This casual seafood restaurant is located smack in the middle of the Hotel Zone but it's also a local favorite. El Fish Fritanga is open daily from 11 am to 11 pm. This is a great spot for a family meal. They have high chairs and a changing station available and outdoor kids play area. The restaurant is also pet friendly and offers WiFi. If you go on a fishing tour and catch a fish, they will prepare it for you! Prices on their menu range start at just 52 pesos (about 2.50 usd) for two of their famous pescadillas (fried fish tacos). They are located on the lagoon so you'll enjoy a lovely view. Try the ceviche or fish tacos with a frosty chelada (prepared beer drink). There is now another Fish Fritanga location on Huayacan downtown.
Recommended for Best Value because: El Fish Fritanga serves good food at a fair price. The ambiance and view are great as well.
Kristin's expert tip: El Fish Fritanga delivers in the Hotel Zone so if you feel like staying in one night, have them bring dinner to your doorstep.
Sushi Ken is a local favorite. There are various locations in Cancun. There is also a Sushi Ken in Plaza Outlet that is a nice place to have lunch if you feel like going to the movies or doing some shopping as well. Try the Baby Squid, the spicy Tampico (crab salad) or the delicious Tiger Roll. Their menu is in Spanish and it might be a challenge trying to order Japanese food from a Spanish menu when you only speak English, so maybe try pointing at the pictures. Sushi Ken delivers all over Cancun including to the Hotel Zone.
Recommended for Best Value because: Sushi Ken serves affordable sushi with a Mexican twist and they deliver to the Hotel Zone.
Kristin's expert tip: Thursday is 3 x 2 on all rolls!
Le Natura is located in the heart of the Hotel Zone about 50 meters from the Party Zone, but once you enter this lush, green environment you'll forget that you are in one of the busiest areas of Cancun. They have an extensive menu geared towards fresh, healthy eating and many vegetarian dishes available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The prices are very reasonable. Try the breakfast combos or the lunch/dinner combos. The fresh juices and smoothies are a highlight but don't despair, Le Natura also serves beer, margaritas, daiquiris, etc. etc. This is a restaurant that you may want to visit more than once during your stay.
Recommended for Best Value because: Le Natura serves economical healthy dishes in the Hotel Zone. There are lots of choices for vegetarians.
Kristin's expert tip: Le Natura is pet-friendly so go ahead and bring your four-legged friend with you.
La Troje (The Shed) is tucked in an upscale neighborhood near Plaza Las Americas in downtown Cancun. The restaurant has a sidewalk cafe feeling and they serve delicious salads, pasta, crepes, baguettes, pizza, fondues, beer and wine...so it's a wonderful place for lunch or a light dinner. Try the extremely popular Ensalada Margarita (Margarita Salad) which features shrimp and asparagus. From the Hotel Zone take the R-27 Bus and get off downtown on Tulum avenue in front of Plaza Las Americas, cross Tulum then walk through the old Sport's City parking lot. When you reach the next street La Troje is to the left.
Recommended for Best Value because: La Troje is a local favorite. The food is fresh in a charming ambiance.
Kristin's expert tip: Visit on Tuesday for a 20% discount. Just mention the discount before you order.
El Galeon del Caribe aka Las Pescadillas is a rustic hidden treasure in Cancun's Hotel Zone. Tucked in between the mangroves on Nichupte Lagoon at km 19.4 of Kukulcan Boulevard (across the street from the GR Solaris Cancun) Las Pescadillas, is essentially chairs and tables under a palapa, but they serve the yummiest, freshest pescadillas (fried corn tortillas stuffed with fish) around. They also serve delicious ceviche, garlic shrimp, soft drinks, cold cerveza and more. This is traditional, authentic Mexican seafood at its best, and the price can't be beat. Oh, and there's no dress code.
Recommended for Best Value because: El Galeon del Caribe is a hidden treasure in Cancun's Hotel Zone.
Kristin's expert tip: Order two or three pescadillas. One won't be enough.
This is real Mexican food at a great price. Tacun is located across the street from Plaza Flamingo on the ocean side of the street at km 11.5 in the Hotel Zone. This is the type of authentic, economical food you would normally only find in downtown Cancun. Unlike some larger, less personal restaurants, the owners treasure every single customer. Expect great service and a delicious meal. If you don't see something on the menu, ask. Save yourself a few pesos and eat at Tacun a couple of times during your vacation. You'll be amazed at what you get for the price, but bring cash because Tacun does not accept credit cards.
Recommended for Best Value because: Tacun serves authentic Mexican food at a reasonable price in the Hotel Zone.
Kristin's expert tip: Tacun is located right across the street from Outback Steakhouse... look for the colorful chairs and the pinatas.
Los de Pescado's menu is very small, but the economical items they serve are out of this world. This is a local's favorite, with locations all over downtown Cancun. This is great take-out food that reheats well and they even deliver! Menu items include fish or shrimp tacos, ceviche or ceviche tostadas, and fish or shrimp burritos. Have an ice cold beer or "agua natural" with your lunch or dinner and do not miss the spicy white mayonnaise-based dressing. This is one of the cheapest, yummiest places to eat in Cancun.
Recommended for Best Value because: Los de Pescado serves simple, inexpensive, delicious food that you might want to enjoy more than once during your vacation.
Kristin's expert tip: An order of tacos is two tacos, so order two if you want four!
This is one of the best places in Cancun to go for a sandwich. Fresh baguettes or croissants are piled high with meats, cheeses, and vegetables. The garlic mayonnaise served on these sandwiches makes them highly addictive. The restaurant opens early, for breakfast, and stays open until 10:00 pm. At most times of the day, there is usually a crowd of people waiting near the counter to pick up get their take-out order. Breakfast offerings (only in some locations) consist of croissants, boiled eggs, coffee, cappuccino, espresso, hot chocolate, tea, fruit juice, or sandwiches. The most popular item on the menu is the Economica, an economically priced baguette sandwich. The sandwich consists of salami, cheese and peppers on a baguette. Other popular items are the Italian Sandwich and the Vegetarian Sandwich is an option for diners that don't eat meat. If you prefer your sandwich on a croissant instead of on a baguette, croissants can be substituted for a few pesos more. The delicious food and low prices make this place a huge hit with locals and tourists alike.
Recommended for Best Value because: Ty-Coz is a locals' favorite. Their sandwiches are delicious and economical.
Kristin's expert tip: Try the Italian sandwich. It's one of the best things on the menu. If you are penny-pinching, opt for the inexpensive, yet tasty, Economica sandwich instead.
One of Cancun's most popular downtown taco joints also has a location in the heart of the Hotel Zone, tucked in the courtyard of Plaza Parian, which is next to Chedraui Selecto. It's definitely a hole in the wall, but Tacos Rigo offers an authentic "taqueria" experience and large portions at very economical prices. The menu offers many different types of tacos, including chicken, steak, carnitas, pastor, fish tacos and more, as well as tortas, enchiladas and nachos. They also serve cocktails and beer. To quench your thirst in a very Mexican way, try one of their fresh aguas. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Recommended for Best Value because: The tacos at Tacos Rigos are authentic, really cheap and delicious.
Kristin's expert tip: Many taco places don't accept credit cards, but Tacos Rigo does.
This tiny, open-air restaurant is open 7 days a week and they are always serving delicious, economical food. Day or night, you can order made-to-order burritos and tacos, nachos, taco salads, quesadillas, ceviche and appetizers. After 11:30 am, they fire up the grill and start serving barbecue beef ribs, hamburgers, barbecue garlic chicken, jerk chicken, and grilled chicken wings. There is also a full bar so you can get a beer or cocktail with your meal. For breakfast, there are no traditional American breakfast favorites offered, but they do serve breakfast burritos and tacos, which have spicy Mexican sausage and beans inside them. It's a tasty option for breakfast so don't knock it until you try it.
Recommended for Best Value because: The Surfin Burrito serves yummy food in large portions at a great price.
Kristin's expert tip: All seating is outdoors so make sure to wear sunscreen on sunny days and take an umbrella or raincoat on rainy days because you will be exposed to the elements here.