Tora combines gourmet ingredients and ancient and modern techniques to create fine Japanese cuisine presented in innovative ways. The large menu includes a special vegan section, signature cocktails, Japanese whisky and of course, Sake. The deck, with tables on different levels, candles and plush white sofas, offers spectacular views of sunsets over Nichupte Lagoon, while inside, bamboo, plants and twinkling lights create a dreamy, glamourous atmosphere. Excellent service and fun surprises complete the experience. Special tasting menus are available for events like birthdays, anniversaries or even a wedding reception, for groups of at least 15 people.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Tora's beautiful decoration, scrumptious Japanese cuisine and fun surprises make for a unique dining experience.
Kristin's expert tip: Stop at the bar on your way out for some fun!
Porfirio's offers the best of Mexican cuisine, using traditional ingredients and techniques to create modern Mexican dishes. This beautiful restaurant, located on Nichupte Lagoon in the Hotel Zone, offers indoor and outdoor seating. Outdoor is the way to go if you want to witness one of Cancun's spectacular sunsets. A lively ambiance is created with traditional performances featuring dancers and mariachis, and contemporary house music in between. Porfirio's offers more than 100 tequilas and mezcals, served from a cart that goes table to table and mixes specialty cocktails. Service is unparalleled. For dessert try the churros cart, or for little diners, the ice cream truck dessert.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Porfirio's offers an upscale, authentic Mexican dining experience with delightful surprises.
Kristin's expert tip: Charge your phone before you arrive because Porfirio's offers plenty of Instagramable moments. If you are celebrating a special occasion, make sure you mention it to your waiter.
French contemporary restaurant Les Cepages just celebrated its 4th anniversary. They serve imaginative dishes made with the freshest, high-quality ingredients. This is fine dining at a much lower price than you will find in the Hotel Zone. Don't miss singature dish Roasted Rack of Lamb with Mint demi-glaze. They are open Monday from 6 to 11pm and Tuesday throught Saturday from 3 to 11pm and are closed Sundays. Due to the size of the dining space, reservations are suggested. To get there, take the R1 or R2 bus to the first stop downtown, then take a taxi to Plaza Nichupte on Nichupte Avenue.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Les Cepages became one of Cancun's highest rated restaurants shortly after it opened.
Kristin's expert tip: Make your reservation online if you are worried about attempting to speak Spanish over the telephone. A reservation form is available on the restaurant's website.
For more than 45 years, Ruth's Chris Steak House has been serving prime cuts of beef to its discerning customers. Cancun's Ruth's Chris Steak House is no different and serves nothing but the finest cuts of USDA beef. In addition to top-notch steaks, you'll also find perfectly prepared seafood dishes at this upscale eatery. If a large steak isn't your style, you'll still have a wonderful array of large salads and side dishes to choose from, as well as potatoes served seven different ways. Conveniently located in Plaza Kukulcan, you can easily reach the restaurant via bus or taxi.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Ruth's Chris' reputation proceeds it, and the Cancun version doesn't disappoint.
Kristin's expert tip: Before dinner, enjoy a Luxurita, Ruth's Chris' top-shelf margarita. It's made with Patron Silver Tequila and Remy Martin VS Cognac.
This Italian fusion restaurant has been open since 1989, an eternity in Cancun. The fare can be described as Italian with a Mexican Caribbean influence. The service is impeccable, attentive yet unobtrusive, and the chef always comes out of the kitchen to greet customers and ask if they are enjoying their meal. If you have a taste for something, just ask, the kitchen is very accommodating. This is a great setting to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. If you arrive at 8 pm, you'll wonder where all of the customers are, but by 10 pm Locanda Paolo will be full.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Locando Paolo has been providing excellent personal service and creating delicious cuisine since 1989.
Kristin's expert tip: Dress to impress, no shorts or flip-flops here.
La Habichuela has been a fixture in Cancun for over 40 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 air garden or from the indoor section. Offering high quality food made with the finest ingredients and superb service, the restaurant's signature dish is Cocobichuela, a mixture of lobster, shrimp, rice, curry sauce and tropical fruits, all served in a coconut shell. No meal at La Habichuela is complete without the Chichen Itza dessert and Mayan coffee.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: La Habichela's cuisine, service and ambiance are the reason it has been open for over 30 years.
Kristin's expert tip: The garden area is lovely. Request a table in that section.
Arguably one of 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 district itself. Argentinean cuisine is their specialty. They serve lots of fresh seafood and prime steaks grilled to your specifications, and also offer excellent pasta and salads. If you're watching your pocketbook, order a few appetizers and share them. Puerto Madero is the perfect restaurant for a big date or a special anniversary or birthday. Dress to impress.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Argentinian restaurant Puerto Madero is one of Cancun's most popular dining establishments due to its delicious cuisine and upscale ambiance.
Kristin's expert tip: Ask your concierge to make a reservation. Puerto Madero is one of the most popular restaurants in the Hotel Zone.
Harry's Prime Steakhouse and Rawbar's specialities are USDA prime, Black Onyx and Kobe beef prepared to perfection. They also serve tempting appetizers, other meats like lamb and ribs, seafood, hamburgers and sandwiches. Harry's also offers delicious desserts and a variety of creative cocktails. Service is top notch. The restaurant was recently remodeled and expanded and feels like a scene from The Great Gatsby movie. Portions are large, so you might want to consider sharing an entree or side dishes. Once you dine at Harry's, you'll return time and time again.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Harry's Prime Steakhouse and Raw Bar provides a top-notch dining experience, from the food to the service to the ambiance.
Kristin's expert tip: Make a reservation for just before sunset, sit outside on the terrance and save room for the cotton candy that is delivered to each table at the end of the meal.
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. The ambiance is elegant and the service is exceptional yet warm and inviting. Men are required to wear jackets, long pants and shoes. Fantino is family-friendly and features a children's menu, but keep in mind the atmosphere is quiet and elegant so children should be well-behaved. There is a private dining room for parties or celebrations. Save room for the dessert cart. This is truly fine dining.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Fantino is a AAA Five Diamond Award restaurant. Need we say more?
Kristin's expert tip: For the ultimate Fantino experience, order the tasting menu with wine parings.
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 menu. Impeccable service and outstanding cuisine make this one of Cancun's finest restaurants. There is a dance floor and a jazz band plays softly, during dinner. The soft lighting and dark woods throughout the room give this luxurious place a cozy feel. Although the dress code is "smart casual", men are required to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: The Club Grill combines classic cuisine with modern cooking techniques in a gorgeous setting.
Kristin's expert tip: Try the roasted duck. It is excellent. Before dinner, have a drink in the martini bar.