Welcome, fellow food enthusiasts, to an unforgettable journey through the vibrant streets of Mexico City! My name is Mauricio Vite, and I’ll be your trusted culinary guide as we embark on an adventure to explore my personal selection of the top five restaurants in this captivating metropolis. From traditional Mexican delicacies to innovative fusion creations and international delights, the city offers many dining options that cater to every palate. Get ready to join me as we unravel the hidden treasures and popular hotspots that have delighted my senses during my Mexico City visit.
Throughout this blog post, I’ll share my firsthand experiences, shedding light on the unique ambience, exceptional dishes, and overall dining experiences that set these establishments apart. If you’re a traveller seeking authentic flavours, this carefully curated list will help you navigate Mexico City’s diverse gastronomic landscape with confidence.
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1. Maximo Bistrot:
Maximo Bistrot is a restaurant in Mexico City that serves contemporary Mexican cuisine. It is located in the Roma Norte neighbourhood and is known for using fresh, local ingredients. The menu changes seasonally, but some of the signature dishes include tacos, ceviche, and suckling pig. The restaurant also has a good selection of Mexican wines. Maximo Bistrot was founded in 2010 by Eduardo García Guzmán, who is also the head chef.
Guzmán is a rising star in the Mexican culinary scene and has been named one of the 50 Best Young Chefs in the World by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The restaurant has received rave reviews from critics and diners alike. If you are looking for a delicious and sophisticated dining experience in Mexico City, Maximo Bistrot is a great option. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and reservations are recommended.
● Location: Av. Álvaro Obregón 65 Bis, Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700, Mexico City, Mexico
● Hours: Monday to Saturday, 1:00 pm to 1:00 am, Sunday, 1:00 to 6:00 pm
● Telephone: 55 5264 4291 55 5525 2687
2. San Angel Inn Mexico City
Located in the picturesque suburb of San Ángel, San Angel Inn is a beloved Mexican restaurant that has delighted diners since its establishment in 1960 by Josefina López de Lara. Nestled within beautiful gardens and exuding a romantic ambience, this culinary gem has become a cherished destination for both locals and tourists alike. At San Angel Inn, the menu proudly showcases a wide range of traditional Mexican dishes, each one enticing in its own way. From tantalizing tacos to flavorful enchiladas rich mole to refreshing ceviche, the culinary offerings will satisfy even the most discerning palate.
As a popular establishment, San Angel Inn tends to bustle with customers, particularly on weekends.
To secure a table at this sought-after dining spot, it is advisable to make reservations in advance. Upon stepping inside, visitors are greeted by the serene interior patio, where the friendly and personalized service elevates the dining experience to new heights, leaving an indelible mark on every guest. The menu proudly presents several signature dishes that have been cherished since the restaurant’s inception. Sopa Azteca, Crepas de Huitlacoche, Ceviche Acapulqueño, Crema de
Alcachofa, Filete Pimienta, and Pato a la Zarzamora are just some of the exquisite culinary creations available. No visit to San Angel Inn would be complete without savouring their traditional Margaritas and Islas Flotantes, adding a touch of authenticity and delight to the dining experience.
Throughout its illustrious history, San Angel Inn has hosted distinguished guests, including presidents, royalty, and prominent politicians. Such an esteemed company has cemented its status as a classic culinary institution in the southern part of Mexico City. As it approaches its sixtieth anniversary, this iconic restaurant continues to captivate the hearts and palates of both locals and travellers, offering an unforgettable dining experience in the vibrant city of Mexico.
Price Range: The average cost per person at San Angel Inn is around 1350 MXN (approximately 65 USD), making it a worthwhile investment for a remarkable culinary journey.
Location: San Angel, Mexico City
Rosetta is a restaurant in Mexico City that serves modern Mexican cuisine. It is located in the Roma Norte neighbourhood and is known for using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The menu changes frequently, but some of the signature dishes include roasted squab with mole poblano, grilled octopus with black beans, and chocolate mousse with hazelnut praline. The restaurant also has a good selection of Mexican wines.
Rosetta was founded in 2006 by Elena Reygadas, who is also the head chef. Reygadas is a renowned chef in Mexico and has been named one of the World’s 50 Best Female Chefs by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The restaurant has received rave reviews from critics and diners alike. It has been awarded two Michelin stars and has been ranked as one of the best restaurants in Mexico City by several publications.
If you want a delicious and sophisticated dining experience in Mexico City, Rosetta is a great option. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and reservations are recommended. Here are some additional details about Rosetta Restaurant:
● Location: Colima 166, Roma Norte, Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX,
● Hours: Monday to Saturday 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 to 6:00 pm
● Telephone: +52 55 5533 7804
Contramar, located in the heart of Mexico City, is a renowned seafood restaurant with international acclaim for its fresh and innovative approach to Mexican cuisine. Since its opening in 1998, Contramar has become a go-to dining destination for both locals and visitors seeking a memorable culinary experience. The restaurant’s vibrant and lively atmosphere sets the stage for an unforgettable meal. With its nautical-inspired décor and bustling ambience, Contramar captures the essence of coastal dining while being situated in the heart of a bustling metropolis.
Contramar’s menu is centred around impeccably prepared seafood dishes that highlight the flavours and traditions of Mexico. From their famous tuna tostadas and ceviches bursting with bright and zesty flavours to their succulent whole-grilled fish, each dish at Contramar is crafted with exceptional attention to detail. One of the restaurant’s signature dishes is the iconic “Pescado a la Talla”, or Grilled Whole Fish typically served with Contramar’s signature two sauces—a tangy red sauce and a refreshing green sauce. This dish has become a symbol of Contramar culinary excellence and is often
praised for its perfectly balanced flavours.
With its combination of exquisite seafood, lively atmosphere, and dedication to culinary excellence, Contramar continues to be a must-visit destination for seafood lovers and food enthusiasts in Mexico City. Just an interesting anecdote: this is the Restaurant that Dua Lipa visited during her stay in Mexico City.
5. Ryoshi Masaryk:
Ryoshi is a Japanese restaurant located in the Polanco neighbourhood of Mexico City. It was founded in 2014 by Alejandro Pérez Martínez and Grupo Costeño. Ryoshi is known for its high-quality Japanese cuisine, which features fresh seafood, grilled meats, and sushi. The restaurant also has a good selection of sake, Japanese beer, and cocktails. Ryoshi has been praised by critics and diners alike and has been ranked as one of the best restaurants in Mexico City by several publications. If you are looking for a delicious and sophisticated Japanese dining experience in Mexico City, Ryoshi is a great option.
● Presidente Masaryk 111, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, Ciudad de México, CDMX 11550.
● Monday to Saturday: 1:30 PM to 1:00 AM. Sunday: 1:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Mexico City has changed completely during these past 10 years with more International recognition and awareness of Food Experiences and also some of the best bars in the world located in Mexico City, like Handshake Speakeasy, among others, which I will make a future blog post about the nightlife scene in Mexico City. That being said, most tourists want to visit.
Mexico City for its food Experiences and the Best Restaurants in the world located here, like Quintonil.I really hope these top picks I made can be an option for you whenever you are visiting Mexico City. From Mexican Cuisine to French and Asian Fusion, Mexico City has it all. And as we say in Mexico, when you get your food, “Buen Provecho.”
Thanks for taking the time to read this article. I hope this post has given you the necessary information before visiting Mexico City. If you have any recommendations, tips or travel advice, I would love for you to share them in the comment section below!
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About the Author:
Mauricio Vite is a Travel and Entertainment blogger in Mexico City with his company Vite Presenta, sharing insights about Mexico City and other Major Cities in the US.