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Catch of the day with burned chipotle chile, pumpkin and pineapple purée, cilantro │© City Foodsters / flickr
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Mexico City's Most Critically Acclaimed Restuarants

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Updated: 21 April 2018
In a foodie haven like Mexico City, you can be sure that some of the country’s best restuarants await. Here are some internationally renowned, critically acclaimed spots that are sure to thrill any discerning eater. Come with your wallet full and your stomach empty.

Pujol

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Baby corns in a Gourd in Pujol │
Baby corns in a Gourd in Pujol │ | © Nan Palmero / flickr
Pujol has been on the scene for a long time (a hugely respectable 17 years) and in that time has managed to gain a formidable reputation for itself as Mexico’s best restaurant. They continue to make The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants year after year. The ever-changing menu exhibits dishes that infuse ancient and modern cooking techniques using local ingredients. While the result isn’t quite comfort food, a sense of nostalgia and tradition suffuses the dishes, with chef and owner Enrique Olvera serving up classic Mexican flavors in unexpected settings. Olvera believes in revolutionizing cuisine: he aims to develop old recipes and invent new ones. This means that at Pujol, the menu is continuously being altered and improved. Keeping the sleek, minimalist dining space intimate, with only 13 tables, allows the front of house to provide impeccable service.
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Mon - Sat:
1:30 pm - 10:45 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Gourmet, Fine Dining

Biko

Restaurant, Spanish, Mexican, $$$
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A Spanish–Mexican fusion dish at Biko
A Spanish–Mexican fusion dish at Biko | Courtesy of Biko Restaurant
Consistently named one of the city’s best restuarants, Biko combines a litany of seafood dishes and the traditional meats and cheeses of the old continent with the huitlacoche, roasted corn, and peanuts of the New World. This Spanish–Mexican fusion is creatively pulled off with a menu that satisfies eaters of all types. Especially attractive is the extensive list of both Spanish and Mexican wine, with pairing suggestions printed on the menu for those of us with a lack of wine knowledge. This is fine dining with artistically plated specialties and an upscale location on Mexico City’s version of Rodeo Drive, Presidente Masaryk in the Polanco neighborhood.
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Mon - Sat:
1:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining

Azul Historico

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Azul Historico inside the Downtown Hotel
Azul Historico inside the Downtown Hotel | Courtesy of Azul Historico
One of Mexico’s most famous and world-renowned chefs, Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, is at the helm of Azul Historico, and if you want a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine in a food love-inducing environment, this is your place. The chef’s Yucatan roots have definitely influenced the menu, but you will also find a little bit of each of Mexico’s most famous regional cuisines, all prepared using traditional techniques and old-fashioned loving care for all elements of the recipe. Azul sits in the middle of the Downtown Hotel—an upscale shopping and accommodation destination—with the patio’s original trees maintained for ambiance and a lovely glow from overhead lights and soft lamps on the tables.
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Sun - Sat:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Romantic, Outdoors, Gourmet

Máximo Bistrot

Restaurant, Mexican, Contemporary, $$$
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Tuna dish at Máximo Bistrot
Tuna dish at Máximo Bistrot | Paul Keller/Flickr
The brainchild of Chef Eduardo “Lalo” García, who’s also known for the equally recommendable Roma restaurant Lalo!, Máximo Bistrot has been a staple of Mexico City’s high-end dining scene for the past few years. Another frequent spot-taker on the Latin America’s 50 best list, Lalo’s menu is a blending of seasonal, fresh and locally grown ingredients with sophisicated culinary techniques and a flair for the unusually delicious. With a menu that changes daily according to products that can be found that day in the local markets, you’re in for both a surprise and a treat on every visit. Reservations are recommended.
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Tue - Sat:
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat:
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun - None:
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual, Modern

Astrid y Gaston

Restaurant, Peruvian, $$$
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Cebiche carretilla with silverside, clam, sea snail and urchin, at Astrid y Gaston, Lima
Cebiche carretilla with silverside, clam, sea snail and urchin, at Astrid y Gaston, Lima | Heather Sperling / Flickr
In 1994, Astrid Gutsche and Gastón Acurio arrived in Miraflores, Perú, from Paris, where they both studied the culinary arts. With an emphasis on Peruvian and French fusion food, they founded their first restaurant in Miraflores, and some years later expanded through Latin America. They are often credited with the rise of Peruvian cuisine, creating expansive tasting menu options and a-la-carte dishes that reflect the diversity and deliciousness of the country’s cuisine. Their flagship restuarant, Casa Moreyra, in Lima is consisted named as one of the best 50 both in the world and in Latin America. Many of its fans, say that the Mexico City location is even better than the one in Lima. We don’t have a basis for comparison, but every dish in Astrid y Gaston Mexico City is crafted for your eating delight. This spot is fancy, so come with your finest digs on for dinner.
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Sun - None:
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat:
1:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining, Gourmet

Restaurante Nicos

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Chiles en Nogada │
Chiles en Nogada │ | © Ismael Villafranco / flickr
Listed several years as one of Latin America’s 50 best restuarants, Nicos is a family-owned and operated institution in the southern Azcapotzalco neighborhood of Mexico City. The ambiance is casual but heavy with tradition and the staff at Nicos take their job of serving you excellent food seriously. Moles, mixiotes, stews and fantastical desserts are all colorfully presented the proper Mexican way, in hearty portions and with a little flair. This restuarant is definitely worth the trip out of the city center for lunch.
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Mon - Fri:
7:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sat - None:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon - Fri:
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat - None:
1:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Gourmet, Traditional, Relaxed

Los Danzantes

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Los Danzantes Mezcal │
Los Danzantes Mezcal │ | © Krista / flickr
Los Danzantes won Trip Experts’ Choice award in 2017 and is recognized as one of the city’s best restuarants serving up delicious Oaxacan cuisine and their very own brand of mezcal (an award-winner all on its own). Duck tacos, goat cheese and quesillo wrapped in hoja santa, tuna in a habenero sauce — there is really no bad choice off their menu, bring friends so you can try it all. The space is delightful as well, right on the park, with outside seating to maximize your view of the goings-on around you. Two must-tries are a mezcal and mole, the signature stamps of Oaxacan food.
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Fri - Sat:
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun - None:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu:
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Quintonil

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Catch of the day with burned chipotle chile, pumpkin and pineapple purée, cilantro │ | © City Foodsters / flickr
Mexico City’s Quintotil has also spent time on the World’s Best Restaurants list and is lauded as one of the city’s best eating establishments. Head chef Jorge Vallejo turns traditional Mexican cuisine on its head and works to create a menu with environmental conservation in mind. Many of the ingredients featured here are grown in the restaurant’s urban orchard. Vallejo worked briefly at the world-renowned Noma in Copenhagen, but much of his approach to cooking was inspired by his time training under the Mexican chef, Enrique Olvera. Quntonil uses ingredients that are specifically native to Mexico in new and inventive ways. For example, one of the more well known dishes on the menu consists of huauzontles, a vegetable similar to broccoli rabe and Chiapas cheese. Quintonil has a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere, where customers can enjoy culinary skill alongside excellent service from Vallejo’s wife, Alejandra Flores, who personally manages the front of house.
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Mon - Sat:
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat:
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining, Modern

El Cardenal

Restaurant with Rooms, Mexican, $$$
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Eggs and tamales at El Cardenal
Eggs and tamales at El Cardenal | LWYang/Flickr
El Cardenal, which has a few branches across Mexico City, always makes the list of top traditional restuarants in the city. They have classic renditions of regional cuisine from across the country, and are particularly well known for serving escamoles, otherwise known as ant eggs, considered a delicacy in Mexico. Widely referred to as Mexican caviar, the thought of eating them might make you queasy, but when served up with fresh tortillas, they’re very palatable. If you aren’t into insects, there are plenty of other delicious options on the menu including barbacoa and stuffed squash blossoms, but we beg of you not to miss the concha (Mexican sweet bread) and nata (a rich clotted cream).
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Sun - None:
8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Mon - Sat:
8:00 am - 6:30 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Rosetta

Restaurant with Rooms, Italian, Mexican, $$$
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Gnocchi with tomato
Gnocchi with tomato | Courtesy of Rosetta Restuarant
Run by one of Mexico City’s top chefs Elena Reygadas, named best female chef in Latin America in 2014, Rosetta opened its doors in 2010 to critical acclaim. Reygadas fuses her talent for Italian cooking, nurtured by an Italian grandparent, with her Mexican roots. The fusion is obvious in stuffed squash blossoms with ricotta cheese, pasta with chile de arbol, or her mango and strawberry lasagna. Buttery risottos, plump meats and simply dressed seafood follow leafy green salads and everything is accompanied by freshly baked bread from Rosetta’s own bakeries. The staff are knowledgeable about the produce, much of which is locally sourced, and attentive. There is a range of wines to choose from and a sommelier on hand for guidance. Set up among romantic French architecture in Colonia Roma, the service is impeccable and the food even better.
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Mon - Sat:
1:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Romantic, Fine Dining, Gourmet

MeroToro

Restaurant, Seafood, Mexican, $$$
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Iberian pig jowl with poached egg and braised lentils │
Iberian pig jowl with poached egg and braised lentils │ | © MeroToro
Located on an elegant boulevard around one of La Condesa’s beautiful parks, MeroToro never fails to attract the city’s elite. Award-winning chef Jair Tellez, direct from famed Baja California restaurant Laja, in this superb seafood hotspot that plays host to excellent surf and turf. Offering divine Baja California-inspired cuisine, MeroToro has an expansive menu full of culinary delights to suit any diner. Located in the upscale Condesa district, this restaurant has embraced the interior design movement of the moment – all exposed wood and beams – and draws an upmarket crowd to match. Dress to impress but prepare to enjoy a surprisingly laidback atmosphere. The restaurant boasts an excellent surf and turf menu which maintains the customers’ interest: it is constantly being renovated, offering a small but attractive range of starters, mains and desserts, which are all made using local produce as much as possible. MeroToro’s bustling atmosphere does not take away from the luxurious setting, but it is advisable to book in advance if you are planning on having a special evening out.
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Mon - Sat:
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun - None:
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner