We stopped in Valladolid in our way inland just for lunch. With kids, difficult to adapt to strange food, we tried to choose a good restaurant, and found one in the main square, close to the church and city hall.
We had a good lunch, a moderate price, and the kids also enjoyed the meal. And that is good.
Anyone spending time in Valladolid should check out Hosteria del Marques for lunch or dinner. The restaurant, which is part of the most upscale hotel in town, El Meson del Marques, is situated on the north end of the main square. The atmosphere is wonderful; tables are situated around a beautiful courtyard that is lit by candles at night. Food options include Mexican and local dishes. I tried papadzules-- tortillas filled with hardboiled eggs and covered in pumpkin seed sauce, which sounded a bit strange but was very good. This dish cost 70 pesos, which is pretty typical for the restaurant--very reasonably priced.
If you need a break from Mexican food, Beijing Restaurante (Comida China) near the main square is a great choice. We discovered this eatery while walking to the main square and was pleasantly surprised. Owner Mr. Cai serves hearty chinese food buffet style. We especially liked the tasty chinese meatball; there were several stir-fry vegetable dishes with meat or seafood as well as spareribs. Good and inexpensive. Restaurant located on Calle 42 #196 (between Calle 37 and 35), just one block from main square.
This is a great juice bar on the road leading to the Iglesia Refugio de Pecadores
Favorite Dish: The pineapple, banana & carrot juice is superb. It comes in a large container, at least 600ml and is freshly made - just fruit not the watered-down version you sometimes get in Mexico.
It's clean and airy, with nice bathrooms. The waiters are so helpful and friendly, and the food is delicious. Right next door to the bus terminal so it's easy to find
Favorite Dish: Huevos Divorciados - it's 2 eggs fried to your liking, one side covered with a red sauce and the other covered with a green sauce. Served with refried beans and ham. Hmmm, delicious
Taberna de los Fralies is almost too good to be true!
Finally a first class international fusion restaurant has opened in Vallaodlid so you can eat something besides Yucatec food if you choose. The location is a bit out of the way - next to ex-Convento San Bernadino on Calles Los Fralies - but finding it is worth the trip.
The menu is unlike any other restaurant in town! There a limited number of starter courses, which is equaled by an equally limited number of main courses and deserts - but all of them are world class. Seafood soups, prime steaks, ahi tuni served seared rare! Lamb chops served medium rare with imaginative sauces on the side, Wonderful deserts featuring exotic fruits and pastrys from a first class pastry chef.
The only down side right now is that the restaurant is so new- that the kitchen is still working to have the pace of service gell - as it is a bit slow now. The prices are very reasonable for the qualtiy of the food and the presentation and the level of service - but certainly higher than any other restaurant in town. The locals may say the place is expensive- but any US or foreigner will consider it a great buy compared with prices in restaurants back home.
My only worry - is since it is not right on the main square and since the prices are a bit higher than other restaurants in town - will it survive? WE HOPE SO! It is what Vallaodolid has needed for a long time - a truly world class restaurant - which it should be- since all the key employees have been stolen away from major resort hotels in Cancun where they are use to seviing diners who want a 1st class dining experience.
Favorite Dish: The rich flavorful seafood soup as a starter and the seared ahi tuna steak as a main course - followed by their mamay fruit pastry and ice cream desert. Their wine list is also the best in town AND they know how to make a 1st class martini (something that seems to be beyond other restaurants in town)!
El Meson del Marques for an upscale lunch, open food court next to the hotel for cheap, delicious regional, Restaurant Zaci at the Cenote Zaci for a great view... order the sampler platter, comes with antojitos before and veryveryvery good. Get a guide at San Bernadino and you'll get to climb the dome!
Favorite Dish: The sampler platter - enormous display of regional dishes, starts with 4 or 5 appetizers. We thought the appetizers was the sampler, but when they were finished, a giant circle of other food appeared - excellent.. and great margaritas tambien! When you add in 2 margaritas each for 4 people... the bill was around $30 US.
The french couple and me had a drink near the busstation.
I had some ecological drink with Naranja, pina and Chaya for 20 pesos
orange, pineapple, chaya (kind of leaf if you touch it you can get allergic reaction but you can eat it) look pic.
You need muscito protection here if you sit in the garden.
Had Milanesa de Pollo. (milan Chicken) 45 pesos
Jugos combinados Naranja con papaya (combi juice orange and papaya) 20 pesos
I was not happy with the chicken as the was some stuff around it and it was fried.
but i ate some and it was ok. the juice was nice.
Be carefull hot sauce seperated from it. see green bowl on pic.
Open 7.00 - 00.00
The Yucatan speciality - sopa de lima - is the best here.... large, tender chunks of turkey or chicken, a savoury broth, minced sweet pepper and onion are subtly yet sharply enhanced with the juice of thin shaves of the tiny Yucatan lime and topped with crisp, fried tortilla strips. The menu is upscale, but authentic Yucatecan, yet very reasonable in price. The atmosphere is romantic, with candles, quiet lighting and music. Sangria is an absolute delight - try a pitcher.
WE strongly recommend to eat from the street vendors in Valladolid.
There is also a nice bakery just block and a half from the town square. It is extremely cheap and good.
See our "Things to do" tip for more about street food.
Favorite Dish: Shrimp ceviche on calle 44.
Nice pastrys on Calle 41.
Although we weren't thrilled with our hotel, Maria de la Luz, we decided to give its restaurant a try because it was always so packed with people. It turned out to be a decent option. Food options range from Mexican to Italian to American. Prices are reasonable, between 50 and 100 pesos. The setting is open and airy, although can get a bit hot if there's no breeze.
Given the small number of restaurant options in Valladolid, I'd recommend Maria de la Luz as a conveniently located, affordable choice.
The food court in Valladolid is a great palce to eat, especially because you have such a wide choice of restaurants to choose from - about 20 in fact. All of them share a common seating area, which makes me think that this place was once a covered market.
Just look at the menus - choose and order your meal and take a seat. Someone will bring it to you as soon as it's ready.
Favorite Dish: All possible mexican dishes you can think of. And if you feel like a change, there's always pizza.
This place is conveniently located right off the main square and has several different mini restaurants from which to choose. All the seating is together in a large pavilion. They can cook you up some quick tortillas or black beans and rice. It's pretty basic but filling and cheap. There's a little pizza joint here too.
The morning here are good with a big Mexican style breakfast and juices.
Favorite Dish: It's all cheap and filling and right in the center of town.
I had some Fruit salads 40 pesos here and Fresh Orange Juice 12 pesos.
The second time the Orange Juice was old.
The food looks good and the fruitsalade wer very tastefull.