La Lunita

NileGuide Expert Says:

The lamb-anything here is spectacular, and you'll have to go back a few times to try them all, but the lamb burger is a must.


North Akumal
Akumal, Mexico



NileGuide Expert tip:

Don't miss lobster Fridays and the cream of lentil soup.


Even if you decide not to stay in Akumal (though we highly recommend it), this restaurant is worth the drive. The menu includes a wide variety of seafood, meat, poultry, salads, and other vegetarian dishes, all designed by owner, Annette Bartsch, and gifted Chef, Cristian Reyes, who relocated here from Mexico City, via Spain.  

The romantic seaside setting is lit mostly by candlelight, decorated with significant Mexican art, and includes a formidably stocked bar that includes champagnes, tequila, and beer. If not in the mood for wine, we recommend their margarita or piƱa colada. Non-alcoholic beverages include fresh fruit juices.

Both the food and setting take into account the natural setting of the sea. This is a beach setting with a quiet elegance that is understated and welcoming. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available. Most of the all-Maya staff members have worked here since Annette opened in 1993. They, Annette, and Cristian thrive on providing personal service; and, they serve hand-made tortillas! As if that was not enough, their ceviches are also delicious and unique.

The servings aren't huge, so you'll have room for dessert. Introduce yourself to Cristian, tell him if you're in the mood for chocolate and/or fruit and watch his creativity at work. If not, one can never go wrong with the homemade ice cream.


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