Cancun Waterfront Dining: Tasty Cuisine and Spectacular Views

When you think of Cancun you may think of Mexican food... tacos and enchiladas washed down with a cold margarita on the rocks, but Cancun is actually home to restaurants that serve cuisine from all over the globe.

If you want to eat on the beach, you'll have to eat in a resort or one of the only restaurants located on the Caribbean in the Hotel Zone; Mocambo, a seafood restaurant located at km 9.5. There are also a few seafood "restaurants" (tables and chairs set up on the beach) at Playa Tortugas (Turtle Beach) at km 6.5 that serve fresh seafood. In addition there are a few eateries in Plaza Forum that provide a view of the Caribbean.

Visitors will find countless waterfront dining options on the lagoon side of the Hotel Zone, and they all provide a front row seat to Cancun's unforgettable sunsets. Thai Lounge is well, a Thai restaurant, located in La Isla shopping mall that serves up the best ambiance in Cancun. La Destileria is a Mexican restaurant that also holds tequila tastings (*hiccup*). Puerto Madero and Fred's House Seafood Market & Grill are two of Cancun's best restaurants. Harry's Prime Steakhouse and Raw Grill, Cenacolo Mare and La Habichuela Sunset are also located on Nichupte Lagoon. All have outdoor seating available.

For something more economical try Fish Fritanga or El Galeon del Caribe aka Las Pescadillas, a Cancun hidden treasure.

Zona Hotelera


One of Cancun's oldest restaurants, Lorenzillo's has been a favorite among locals and tourists since it opened in 1979. Since there is a lobster farm on the premises it's no surprise the menu consists primarily of seafood dishes. A few meat and...  Read More

El Galeon del Caribe (Las Pescadillas)
Photo courtesy of Myrna Carrillo - Myrnation


El Galeon del Caribe aka Las Pescadillas, is a rustic (to say the least) 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)...  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


Arrecifes (Reefs) is a well-kept secret in the Westin Resort & Spa Cancun, which is located at Km 20 of the Hotel Zone. The prices are very reasonable for Cancun hotel dining. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining, both with...  Read More

Cenacolo Laguna (Cenacolo II)
Photo courtesy of Grupo Cenacolo


Cenacolo Mare, located at km. 13.5 of Blvd. Kukulcan, serves upscale Italian dishes and beautiful views of Nichupte Lagoon. The focus here is seafood. All of the pasta is homemade and handmade fresh every day (not with a press). Service is...  Read More



Prime cuts of USDA, dry-aged and Kobe beef are served at this upscale, waterfront restaurant. Beef that is dry-aged has more flavor and is more tender than beef that has not undergone the dry-aging process. Kobe beef from Japan, Australia and...  Read More

Fred's House Seafood Market & Grill
Photo courtesy of JC Capitan


Fred's House offers fresh, delicious seafood in an elegant waterfront setting. The menu has an extensive selection of seafood dishes, as well as beef, chicken, and other specialties of the chef. There are also selections available from the raw...  Read More

Zona Hotelera


One of Cancun's finest 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...  Read More



This is arguably Cancun's best Thai restaurant and it happens to be the prettiest too. Actually, it's one of the most beautiful, romantic settings in all of Cancun. People rave about the food, the decor, the service, and the waterfront location....  Read More

Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse


There are many restaurants on the lagoon in Cancun, but Mocambo is one of the few oceanfront eateries in town. Located right next to Playa Caracol, a popular public beach, Mocambo serves up some of Cancun's best seafood. Open for lunch 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