Delight in Cancun's cuisine at the city's 10 best restaurants

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

Cenacolo Laguna (Cenacolo II)
Photo courtesy of Grupo Cenacolo


Cenacolo Laguna (Cenacolo II), located at km. 13.5 of Blvd. Kukulcan, serves upscale Italian dishes and beautiful views of Nichupte Lagoon. The main focus here is seafood, and all of the pasta is homemade every day. Service is excellent, an...  Read More



This cozy restaurant in downtown Cancun is one of the city'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, veal, beef, vegetarian and pasta and a...  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

Hotel Zone
La Joya
Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse


La Joya is, in one word, enchanting. From the stained glass windows and the pink flowering trees to the authentic live music and scrumptious Mexican food, a meal at La Joya will charm all of your senses. Parents will love the welcoming room off...  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, but still warm and inviting. Men are...  Read More

Zona Hotelera


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 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 regular...  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 Mayan sculptures, trees, plants and twinkling lights can be enjoyed in the open...  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