Mediterranean Cuisine in Riviera Maya

During your visit to Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, expect to be impressed by the delicious array of restaurant gems preparing local ingredients. Those who adore Mediterranean cuisine particularly can't afford to miss the various establishments serving this favorite. Lucky for hungry guests, there's a pretty good variety of restaurants within this culinary category.

With many options, from the fine dining setting of La Marea to the unmistakable breakfast, dinner and lunch at Caso del Lago, there's something in store for each person in your party and any style of vacation desired.

Below, you can scan and read details about the wide selection of Mediterranean eateries to be enjoyed. For each restaurant, you can click its name to see the full article about its style, hours, or even what the view will be like.

El Sol Tapas & Restaurant

The Riviera Maya | (998) 872-8200

El Sol Tapas & Restaurant

El Sol Tapas & Restaurant, a part of Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, is situated 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. In the mood for tapas? Then you might discover that dining here is a permanent plan in your vacation agenda.

Rustic yet elegant, El Sol Tapas & Restaurant is truly unique.

Caso del Lago

The Riviera Maya | (984) 875-8000

Caso del Lago

Caso del Lago, which is part of Rosewood Mayakoba, is located in the Riviera Maya, in Quintana Roo; five miles (seven and a half kilometers) to the northeast of Playa del Carmen. The atmosphere here is decidedly formal, so those travelers who want to pair this experience with Mediterranean culinary creations won't want to miss it.

Elegance is one way to describe Caso del Lago, which features views of the pool, and fine linens and place settings at each table.


The Riviera Maya | (984) 877-3688

Tamarind, a part of Banyan Tree Mayakoba, can be found in the Riviera Maya, in Quintana Roo; 4.0 miles to the northeast of Playa del Carmen. When the whole group's hoping to find an inviting place serving Mediterranean food without all the fuss, this breezy restaurant hits its mark.

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

Kartaba Restaurant and Lounge

Playa del Carmen | (984) 873-2228

Kartaba Restaurant and Lounge, which is part of Hotel Cohiba, is situated near the middle of Playa del Carmen. Looking to enjoy quality Mediterranean cooking in a friendly, informal location? Then go enjoy the low-key ambiance and service at this bar and grill.

Common Mediterranean dishes like hummus, falafel, and stuffed grape leaves grace the menu at Kartabar, along with other lesser known crowd pleasers like poached pear salad, libanese taco, and tabouli.

Glass Bar

Downtown Playa del Carmen | (984) 873-1335

Set in the heart of downtown Playa del Carmen, Glass Bar is at 12 Fifth Avenue and North Fourteenth Street. Salty, fresh seafood and Mediterranean fare make a nice pair at this unique place.

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

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
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

Similar Food


When seeking variety that doesn't stray too far, you will find similar ingredients and influences at places like the following:

Restaurants with Similar Cuisine
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Location
Fah Bar (984) 803-1507 Spanish Downtown Playa del Carmen
Portofino (984) 875-7600 Italian 0.2 mi. South of Central Akumal
Bordeaux (984) 875-7600 French 0.2 mi. South of Central Akumal
Hogar Pizza -- Italian 0.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tulum
Azur (984) 206-4000 French The Riviera Maya
Cava Roja (984) 875-1130 Spanish Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya
Marlin Bleu -- French 0.0 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Mosquito Blue (984) 873-1245 Italian Downtown Playa del Carmen
La Diez (984) 803-5418 Italian Downtown Playa del Carmen
La Pizza De Mare -- Italian Downtown Playa del Carmen

Some of the most unique kitchens, cafes, and dining rooms in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are those you stumble upon during your daytime travels. At the same time, it's still smart to make a list of specific places to try. To discover much more about the kinds of food awaiting you, check out this page.


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