Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Cancun: Your Kids Will Love These Fun Eateries

Cancun is a vacation destination with something for everyone, including families. Often wrongly labeled as Party Central, Cancun also boasts endless activities, tours, resorts and restaurants for all ages.

You might be surprised to hear that popular bars like Senor Frogs and Carlos n' Charlie's are also family-friendly restaurants, as long and you and the kids hightail it out of there by 9 or 10 pm. Local downtown favorites like La Casa de los Abuelos and Marakame feature play areas and children's menus. Johnny Rockets in Plaza La Isla is a great place to stop for lunch before a visit to the Interactive Aquarium. Fish Fritanga is a delicious seafood option located on the lagoon in the Hotel Zone with a small playground and a great view for mom and dad. Perico's is a lively Mexican restaurant in downtown Cancun that encourages audience participation in its frequent shows. Mextreme, which is located in Cancun's Party Center in the Hotel Zone, is always a fun, lively place to have dinner.

Another options is to eat at one of the many restaurants in Plaza Las Americas that have kids play areas like Chili's, Tok's or McDonalds.

When in Cancun, check out these restaurants that the entire family can enjoy.




Hidden in an upscale neighborhood in downtown Cancun, Marakame is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They even deliver. This indoor/outdoor restaurant is great for an event, like a baby shower or birthday, a family breakfast or a romantic...  Read More



When visitors and locals go in search of a festive Mexican meal, they usually end up at La Parrilla. The restaurant features a large salon and terrace, festive colors and fountains, and those wanting a little variety can order a margarita mixed...  Read More

Zona Hotelera


Carlos n' Charlie's is not only a Cancun party institution, it's a restaurant that serves delicious food, and if you visit during the day for lunch or in the early evening for dinner it's a fun place for the entire family. Kids can order...  Read More



Diners can literally "saddle up" to the bar at Perico's because the bar stools, well, have saddles on them. This lively atmosphere is perfect for group lunches or just groups in general. Waiters dress as Mexican zapatas (revolutionaries), and...  Read More



This American chain-restaurant is just as popular in Cancun as it is in the good ol' US of A. Cancun, a city surrounded by water, has some wonderful seafood restaurants to choose from, but Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is often busy because guests...  Read More

Hotel Zone


Sometimes, while on vacation, you tire of all the local cuisine and you just want a burger. Well, when that craving hits you in Cancun, go to Johnny Rockets. The soda fountain theme will make you think you've traveled back in time to the 1950s....  Read More



This casual seafood restaurant is located smack in the middle of the Hotel Zone but it's a local favorite. El Fish Fritanga's restaurant is open daily from 11 am to 11 pm but their taco stand is open from 7 am until 1 am. This is a great spot...  Read More

Zona Hotelera
Senor Frogs
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The name Senor Frog's is synonymous with fun. This bar and restaurant has sawdust on the floor so you don't have to worry about your children making a mess. Kids can order "virgin" versions of the famous drinks in yard glasses that people love...  Read More

La Casa de Los Abuelos
Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse


La Casa de Los Abuelos (The Grandparents' House) is a Mexican family restaurant and bakery. They have four locations, two of which are in Cancun. The idea here is that the food is traditional Mexican fare, something your abuelos (grandparents)...  Read More

Hotel Zone
Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse


Mextreme is a colorful open-air Mexican restaurant located at km 9 in the Hotel Zone, right in the heart of Cancun's Party Center. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a whole bunch of fun. Waiters put on little shows, do magic tricks and...  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