If you think that Mexican cuisine is all beans and avocados, the Top Ten Restaurants in Mexico City will change your mind. Yes, some of the best restaurants in Mexico's capital do serve beans and avocados, but it is likely that one of the city's top chefs has rethought these humble ingredients and created something entirely new…and uniquely Mexican.
My #1 Pick: Contramar. Mexico City restaurateurs Gabriela Cámara and Pablo Bueno serve only the finest seafood at Contramar, located in Roma Norte. A favorite dish is the snapper "a la talla" - an entire grilled, butterflied fish, flavored with red chile and green parsley.
Residents of the Federal District - known as chilangos - went into deep mourning when one of their favorite restaurants, Aguila y Sol, closed its doors unexpectedly. But, the widow's weeds have been discarded now that renowned chef Martha Elena Ortiz has opened Dulce Patria, which is #2 on the Top Ten list.
A third celebrity chef, Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, the influential author of Dictionary Encyclopedia of Mexican Gastronomy, conceived and operates #3 on the Top Ten list: Azul y Oro. Unexpectedly located on the UNAM campus in southern Mexico City, Azul y Oro frequently holds food festivals that focus on individual regions of Mexico - and does it at reasonable prices, too.
If you do tire of Mexican food, try one of the city's many esteemed restaurants that serve the cuisine of other countries. Astrid y Gaston, my #8 choice, serves high-end New Andean
fare, straight from Peru.
Mexico's best seafood restaurant is universally considered to be Contramar, which is only open for lunch... read more
Anatole France #100 (in the Hotel Las Alcobas at the corner of Ave. Presidente Masaryk)
Celebrity chef and restaurateur Martha Ortiz has another hit restaurant: Dulce Patria in Mexico City's Hotel Las Alcobas... read more
Insurgentes Sur 3000, Ciudad Universitaria
New Engeneering building at UNAM
The esteemed author of "Stuffed Chiles of Mexico: An Anthology of Recipes," Ricardo Munoz, serves traditional Mexican food of the highest quality at Azul y Oro... read more
Francisco Petrarca 254
Pujol is on everyone's list of the top restaurants to eat at in Mexico City... read more
Avenida Presidente Masaryk 407
Superb Basque-French-Mexican fusion cuisine is served at Mexico City's perennially #1 restaurant, Biko, in Polanco... read more
Alejandro Dumas 7
Mexican restaurant with a taste of Veracruz...
Tennyson 117, (corner of Ave. Mazarik), Col. Polanco
Inca traditions, Spanish gastronomy, and Asian influences combine to make the unique fusion cuisine that Astrid y Gaston serve in Mexico City... read more
Amsterdam 204 (between Iztacihuatl and Chilpancingo), Col. Condesa, Cuauhtemoc
Mero Toro – Cocina de Baja California in the Condesa neighborhood serves top quality seafood and meats with a Pacific Coast twist... read more
Emilio Castelar 95, (between Alejandro Dumas and Julio Verne)
French-African fusion cuisine attracts diners to Ivoire, a Mexico City restaurant with pleasant outdoor dining... read more
Plaza Luís Cabrera 7 (Calle Orizaba, between Guanajuato and Zacatecas), Col. Roma Norte
House-made pastas, and risotto, fish, and meat comprise the classic Italian menu at Cabiria, an upscale restaurant in central Mexico City... read more
Avenida de las Naciones 1 Piso 45
Excellent view from the 45th floor... read more
Avenida San Jerónimo Pte. 801
Colonia San Jerónimo Lídice
Colonial house, fine Mexican cuisine... read more
Copérnico No. 156
Col. Nueva Anzures
Avenida Presidente Masaryk 201
Hotel Habita, Colonia Polanco
Calle Tacuba 28
An Outstanding Mexican Tradition... read more
Alfonso Reyes 96
Insurgentes Sur 878
Colonia del Valle
The World of Vegetables on Your Table... read more