Merida Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Merida

April 6, 2018 Mikaela Didonna

The Yucatan capital has both colonial and Mayan treasures to discover. Nearby ruins at Uxmal give some insight into the lives of the predecessors of the conquistadores, who arrived in 1542. Mayan culture is also still evident in Merida's daily life and in the many colorful festivals celebrated here.
Things to do in Merida

1. Hacienda Teya

Carretera Merida-Cancun Km. 12. 5, Merida 97370, Mexico Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$126 +52 999 988 0800
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 658 reviews

Hacienda Teya

Reviewed By armando v - Mexico City, Mexico

One of the best places to eat Yucatán's food, and visit a old henequen hacienda at the same time. The hacienda is well preserved and you can stay there if you like. I love Yucateca cuisine, and almost all dishes are very well prepared. On...MoreHi Armando, thank you for the review. See you soon in #HaciendaTeya

2. Cafe Creme

Calle 41 Esquina Con 60 | Two Blocks From Paseo Montejo, At the Corner of Calle 60, Merida 97000, Mexico Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol French, Cafe, European, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$118 +52 999 278 5073
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

Cafe Creme

It is owned by a french man who wanted to set a "european" style cafe. He has excellent selection of imported cheese as well as french wine . They make their own quiche and a "Menu of the day" as well as home made Deserts. It is a cosy cafe close to the Paseo Montejo and Archeological Museum. It is a good option for vegetarians as well, as they have great salads and many will enjoy a break from the delicious, but heavy, yucatecan cuisine.

Reviewed By Abigayle1 - Beaufort, South Carolina

Small, with limited menu. They have homemade hotdogs, and buns that are brought in from a nearby town. The coffee is good. They are open for breakfast. Service is slow, so don't be in a hurry.

3. Kuuk

Avenida Romulo Rozo #488 Calle 27 A | Monumento A La Patria, Paseo De Montejo Avenue., Merida 97100, Mexico Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$157 - HK$549 +52 999 944 3377
Excellent
81%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 628 reviews

Kuuk

Food & Wine Magazine - 100 Restaurants in the world worth a pilgrimage 2013 Travel & Leisure Gourmet Awards 2013 - No. 1 New Restaurant in Mexico Travel & Leisure Gourmet Awards 2014 - Nominated to Best tasting menu in Mexico Travel & Leisure Gourmet Awards 2014 - Nominated to Best art of plating Forum Gastronomic Barcelona 2014 - Invited to talk about "Yucatan gastronomy" In only three years, Eduardo Rukos and Chef Pedro Evia have developed a gastronomic sanctuary in the city of Merida using local mexican ingredients mixed with modern cuisine technology in the search for a new Mexican food style.

Reviewed By Violet H - Lewes, United Kingdom

World class dining, albeit in an oddly socialist decor. Four of us had the tasting menu of 11 courses and chose our own wines. The service was attentive, everything was clearly explained. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the creativity and deliciousness of the food. Go to Mérida even just to experience this restaurant!
To the owners: why the stark lighting, and frankly, ugly tables? So much more could be done in that spectacular building. The menu definitely deserves a more elegant decor. But thank you for such a memorable evening.

4. Manjar blanco

Calle 47 # 496 por 58 y 60 | Centro, Merida, Yucatan. Enfrente del parque y mercado de Santa Ana, Merida, Mexico Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$24 - HK$86 +52 999 923 0003
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 186 reviews

Manjar blanco

Reviewed By ATourist6 - San Diego, California

Don't miss breakfast here, everything was great and the prices are very reasonable. It's a local favorite for a reason.

5. Wayan'e

Felipe Carrillo Puerto 11A No. 57C, at Calle 4, Col. Itzimna, Merida, Yucatan, 97100 | Also located at Calle 59 x 46, Merida, Mexico Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Mexican, Fast Food Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

Wayan'e

Reviewed By Stewart F

Wayan'e is awesome!!! It has indoor and outdoor Seating. It is very affordable for the price. The selection of food to choose from is amazing!!! There are many authentic flavored foods here. It is really enjoyable on a Saturday morning. It is a great place for couples and families. I would definitely recommend this place for everyone!!!

6. Amore e Gusto

Calle 79 x 38 Montes de Ame, Merida 97115, Mexico Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Validated Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +(52)2520111
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 137 reviews

Amore e Gusto

Reviewed By Don A - Richmond, VA

After a few weeks in Merida the Wive was tired of Mexican food. Personally, I don't understand how that's possible but I love her, faults and all. So I picked out this place because it served Italian food. What a treat! Seating is outside, it's intimate, in full view of the kitchen and just charming. The food was really excellent, and I can be picky. The service was excellent and they had a good choice of wines. Remarkably, the cost was really cheap.

7. Apoala Mexican Cuisine

Calle 60 471-2 X 55 | Portales de Santa Lucía, Centro, Merida 97000, Mexico Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Latin, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch, Drinks +52 999 923 1979
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Apoala Mexican Cuisine

Contemporary mexican cuisine

Reviewed By Mark P - London, United Kingdom

Definitely give this restaurant a go for dinner if in Merida. The service is to a high standard and the food is quality. The restaurant is in a square which looks great at night

8. Oliva Kitchen & Bar

Calle 49-a 56, Merida 97000, Mexico Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night +52 999 923 2248
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 655 reviews

Oliva Kitchen & Bar

Reviewed By impatiens - Minneapolis

Best meals we had in Merida. It was only a block from our rented house, so we walked by many times admiring it and seeing how busy it was. I had a grilled fish and my husband had risotto with celeriac and salmon. Both dishes were superb!

9. Ave Del Paraiso

Calle 66 # 444 | Between 47A and 53, Merida 97000, Mexico Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Asian, Fusion, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$24 - HK$55 +52 999 289 2219
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 251 reviews

Ave Del Paraiso

Reviewed By GeeGirl - Toronto, Canada

This was our second visit to Ave del Paraiso. While the Thai menu is not extensive, their curries really hits the spot. The curry is light but the portion size is filling nonetheless. The owner and his wife provide great service and are extremely friendly. It’s nice to have an alternative to Mexican cuisine in Merida. Would definitely visit again on our next trip!

10. Lo Que Hay Cafe

Calle 55 #533 por 64 y 66 | Hotel MedioMundo, Merida 97000, Mexico Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$31 - HK$63 +52 999 924 5472
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 181 reviews

Lo Que Hay Cafe

Lo Que Hay Cafe is an international vegan restaurant located inside Hotel MedioMundo in Merida's historical center. We serve a daily special menu of three courses, plus a refillable drink, and a dessert, all inspired by a different ethnic cuisine everyday (such as Indian, Caribbean, Moroccan, Thai and so on). We also have an a la carte menu with pastas, pizzas and salads. If you'd like to see some of our creations and which cuisine we will serve today, check out and like our Facebook page at loquehaycafe. We're open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 7PM-10PM. Just ring the bell and you will be guided to our restaurant in the hotel's patio.

Reviewed By tdandpepper - San Francisco, California

What a nice find. Service was knowledgeable and by far the fastest in all of Mexico. The food was a really nice surprise. Non-veggie friends may not really notice the lack of meat because the quality is so much better than.... almost any other moderately priced restaurant. I look forward to returning

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