Cancun’s impressive tourism infrastructure means that it features a huge and varied range of restaurants and cuisines, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding whatever kind of food or ambience you’re looking for. If you have any problem at all, it will be in actually choosing where to eat when there is so much to choose from. This is not a problem to be taken lightly, because if you make the wrong choice and end up in a place where you don’t like the food, ambience, or service, then having all the restaurants in the world on your doorstep won’t have helped at all.
Not surprisingly, there are plenty of excellent Mexican restaurants in Cancun, but, more specifically, the Yucatan region has a particularly strong culinary tradition and you can see that reflected on the menus around town. Seafood and fish restaurants abound and fine dining is also to be had all over, hardly surprising perhaps, since we’re talking a luxury destination on the coast. Cancun offers a wide array of international cuisine, and if you’re feeling a little homesick there are always the familiar burger and pizza joints.
The luxury hotels offer all manner of fine dining in luxurious surroundings, but it’s also worth checking out the downtown restaurants, both because you can often find equally good fare at lower prices and because it’s nice to have a change of scene both on the street and in the restaurant. For great value Mexican food in a casual setting try Habanero’s; the tacos, enchiladas, Habanero sauce, and friendly service make for a pleasant and inexpensive evening. If you’re looking for upscale dining in elegant surroundings, El Conquistador at the Royal Mayan Resort would almost certainly be more to your taste.
Superb Mexican and international cuisine, great seafood, and first-class service combine for a great dining experience. The Caesar salad is a tasty starter, the steaks are excellent, the tequila shrimp was a delicious discovery, and the Chilean sea bass is superb. Add great deserts, table-side service, and soothing live classic guitar, and it’s difficult to beat. As a lover of Italian food, I decided to check out the highly-recommended La Dolce Vita and was not disappointed.
Located opposite the Gran Melia, La Dolce Vita boasts style, ambience, and outstanding service; they make you feel right at home. The pizzas and pastas are delicious, but the seafood dishes a la italiana are really what set this place apart. You might want to try the stone crab in mustard sauce for an appetizer, followed by the lobster bisque, or a red snapper baked in pastry, or anything else that takes your fancy on the menu – I have a feeling that the excellent quality and preparation are pretty consistent throughout.
For a European/international culinary experience in intimate and attractive surroundings, Peter’s Restaurant on Avenida Bonampak is well worth a visit. I hugely enjoyed the mushroom ravioli appetizer, veal marsala, and key lime pie; apparently the smoked salmon is very good too. Peter’s place provides attentive and friendly service combined with delicious, beautifully-presented dishes.
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