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Merida Restaurants for the Discerning Traveler

27 Feb 2007  Ten years of living and eating in Merida
3.5 of 5 stars based on 5 votes

Merida has everything from taco stands to haute cuisine (though not much of that). Save yourself a wasted evening and check out our list of recommended restaurants. If this list isn't enough, come to our website for a very long list of restaurants, with addresses, directions and reader's recommendations.

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  • Traveler type: Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Seniors, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • 1. La Recova

    Modern, elegant but informal dining in northern Merida. If you're staying in the centro, you'll need a car or taxi or bus to get here. It will be worth it! The food is Argentinian beef done to perfection. The grilled veggies and salads are delicious too. Dining is inside with excellent ventilation so the smoking areas don't disturb the non-smoking dining room in a different side of the restaurant. There is also a separate bar. Valet parking too, making it easy and convenient.

  • 2. Hacienda Xcanatun - Casa de Piedra
    Hacienda Xcanatun - Casa de Piedra, Merida

    When we have a special occasion, we go to Casa de Piedra. When we want a leisurely and luxurious Sunday breakfast, lunch or dinner, we go to Casa de Piedra. When we have guests we want to show something really special, we go to Casa de Piedra. And when we want a romantic night out just the two of us, we go to Casa de Piedra. This is probably THE best restaurant in Merida, that isn't QUITE in Merida... but close enough that it counts. If you are visiting, don't miss a night or afternoon here. If the weather is fine, request patio dining. Make sure you are not in a hurry, because you will want to sit, relax, have a drink and enjoy the amazing ambiance... in addition to the incredibly great food.

  • 3. Trotters

    The dining scene in Merida begins here. This is where the people who live here go for a party, a fun night out or where they take important guests. It is not uncommon to see the Governor of Yucatan eating here. The dining room and dining garden at Trotters are so modern and on such a large scale, you wouldn't believe the restaurant was created from a modest suburban home. Not walkable from the Centro but easy to get to with a taxi.

  • 4. The restaurant at Rosas and Xocolate

    This restaurant provides both indoor (air-conditioned) and outdoor seating. The setting indoors is elegant, quiet and reserved. The food is delicious and the wine list comprehensive. Outdoors, the setting is more casual and very very pink. Upstairs, the Moon Bar provides a bar setting with DJ music and a great view of Paseo Montejo... a favorite for locals at night in particular. Don't miss the chocolate store where you can buy individual pieces of locally made Belgian chocolate... the best!

  • 5. Miyabi Sushi

    Merida's best sushi restaurant. Miyabi Sushi is a tiny restaurant in a strip mall... you would never suspect the quality of the food here. The restaurant is owned by Japanese people and we have heard from people who know that this is the most authentic Japanese food you can find in Merida. Regardless of that, its also fresh and delicious. It might be full when you get there, but we suggest that if you have to wait, its worth it.

  • 6. Hennessy's Irish Pub
    Hennessy's Irish Pub, Merida

    The food here is dependable, rib-sticking and what you would expect from an Irish pub in Mexico. The Irish stew hits the spot when you are in the mood for it, and the fish and chips are the best in town. You can get real Guinness here, and you can choose your environment... we love that. Sit outside, sit in air conditioning, smoke, don't smoke, drink, don't drink... you can even play pool. This is the best place in Merida for comfort food and a comfortable evening.

  • 7. Doña Tere's

    Best lunch in the neighborhood of Santa Ana. This little cocina economica consistently serves two great dishes every day. Grab a cold coke out of the fridge, or let Doña Ophelia (Tere's mom) bring it to your table. You'll be eating lunch with all the abaniles and students in the surrounding area. Get there before two pm or there's nothing left.

  • 8. Slavia, Tobago and Cubaro

    This trio of restaurants take up the whole triangular-shaped block next to the Monument to the Flag at the head of Paseo Montejo. Go to Slavia for a sit-down dinner, to Cubaro for a late-night snack and hang at Tobago for an after-dinner capuccino. Best way to get there? Take a calesa (a horse-drawn carriage) from the Centro for the true Merida experience.

  • 9. Nectar

    This can be the best food in Merida if the chefs are on top of their game the night you go there. Outside of the Centro, near Plaza Fiesta, you'll need a car or take a taxi. The chef who owns this restaurant, Roberto Solis, has worked and traveled around the world and he knows cuisine.

  • 10. Bella Epoca

    The best panuchos in town. Sit upstairs on the balcony overlooking Calle 60 and enjoy a cold beer or three while you eat three gigantic panuchos, piled high with turkey, avocado, those pink onions and beans. Pour on the hot habanero sauce for a real Yucatan gastronomic experience.