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La Habichuela Downtown

Margaritas # 25 | Parque de las Palapas, Cancun 77500, Mexico
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Ranked #31 of 563 restaurants in Cancun
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $18 - $37
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Caribbean, Mexican, International
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Avenida Coba & Uxmal
Description: Located in the center of the city, La Habichuela, has become a establishment of Cancun with more than 32 years operation. Some say that if you don’t know La Habichuela, you don’t know Cancun. The genuine ambience of the Mayan culture, attentive service, & a menu complete with Caribbean seafood dishes, Mexican cuisine, steaks, & international cuisine, have built the restaurant’s strong reputation. La Habichuela was awarded the Five Diamonds Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences & is a proud recipient of the National Best Restaurant Award. Ubicado en el centro de la ciudad La Habichuela, se ha convertido en una leyenda de Cancún, con casi 32 años de operación, se dice que si no conoces la Habichuela no conoces Cancún. El genuino ambiente de la cultura Maya, el servicio cuidado al detalle y el menú de platillos de mariscos con recetas genuinas y de estilo caribeño, se complementa con los favoritos de la cocina mexicana, cortes americanos y cocina internacional.
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

In 2011 we had superb meal and service here. 5 stars. This time we can give only 3. Reason is service. Whilst the staff are wholly attentive, what should have been a relaxed and leisurely dinner was turned into a race by the speed of service of the waiters. They were actually running at times. Now that's fine if its... More

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

My wife and I have been to Cancun 3 times over the past 20 years and we ALWAYS make time to visit the downtown location of this restaurant. Pros: quaint, rustic garden seating, huge perfectly grilled lobster tails, table-made caesar salad, and for desert - table-side cooked banana caramel crepes - to die for! Cons: it's a taxi ride from... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I had one of the best meals of my life at La Habichuela. It was more the overall experience. The owner chose our meal for us and suggested the drinks and at the end he gave us a very nice present as a keepsake. Great food, lovely garden, very romantic atmosphere, great service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I have been coming here for 10 years now and I am finally writing a review. (From the table by the window inside.)First of all; ask for Muse. He is the best! Very attentive and extremely knowledgable on the menu. The restaurant is in downtown Cancun which is much cuter and than the one in the hotel zone. Go for... More

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O'Fallon, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Recommended by our hotel Director Michelle & she arranged for us. The seafood and Mayan atmosphere in the romantic courtyard was something special! Don't go to the one in Cancun hotel area....take a cab and go to the one downtown Cancun! Seafood Ceviche is the best I've ever had.

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

First and foremost the service here is just awful. They played the ole bait and switch game with our reservation outside. When we called them on it they blamed others then sat us at the worst table in the place. There are plenty of GREAT restaurants in Cancun I suggest you don't waste your time or money on this place.... More

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Sierra Madre, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Loved it here, the outside is like a little garden and the inside has mayan artifacts. The food is amazing and I've actually tried to mimic their famous cocobichuela twice now because it was so good.

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Without a doubt I would say this is one of the best restaurants I have ever had the pleasure of eating in. We were a little late for our reservation but we were greeted with smiles and genuine friendliness. The service was impeccable: friendly, attentive, and helpful staff that still give you room to have a private meal. We took... More

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Albany, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This wonderful restaurant is only a bus ride (R-1 bus) away from the hotel zone in Cancun. It is located in downtown Cancun. The food is excellent and the service is wonderful and it has a very nice private outside garden eating area. Since you are away from the tourist area (hotel zone), the prices are less expensive. I highly... More

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Ottawa, Ontario
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104 reviews 104 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I have been to Cancun several times since 2000, both on the famous "strip" and in the actual downtown of the city, so I have a good sense of the city's "touristy" restaurants as well as the ones that locals and well-informed tourists tend to visit. Of the restaurants located in downtown Cancun, and even when compared to most of... More

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