Top 3 Restaurants in Merida Mexico
The city of Merida in Mexico has around 1,000 restaurants. There is a restaurant for everyone here, ranging from street food to resort-style places. You can feel a little overwhelmed when trying to find a place to eat lunch or dinner. I hope our ‘Top 3 Restaurants in Merida Mexico’ will make your trip a whole lot easier, and these places are guaranteed to be around for a long time due to their unique style and extraordinary tasting food. Our list ranges from ‘cheap eat‘ places to ‘moderately priced‘ places.
1. Mercado 60
This upscale market-style restaurant is located on Calle 60 between 51 and 53 and open from 6pm to 2:30am. Before and after dark is a completely different experience at Mercado 60. In daylight you will see colorful decorations, green plants, and the unique look to each ‘restaurant’. Nighttime however, and the scene transforms into a completely romantic, candlelight setting. No lights except candles are used, even in each of the restaurants, and with the tables covered in flower petals, the light bounces off the petals making this place truly unique in appearance. Tables are long, holding around 10-12 people at each, so it’s a perfect opportunity to meet other travelers and locals.
Restaurants here range from Italian, burgers, wings, Lebanese, Mexican, Yucatecan, pizza, vegetarian, Asian, and other International dishes.. We highly recommend Wok 60, for their made to order noodle dishes that start at only $100 pesos. After eating heavy Mexican food throughout your travels, a refreshing bowl of noodles and vegetables is just what you need.
There are two artisan beer shops with prices only slightly higher than other places, and a delicious dessert shop with $50 peso chocolate mousse.
2. La Cubanita
A Cuban restaurant located on Calle 51 between 62 and 60, and open Monday through Saturday 8am to 4pm. When you enter the restaurant it seems like you are entering a family home, and indeed you are. The front area has several tables, followed by a living room where the family was gathered around a television watching I Love Lucy in black and white, and then a garden area in the back. The menu is relatively limited with daily specials that seem to sell out quickly, but everything is clearly homemade and so delicious. The biggest surprise though is the unbelievably low prices – A huge Cuban sandwich, vegetable salad, two bowls of chic pea soup, plantains and rice and two fresh lemonades came for just under 200 pesos. You will definitely feel like part of the family at La Cubanita!
3. La Negrita Cantina
From the outside this restaurant looks like an old bar from a Western movie, but inside it transforms with multiple different rooms with unique style and an outdoor courtyard decorated with bright colors with an enormous tree growing up the middle. La Negrita has a relatively small food menu, although each dish is unique and cooked to perfection. And the prices! Cheap, cheap, cheap! You can tell it’s one of the most popular joints in town, when other places are deserted during the mid-day hours, La Negrita is hopping and almost filled to capacity. Located on Calle 62 and open Monday through Sunday 12pm to 10pm.
Popular dishes include ceviche, papadzules, brazo de reina, tacos, quesadillas, and pibil. Each order comes with a complimentary plate of tortilla chips, refried beans, and two other dishes of the day. We received pickled radishes and marinated pork belly.
Drinks are incredibly cheap, with Mexican beers around $30 pesos each, and Margaritas only $50 pesos each. On certain days the Margaritas are 2×1, and everyday between 12pm and 5pm you can get a large glass of Sangria for only $50 pesos ($30 pesos for a small glass). There are numerous choices of Tequila and Mezcal.
Tired of Mexican food? Check out our favorite authentic Italian restaurants in Merida, Eskondida located on Calle 58 with New York style pizza, and Napoli Mia located on Calle 60 for high-end Italian dishes with mid-range prices.