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“Feels like going back in time” 3 of 5 stars
Review of La Habichuela Downtown

La Habichuela Downtown
Margaritas Street # 25 Downtown | In the Heart of Downtown. Palapas Park Main Plaza, Cancun 77500, Mexico
+52 998 884 3158
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Ranked #24 of 622 Restaurants in Cancun
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Mexican, Caribbean, International
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Avenida Coba & Uxmal
Description: Located in the center of the city, La Habichuela, has become a legend of Cancun with more than 38 years of operation. Some say that if you don't know La Habichuela, you don't know Cancun. The unique and a genuine ambience of the Mayan culture, attentive service, complete menu of Mexican cuisine,Caribbean seafood , steaks, international dishes, 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 and the recognition of DIRONA since 2001. La Habichuela is considered a must in Cancun
Randolph, NJ
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“Feels like going back in time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We decided to give La Hibichuela a try given the amazing reviews and we wanted to hit Parque de las Palapas after dinner. I was disappointed with the overall experience. It feels like you are back in the 80s at this restaurant. The decor is old - the light above the table was old and dirty looking. The food presentation is also old school. The taste was just ok. I'm not sure what the fuss is about. Maybe we ordered poorly. I had the grouper supreme. It tasted ok but was nothing to write home about. I'd pass on this place.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Isla Holbox Quintana Roo
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94 reviews 94 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“ROMANTIC INTIMATE w/ 36 Years in CANCUN!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Wow !!!! This jewel tucked away in Downtown Cancun has been thrilling Travelers & locals alike for 36 YEARS! Armando Pezzotti the owner has served up some of the BEST Caribbean food on the PLANET!

Dine in a lush Tropical Garden & be attended to by his staff of friendly waiters many who have been there for 10-15-20 years!

My Favorite is the CONCH Apetizer marinated in a Tangy Citrus sauce (Sometimes I order 2 & skip the entree!)

LaHabichuela also offers Formal Dining in AC Comfort....but if its a nice night why not "DINE UNDER THE STARS! Its Hard to find but a short cab ride from the Hotel Zone! His son Armando Jr also has opened the SUNSET LAHABICHUELA @ Km 12.5 on the lagoon side of the Hotel Zone

There its LIKE "FATHER LIKE SON" Armando Jr has Duplicated DADS success and added a few NEW Treats of his own. You gotta Try BOTH! Sunset also offers a Great MAYAN FLOOR Show outdoors @ 800pm Monday-Wed-Fri evenings.

LAHABICHUELA a LANDMARK EATERY for 36 YEARS! Nobody comes close!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bethesda, Maryland
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Amazing food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

A beautiful restaurant with excellent service and wonderful food! I thoroughly enjoyed myself! The food was absolutely delicious! I had the amaranth encrusted grouper and huitlacoche crepes. I would order both again! The waiters were attentive and engaging and offered suggestions. And the drinks were powerful! It was such a great experience that I will recommend it to anyone and I will be coming back!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lake Worth, Florida
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“The Best!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Each year we go to Cancun, we must have dinner at La Habichuela Downtown. Eating outside in the garden with the ambiance and attentive service is the highlight of our vacation. The food presentation is incredible. Best tableside made Caesar salad and Mayan coffee. This is definitely a must for all visitors to Cancun.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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“A hidden gem in Cancun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We had a fantastic dining experience last night (May 29, 2014) at this downtown Cancun restaurant, La Habichuel. You need to take a taxi from the Hotel Zone as it isn't on the bus route. But the ride is worth it. This is our second time here - we dined here last year also.
It has inside dining in a beautiful dining room or outside in a quaint courtyard. Very intimate setting and the food is exceptional. Prices are less than many restaurants in the Hotel Zone.
We ate outside in the courtyard. It has many Mayan artifacts and replicas. The flowering trees and shrubs make for a beautiful setting.
The service was exceptional.
We have been coming to Cancun annually for 15 years and have eaten in many Cancun restaurants during that time - La Habichuela would rank as our number 1 dining experience. We will go there at least once every time we come to Cancun.
I would recommend reservations thru your resort concierge. Request outside or courtyard seating (they may call it garden area) you won't be disappointed!!!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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