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El Gran Cafe

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Calle 47, Merida, Mexico
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars

Meh meh meh. Such a great location and building. This should be a total social center, but it insists on being mediocre in every way.

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 1, 2013
Bridgeport, Connecticut
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27 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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new york
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This place is a great value for a weekend buffet breakfast Friday-Sunday. It's 109 pesos for all you can eat with fresh fruit, juice, an omelet station, dessert, and a variety of different dishes. It's not the best restaurant in town but if you are on a budget its an absolute gift. The service is also very good and it's... More 

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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Weather was scorching hot outside and as we walked from the park to the Paseo de Montejo we stumbled across what we had hoped would have been a nice air-conditioned cafe. We were wrong. Hotter than the outside, this cafe had a very nice man attending (who doesn't deserve this 1-star review) but in the end was a strange and... More 

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Meh meh meh. Such a great location and building. This should be a total social center, but it insists on being mediocre in every way.

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Arvada Colorado
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

The location here makes it a great place to stop after meandering the Paseo De Montejo and still view the goings on as you enjoy your meal. The food is rather expensive, but not out of line with others right on the Paseo. The buffet was nothing exceptional but nor was there anything to complain about. The place was packed... More 

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San Francisco
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Maybe it was because they were only two waiters, but the service was slow and when the food did come out we were kind of tired of waiting. Another table walked out after waiting a while. The food was OK with the chicken with rajas tasting good, but the cream in the sauce had broken so it did not look... More 

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Charlottesville, VA
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103 reviews 103 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We ate here several times during our two months in Merida, partly due to its close proximity to our vacation rental. It is a huge dining room that reminds us of Europe. Service was good but food delivery seemed to be a bit slow. Not too many tourists here. Food was quite good. We did not try their breakfast buffet... More 

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calgary, alberta
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We ate here on a Sunday morning after watching the Saturday parades during Carnaval. They had a breakfast buffet that included coffee and juice for 100 pesos. It was very good. We were about to order eggs any way so we opted for a scrabmle with ham, veg and cheese. It was very good as was the coffee. Service was... More 

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

The breakfast buffet here in Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays is excellent and a very good value at 109 pesos per person. There was a large assortment of fresh fruit, fresh fruit juices, Mexican traditional dishes, Mexican and European pastries, as well as eggs, any style, made to order, plus coffee. The restaurant is very clean and peaceful and the service... More 

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Playa del Carmen
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146 reviews 146 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

at foot of paseo de montejo, this sister restaurant to La Habana Cafe downtown, very good spot with good menu, good service and great coffee.

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Denton, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

The Cafe is very pleasant and features meals of local cuisine. We had the 'huevos multolenos,' 'lime supa,' and 'supa aztecca' which were very tasty. The Cafe is clean and there are wait-staff who are fluent in English.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle 47, Merida, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Yucatan  >  Merida

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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