Lively Restaurants in Merida


  • Mexican
  • Sometimes you're just not in the mood for a stuffy dining experience. When that's the case, choose from this list of the most fun restaurants in Mérida. Even in this relaxed city on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula another meal at a white-tablecloth restaurant can seem too much after a day spent on the nearby Gulf of Mexico beaches.

    The #1 choice has to be Eladio's, hands down. It's a loud, crowded restaurant where the waiters keep bringing you free appetizers as long as you keep drinking. What could be more fun?

    Hennessy's Irish Pub wins #2 because of the good-looking young crowd that frequents its garden and billiard room in the evening. Have a burger at the bar or in the intimate Polo Lounge. It's Irish…it has to be fun!

    Pancho's, at #3, used to be more fun for gringos because the waiters wore Pancho Villa-style costumes, including gun belts, which must have been a bit degrading for the servers. The costumes are gone but the fun, relaxed atmosphere hasn't changed and the food is still high quality.


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    Hennessy's Irish Pub

    Paseo de Montejo at Calle 41

    Hennessy's Irish Pub offers traditional Dublin pub atmosphere combined with fine dining in a renovated Mexican mansion on Merida's Paseo de Montejo, the beautiful avenue that leads from the Yucatan city's Historic Center to the Gulf of Mexico... read more


    Calle 59 No. 509, between Calles 60 and 62, Historic Center

    Pancho's Restaurant in Merida's downtown attracts tourists visiting Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula who enjoy ribs, steaks, and traditional Mexican food, served in the spacious dining room or terraced garden... read more

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    Marlin Azul

    Calle 62 No. 488, between Calles 57 and 59, Historic Center

    Situated in Mexico's Yucatan state in downtown Merida, Marlin Azul is an inexpensive Mexican fish restaurant open for lunch that serves the curiously titled "Return to Life" seafood cocktail... read more

    Cafe La Habana

    Calle 59 No. 511 at Calle 62, Historic Center

    24-hour restaurants are few and far between in Merida and fortunately Café La Habana is a good one, located in the Historic Center of the capital of Mexico's Yucatan state... read more

    El Hoyo Café de Te

    Calle 62 No. 468, between 55 and 57

    El Hoyo Café de Te attracts students and backpackers and presents simple, light fare to accompany tea and other beverages, which include coffee, frappes, malteds, and fresh squeezed juices... read more

    El Trapiche

    Calle 62 No. 491, between Calles 59 and 61

    El Trapiche is a reasonably priced restaurant -- nothing fancy --- but it is open late and always crowded with locals, enjoying tacos, pizza, salads or omelettes... read more

    Restaurant Los Almendros

    Calle 50A no. 493

    The classic Yucatecan dish, Poc-Chuc, was first prepared at the original Los Almendros Restaurant in Ticul... read more


    Calle 59 no. 507 Interior 6
    Between calles 60 and 62

    Amaro is popular with tourists for its many vegetarian dishes and location one block from the Zócalo... read more

    La Flor de Santiago

    Calle 70 no. 478, between 57 and 59
    Between calles 57 and 59

    At Flor de Santiago, try the Brazo de Reyna – the Queen's Arm – a corn tamal filled with toasted pumpkin seeds, hard-boiled egg, and chaya – Mayan spinach... read more
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