Tikin xic is one of the best fish dishes I've had, and I must say, I've had a lot. Remember the alternative spellings too, because it may be see as "tikin xic", "tik-n-xic" and "tikik chick" or anything that is phonetically the same.
What is is loosely is charbroiled fish brushed with achiote sauce (a slightly spicy red sauce). What is is definitively is delicious. The size of the fish (typically snapper) depends on how many people you are and how hungry you are since you order by the portion or the kilo in most restaurants. A half kilo per person would be a sizable meal.
I went to this restaurant with my local friends since they had been going there for years. It was so good we went back again. I lost the address, but will say that it was about 15minutes north of the Resort Zone, along the waterfront. Locals would know this stretch of beach (not a swimming beach, but a fisherman's beach).
Favorite Dish: Tikin xic is the focus here. Lots of restaurants serve it, but ask locals for their recommendation on the best one.
I really had a good time at Pat O'Briens. I sat right at the bar and was immediately greeted by one of the friendliest bartenders I'd met yet in Cancun. A huge plate of cajun chicken nachos later (and I mean HUGE), and I was in fine shape. Pat's is famous for it's hurricane - make it one before you go insane.
Pat O'Briens is a really huge place. It's got several TV's so you can watch sports from the US, Mexico and England. It's a family place in the early evening. I sat next to a fun family from New Jersey. We hung out together, even had our picture taken together while in sombreros (bet in five years they'll see picture and wonder just who I am). Pat's also has dancing and juggling waiters & bartenders, and much more. Later in the evening, it turns into a nightclub with live entertainment.
An all around good time at Pat O'Briens. I sure walked out smiling. Next time I'm in Cancun, I'll certainly spend more time here.
Favorite Dish: Cajun chicken nachos. Mmmmm...
Lorenzillo’s was a wonderful dinning experience. While fresh lobster is their specialty, they had a wide verity of other dishes to choose from. The nautical atmosphere was charming and the wait staff treated me like a princess. I had the lobster and I even got to help pick it out.
This Argentinian steakhouse is a wonderful place either for a dinner for two or with a group. They have a selection of meats that are about US $20+. It's a nice place; they have a selection of wines from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, and Spain. They also have a great drink that's similar to sangria with fruit chunks in it, but I don't remember the name, I'm sorry. The waiter was kind enough to get me shot of it for a taste after I saw it on another table, and it was so fresh and light, wonderful.
This was our best dinner in Cancun. We ordered the tenderloin filet for two which was just amazing. You can ask to have it cooked unsliced, which took 30 minutes but just tasted wonderful. We also ordered grilled vegetables and french fries - the steak was also served with grilled onions, very very delicious and well done. We loved it!! Such a good dinner!
The service is great. They are very accommodating. At first, they kept approaching us to order, but when we asked to have a moment to enjoy the wine first, they waited patiently. Again, our server was so sweet to bring me a shot of the fruity drink, and overall was very prompt and helpful and kind. It's a very nice restaurant and the food was amazing.
Favorite Dish: Tenderloin filet for 2 with grilled vegetables, about US $60
La Taberna is a Mexican bar and restaurant located on Avenida Yaxchilan in downtown Cancun.
The large interior contains a number of pool tables, large TV screens and posters advertising the forthcoming Mexican football games that are to be screened live. Perhaps not surprisingly, the clientele were largely male.
As well as the large interior, there are also a handful of tables outside. This is where I chose to sit on my only visit to La Taberna.
The extensive menu includes a number of traditional Mexican dishes, including nachos, fajitas, tortillas, tacos and a number of meat (particularly chicken, beef and pork) and seafood dishes. A selection of soups, salads and sandwiches are also offered.
The drinks menu is equally as extensive with a large selection of cocktails and local spirits, as well as soft drinks and Mexican bottled beers (Sol, Corona and XX). In common with many bars and restaurants at the time of my visit to Cancun, La Taberna offered "2 for 1" on all its drinks during all its open hours (1pm til 5am).
Internet access is also available here.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Nachos con Pollo (nachos with chicken) - Cost: 46 Pesos
A huge plate of nachos covered in refried beans, melted cheese, green chilli peppers and pieces of chicken. Very tasty, very filling and excellent value.
2 bottles of Mexican XX beer - Cost: 34 Pesos
I ordered "beer on tap", but was presented with a couple of bottled beers instead. This was part of the "2 for 1" offer - but it is worth noting that in bars that didn't have "2 for 1" offers running, the bottled beers generally cost about 20 Pesos, as opposed to 34 as here.
Good value, filling Mexican fare. A good place to watch the football or shoot some pool.
We enjoyed our meal, the service and the atmosphere at the Trattoria Balzano restaurant. Only complaint - it was very very hot and muggy inside the restaurant! The heat from the kitchen really wafted out into the dining area, they need to install some ceiling fans or something. The Mariachi band plays and they usually go from table to table singing to people as they eat.
Favorite Dish: We had pasta alfredo, wine and some other italian dishes that were very very good. Plenty of food to eat. Our waiter was very nice and the service was great!!
We have friends who own a condo in Cancun and therefore spend a lot of time down here. This restaurant was at the top of their list... and now it's at the top of mine. Located downtown, it's still easy to reach from the Hotel Zone. Set back from the main streets, this beautiful restaurant features authentic Yucatan fare, specializing in seafood. When making a reservation I suggest asking to be seated in the garden. Dining Al Fresco was the perfect addition to this wonderful meal. The restaurant is romantic and warm. The waitstaff is knowledgeable and friendly. The meals were satisfying and unique. Talk to your hotel concierge when making a reservation and usually they can get you a coupon for a "welcome drink". I would go back on any trip to Cancun.
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed the seafood in garlic sauce as an appetizer - spicy! My entree wasn't as spectacular as everyone else's - the tuna. It wasn't great. But what I tasted of my friends entrees was excellent! Overall a wonderful dining experience.
La Fisheria seems like any other restaurant in the hotel zone from the outside - but it's actually in a mall. It's definitely a step above food court dining, but you lose the ambience we expected. They specialize in, you guessed it, seafood. The menu changes often but they feature a few house specialties that are always available. The service was fine, if not a little slow. The drinks were good but not very potent. They had a live singer with a guitar playing popular (if not old) American music and who we mistook for a karaoke singer at one point when a table downstairs decide to join in the song. At various times throughout the evening the waiters come through and place flags from your home country on your table. The food was fine, but nothing to write home about. I think I'd try something else before returning to La Fisheria.
Favorite Dish: I tried the tikin xik, the house specialty. It's fish baked in a Mayan achiote sauce. Very different, pretty good.
I noticed that Cancun has become very commercialized. I did not really realize this the last time I went there, but driving around, you really would not know you were not in a beach community in the US. Along with this, you were reminded many times by seeing American restaurants. One of which was Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. I could tell this was a popular hangout for the Spring Break crowd, as evidenced by all the US dollar bills stapled to the bar behind me in the picture. Sarah and I were really there just to have a drink, as she loves her diet coke! I had the Raspberry Margarita, and we split some guacamole. It was all delicious!
I can't believe I didn't put this tip on here! We liked this restaurant so much, I've always recommended it to people we know who are headed to Cancun. EVERYONE has come back saying it was the best place they dined!
Gorgeous, romantic setting -- eat in the garden. There are lovely high-backed white wrought iron chairs --candles everywhere and lots of lovely tropical plants and trees.
Favorite Dish: Once I ordered their "special" which is shrimp and lobster in a curry sauce served in a cocoanut...but the best has been the simplest -- catch of the day, grilled. Usually it's grouper or red snapper. You can not go wrong!
If you want something different than the usual US chain restaurants in the Hotel Zone, there are two better restaurants in the Isla mall that give a fine atmosphere, decent food and romantic views of the lagoon. Both restaurants have decks sitting right over the lagoon. We went to the Elefante, and Indian restaurant, and were happy with everything. If you are familiar with Indian food, you'll know what you are getting. The service here was gracious and attentive, but not overly so.
Like most visitors to Cancun, we ate out often during our visit. Without a doubt this was our favorite restaurant. We went here the first time on the recommendation of someone at our hotel and were happy with everything. We went back a second time to try different menu items and to see if it was still good. So for our last night we returned, knowing that the menu would have more good things to try and that we'd be sure of a good meal.
What is really good about this restaurant is that they actually offer up Mexican food that is authentic (OK, this is Cancun) and way beyond the usual things you find. No plain old tacos, burritos and enchilata plates. Here they have good regional cooking that reflects actual Mexican food - not the US version, or TexMex, or Cal Mex...
For example, my first meal was fish "talla" style, with a sauce I hadn't had before. My second meal was a beef stuffed chile, and my third a fish with a cilantro sauce. My wife also tried different things, but liked the shrimp appetizer so much that she had it two times. I feel sorry for anyone who goes to Cancun and only eats at boring US chain restaurants like Chili's or Outback. They just don't know what they are missing - what interesting food they can get for the same price.
Add to this the friendly service and beautiful lagoon view setting, and it can't be beat.
Oh, and the name of the place refers to the tequilla. While we aren't tequilla drinkers, it seems to be a specialty here.
Spectacular view at Sunset! Food is fantastic!Service is great!!! Drinks, Lobster & more!!!We go to Lorenzillo's every time we are in Can Cun! It is a "must to do" while on vacation.
Favorite Dish: You can select your own live Lobster from the bin...They also serve a mouthwatering stuffed Filet w/Crab & Lobster! yummy. One of the best Caeser Salads I have ever tasted prepared table side!
I booked a stay May 25th - June 2nd (check out date). Our entire stay was marvelous and we enjoyed our vacation for these 8 days UNTIL check out. Upon arrival, everyone greeted us very well and welcomed us. They placed the yellow bracelets on us and told us not to lose them. When checking out at approximately 2:00 pm, they would not let us leave due to the fact that we had taken off our bracelets the night before prior to departing because there was no other use for it - after 8 entire days of wearing them we took them off because we no longer needed to have them on. When checking out the reception desk wanted to charge us 150.00 (75.00 for each bracelet!) claiming that upon arrival we were warned about this. Never once did any employee advise us that these PLASTIC BRACELETS! would have to be recycled/returned????? The staff made a scene including a man that claimed he was the manager: RAYMOND. He argued that we must pay 75.00 each to obtain a new bracelet, but per the contract that we have signed upon arrival it said that "guest will pay 75.00 for each remaining night" we had ZERO remaining nights, therefore, 75 x 0 = 0 due to the reception! They would not let us leave and we had to catch our flight back home. Due to all the commotion the hotel made, they caused us to miss our flight and wait an additional SIX HOURS! at the airport for the next available flight including a 100.00 re-booking fee by the airline! The even WORST and MOST EMBARRASSING part was that the staff RAN after us like we were criminals, told the taxi driver NOT to take us to the airport, when we walked away advised the security personnel at the entrance NOT to let us leave, security then let the manager know that we were leaving anyway and the entire staff RAN AFTER US like we were CRIMINALS!!!! They threatened to call the police and have us arrested if we did not pay them!!!! THere are witnesses that were at the bus stop that we took their names and phone numbers of if the staff denies their wrong doings. At this point, I want A) refund of the 75.00 charged to my credit card, B) compensation of 200.00 for missing our flights and half reimbursement of our stay for the trouble, embarassment and loss of time. I just got the response back from the hotel and theyre not even admitting to their wrongdoings!!!!
El Pocito is located in a palapa-roofed house. Owned and operated by a local family, they serve authentic Yucatecan food and it is absolutely delicious. Service is great, but no one speaks English here. Not a problem as the menu is written on chalk boards. Tortillas are hand-made, they have jamaica, pineapple, tamarind and horchata drinks as well as soft drinks, but no beer or liquor.
The food is extraordinary from the roasted suckling pig to the queso relleno this is Yucatecan food the way the locals eat it.
The place is spotless.
When I return to Cancun, I'll eat here everyday.
The only downside is that it is only open for lunch.
Favorite Dish: The roasted suckling pig was served as shredded chunks of incredibly flavorful meat with some red onion rice and fried plantain. Rolled into the home made tortillas with a little hot sauce, it was sublime. The queso relleno featured a tasty cheese stuffed and covered in a delicious meat sauce. We also tried some local sausage called Longoniza which was very smoky.
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