Mediterranean Cuisine in Riviera Maya

While exploring Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, you'll happen upon a variety of places to have a hot meal. If you're admittedly obsessed with Mediterranean food, you should take note of the various establishments that dub it their specialty. Across Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, visitors will find a pretty good variety of restaurants that offer this favorite.

With so much to try, from the informal atmosphere at Ula Gula to the intoxicating breakfast, dinner and lunch at Glass Bar, you're bound to find something you'll return for again and again.

The list below allows you to read more about the numerous Mediterranean restaurants to be found. Click each option to discover the details about its ambiance, food, and what's located nearby.

Caso del Lago

The Riviera Maya | (984) 875-8000

Caso del Lago

Caso del Lago is located at Rosewood Mayakoba. Playa del Carmen is five miles (seven and a half kilometers) to the south west. The atmosphere here is decidedly formal, which means diners who want to see elegant plates Mediterranean fare should make the trip.

Each morning as the sun rises over Mexico, an extensive breakfast buffet features local fare, such as red or green 'chilaquiles,' and international favorites, like French toast with wild berries. Following a light poolside menu offered midday, Casa del Lago transforms into an elegant chic ambiance in the evening, where guests can delight their palates with modern, contemporary Italian cuisine focused on the freshest products, complemented with warm service. Riviera Maya dining at its best!

The top three dishes at Casa del Lago are Endive Salad with Crispy Belgium Endives, Creamy Gorgonzola Dressing and Balsamic Caramelized Nuts, Mozzarella Tastings (Classica, Affumicata and Burrata), and Seared Catch of the Day Arrabiata with Baby Clams and Soft Polenta.

Glass Bar

Downtown Playa del Carmen | (984) 873-1335

Glass Bar is located in downtown Playa del Carmen, near the center of Playa del Carmen. Beautiful seafood and Mediterranean food are a great pair at this favorite place.

The restaurant is mainly an outdoor eatery that is able to keep an elegant appearance.

Kartaba Restaurant and Lounge

Playa del Carmen | (984) 873-2228

Positioned north of downtown Playa del Carmen, Kartaba Restaurant and Lounge is located at Hotel Cohiba, and is a viable option that's worth considering if you're thinking about spending some time seeing this part of the city and other nearby areas. Gladly termed a casual place to dine, it's not hard to see why people come here to "put their feet up".

Kartabar is not just a restaurant, it is an experience. The atmosphere is that of the Mediterannean, with exotic decor and even music. Most guests looks forward to the nights when belly dancers are on hand, and others come to smoke the Narguila pipe.

El Sol Tapas & Restaurant

The Riviera Maya | (998) 872-8200

El Sol Tapas & Restaurant

El Sol Tapas & Restaurant, which is on the premises of Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, is located 9.8 miles northeast of Playa del Carmen, a city in the Riviera Maya; it is nine and a half miles (15 kilometers) to the south west of Puerto Morelos. Patrons who want tapas will wholly like eating here during a visit to the Riviera Maya.

El Sol Tapas & Restaurant has brought the concept of tapas to a whole new level by creating a menu of Mediterranean favorites with a pre-Hispanic Mexican twist made from fresh, local ingredients that can be shared and sampled. Pair each dish with a glass from the award winning wine cellar.


The Riviera Maya | (984) 877-3688

Tamarind, which is on the premises of Banyan Tree Mayakoba, is located in the Riviera Maya, in Quintana Roo; 4.0 miles to the northeast of Playa del Carmen. Considering this is an informal type of restaurant, it's convenient, plus great for quicker, quality meals.

Modern Mediterranean dishes like watermelon salad and Beef Veal Cheeks & Shrimp are on the menu at Tamarind.

Mediterranean Restaurants
Name Location Type Phone Number
Casa Mediterranea Downtown Playa del Carmen Mediterranean --
Caso del Lago 4.8 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Mediterranean (984) 875-8000
El Faro Grill 1.4 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos Mediterranean (998) 881-5125
El Sol Tapas & Restaurant 9.8 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Mediterranean, Mexican (998) 872-8200
Glass Bar Downtown Playa del Carmen Italian, Mediterranean (984) 873-1335
Habb 7.9 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Mediterranean --
Jade Deli and Crêperie The Riviera Maya French, Mediterranean, Mexican (984) 206-4000
Kartaba Restaurant and Lounge 0.4 mi. West of Central Playa del Carmen Mediterranean (984) 873-2228
La Marea 2.9 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Mediterranean, Mexican (984) 877-3000
Le Bistro 0.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central Tulum French, Mediterranean (998) 891-4100
OPA! Mediterranean Cuisine 7.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos Mediterranean (855) 744-8371
Posada Margherita 3.3 mi. South of Central Tulum Mediterranean (984) 801-8493
Tamarind 4.0 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Mediterranean (984) 877-3688
Ula Gula Downtown Playa del Carmen Asian Fusion, Mediterranean (984) 879-3727

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If your heart's not set on this cuisine in particular, you will find similarly satisfying flavors at places like the following:

Restaurants with Similar Cuisine
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Location
Pizzas Tulum -- Italian 0.2 mi. South West of Central Tulum
Marlin Bleu -- French 0.0 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos
L'Hotelito (984) 136-1240 Italian 0.1 mi. South West of Central Tulum
Villas Latinas Restaurant (998) 871-0118 Spanish 0.3 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Da Bruno -- Italian Downtown Playa del Carmen
Yodi's Biergarten -- German 0.2 mi. North of Central Puerto Morelos
Domino's Playa del Carmen -- Italian 1.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Playa del Carmen
Pane Pizza Fantasia -- Italian 0.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tulum
Porto Bello -- Italian 0.0 mi. East of Central Puerto Morelos
Ritrato d'Italia (225) 522-0093 Italian 2.7 mi. North of Central Puerto Morelos

Guests often find that the best restaurants in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are those you run into while trekking the town of your choice. However, including the contact info for at least two dining options in your daily itinerary, might make sense for your travel preferences. To find out more details concerning the dining options awaiting you, check out this page.


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