live Mariachi music Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and the bar has a quality assortment of tequilas. Friendly service and a casual environment add to this eatery's draw. (55-5282-2297)

7 Col. San Ángel Inn
Housed in a 17th-century monastery and located in the San Ángel suburb, this classy restaurant is tailor made for special occasions and celebratory nights out. Tables are adorned with white linens, and suited waiters attend your every whim. The menu serves a blend of Mexican and international cuisine. Start out with the lobster bisque or the Aztec tortilla soup, then opt for the grilled steak or stuffed peppers. The outdoor courtyard boasts a charming fountain and flower gardens. Specialty margaritas and a large wine list accompany the first class menu. (55-5616-1402)

6 MP Cafe Bistro
This popular bistro boasts an eclectic blend of dishes with a focus on Asian fusion and a dash of Mexican for fun. The unique combination of flavors packs in a trendy see-and-be-seen crowd. Tasty treats like duck taco, corn chowder and seafood dumplings keep reeling clientele in. An energetic mood prevails throughout this Polanco area trend setter. An extensive wine list offers varietals from across the globe. (55-5280-2506)

5 Au Pied de Cochon
This 24-hour restaurant makes its home in the Hotel Presidente Inter-Continental and serves top-of-the-line French cuisine. A hearty roster of steak frites, pied de cochon (pigs' feet), lobster, seafood dishes and steaks make up the menu. A well-chosen and quite large wine list accompanies the classic eats. A well-heeled crowd packs out the Art Nouveau interior, sitting at tables and filling the two bar areas at all hours of the day and night. (55-5327-7756)

4 Café Tacuba
If you're in the Centro Histórico area, stop in at the Café Tacuba for lunch or dinner for authentic Mexican cuisine served in a classy setting replete with brightly colored tiles, handmade furniture, stained glass windows, wall murals and large archways. Feast on tasty tamales, chiles rellenos and enchiladas. Live music is performed most nights, with entertainment that ranges from guitarists to costumed singers. (55-5512-8482)

3 La Nueva Opera Bar
Fabled to be one of the haunts of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, this restaurant-bar dates back to the late 19th century and lays claim to the fact that Pancho Villa shot hole right through the ceiling. That hole remains today as proof. The interior is dark and rather masculine. Think mahogany tables and oversized furniture. Order your choice of drinks, sample the food, listen to the mariachis and enjoy a relaxing visit at this Mexico City favorite. (55-5512-8959)

2 Fonda el Refugio
Celebrities and regular folk alike voice rave reviews for this classic Mexican restaurant that's housed in a quaint two-story house. It's been a Zona Rosa mainstay for over 40 years and simply gets better with age. Scratch made tortillas, chicken breast topped with light chocolate sauce, mole poblano, beef-stuffed chiles and other inventive dishes keep taste buds begging for more. A charming fireplace takes the edge off cool evenings and adds an air of romance. (55-5207-2732)

1 Tezka
Tezka serves the finest avant-garde Spanish cuisine with hints of Mexican flavors. In fact, it's a sister restaurant to the world-famous Arzak in San Sebastián, Spain. Owner and Chef Juan Mari Arzak takes pride in providing nothing but the finest experience to his dedicated patrons. Multiple dining rooms host guests in fine fashion, with lovely wrought iron and neutral colors setting the elegant, yet casual tone of the restaurant. Try the sea bass adorned with pistachio sauce or the 'Cochinillo,' piggy cooked for 24 hours, served and with spinach. Don't skip desserts as they are plentiful and delicious. A large wine list that includes both Mexican and Spanish varieties rounds out this culinary adventure. (55-5228-9918)


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La Valentina 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
COST: $$$
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Col. San Ángel Inn 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Ethnic, European, Latin, Mexican
Dining Options: Live Music
COST: $$$
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MP Cafe Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Fusion
Neighborhood: POLANCO
COST: $$$
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Au Pied de Cochon 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
COST: $$
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Café Tacuba 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Dining Options: Live Music
Neighborhood: CENTRO HISTORICO
COST: $$
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La Nueva Opera Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Dining Options: Live Music
Neighborhood: CENTRO HISTORICO
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Fonda el Refugio 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
COST: $$
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Tezka 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Basque, European, Spanish
Neighborhood: JUAREZ
COST: $$
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