8 Restaurants in Riviera Maya You’ll Love

Restaurants in Riviera Maya

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Are you looking for a food adventure along the sunny beaches of Riviera Maya, where every meal is delicious and memorable? From cozy Puerto Morelos to bustling Playa del Carmen, and peaceful Akumal to trendy Tulum, there are so many great places to eat. 

Join us as we discover the top restaurants in the area, where you can enjoy tasty Mayan and Mexican food, fresh seafood, and more, all with beautiful views and surroundings. Prepare your palate and let's explore the yummy side of this tropical paradise!

Portside Rooftop, Puerto Morelos 

Perched atop Puerto Morelos, Portside Rooftop offers a culinary delight with breathtaking rooftop views. This vibrant eatery is a go-to spot for those craving international modern cuisine, where every dish is a fusion of flavors and creativity. 

From innovative takes on classic favorites to fresh seafood delights and pasta, Portside Rooftop promises a gastronomic journey that tantalizes the taste buds while enjoying the restaurant's inviting ambiance and scenic vistas.


Pelicanos Restaurant & Marina, Puerto Morelos

At Pelicanos, every dish pays homage to the richness of the sea and the culinary heritage of Mexico. Delight in the authentic flavors and traditions of Puerto Morelos as you embark on a unique culinary adventure. 

Set against the stunning backdrop of the ocean, this waterfront restaurant offers a great dining experience where you can indulge in fresh seafood while soaking in the beautiful views of the Caribbean. 


La Cueva del Chango, Playa del Carmen

Meaning “the monkey cave”, this restaurant specializes in local and regional dishes. They use fresh ingredients and switch up the menu almost daily to use seasonal produce for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

It has outdoor garden seating and is designed to resemble a cave with lush tropical foliage, waterways, and real spider monkeys. Both indoor and outdoor seating options are available. It is a nice place to have an immersive and authentic Mexican meal. 


La Cueva del Chango, Playa del Carmen - Restaurants in Riviera Maya
Photo: La Cueva del Chango

Harry’s, Playa del Carmen

In Playa del Carmen, Harry's awaits those with a craving for steak. This upscale steakhouse boasts a tempting selection of premium cuts, including wagyu, Angus beef, and prime meats. 

Beyond the exceptional meat offerings, Harry's charms with its elegant decor and distinctive atmosphere. Whether you're a steak aficionado or simply seeking a memorable meal, this restaurant sets the stage for an amazing culinary feast in Playa del Carmen.


Lol-Ha, Akumal 

Situated on the picturesque Akumal Bay, Lol-Ha is a culinary haven in Riviera Maya. Offering stunning ocean views, it caters to all tastes, whether you prefer a relaxed beach vibe or a more upscale experience. 

With locally sourced ingredients and a menu featuring local dishes prepared by Mayan cooks, alongside Mexican classics, seafood delights and burgers to die for, Lol-Ha promises a flavorful journey through the region's culinary heritage. 

Don't miss their renowned Lol-Ha Burger, a must-try bursting with bold flavors. Whether you're dining with your feet in the sand or in the cozy indoor restaurant, Lol-Ha invites you to enjoy delicious food in a stunning setting.


Lol-Ha, Akumal  - Restaurants in Riviera Maya
Photo: Lol-Ha Restaurant

La Cueva del Pescador, Akumal

La Cueva del Pescador in Akumal offers a delightful dining experience characterized by delicious dishes and a charming atmosphere. Renowned for its fresh seafood offerings, this cozy restaurant stands out for its warm hospitality, exemplified by the owner's genuine simplicity and friendliness. 

Here you can enjoy a delectable seafood mix, with highlights including succulent octopus and refreshing drinks, as well as authentic Mexican snacks like tacos and empanadas. 

This restaurant distinguishes itself not only through its culinary delights but also with its more affordable prices compared to beachfront establishments. 


Arca, Tulum

Built literally in Tulum's lush jungle, Arca invites you to savor its unique blend of micro-seasonal cuisine inspired by Mexican traditions. Here, dishes are cooked over open flames and served in small, shareable portions, fostering a communal dining experience. Beyond the innovative menu, Arca boasts a celebrated cocktail bar, where each drink is a vibrant celebration of local flavors and ingredients, served with elegant flair.

Owned by acclaimed Mexican chef José Luis Hinostroza, whose culinary journey has taken him to prestigious restaurants like Noma and El Celler de Can Roca, Arca offers a culinary adventure unlike any other. 


Arca, Tulum - Restaurants in Riviera Maya
Photo: Arca

El Camello Jr, Tulum 

In Tulum, El Camello Jr beckons with its casual open-air setting and exceptional ceviche. This local favorite is renowned for its marinated seafood dishes, served in generous portion sizes alongside a complimentary round of chips and dip. 

Whether you're craving traditional tacos or fresh seafood, El Camello Jr offers the perfect spot for both locals and visitors to enjoy a casual bite to eat. With its relaxed atmosphere and flavorful cuisine, it's no wonder that it is a must-visit destination in Tulum for food enthusiasts seeking an authentic dining experience.


We hope you enjoy these restaurant recommendations in Riviera Maya! 

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