Your guide to the best Cancun food from the top restaurants starts here, all from
firsthand experience and each visited several times over the years.
I have reviewed and
listed only the best of the best to ensure that your dining experience is a
memorable one. All the restaurants in our Cancun food guide are fantastic
places to eat. Editor's choice for the best for the money is Hacienda Sisal and overall best dining experience (food and service) is Puerto Madero. If you like lobster, you will not find any place better than Lorenzillos.
$$$: $25-60 USD $$: $15-35 USD $: $15-25 USD per entree
$$$ - In my opinion, the best Cancun food experience can be found at at Puerto Madero. I visit each time I am in Cancun, no exceptions. Plus, it is the first restaurant that I go to. In other words, I can't wait to get there.
Puerto Madero is located in the Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) and features Argentine cuisine that includes a wide variety of high quality dishes of grilled meats, fish and lobster. From start to finish, our Puerto Madero dining experience usually lasts about 3 hours. The service is the best that you will find anywhere. You will be served by multiple waiters simultaneously. There is a great selection of Argentine beef usually in the 14 ounce range per portion plus selections of Kobe beef from Japan. Their seafood menu is second to none and the Ahi Tuna and Lobster have become two of my favorite dishes.
Puerto Madero also has a great outdoor seating area that has a beautiful view over the lagoon, perfect for that sunset dinner.
Shown below is the Octopus salad. Very tender, large pieces of octopus with fresh avocados, onions and tomatoes in a wonderful vinaigrette dressing. This is almost a meal by itself.
The Mayan Lobster and Filet is amazing. A large caribbean lobster along with a baseball Argentina filet mignon makes this one of my favorites.
My wife's favorite, the Chilean Sea Bass, cooked to perfection.
Puerto Madero also has a great wine selection, specializing in fine wines from Argentina.
At the end of your meal, don't forget the Mayan coffee and crepes. They both are prepared table side and not only is a great show, but it taste wonderful too.
This is an expensive place to eat with entrees in the $25 to $60 range. Add in a nice bottle of wine and an appetizer and your bill including tip will most likely be around $250 for two people. However, it is worth every penny and seeing that you don't get there very often, it is a must visit.
$$$ - Also located in the Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) is another of my favorite places for tasty Cancun food, La Hibichuela Sunset. There is also a La Hibichuela in downtown Cancun, but the Sunset location has the sunset view as the name implies.
La Hibichuela's design is colorful and bright and has been designed as a Mayan ruin. There is also a very nice outdoor patio section. Plan on reservations about 30 minutes before sunset, usually between 6 and 7pm depending on the time of the year.
The restaurant serves Mayan influenced recipes and focuses on quality seafood meat and poultry. Prices range from $25 to $50 USD (350 to 600 pesos).
The Mayan lobster, shown below, is my favorite.
Plus here is one of a fantastic shrimp entrees.
Reservations are recommended, especially around sunset.
$$ - Another great restaurant for authentic Mexican and Mayan cuisine, with a
very nice meat and seafood selection, is Hacienda Sisal. Located in the heart of
the Hotel Zone, Hacienda Sisal offers large portions, great
service and mouth watering entrees and deserts.
The majority of our group of 8 started out our evening with the legendary and huge, Hacienda Sisal Margarita. Served in an extra large Mexican, hand blown glass with traditional blue trim, this margarita is made with all natural ingredients and no shortage of tequila. Yum, yum - this is one of the best drinks of all the Cancun Mexico restaurants and is definitely my favorite.
I had a very hard time in narrowing down the entree selection because there were so many great menu choices plus I was constantly seeing food pass me by on the way to adjacent tables.
Shown below are the Chicken Flautas - two fried flour tortillas with a chicken filling, served with rice, home made guacamole, sour cream, avocado and roasted chili sauce.
$$$ - Another top restaurant for fantastic Cancun food is Fred's House, located in the Hotel Zone
across from the Marriott. Fred's specializes in prime seafood. The
crabs legs and lobsters are very good. There is also a small selection
of prime cut beef.
Similar to Puerto Madero and La Hibichuela, Fred's has a great sunset view overlooking the lagoon. There are outdoor cabanas available but most people who eat at the cabanas also smoke. The service is also very good but not in the same class as Puerto Madero.
Two of my favorite dishes are the seafood soup (shown above) and the grilled seafood platter with crab, lobster, shrimp, scallops and octopus (shown below).
My wife and I had the stuffed grouper, a hearty portion of locally caught fresh grouper stuffed with lobster, shrimp and scallops. This entree is served with rice with sauteed asparagus and beans.
Fred's is expensive with most entrees between $20 and $60 USD. Reservations are recommended. We had a very enjoyable dinner and I highly recommend Fred's House Seafood Market and Grill.
$ - For great authentic Cancun dining, Hacienda El Mortero is
the place. Located in the Hotel Zone towards downtown, this
Cancun restaurant gets my vote for best atmosphere. Hacienda El
Mortero offers traditional cuisine at a very reasonable price in a very colorful setting.
Pictured below is the Grouper Vera Cruz:
The dining area is bright and clean, and the servers are extremely attentive and friendly. The Mariachi band is the best.
Try the El Mortero house Margarita, the biggest and strongest that I have ever had. and don't forget the Mayan coffee with melted vanilla bean ice cream added !
After dinner, don't forget the Mayan coffee along with the table side preparation this great drink.
This is a restaurant that can easily be overlooked. I can't tell you how many times I have driven by but did not notice it until somebody suggested that we try it.
$$$ - Located inside the beautiful Marriott CasaMagna resort in Cancun's hotel zone is La Capilla, an Argentine steak house. The dining area has spectacular views of the Caribbean and pool area with floor to ceiling windows that let's lots of diffused light in. Even though the view is great, this is not a sunset dinner restaurant but still worth the visit.
Overall I would rate La Capilla as very good. The food was extremely well prepared and service was exceptional. The restaurant is relatively quiet with great views of the Caribbean and adjacent pool area. I ordered the beef ribeye, medium rare, and the steak was prepared to perfection and was exceptional in size, tenderness and taste.
My wife ordered the Chilean Sea Bass which was also prepared to perfection, translucent and very tender. The only downside was that the fish proportion was very small, advertised to be 6 ounces but seemed to be much smaller. The side dishes were fantastic.
With a nice, moderately pricing bottle of wine and bottled water, our total price, excluding tip was just over $100 USD. This was a nice surprise and a result of a strong US dollar against the Mexican Peso at an exchange rate of about 19 to 1.
$$$ - If you like lobster then Lorenzillo's is the place for you. From broiled, steamed, fried, cajun and grilled, Lorenzillo's has it all, fresh from the pen. Just add one of their fabulous cilantro, butter or garlic dips and you will have one of the best meals of your life. Lorenzillo's is located on the lagoon side in the Hotel Zone and offers a fabulous view of Cancun and the surrounding area. In addition to lobster, they offer Seabass, Yellowfin Tuna, Salmon and Grouper.
For lobster, Lorenzillo's offers the best of all the Cancun Mexico restaurants. Large portions, great choice of sauces and a fantastic view.