Mexican Cuisine in Riviera Maya

During your travels through Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, you'll be impressed by the delicious array of local eateries, vendors, and fine food. But guests who seek Mexican cuisine in particular will definitely want to check out those restaurants where it's always on the menu. Luckily, there's an enormous pool of restaurants just for this type of food.

With many options, from the informal setting of La Cueva del Chango to the lovely dinner service at Yaxche, there is something to suit each and every traveler and even for that special night you're planning.

Below, browse this full list of Mexican restaurants to be enjoyed. You can click each restaurant's name to get further details about its specialties, style, and what you can do nearby.

La Laguna Restaurant

The Riviera Maya | (800) 257-7544

La Laguna Restaurant, a part of Fairmont Mayakoba, is located in the Riviera Maya, in Quintana Roo; 4.3 miles to the northeast of Playa del Carmen. Fine dining is definitely their standard, which means guests who want to pair this experience with Mexican food shouldn't overlook this option.

Cinco

Downtown Playa del Carmen | (984) 206-4800

Cinco, part of Thompson Playa del Carmen, is located within downtown Playa del Carmen, toward the center of Playa del Carmen. Perhaps you could guess that this place is best known for Mexican cuisine and seafood, but wouldn't you know they're also quite the favorite for tacos.

While Cinco may specialize in cocktails, this bar and grill also features plenty of food offerings. Their menu is broad, so everyone will be able to find something they want to try.

La Cueva del Chango

Playa del Carmen | (984) 147-0271

La Cueva del Chango

La Cueva del Chango is located near the heart of Playa del Carmen. Fabulously fresh fish and Mexican fare get along famously at this favorite place.

La Cueva del Chango is a unique restaurant-bar, not only in concept but also for the natural setting among abundant vegetation and trees. This adorable little restaurant is reminiscent of a secret garden, and as you eat you will be illuminated by the wine glass lights above you. This is without doubt, a cute, romantic opportunity not to be missed.

Yaxche

Downtown Playa del Carmen

Yaxche can be found in downtown Playa del Carmen, toward the center of Playa del Carmen. Searching for much-loved local cuisine in a beautiful yet informal location? Don't miss the informal ambiance at this bar and grill.

Experience authentic Maya Cuisine from where the Maya Empire once stood. Dishes include tsotobilchay, a Maya tamale, chujuk ik, which is stuffed peppers, and more.

Mamitas Beach Club

Downtown Playa del Carmen | (984) 803-2867

Mamitas Beach Club is located in downtown Playa del Carmen, near the middle of Playa del Carmen. For times that call for a laid-back atmosphere while indulging in a decent plate of Mexican fare, choose this local eatery where you'll find the setting to be relaxed.

Mamitas Beach Club offers a small diversity of hamburgers, fajitas, and seafood to help quench the hunger of visitors, as well as beer and margaritas for their thirst. Though in addition to their food and beverages, they also rent out beach chairs and boogie boards.

Mexican Restaurants
Name Location Type Phone Number
100% Natural Playa del Carmen Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican, Vegetarian (984) 873-2242
Ajua Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
Azur The Riviera Maya French, Mexican (984) 206-4000
Balché The Riviera Maya American, Mexican (984) 206-4000
Big Lobster Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican (984) 137-9547
Blue Fish 11.5 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Asian, Mexican (984) 206-4000
Blue Fish The Riviera Maya Asian, Mexican (984) 206-4000
Blue Lobster Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican (984) 873-1360
C-Grill Downtown Playa del Carmen Caribbean, Mexican (984) 206-4800
Cantina Habanero 0.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos International, Italian, Mexican --
Carboncitos Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican (984) 873-1382
Caribena Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya Mexican --
Carlos N' Charlies Playa del Carmen Downtown Playa del Carmen American, International, Mexican (987) 869-1647
Casa Cenote 5.8 mi. Northeast of Central Tulum Mexican (361) 993-2462
Casa Club 0.1 mi. South of Central Playa del Carmen International, Mexican 52 984 873 42 60
Casa Mestiza Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
Casa de Ascension 0.1 mi. Northwest of Central Punta Allen Mexican --
Cetli 0.0 mi. Northwest of Central Tulum Mexican (984) 108-0681
Chelato's Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
Chichen Itza 5.3 mi. Northeast of Central Tulum Mexican (984) 875-7100
Cinco Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican (984) 206-4800
Cobà 5.3 mi. Northeast of Central Tulum Mexican (984) 875-7100
Coco's 2.9 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen American, Mexican 52 987 20 241
Diaz Grill 0.0 mi. Southeast of Central Tulum Mexican --
Don Emilione Downtown Playa del Carmen International, Mexican (984) 873-2073
Don Huacho 0.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tulum Mexican --
El Asador De Manolo Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
El Bistro 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal Mexican (984) 873-1484
El Carboncito Tacos 0.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tulum Mexican --
El Fagon Tacos North Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
El Fagon Tacos South Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
El Oasis Tacos Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
El Paladante 0.8 mi. West of Central Tulum European, Mexican (984) 871-2233
El Patio 0.2 mi. South of Central Akumal Mexican (984) 875-7600
El Pirata Puerto Morelos 0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos International, Mexican --
El Puerto Fairmont Playa del Carmen Caribbean, Mexican (984) 206-3000
El Restaurante 9.8 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Mexican (998) 872-8200
El Sarape Grill Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
El Sol Tapas & Restaurant 9.8 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Mediterranean, Mexican (998) 872-8200
El Tio Loncheria 0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos Mexican --
El Xenote Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya Mexican (984) 875-1950
Fah Bar Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican, Spanish (984) 803-1507
Frida Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya Mexican (984) 875-1130
Frida's The Riviera Maya Mexican (984) 206-4000
Fusion Beach Hotel Bar and Grill Downtown Playa del Carmen International, Mexican (984) 873-0374
Green Break The Riviera Maya American, Mexican (984) 206-4000
Hacienda Los Girasoles 2.7 mi. North of Central Puerto Morelos Mexican (225) 522-0093
Hacienda Morelos Restaurant 0.1 mi. South of Central Puerto Morelos Fusion, Mexican (998) 871-0448
Iguana Grill 1.9 mi. South West of Central Playa del Carmen International, Mexican (984) 803-1585
Imelda's 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal Mexican --
Jade Deli and Crêperie The Riviera Maya French, Mediterranean, Mexican (984) 206-4000
La Akumalito 0.3 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal Mexican --
La Bistecca 0.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central Tulum Mexican (984) 871-2917
La Caprichoza Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican (987) 872-0958
La Ceiba de la 30 Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
La Cocina Downtown Playa del Carmen Caribbean, Mexican (984) 875-1234
La Cueva Del Pescador 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal Mexican --
La Cueva del Chango 0.1 mi. West of Central Playa del Carmen Mexican (984) 147-0271
La Gringa Tacos 0.2 mi. South West of Central Tulum Mexican --
La Guadalupana Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
La Guadalupana Tacos 0.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos Mexican --
La Laguna Restaurant 4.3 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Mexican (800) 257-7544
La Marea 2.9 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Mediterranean, Mexican (984) 877-3000
La Panza Es Primero 0.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Puerto Morelos Mexican --
La Parilla Playa del Carmen Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
La Vagabunda Downtown Playa del Carmen Italian, Mexican (984) 873-3753
La Zebra 4.6 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexican (984) 115-4726
Las Arracheras de Don Juan 0.1 mi. Northwest of Central Playa del Carmen Mexican --
Las Mananitas Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
Limones Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
Lina’s Mexican Cantina 4.6 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexican (303) 578-1301
Lol-Ha Akumal 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal International, Mexican (915) 584-3552
Los Aluxes Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
Los Arrecifes 3.7 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexican (984) 105-3340
Los Bisquets De Obregon 1.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Playa del Carmen Mexican (998) 887-6876
Los Rancheros Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
Los Tulipanes Downtown Playa del Carmen International, Mexican (984) 873-0417
Mamitas Beach Club Downtown Playa del Carmen International, Mexican (984) 803-2867
Mateo's 2.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Tulum Mexican --
Mayan Bistro Restaurant and Bar Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican (984) 873-1876
Mosquito Blue Downtown Playa del Carmen Italian, Mexican (984) 873-1245
Nativo 0.6 mi. West of Central Playa del Carmen Mexican --
Nativo Juice Bar Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya International, Mexican --
Oscar & Lalo 7.5 mi. Northeast of Central Tulum International, Mexican, Vegan (984) 115-9965
Paamul 2.6 mi. East of Central La Gloria Mexican (984) 875-1053
Paco's Tacos Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya Mexican (984) 871-5400
Pancho's Grill 0.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tulum Mexican (983) 285-0252
Piedra Escondida 2.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Tulum Italian, Mexican (984) 100-1443
Posada Amor 0.0 mi. West of Central Puerto Morelos Mexican (998) 871-0033
Punta Bonita 4.8 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Mexican (984) 875-8000
Reina Roja Restaurant Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican (984) 877-3800
Salsolito 0.1 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexican --
Senor Frog's Playa Del Carmen Downtown Playa del Carmen International, Mexican (984) 873-0930
Senor Frosty's 1.6 mi. East of Central Tulum Mexican --
T@Cos.Com 0.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos Mexican --
Taco Paco 1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Playa del Carmen Mexican --
Tacos Break The Riviera Maya Mexican (984) 206-4000
The Captain’s Galley 3.0 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Caribbean, Fusion, Mexican (984) 877-4000
Tita Tulum 4.3 mi. South of Central Tulum Mexican (984) 877-8513
Tortilleria 1.5 mi. West-Northwest of Central Puerto Morelos Mexican --
Trece Lunas 2.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Tulum Mexican --
Tu Parador Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya Mexican --
Vips Playa del Carmen Downtown Playa del Carmen American, Mexican (984) 879-4423
Yaxche Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
Zahra 2.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Tulum Mexican --
Zamas Que Fresco 2.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Tulum Caribbean, Mexican (415) 387-9806

Similar Food

Casa Banana

If seeking variety within the same genre, you will find similar ingredients and influences at restaurants below:

Restaurants with Similar Cuisine
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Location
Ipanema (984) 875-1130 Brazilian Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya
Casa Banana (984) 806-2871 Argentenian 4.5 mi. South of Central Tulum
Los Gauchos 206-9243 Argentenian 0.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Puerto Morelos

And it's always possible to go for the mainstay dishes found at restaurants like these:

Restaurants with Similar Specialties
Restaurant Name Phone Specialty Location
La Floresta Tacos (998) 891-4110 Tacos 1.1 mi. West of Central Playa del Carmen
Peskayitos -- Tacos 0.0 mi. West of Central Puerto Morelos
La Lunita (984) 875 90 70 Tacos 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal

Some of the best places to try any cuisine in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are those you didn't think you'd ever wander into while walking the streets near your hotel. Then again, you can't go wrong when you have a handful of favorites in mind. To find out even more regarding the culinary options waiting for you, check out this page.

 

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