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El Cangrejito

NEW LOCATION: Calle 21 Colonia Mexico, Merida, Mexico
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Ranked #75 of 378 Restaurants in Merida
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Description: This is named in a number of guide books, such as Lonely Planet and the Rough Guide, tacos and beer, but SUPERB. It is said that the President of Mexico used to send a plane to collect food from here in the 60s. May not be true, but SHOULD BE!
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  • English first
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English first
Merida, Mexico
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Make the effort to find this place - you won't be sorry. It is a very modest interior, but very clean and the service is friendly and fast. The menu changes all the time, but the basics are shrimp, lobster, and breaded fish and shark, with a rotating cast of seafood, pork, potatoes and some mysterious (but delicious) mixtures. You... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

They have a red Coca-Cola awning. That's how you'll spot the place. It's a hole in the wall, with maybe five tables. You see what fillings they offer that day, pick the ones you want and say how many, and that's it. They have Coke or Sol to drink. I enjoyed all of mine except the shark ones; they usually... More

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Top Contributor
176 reviews 176 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Yucatan Living advertised El Cangrejito as one of the best hole-in-the-wall taco places in Merida, so we were excited to try it out. There was no one at 1 pm when we went for lunch. The waiter was friendly and we were able to communicate in my rudimentary Spanish. Once I placed my order for some seafood tacos, a guy... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We were told about this place or we would have never found it. It is tiny, with poor signage but the tacos were great! Lunch only. Not fancy is an understatement but we will definitely be back soon!

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Love this little place. One of the few cocinas in Merida that serves fish tacos. And they're great!

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Asheville, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

WE discovered this little hole-in-the-wall, non-descript cocina economica 11 years ago and have been rturning to eat tacos de camarones there ever since.  By far the best seafood tacos in Merida.

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Merida, Mexico
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

This little dive looking hole in the wall serves the most unique seafood tacos in town. This ain't your regular fried fish tacos with pickled onion. They have a rotating variety of fish, shrimp, octopus, cod and some others I don't even know their names. You can trust the kitchen and the food. My advice is to just try them... More

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

The story goes that many years ago the Mexican President used to send out for Cangrejito tacos from Mexico City by fighter plane, and I would not doubt it! OK, if you want linen tablecloths and international food, go to the Hyatt or somewhere, this isn`t for you! If, on the other hand, you want to eat some of the... More

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New York City, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

I had three tacos: Lobster, Shrimp & Squid. Also had a beer & one was thrown in on the house. Everything was superb including the service. Everything was about 6-8 bucks.

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Bend, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

This tiny restaurant was recommended by a local. But even it it wasn't, you'd know it is exceptional by the fact that the tables are always full. Be prepared to use your limited Spanish or use lots of gestures. A delightful array of regional specialities and fresh seafood are offered on fresh tortillas or Mexican rolls as a sandwich or... More

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Additional Information about El Cangrejito

Address: NEW LOCATION: Calle 21 Colonia Mexico, Merida, Mexico
Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Yucatan  >  Merida
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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