Ciudad del Carmen Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Ciudad del Carmen

July 31, 2017 Dorsey Hagwood

Ciudad del Carmen is a city in the southwest of the Mexican state of Campeche. Ciudad del Carmen is located at 18°38′N 91°50′W / 18.63°N 91.83°W / 18.63; -91.83 on the southwest of Carmen Island, which stands in the Laguna de Términos on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. As of 2010, Ciudad del Carmen had a population of 169,466, up from the 2005 census of 154,197. In July 2006 Ciudad del Carmen celebrated its 150th anniversary as a city.
Things to do in Ciudad del Carmen

1. Cocteleria Cajun

Av. Malecon Puntilla 35, Ciudad del Carmen 24139, Mexico Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Seafood Lunch +52 938 382 1421
Excellent
38%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 142 reviews

Cocteleria Cajun

Reviewed By Bruce D - Westlake Village, California

Really good seafood but be careful about the recipes. For example, oysters Rockefellor was nothing like we know in the states. Locals seemed to eat lots of seafood empanadas (very large) and various types of seafood cocktails. Very professional place, very busy, open air, good prices.

2. Restaurante Pablo's

Calle 13, # 33, Entre 36 y 36 C | Col. Puntilla, CP 24139, Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico Seafood Lunch, Dinner +52 938 382 1724
Excellent
39%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
12%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Restaurante Pablo's

Reviewed By sssss22 - Moscow, Russia

All the seafood here is very good, but be careful with English menu - I ordered snail coctail, but got a squid. The top rating I will give to batterfish baked in salt - absolutely delicious dish. A waiter brings it with salt, separates salt and skin in front of you, and carefully detachs fillet from bones. Also, I would recommend baked shrimps - you may have it before the fish as baking takes time. Bon appetite!

3. La Pigua Ciudad Del Carmen

AV. Playa Norte Colonia Justo Sierra | Plaza Punta Norte, Ciudad del Carmen 24114, Mexico Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Mexican, Caribbean, Latin, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$39 - HK$157 +52 938 112 0808
Excellent
50%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

La Pigua Ciudad Del Carmen

Reviewed By TravelinFool93436 - Lompoc, California

I had high hopes, based on their sister restaurant in Campeche, but it just didn't live up to the original. Great North Beach location, very elegant decor, incredibly attentive service, but the food was just OK. Probably only disappointing because I already knew how good the food is at the Campeche location.

4. Il Giglio

Calle 24 No. 33, Ciudad del Carmen 24100, Mexico Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating Italian, Mediterranean Dinner, Lunch +52 938 382 4708
Excellent
35%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 67 reviews

Il Giglio

Reviewed By ChinSin2003

Il Giglio has been in Ciudad del Carmen for more than 15 years and has consistently been the best, almost only, Italian restaurant in Carmen. Owner is Italian and he food is good.
Careful if you are a large party and drink a lot. Waiters or bartender tend to lose count of how many drinks or bottles you had and might end up charging you more.

5. El Pavo

Calle 36-a 9, Ciudad del Carmen 24130, Mexico Takeout Seafood Lunch, Dinner +52 938 382 6181
Excellent
34%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 93 reviews

El Pavo

Reviewed By Rosemx - Zurich, Switzerland

It was THE PLACE for shrimp but have been changing, not bad but nothing special anymore, sometimes overcrowded and service can be slow ...in the bright side they serve wild and fresh shrimp

6. Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar

KM 2 No. 500, Fracc. Palmira, Ciudad del Carmen 24150, Mexico Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +52 938 150 2467
Excellent
25%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 64 reviews

Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar

Reviewed By Carlos A - The Woodlands, Texas

I've been a couple of times to Boston's, and even though pizzas seems to be their main push, I was not particularly impressed with them. I did however have an awesome jambalaya fettuccine, right amount of taste and spice.
Plenty of good beer available as well.

7. OV Vaquero Restaurante Y Taqueria

Avenida Periferica Norte No. 301, Ciudad del Carmen 24190, Mexico Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards International, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$86 +52 938 286 1155
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 101 reviews

OV Vaquero Restaurante Y Taqueria

Restaurant by day , by night Taqueria Cuts and arracheras in the day are tasty and you can order salads to accompany them and there is an extensive menu of dishes . At night the restaurant becomes taqueria and maintains the same quality : good meat , good taste and good prices. Nice atmosphere and waiters attentive to what you need. Good choice to eat tasty at a good price.

Reviewed By Charly H - México DF

Some friends recommended this place to have lunch or have dinner, my first time was initially bad, it was crowded, we took some time to get a table but later our service, tacos and drinks were so delicious, my family and I were very nice. I asked about their service, meat or main dishes are during mornings until 5:00 pm, tacos after 6:00 pm until midnight. Meat are really good. Mornings I recommend you "Tasajo" ask about it and nights I recommend you sirloin Tacos... Delicious. Enjoy it.

8. Lapa Lapa Carmen

Avenida Concordia | Entre Calle 58 y Calle Universidad, Ciudad del Carmen 24179, Mexico Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating Bar, International Dinner, Lunch HK$39 - HK$126 +52 938 286 0185
Excellent
24%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 93 reviews

Lapa Lapa Carmen

Sed de ambiente? La mejor musica y ambiente acompanado de nuestra variedad de botanas y famosos litros!

Reviewed By Gaby_Roes

For sure than here you will be available to see every important match! The food is average and also the service! And good prices! Not to expensive! The place is big and cool environment! Outside you have the smoking area that looks very comfy and...MoreHi Gaby, thank you for your visit.

9. TOKS RESTAURANTE. S. A. de C,V,

AV. Concordia S/N, Colonia Asa Poniente | C.p. 24121, Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +52 938 286 0405
Excellent
22%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 58 reviews

TOKS RESTAURANTE. S. A. de C,V,

Reviewed By fernd123 - Houma, Louisiana

We love the location and the decoration. It is located inside Zentralia Mall. The food is good and the service is ok. We have had horrible experience with the service before. They have nice juices.
If they could improve their service it would be great.
After going there so many times, we just learned that they have 3 products for sale made by local indians:
Marmelade, chocolate and honey.
We bought the jelly and really like it.
Check that out.

10. Picanas Grill

Avenida Camaron 712, Ciudad del Carmen 24115, Mexico Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Brazilian, Steakhouse, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +52 938 112 0653
Excellent
42%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 82 reviews

Picanas Grill

Reviewed By aje302 - Bogota, Colombia

This place is a typical Brazilian Rodizio. You get all type of meat (pork, beef, chicken, sausage, etc) and you have a huge salad bar.
Waiters go by your table constantly serving you small portions of different meat, you can eat all that you want.
Prices might seem high considering you're in El Carmen but it's well worth the money.
If you don't like meat this is not a place for you.

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