Mexican Cuisine in Riviera Maya

Throughout Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, expect to have the privilege of deciding between a diverse set of local eateries, vendors, and fine food. Fans of Mexican cuisine will definitely want to check out the restaurants known for these fun flavors. When it's time to narrow the list, you'll find there's a surplus of dining options with this cuisine on the menu.

With lots to tempt your palate, from the very casual atmosphere at Fusion Beach Hotel Bar and Grill to the scrumptious dinner and lunch at El Tacolote, you might come across a dish worth fighting over.

Before your trip begins, you can scan and read details about the several Mexican restaurants awaiting Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's guests. On each restaurant's name, click to read the full article about its ambiance, locale, dress code, and more.

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. At this restaurant standards and expectations are high, which means those vacationers who enjoy both an upscale environment and Mexican style meals should make the trip.

Mayan Bistro Restaurant and Bar

Downtown Playa del Carmen | (984) 873-1876

Mayan Bistro Restaurant and Bar

Mayan Bistro Restaurant and Bar, a part of Hotel Aventura Mexicana, can be found in downtown Playa del Carmen, near the heart of Playa del Carmen. Not only is this restaurant famed for Mexican food and pasta, but it's also known for seafood. <p>No matter which dining plan you choose, a free Continental breakfast at Maya Bistro is included in your say at Hotel Aventura Mexicana. This includes fresh breads and pastries, fruit, granola, yogurt, coffee, tea, and juice. A hot made-to-order breakfast is also available to paying customers and some meal plan users, as are snacks at this restaurant throughout the day.</p> <p>Dinner later on in the day features a Mexican and International menu that can't be beat.</p> <p>Their most popular dish is their Tequila Shrimp. Large juicy shrimp tossed in a Tequila and Honey sauce. They are one of the few restaurants in Playa that source their shrimp from locals that fish the waters on the north side of the Yucatan. Arrachera, a tender flank steak seasoned and grilled to perfection is popular as well, and another favorite would be the Seascape Pasta a mix of fresh seafood tossed in a light garlic, lemon, and white wine sauce.</p>

Mamitas Beach Club

Downtown Playa del Carmen | (984) 803-2867

Located in downtown Playa del Carmen, Mamitas Beach Club is on Calle 28 Norte. For times that call for a laid-back atmosphere while indulging in some great Mexican food, take a look at this dining option where the vibe is very casual. <p>This restaurant is located right on the beach, and also has its own pool and playground to entertain the children.</p>

Oscar & Lalo

The Riviera Maya | (984) 115-9965

Oscar & Lalo is located in the Riviera Maya, in Quintana Roo; 7.5 miles to the northeast of Tulum. Fresh catches from and Mexican cuisine share the same plate at this informal eatery. <p>At Oscar & Lalo, you can expect freshly made food and many items are grown on the property. They prepare fresh Mexican, Mayan, Seafood, Vegan and International dishes. Juicy steaks, fresh lobster, freshly grilled seafood, Spanish seared octopus, seared ahi tuna, sat'e scallops, grilled fish fillets, fire roasted stuffed chilies, fajitas, Yucatan chicken and fantastic freshly baked desserts like home made chocolate cake, Tres Lecha cake and delicious rich carmel flan, full coffee, fresh fruit and cocktail bar are just some of the items shown on the full six page menu. They have something for everyone and all budgets. They will also deliver food if needed.</p>

La Cueva del Chango

Playa del Carmen | (984) 147-0271

La Cueva del Chango

Positioned a few hundred yards northeast of downtown Playa del Carmen, La Cueva del Chango is a viable option for vacationers who are going to explore this part of the city and nearby areas. Fresh seafood and Mexican fare play nicely together at this enjoyable dining option. <p>The culinary concept is natural Mexican food, they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the juices are made with fresh fruit and they also have a bar with an ample assortment of premium brands. The wines they serve are Mexican, thus offering an ample selection.</p> <p>In La Cueva del Chango they believe in the Mexican cuisine and offer a high quality product at a reasonable price. As you peruse the menu, know that their most popular breakfast items are the Chilaquiles, Empanadas, and Homemade Granola; their top-selling lunches are the Stuffed Poblano Peppers and Fresh Fish with Guajillo; and for dinner they are loved for their Habanera Cream Soup, Tuna with Pasilla Chili, and Fresh Fish with Mole and Guava sauces.</p>

Mexican Restaurants
Name Location Type Phone Number
100% Natural Playa del Carmen Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican, Vegetarian (984) 873-2242
Agave 7.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos Mexican (855) 744-8371
Ajua Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
Apasianado Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
Azur The Riviera Maya French, Mexican (984) 206-4000
Balché The Riviera Maya American, Mexican (984) 206-4000
Basico Marisueria Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
Big Lobster Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican (984) 137-9547
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
Charlies 0.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tulum Mexican --
Chelato's Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
Chichen Itza 5.3 mi. Northeast of Central Tulum Mexican (984) 875-7100
Chico Latino Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
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 Agave Downtown Playa del Carmen International, Mexican (800) 227-2356
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 Mariachi 0.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Tulum Mexican (984) 875-1010
El Oasis Tacos Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
El Paladante 0.8 mi. West of Central Tulum European, Mexican (984) 871-2233
El Paso 3.6 mi. West of Central Villa Morelos International, Mexican --
El Patio 0.2 mi. South of Central Akumal Mexican (984) 875-7600
El Pirata Playa del Carmen Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
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 Tacolote Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican (998) 887-3045
El Tio Loncheria 0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos Mexican --
El Tuch Tlan 0.1 mi. South West of Central Puerto Morelos Mexican --
El Xenote Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya Mexican (984) 875-1950
Esparragos Downtown Playa del Carmen International, Mexican --
Fantasias 0.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tulum Mexican --
Fredy's Fajitas 1.6 mi. East of Central Tulum Mexican --
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
Gary’s at Casa Cenote 5.9 mi. Northeast of Central Tulum Mexican, Tex-Mex (361) 993-2462
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
Havana Moon The Riviera Maya Bahamian, Mexican (984) 206-4000
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 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 Riviera Italiano Downtown Playa del Carmen Continental, Mexican (800) 505-2195
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 Delicias Downtown Playa del Carmen Caribbean, Mexican (984) 803-1214
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 Cocodrilo's 0.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Puerto Morelos Mexican --
Los Pelicanos 0.0 mi. East of Central Puerto Morelos Mexican Los Pelicano's
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 --
Nektar The Riviera Maya Mexican (984) 206-4000
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
Palms Gourmet Terrace 7.9 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Mexican --
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
Playamar Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexican --
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 --
Urge Tacos 0.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Tulum Mexican --
Vips Playa del Carmen Downtown Playa del Carmen American, Mexican (984) 879-4423
Xulam Playa del Carmen Mexican (984) 803-3567
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

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Casa Banana

If you don't mind changing things up a bit, you'll find commonality between the restaurants above and restaurants like the following:

Restaurants with Similar Cuisine
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Location
Casa Banana (984) 806-2871 Argentenian 4.5 mi. South of Central Tulum
Trattoria Del Mar (984) 100-3228 Latin American 0.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tulum
El Pequeno Buenos Aires (984) 871-2708 Argentenian 0.1 mi. South West of Central Tulum
Buenos Aires -- Argentenian Downtown Playa del Carmen
Armadillo’s (855) 744-8371 Tex-Mex 7.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Ipanema (984) 875-1130 Brazilian Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya
Alexis (984) 151-0116 Argentenian 5.3 mi. South of Central Tulum
Espaadas -- Argentenian Downtown Playa del Carmen
Acabar -- Tex-Mex Tulum, Southwestern part of Riviera Maya

Plus, don't forget to check out the popular specials offered at places like these:

Restaurants with Similar Specialties
Restaurant Name Phone Specialty Location
La Lunita (984) 875 90 70 Tacos 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal
King Kebab -- Tacos 0.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tulum
La Floresta Tacos (998) 891-4110 Tacos 1.1 mi. West of Central Playa del Carmen
Gringo Dave's (281) 414-5229 Tacos Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya
Peskayitos -- Tacos 0.0 mi. West of Central Puerto Morelos

Some of the most unique kitchens, cafes, and dining rooms in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are those that you run into naturally while walking the streets near your hotel. Then again, that doesn't mean you can't learn about dining in a particular region in advance. To read more details regarding the dining options waiting for you, check out this page.

 

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