The Best Beach Restaurants in Cancun

Enjoy a romantic dinner near the water at one of these top beachside restaurants in Cancun
Enjoy a romantic dinner near the water at one of these top beachside restaurants in Cancun | Courtesy of Casitas, Ritz Carlton, Cancun / Expedia
Photo of Shreyas Kulkarni
9 February 2017

Pristine white beaches, the scent of the ocean air, delicious seafood and the vibrant flavors of Mexican cuisine. To really savor the essence of Cancun, you have to visit and eat at a beachfront restaurant. We pick some of the best.


Casitas, Ritz Carlton, Cancun
Courtesy of Casitas, Ritz Carlton, Cancun / Expedia

Located at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton resort, Casitas is a romantic beach restaurant in the city. Chic handmade cabanas are transformed into private dining rooms which elevate the experience of dining. The menu has a variety of fresh seafood to choose from, and the wine list along with the brilliant service makes it the perfect place to dine with your loved one. You can also opt to dine on the open terrace which offers gorgeous views of the sea.

Cocos and Grill

Restaurant, Seafood, Mexican, Caribbean, Beer, Wine, Vegetarian, $$$
Cocos and Grill is a popular restaurant in Cancun, and draws huge crowds with its authentic dishes and small private pool. You can dip your toes in the sand or choose a table under the palapa while enjoying delicious Caribbean seafood. Try the crispy fish tacos, or the house specialty, pescado enamorado, or ‘fish in love,’ made with brie and fresh fruit salsa.

Harry's Grill

Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$
Harry's Cancun Mexico, 2021
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This is an upscale beachfront restaurant that serves USDA beef, dry-aged beef and Kobe beef as well as an impressive raw bar and seafood. There are spectacular views of the lagoon; it also has a waterfall and a dancing fountain. The wine menu is impressive too, sit back and have a wine or steak while taking in the views of the lagoon.

La Palapa Belga

Restaurant, French, Belgian, Seafood, European, Vegetarian
The open-air thatched roof restaurant is one of Cancun’s hidden treasures. Located in a small hotel that sits on Nichupte Lagoon, La Palapa Belga is well known to locals but doesn’t draw the tourist crowds. The view of the lagoon is spectacular and the superb service, along with the delicious food is a treat. You will get a taste of Europe with the French and Belgian gourmet dishes served here. It’s a fantastic place to take a date.

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