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Riviera Maya restaurants

Desafortunadamente (yes, it means what you think), dining in the Riviera Maya is mostly confined to resort restaurants; many of the best are closed to nonguests. If you're a true foodie, you can let your stomach dictate your hotel choice, and book a room at Hotel Esencia or Maroma. Or you can place your trust in the burgeoning culinary scenes in Playa del Carmen and Tulum, where independent chefs and entrepreneurs are cooking up sophisticated and creative takes on Mexican dishes. Although dining is always a laid-back affair, it's a good idea to make reservations in high season.

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¡Que Fresco!, Tulum

Worship the sunset with a frosty margarita while nibbling on feather-light chips with lime-infused salsa. Segue to shrimp rubbed with achiote (a pungent...more

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Cetli, Tulum

Chef Claudia Pérez Rívas could easily challenge the competition in Mexico City or L.A., but she'd rather grind cinnamon in her metate in a serene...more

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Cocina 38, Playa del Carmen

Chef Juan Diego Solombrino's infectious grin and playfulness shine through his creations: Risotto with fennel, chorizo, and calamari; tuna tartare with mescal...more

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El Tábano, Tulum

Spice up the chips-and-guac routine with a trip to El Tábano, a welcome addition to the comida-starved southern end of Tulum's hotel zone. Homemade bread...more

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Hechizo Tulum, Tulum

This secluded spot is well worth the eerie drive down rutted dirt roads and secret paths. Hechizo, which means bewitchment, is run by chef Stefan Schober and...more

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La Casa del Agua, Playa del Carmen

This tasteful aerie overlooking Playa's Fifth Avenue is a welcome escape from the youthful cacophony at street level. In the evening, pierced tin stars glitter...more

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Marisquería, Playa del Carmen

The sturdy señora behind the counter at the Hotel Básico's second-story puesto (food stall) knows her way around pescado (fish) and mariscos...more

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Mezzanine, Tulum

Tulum meets Ibiza at Mezzanine, a too-cool restaurant/bar/hotel overlooking white sand and azure sea. DJs spin lounge music while bikini-clad escapists sip...more

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Negro Sal, Playa del Carmen

Fashionable scenesters converge for late-night meals, cocktails, and thumping music at this restaurant and club. Even jaded sophisticates can't resist checking...more

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Señor Tacombi, Playa del Carmen

Tempted to try the street food but afraid of ghastly gastro repercussions? Head to Señor Tacombi. The once-roving taco operation has put down roots on...more

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Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.



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