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Cancun Dining

It is virtually impossible to list all of Cancun's restaurants that's how many there are, everything from fast food to fine dining to mariachi-playing eateries that go late into the night. There are also a large number of U.S. based franchise chains such as Hard Rock Cafe, T.G.I. Friday's, Ruth's Chris Steak House and more, making it easy to find something everyone in the family likes. Many restaurants line Avenida Tulum, Calle Yaxchilan and Bulevar Kukulkan, as well as along the lagoon where gorgeous sunsets accompany your entree.

Checandole

Several blocks past Mercado 28 on Xel-Ha, Plaza Flamingos Food Court

A local favorite, especially among business lunches known for its homemade food (think tacos, empanadas and meat dishes) and friendly bustling environment.

100% Natural

Av. Sunyaxchen 63, 998-884-0101

100% Natural's website

Exactly as the name implies this healthy Mexican eatery offers a bountiful selection of sandwiches, baked goods and fresh fruit smoothies with a large list of vegetarian options. Another branch at Playa Chac-Mool and downtown.

El Cejas

Mercado 28, Avenida Sunyaxchen, 998-887-1080

Top-notch seafood restaurant with a bustling atmosphere and friendly service.

La Casa del Bagel

Ave. Labna #43, 884-0102

A huge variety of bagels including a tequila salmon bagel, along with salads and to-die-for milkshakes.

Pizza Rolandi

Coba 12, 998-884-4047

Pizza Rolandi's website

A charming place for wood-oven pizza and a selection of other Italian classics like spaghetti, calzones and chicken.

Roots

Tullipanes 26, SM22, 998-884-243

A Caribbean-themed restaurant with salads, pasta as well as live music.

El Rincon Yucateco

Uxmal 35, west of av. Tulum circle, no phone

A casual Yucatecan grill where the signature dish is a heaping bowl of shredded chicken in a tangy broth of chicken stock and lime juice.

Cocina La Chaya

Mercado 28, 998-888-6437

A mom-and-pop eatery in Mercado 28 offering over-sized platters of beef, fish, chicken, or mushrooms.

Taco Factory

Hotel Zone

Homemade tacos served all hours of the night.

La Parrilla

Av. Yaxchilan 51, 998-884-8193

La Parrilla's website

A festive fun place with strolling mariachis and gaucho-like portions.

La Placita

Av. Yaxchiln 12, Sm 22, El Centro, 998-884-0407

La Placita's website

A colorfully decorated, quiet Cancun fixture specializing in mixed grills, pastas and salads and featuring indoor and outdoor seating.

Sushi Akky

Ave. Xcaret Sm36, 988-892-8022

A cute little sushi place.

Ty-Coz

Avenida Tulum, Sm 2, 998-884-6060

Delicious baguettes in sandwich shop setting.

Blue Bayou

Paseo Kukulkan - Hotel Zone, 998-883-0044

Cajun cuisine with crawfish flown in daily from Louisiana. Live jazz also.

La Destileria

Bulevar Kukulkan, Km. 12.65; 998-885-1086

An authentic Mexican restaurant centered on tequila- there are more than 150 brands here, as well as a lagoon crocodile named what else, Tequila!

La Fisheria

Plaza Caracol, Bulevar Kukulkan, Km. 8.5, 998-883-1396

The menu changes daily at this seafood eatery overlooking Bulevar Kukulkan and the lagoon.

La Placita

Av. Yaxchiln 12, Sm 22, El Centro, 998-884-0407

A colorfully decorated, quiet Cancun fixture specializing in mixed grills, pastas and salads and featuring indoor and outdoor seating.

El Fish Fritanga

Blvd. Kukulcan Km 12.5; 998-840-6216

El Fish Fritanga's website

A hidden gem in the Hotel Zone known for its selection of seafood, from the 10 peso "pescadallas" (deep fried fish tacos) to the special Mayan style "tikin xic" fish to its decent prices. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside you'll find a quaint outdoor garden set on the lagoon.

El Mexicano

Blvd Kukulcan 8.5, 998-883-2220

Typical Mexican food at moderate prices with a fabulous view of the beach and a wide assortment of tequilas.

El Shrimp Bucket

Av. Kukulcan Km 15, near Aquaworld, 998-840 6466

Huge shrimp in all shapes, sizes, forms and dishes (though there are other things to eat) in a fun, family-friendly setting.

Santos Mariscos

Blvd. Kukulcn, Km 12.7, 998-840-6300

A casual Mexican cantina with a wide-ranging, well-priced menu. The decor is a bit kitschy (think rainbow lawn chairs and sculptures of the Virgin Mary holding plastic roses) but it's fun and known for its flavorful shrimp tacos with seven types of sauces.

Thai

La Isla Shopping Center, 998-144-0364

You'll find classic Thai specialties at this fun restaurant that includes a giant aquarium as its backdrop.

Labna

Margaritas Street # 29, 998-892-3056

A showcase of Yucatan food in a Mayan atmosphere.

Aioli

In Le Meridien Cancun Resort & Spa, Lote 37-1. Km 14, 998-881-2200

Superb French and Mediterranean gourmet dishes in a Provencal setting. Very romantic at night with its low lighting.

Club Grill

in the Ritz Carlton, Retorno del Rey, 36 Bulevar Kukulkan, 998-881-0808

Five-star ambiance with gourmet international cuisine.

Lorenzillo's

Bulevar Kukuklkan, Km 10.5; 998-883-1254

Lorenzillo's's website

A fun, casual atmosphere is one of the draws of this lagoon-side eatery with a giant palapa roof; the other is picking your own lobster out of giant tank.

Casa de las Margaritas

Paseo Kulkulkan, Km. 12.5, La Isla Shopping Mall; 998-883-3222

Vivid colors, a festive vibe and a variety of margaritas make this Mexican restaurant a popular choice where dancers, a mariachi band, and other local musicians keep you entertained while you are waiting for your food. You can also get your photo taken in a huge sombrero as a souvenir.

Casa Rolandi

Bulevar Kukulkan, Km 8.5 in Plaza Caracol, 998-883-2557

Creative cuisine with a host of flavors; think a combination Swiss/Italian/Caribbean and Mexican; sister location in Isla Mujeres.

Gustino

in JW Marriott, Bulevar Kukulkan, Km 14.5, 998-848-9600

Gustino's website

Homemade pastas and other classic Italian cuisine amidst a romantic setting complete with candles galore.

Laguna Grill

Bulevar Kukulkan, Km. 16.5, 998-885-0267

A fusion of Asian and Mexican flavors entice the senses at this gorgeous restaurant overlooking the lagoon.

La Madonna

Boulevard Kukulcan Km 12.5, 998-883-2222

La Madonna's website

A sophisticated decor, a romantic setting, a fusion of Italian and Swiss dishes with one of the most extensive wine lists around. You won't be disappointed.

Puerto Madero

Marina Barracuda, Bulevar Kukulkan, Km 14, 998-885-2829

Puerto Madero's website

Stylish Argentinean steak house known for its meticulously prepared food and gorgeous lagoon style setting.

La Habichuela

Margaritas 25, 998-884-3158

La Habichuela's website

Gourmet seafood in a garden setting /Mayan temple surroundings makes this an adventure worth exploring.

Pericos

Yaxchilan, 61, 998-884-3152

Pericos's website

A spicy always-hopping restaurant where waiters wear a variety of festive costumes, the bar area features saddles for bar stools, and the music usually starts around 7:30 p.m. Go early; this place is super-popular and does not take reservations.

Viva La Vaca

Blvd Kukulcan Km 8.5, 998-883-4738

Gets high marks for its large and delicious steaks amidst a nice setting and excellent service.