Five Star Restaurants in Cancun

This is your inner foodie speaking. I'm hungry. And the five-star restaurants of Cancun are calling, with their lust-worthy aromas, clinking wine glasses and dazzling denizens. After all this sight-seeing, you deserve a little four-course indulgence. So do something nice for me, you, and your salivating palate, and book a table at these first-class restaurants.

John Gray's Downtown, L'Escargot, and La Habichuela are all located in Downtown Cancun, but are definitely worth the trip from the hotel zone. (Although there is now a La Habichuela in the hotel zone.) All of the other top restaurants on our list are in Cancun's hotel zone.

John Gray's Downtown serves up international cuisine, in an intimate setting.

L'Escargot is a small, but fantastic, French restaurant in a residential area of Cancun. The garden area is lovely and is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner.

Thai & Elefanta are sister properties, in Plaza La Isla. Both are over-looking the water and are consistently named two of Cancun's best, and most romantic restaurants. Thai serves Thai food, as it's name implies, while Elefanta serves Indian cuisine. Call ahead to reserve of Thai's private, over-the-water tables, or one of Elefanta's tables right on the water's edge.

La Habichuela is one of Cancun's oldest and finest restaurants. The downtown location has a beautiful garden area, decorated with twinkling lights in the trees. They serve Mexican fare, as well as some steaks and seafood. 

Laguna Grill, Harry's, and Captain's Cove all serve primarily seafood & steak, in gorgeous water-front settings.

JC Capitan serves mostly seafood, with a couple of beef or chicken dishes tossed in to satisfy the non-seafood eaters in your group.  Reserve a private, over-the-water table for a very special dining experience.

La Palapa Belga is located inside a small hotel, in Cancun's hotel zone.  It is not on the main stretch of hotels and restaurants so tourists often miss this little gem.  The tables are all set up on a pier, right next to the lagoon, and there is no roof.  Here, you dine under the stars.  The food & service are excellent and you will be doing yourself a great disservice if you don't seek out La Palapa Belga on your next trip.


The Club Grill

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Retorno del Rey #36
In the Ritz-Carlton hotel, Retorno del Rey

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Palapa Belga (La)

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Calle Quetzal No. 13
Hotel Imperial Laguna

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Kukulcan Plaza
Zone Hotelera

Italian in the heart of Cancun...
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Avenida Yaxchilan 61

Festive Dining...
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Madonna (La)

Boulevard Kukulcan Km 12.5
B-4, La Isla Shopping Village

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Paloma Bonita

Punta Cancún S/N
Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

Romantic Dining...
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Boulevard Kukulkan Km 14.5, Lote 40-A
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

Italian Delight...
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Harry's Prime Steakhouse and Raw Bar

Boulevard Kukulcan, Km. 14.2
Bulevar Kukulkán Km 14.2

Dine by the Lagoon...
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Avenida Coba 88

Lunch or dinner on a pirate ship...
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La Destileria

Boulevard Kukulcan kilometer 12.65

Mexican Fusion & Tequila Mania...
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Alfredo Di Roma

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Kukulcan Km. 7.5

The Best of Italy...
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Cocina 38

5ta Av. entre 38 y 40 calle

Relaxed Fine Dining...
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Simply Seafood Restaurant

Boulevard Kukulcan, Km 14.5, Lote 40-A
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

Marine Platters...
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OK Maguey

Plaza Kukulcan Loc 173

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Mitachi Seaside Grill

Boulevard Kukulcán Kilometer 17
Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort

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Retorno del Rey Lote 37-1 KM 14
Meridien Cancún Resort & Spa

Best of Italy...
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Boulevard Kukulcan km. 12
La Isla Shopping Village

Chic & Sassy...
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Jin An

Boulevard Kukulcan Km 14.6

Chinese Gourmet Delight...
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Fisheria (La)

Boulevard Kukulkán Km 8.5
Level 2, Plaza Caracol Shopping Center

Seafood Galore...
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Buca di Beppo

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Plaza Forum by the Sea, Blvd. Kukulkan, Lote 10 y 10C, Local B11

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