Beyond Nachos and Tacos: Cancun's Best Mexican Restaurants

If you love real Mexican food, you'll be in heaven in Cancun. Here you'll find everything from taco street stands and budget-friendly beach eateries to fine dining restaurants that serve gourmet Mexican cuisine.  

La Habichuela located in downtown Cancun serves delicious Yucatecan food and seafood dishes, and is one of the oldest restaurants in Cancun. Labna, located next door to La Habichuela also serves Yucatecan cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.

For upscale Mexican food, Julia Mia offers gourmet cuisine at a reasonable price in a lovely atmosphere. La Parrilla provides a lively ambiance complete with live mariachi music. Both of these restaurants are also located in downtown Cancun.

In the Hotel Zone, try La Joya, La Destileria, Hacienda el Mortero or Hacienda Sisal.

For something that pleases your palate and is very easy on the wallet, try "street food". Taco stands on street corners or the food vendors in Parque de las Palapas downtown are great places to try authentic Mexican street food. Look for the stands with the longest line of locals and eat there. You aren't likely to be disappointed with the flavor or quality of the food, and the prices can't be beat.   



If you're in the mood for an authentic Mexican fiesta complete with live mariachi music, Hacienda el Mortero is waiting for you right on the edge of Cancun's Party Zone at Km. 9 of Boulevard Kulkukan in the Hotel Zone. There's also a magician...  Read More

Hotel Zone


This is real Mexican food at a reasonable 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...  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
Hacienda Sisal
Photo courtesy of Hacienda Sisal


Hacienda Sisal is a Mexican restaurant located on the grounds of the Royal Sands Resort near the hotel's main entrance at kilometer 13.5 in the Hotel Zone. The interior is grand and inviting. Hacienda Sisal is open for happy hour daily, and for...  Read More



The specialized cuisine of the Yucatan is Labna's forte. If you've never had this colorful cuisine before you're in for a treat. The menu is divided into two sections, Yucatecan dishes and Mexican haute cuisine, so be adventurous! Start off with...  Read More

Zona Hotelera


When people think of Mexico, they may picture sunny beaches, haciendas, and sombreros, but the owners of La Destileria have some other images to highlight; excellent Mexican cuisine and tequila. Start with a dish like spiced corn soup or stuffed...  Read More



Julia Mia is a local favorite. Owners Lupita and Irma Chavez, sisters from Guadalara, opened Julia Mia together. The restaurant features contemporary Mexican food, but never forgets to incorporate traditional flavors and ingredients. The...  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



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


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