Yucatán and Campeche States Restaurants

Expect a superb variety of cuisines—primarily Yucatecan, of course, but also Lebanese, Italian, French, Chinese, vegetarian, and Mexican—at very reasonable prices. Reservations are advised for the pricier restaurants on weekends and in high season. Beach towns, such as Progreso, Río Lagartos, and Celestún, tend to serve fresh, simply prepared seafood. The regional cuisine of Campeche is renowned throughout Mexico. Specialties include fish and shellfish stews, cream soups, shrimp cocktail, squid and octopus, and panuchos (chubby rounds of fried cornmeal covered with refried beans and topped with onion and shredded turkey or chicken).

Mexicans generally eat lunch in the afternoon—certainly not before 2. If you want to eat at noon, call ahead to verify hours. In Mérida the locals make a real event of late dinners, especially in summer. Casual (but neat) dress is acceptable at all restaurants. Avoid wearing shorts or casual sandals in the more expensive places, and anywhere at all—especially in the evening—if you don't want to look like a tourist. Although food servers at most local restaurants are kind and hospitable, they don’t always show it like they do in the States. Be patient and realize that, for many, the language barrier may cause them to be more reserved but not necessarily unfriendly. It's common practice for restaurants to include gratuity and tax in the total bill, so double-check your bill before adding a tip.

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  • 1. Cuna

    $$$ | Col. García Ginerés

    This contemporary restaurant at the Wayam Mundo Imperial hotel in the García Ginerés neighborhood has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a lush, plant-filled terrace as well as...Read More

  • 2. Taberna de los Frailes

    $$$ | Mexican

    The "Tavern of the Monks" sits above Cenote Sis Ha and overlooks the ancient stonework of the Ex-Convento y Iglesia San Bernadino. Despite its...Read More

  • 3. Casa Nostra

    $$$ | Italian

    You can't get much closer to dining on the beach than this: at Casa Nostra, a little palapa restaurant, water laps just below the tables on...Read More

  • 4. Kuuk

    $$$ | San Ramon Norte | Mexican

    Kuuk, meaning "sprout" in Mayan, offers Mérida's most unique dining experience. The cutting-edge menu features eight courses, each prepared...Read More

  • 5. La Tratto

    $$$ | Paseo Montejo | Italian

    Although the open design of this popular family-owned Italian eatery does make it a nice place to enjoy the cool evening weather, the food isn...Read More

  • 6. Mandarina

    $$$ | Eclectic

    On the ground floor of Casa Las Tortugas, Mandarina has indoor and outdoor seating just feet from the sand. Chef Jorge Melul, a master baker...Read More

  • 7. Pancho's

    $$$ | Centro | Mexican

    In the evening this patio restaurant is bathed in candlelight and the glow from tiny white lights decorating the tropical shrubs. Much of the...Read More

  • 8. Trotter's

    $$$ | Paseo Montejo | Steakhouse

    One of Mérida's most upscale eateries is beautifully designed with indoor-outdoor dining rooms separated by a glass wall. Although less formal...Read More

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