Middle Eastern Cuisine in Yucatan Peninsula

Almost everywhere in the Yucatan Peninsula, expect to happen upon a diverse set of restaurants, cafes, and places with delicious cocktails. If you're admittedly obsessed with Middle Eastern food, you should pay attention to the places that dub it their specialty. Easily browse the variety of Middle Eastern foods available in the Yucatan Peninsula with the restaurants described below.

With lots to try, from the informal setting of Byblos Tacos to the lovely dinner service at Istanbul Kabob Restaurant, there is something to suit each and every traveler and all types of budgets.


Take time to peek at the places that offer Middle Eastern fare. On each restaurant's name, click to see more important info about its location, ambiance, and more.

Byblos Tacos

Downtown Cancun | (998) 887-4041

Located near the center of downtown Cancun, Byblos Tacos is at 108 Avenida Palenque. Hoping to have much-loved local cuisine in a fun and completely informal location? Then definitely don't miss the free-and-easy bites and backdrop at this dining option.

Pasion Turca

Chetumal | (983) 832-7869

Pasion Turca is located in the southern outskirts of Chetumal. Affectionately identified as a casual place to dine, it's perfect for a delicious, but not elaborate, meal.



Acabar is located toward the center of Tulum. If the option of Tex-Mex food coupled with Middle Eastern has your mouth watering, make it a goal to eat at this restaurant on your the Yucatan Peninsula getaway. You might not be sure where you are when you see the decor in Acabar, but it sure isn't Mexico. The mix of Thailand and the Middle East is sure to feel exotic.

Istanbul Kabob Restaurant


Istanbul Kabob Restaurant is located toward the southern outskirts of Chetumal. When you're up for simply having some delightful Middle Eastern cuisine, stop by this local eatery where the service and style is very relaxed.

Ugila Maktub Cafe

Downtown Playa del Carmen

Located in downtown Playa del Carmen, Ugila Maktub Cafe is a popular choice for guests thinking about exploring this neighborhood. Newcomers who crave Middle Eastern dishes can find a few favorites at restaurants like Ugila Maktub Cafe. It's an easy choice in case you're in their neighborhood. For a cuisine far from the Mexican surroundings, try one of Maktub's pitas, a delicious gyro type food from the Middle East and Mediterranean, specifically with Arabic influence.

Similar Food


When seeking variety that doesn't stray too far, there are similar flavors to be experienced at local places like these:

Restaurants with Similar Cuisine
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Location
Bordeaux (998) 848-7600 French 5.3 mi. East of Central downtown Cancun Mexico
Italianni's Almendros (998) 848-2678 Italian Cancun Mexico
Coculcan (998) 840-6240 Italian Downtown Cancun Mexico
Il Pescatore (998) 881-7300 Italian Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexico
Spezias (983) 129-2774 Italian 1.7 mi. South of Central Chetumal Mexico
Pummarola (984) 873-0900 Italian 0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen Mexico
Limoncello (998) 883-1455 Italian 5.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central downtown Cancun Mexico
Red Moon (998) 898-1498 Italian Downtown Cancun Mexico
Il Quadrato Pizza -- Italian Downtown San Miguel Cozumel
French Bistro -- French 0.1 mi. South of Central Downtown Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres

You can't plan for it, but sometimes the best kitchens, cafes, and dining rooms in the Yucatan Peninsula are the ones you run into naturally while trekking the town of your choice. But, writing down the names of a few delicious-sounding restaurants in your agenda, may prove valuable later when your stomach's grumbling. To learn much more regarding the culinary options available to you, check out this page.


Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.