10 Best Places To Eat In Yucatan, Mexico

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The Yucatecan cuisine is a fine blend of European and Mexican cuisine. Yucatan welcomed settlers from Europe and other parts of the world through its numerous coastal ports. The arrival of these European settlers had a great impact on the culture, as well as on the cuisine of Yucatan. Yucatan is also the home of the Mayan civilization. This state has the wonders of the Mayan Civilization like Chichen Itza, which is also one of the 7 wonders of the world. The impact of traditional Mayan cooking is also present in the Yucatecan cuisine. Because of these influences, the food of Yucatan is certainly worth of a try!

1. Buffet Restaurant of Hotel & Bungalows Mayaland, Chichen Itza

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On the doorstep of Chichen Itza, this restaurant is a part of Hotel Mayaland. Along with foods from various cuisines, the Mayan dance performances will give you a real feel of the Mayan era. The buffet offers several international dishes, with some varieties from Mayan and Yucatecan cuisines.

Buffet Restaurant of Hotel & Bungalows Mayaland, Chichen Itza

Address: Highway Merida-Cancun, Km.120, Chichén Itzá, 97751 Chichén Itzá, Yuc., Mexico

Website: Hotel Mayaland

2. Restaurant of Hacienda Chichen, Chichen Itza

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During your visit to Chichen Itza, if you are craving for some healthy foods, then the restaurant of the Hotel Hacienda Chichen is the best option. This restaurant serves the native Mayan foods from the fresh ingredients. The Hacienda Chichen hotel is an ecologically sustainable hotel, which produces the raw fruits and vegetables in the hotel garden. The food is served in the lap of nature, surrounded by native plants and water bodies.

Restaurant of Hacienda Chichen

Address: Carretera Mérida-Puerto Juárez Km. 120, Zona Hotelera de Chichen Itza, 97751 Chichén Itzá, Yuc., Mexico

Website: Hacienda Chichen

3. La Casona de Valladolid

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The city of Valladolid, located very close to Chichen Itza, is known as the capital of Yucatecan cuisine. La Casona de Valladolid restaurant gives you the experience of traditional Mexican dining with a modern twist. Surrounded by the traditional Mexican dining, in a typical Mexican hacienda, you can enjoy the 21st-century modified version of the traditional Yucatecan cuisine. This colonial villa also has a mile long history, which is located a few blocks away from the Valladolid main square.

La Casona de Valladolid

Address: Calle 41 No 214, Centro, 97780 Valladolid Centro, Mexico

Website: La Casona de Valladolid

4. Casa vieja de los arcos, Campeche

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This restaurant is most famous for its view of the Campeche city from its outdoor balcony. The restaurant is also based in a colonial house, which is located just across the Central Plaza and cathedral of the historic center. The food menu mainly portrays a selection of Mexican dishes, along with some international dishes. Sipping a drink at its outdoor balcony overlooking the historic center and cathedral is one of the best memories that the town Campeche can offer you.

Casa vieja de los arcos

Address: Calle 10 319 Altos, Centro, 24000 Campeche, Camp., Mexico

5. Kuuk, Merida

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The town Merida is not only the capital of Yucatan State; it is also a gateway of the Mayan Splendors like the Chichen Itza. Kuuk is an upscale restaurant of the Merida town. The term Kuuk signifies Sprout in the Mayan language. The multiple course menu of the restaurant features most of the Yucatecan and Mexican cuisine; some of them are cooked in a special oven called Pibil. This oven is actually a modern version of cooking underground, which gives the foods a smokey flavor. Although the food is unique, the presentation of the dishes is the main attraction. Lastly, you cannot leave this restaurant without tasting one of its finest wines from its own cellar.


Address: Avenida Rómulo Rozo # 488 por 27, Itzimná, Mérida, Yuc., Mexico

Website: Kuuk

6. Restaurante Amaro, Merida

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This restaurant is best to enjoy the excellent food with regional music. Located in a historic mansion, this mansion was the birthplace of the famous 18th-century Politician Andrés Quintana Roo. Along with the traditional Mexican items, the restaurant offers a selection of international and vegetarian foods. The restaurant is located in the historic center of the city Merida. At night, the restaurant offers live ‘trova’ music which is the regional music of the Yucatan province. In the large courtyard of this grand mansion, a dinner with the amazing food of the Restaurante Amaro along with the traditional Trova music is indeed a special experience.

Restaurante Amaro

Address: Calle 59 #507 Por 60 y 62, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico

Website: Restaurante Amaro

7. Restaurant at the Lodge Uxmal

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The Lodge at Uxmal belongs to the Mayaland group of resorts. After a visit to the Mayan ruins at Uxmal, head on towards the Lodge at Uxmal for a taste of the native Yucatecan cuisine. The well-prepared food served in this restaurant is fresh and healthy. The options of buffet and a la carte both are available here. Enjoy your meal surrounded by the natural beauty after a tiring expedition of the Uxmal site.

Restaurant at the Lodge Uxmal

Address: Km.78, Merida, Campeche, 97844 Uxmal, Yuc., Mexico

8. La Perlita, Cozumel

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Located in the back of Indio-Pacific Ocean, the small coastal village Cozumel is famous for its coral reef. La Perlita is a Cozumel restaurant which is famous for serving the Cozumel seafood. The flavor of Yucatecan cuisine blends in the seafood, and that is what creates the Cozumel cuisine. Away from the base of the Cozumel crowds, La Perlita is most famous for its lionfish. This cheerful joint serves healthy food at a budget price.

La Perlita

Address: Calle 10 Nte #499, Emiliano Zapata, 77620 San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico

Website: La Perlita

9. Restaurante Los Pampanos, Celestun

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The small village Celestun is still one of the best-kept secrets of Yucatan Peninsula. Located very close to Merida, this small fishing village offers a slow-paced life, a wildlife sanctuary, some quiet white sand beaches and mouthwatering seafood. The taste of the amazing Yucatecan seafood is best in the Restaurante Los Pampanos of Celestun. The outdoor tables of this restaurant are the best place where you can enjoy the sea, sand and Yucatecan seafood at a leisurely pace.

Restaurante Los Pampanos

Address: Calle 2 - 4, Benito Juárez, 97367 Celestún, YUC, Mexico

Website: Restaurante Los Pampanos

10. Eladio's Bar Progreso

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Progreso is a relaxed beach town famous for the long beaches, seafood, and Mayan arts. Famous mostly among the native Mexicans, this city is located close to the Mayan archeological heritage named Dzibilchaltun. Eladio’s Bar of Progreso has an open air seating arrangement for you to enjoy the food while keeping your feet on the beach. The menu features proper Mexican dishes along with various kinds of seafood. The restaurant is also good for a quick drink with appetizers while visiting the beach.

Eladio's Bar Progreso

Address: Calle 80 S/N x 19, Centro, 97330 Progreso, Yuc., Mexico

Website: Eladio’s Bar Progreso

The heavenly taste of Yucatecan cuisine

Cochinita Pibil
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The taste and flavor of the Yucatecan cuisine vary in the different corners of the Yucatan Peninsula. Near the Mayan splendors, you are most likely to get indulged with the Mayan flavor. A large part of the Yucatan Peninsula is based beside the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. In the coastal area, the seafood variety gets mixed into the Yucatecan cuisine. Still, the most famous dish of Yucatecan cuisine is Pibil; which has a strong link with the Mayan past. As the traditional food of Mayan Civilization, there are varieties of vegetarian food in Yucatecan cuisine, although today the people also prefer turkey, pork or fish. The only way to understand the splendors of the Yucatecan cuisine is to travel through the state and to taste the heavenly taste of this exceptional cuisine.

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