Casa Isidora provides good restaurant facilities in a warm and welcoming setting. The venue is located in a beautifully restored Spanish mansion that also accommodates overnight guests. It is run by a Canadian and American who have relocated to Progreso, and are both a fountain of local information. Once you order your meal, you're free to use the internet at no charge and they also have special telephone rates to call Canada and the U.S.
The food is excellent and the restaurant provides a welcome break from having to guess what's on the menu or having the menu explained to you. The margaritas and cerveza are inexpensive and good. We ate here twice and would have gone a 3rd time but it was closed by the time we got our act together.
Casa Isidora is within easy walking distance of the Malecon.
Favorite Dish: Hamburgers and fries and chicken burgers and fries. Margaritas and beer.
Buddys is the best place on the beach. The food is great, inexpensive and the owner's are just dolls. The staff always give great service. You can set under the palapa or go across the street to a mini palapa right on the beach and the staff will be just as attentive.
The story behind how the resturant came to be is very amusing. It is on the menu. Great gathering spot for Americans and Canadians.
Favorite Dish: Fish Buddy's style
Margarita surprise LOL
This is the place to eat in Progreso! Man, such great prices and food. The staff were generous on my last visit and they brought extra things on the house (because it was a crew members birthday). I can't say enough good things about this restaurant's food and atmosphere. It's all open so you have good views of the beachfront while being shiedled from the hot Mexican sun. The prices were very reasonable as well!
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish would have to be the beef fajitas! Surrounded with peppers and marianted in spicy flavor! It came with a small but extremely good serving of refried beans and a side of tortillas! Mmmmm!
There are a lot of restaurants in downtown Progreso -- different strokes for different folks. Along the Malecon (the street that faces the beach), there were a number of restaurants geared to tourists. We have gone into a few for a cervasis.
We also ate at the Mercado a few times. Attached to the Mercado (the Market) are a number of booths with great food. Pick the busiest one.
Our home was half way between Progreso and Chixcilub. There are restaurants nearby like the one in the photo (Panteleon) that were only open for certain meals. The gringo snowbirds seemed to adjust to which restaurants were open for which meals. For instance, Panteleon was open every Friday evening for fish and chips. We often met the same people there we played bridge with at bridge club, etc.
The second and third pictures are from one of our fish and chip evenings in 2006. Panteleon caters more to Canadian and USA cliental, so they do have meals such as fish and chips (deep fried fish and chips are hard to find anywhere else in Progreso).
Eladias seems to be the prime tourist restaurant in Progreso. They have a contract with the cruise ships, so there are sections of the restaurant available just to the cruisers. Those of us who 'live' in Progreso tend to stay away on from Eladias on cruise days.
But we did go there on other days. Eladias has a house band, and there are the botanos. Botanos are hors d'oeuvres that the restaurant brings when you order drinks. The more drinks you order, the more food they bring. As you can see from the second and third pictures, the botanos look good and are pretty tasty. The drinks are more expensive than most restaurants, but since the botanos are complimentary, the prices are quite reasonable.
You cannot go wrong at this gloriously restored, 18th century, former sisal hacienda. This is Mexico at its finest: luxury without pretentiousness and opulence. The hacienda includes a small luxury hotel, pools, fine gardens, a spa and a unique dining room offering indoor and outdoor facilities.
We dined here for a late lunch one day and returned for an evening meal the next. Both meals were exquisite, served by a friendly, humourous and attentive staff.
The prices were extremely reasonable.
Favorite Dish: Yucatan specialties.
This restaurant came highly recommended by many. It is on the Malecon where all the action is. The setting is very Mexican with thatched roofs, colourful folk art and contemporary murals. Our dining experience, however, left a bit to be desired. First of all, we didn't feel 100% welcome. There just seemed to be an underlying air that we were inconveniencing the wait staff. Secondly, many menu items were not available and we were not informed until we ordered. And finally, what was available was simply not appetizing.
I hope this was just an isolated incident and not a sign of things to come on the Malecon now that Progreso is on the cruise route.
As you can see, we closed this place down. This is a restaurant that came highly recommended and in turn we highly recommend. Many Yucatan dishes are served here by a very friendly and attentive staff, including the owner's son who speaks very good English if you need the specialties explained.
Favorite Dish: The meal that was recommended to us was a layered seafood concoction called Tikiushik. Right now it ranks as my best meal ever (and I'm not a huge seafood fan).
This place is located at the museum for the Dzibilchaltun mayan ruins. Since it is on a Ministry of Tourism facility the food is good, and it is clean. No worries about bad food here.
Favorite Dish: The tacos al pastor (Farmer Style) were excellent. They had just enough spices and the corn totillas were perfect. I washed them down with Negra Modelo beer.
There are restaurants everywhere. Again we kept with our budget and ate foods alot of foods from the market. And since we were going to be in Progreso for 10 days we grocery shopped and filled up our fridge that was in our suite.
Favorite Dish: There were too many favorite dishes.
The market offered Pork sandwiches (Cochinita) only in the mornings.
Tamales only in the afternoon.
Alot of chicken and turkey.
Our hotel Siesta Inn had a good restaurant.
We had fried fish there and Celviches which is raw fish sauteed in Lemon juice mixed with onions and radishes and cilantro.
Great with tortilla chips.
They also had a good shrimp cocktail.
I could not believe that Progreso now had a mall with a Burger King so we had to eat there. It was just as good as our Burger King but you can get Guacamole on your Whopper.