Cancun's Hotel Zone: Please Your Palate with International Cuisine

Cancun's Hotel Zone is home to a lot of restaurants, most either located inside a hotel or resort or overlooking Nichupte Lagoon. You will only find a few independent restaurants located on the Caribbean Sea. Cancun's first-class restaurants feed visitors from all over the world and serve cuisine from many different countries.

For delicious Mexican cuisine, try Porfirio's. Tora is a newer addition to the line-up, and serves creative Asian dishes. Puerto Madero is an Argentinan steak & seafood restaurant. It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for. Cambalache also features Argentinian fare. Fantino and The Club Grill (both in The Ritz Carlton), never disappoint with their delicious cuisine and impeccable service. If you're in the mood for a perfect steak, Harry's Prime Steakhouse and Raw Bar is unbeatable. Cenacolo Zona Hotelera is the place to go for homemade, handmade pasta. Indulge in some of Cancun's fresh seafood at Fred's House Seafood Market & Grill. 

Escape the resort one evening and dine in one of the Hotel Zone's best restaurants.


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Tora combines gourmet ingredients and ancientand 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 Hotel Zone's Best Restaurants 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!

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One of Cancun's oldest restaurants, Lorenzillo's has been a favorite among locals and tourists since it opened in 1979 due to it's ambiance, outdoor deck, impeccable service and delicious cuisine. Since there is a lobster farm on the premises it's no surprise that the menu consists primarily of seafood dishes. A few meat, poultry, pasta and combination dishes are also offered. For starters, try Las Cornamusas, which are lobster croquettes, served with chipotle mayonnaise. There are many lobster entrees to choose from, plus fish and shrimp. Finish off the evening by indulging in one of Lorenzillo's sinful desserts.

Recommended for Hotel Zone's Best Restaurants because: Lorenzillo's has been open for decades because they serve up delicious food and unforgettable Cancun sunsets.

Susan's expert tip: This restaurant has a lobster farm on-site and you can choose your own lobster.

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This Argentine steakhouse has been one of Cancun's most popular restaurants for many years. Delicious cuts of meat, large portions, and top-notch service make this place a real crowd pleaser. Cambalache and Puerto Madero restaurant are owned by the same company and both have outstanding reputations for serving tasty, high-quality food. If you would like to order a salad find someone to share it with otherwise you won't have room for your steak. Cambalache is located in Plaza La Isla and is a great place to have a late dinner. It's worth skipping your all-inclusive meal for one night.

Recommended for Hotel Zone's Best Restaurants because: Cambalache is perfect for a late dinner and drinks. Their steaks can't be beaten.

Kristin's expert tip: After dinner take a stroll around Plaza La Isla, a charming open-air shopping mall.

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Cenacolo Zona Hotelera
Photo courtesy of Grupo Cenacolo

Cenacolo Zona Hotelera, located at km. 12.6 of Blvd. Kukulcan in the la Europea building, serves upscale Italian dishes and beautiful views of Nichupte Lagoon. The main focus here is seafood, and all of the pasta is handmade and homemade every day. Service is excellent, their wine list includes 100 wines and portions are large. The decor is chic, light and modern, which in combination with Cancun's unparalleled sunsets over the lagoon, creates a lovely ambiance. There is another Cenacolo restaurant located in Marina Town Center. Dress up and leave your flip-flops at the resort for this fine dining experience.

Recommended for Hotel Zone's Best Restaurants because: From the ambiance and the location on the lagoon to the handmade pasta and extensive wine list, Cenacolo is a delightful fine dining experience.

Kristin's expert tip: Plan your dinner around sunset and sit on the terrace. Have your hotel concierge make a reservation for you so you'll be sure to get a table.

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Photo courtesy of Grupo Andersons

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 Hotel Zone's Best Restaurants 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.

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Fred's Seafood & Raw Bar
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Fred's Seafood & Raw Bar offers fresh, delicious cuisine in an elegant waterfront setting. The extensive menu includes hot and cold starters, raw bar, tacos, soups and salads, lobster, catch of the day, rice and pasta and mouthwatering seafood, beef and chicken main courses. Be sure to save room for one of their delectable desserts. There are gluten free options available and service is impeccable. Outdoor dining is available, with tables overlooking the lagoon for a great view of the sunset. Private outdoor cabanas are available for small groups. Fred's is a dining experience worth leaving the resort for.

Recommended for Hotel Zone's Best Restaurants because: Fred's private cabanas for groups are lovely. Many visitors return to eat at Fred's a second time during their stay in Cancun.

Kristin's expert tip: Have your hotel concierge call ahead to reserve a private cabana for your small group.

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The Club Grill
Photo courtesy of The Ritz Carlton Cancun

The Ritz-Carlton Cancun has 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 a la carte 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 wood throughout give this luxurious space a cozy feel. No jacket or tie required but no shorts or flip-flops allowed either. Men are required to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

Recommended for Hotel Zone's Best Restaurants because: The Ritz Carlton is known for its excellence and that shines through at The Club Grill as well. Live music completes the experience.

Kristin's expert tip: Before dinner, have a drink in the martini bar, then try the roasted duck.

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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 Hotel Zone's Best Restaurants 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.

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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 Hotel Zone's Best Restaurants because: Fantino is a AAA Diamond Award-winning restaurant. From the cuisine to the service, it's an exquisite dining experience.

Kristin's expert tip: For the ultimate Fantino experience, order the tasting menu with wine parings.

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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 Hotel Zone's Best Restaurants because: Puerto Madero is a beautiful restaurant that serves exquisite food and provides exceptional service.

Kristin's expert tip: Dine on the terrace for a spectacular view of a Cancun sunset. Your hotel concierge can reserve a table for you.

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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