We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

La Panza es Primero

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Av. Rafael Melgar 4, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico
+52 998 252 0776
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

289 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 204: English reviews
Bellevue, Washington
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The view of the ocean is just gorgeous. Our lunch time meal was included as part of a snorkeling excursion. The food was delicious and the wait staff was very attentive. Their buffet included the normal sauces/salsas, rice, beans, chicken and beef fajitas but in addition, a couple of specials that were outstanding. Everyone at our table kept going back... More 

Thank Nancy E
Level Contributor
98 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2017

we stopped in for lunch and there were more servers than customers. We still had to call the server over to order another beer, and to order our meal. The staff was huddled around talking and when I waved one server just turned their back. I finally walked up to the counter to ask if we could order lunch. Our... More 

Thank ReginaBeachRat
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2017

Great ocean views and delicious and rich and slightly different Mexican cuisine! Great find! Enjoy!!!

Thank BeachCaliGirl
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2017 via mobile

A gem of a find a couple of blocks south along the beach from the central plaza. We shared an order of the tacos for two and it was really good, served in an elegant cup like container with a basket of tortillas. We ordered guacamole for appetizer which was also good and had more than enough. With good margaritas... More 

1 Thank Richard C
Iowa City, IA
Level Contributor
465 reviews
312 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2017

We had the grilled fish platter for 2-3 for a whopping $16. I had lots of kinds of fish, and some were not our cup of tea, conch (endangered now) and a few others that here like chewing rubber bands. The shrimp and white fish and mussels were pretty good. Tho all were very oily (it was called grilled fish).... More 

Thank GailCheryl
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed January 10, 2017

we love to stop in and get a cold beer and sit at a table overlooking the beach and amazing water. we have never eaten here, just drinks, but we love to come here and just chill for a bit and take pictures. Fun place.

Level Contributor
44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

We booked via Open Table for Christmas Eve and got a confirmation. When we got there (precisely on time) the restaurant wasn't open. If they can't get this right can they get anything else right?

Thank John S
Level Contributor
35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2016

my heading pretty much says it all. Feels like a more authentic/local place than the average place in other places in Puerto Morelos.

Thank 97rockyg
Victoria, Canada
Level Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2016

We wandered the streets of Puerto Morelos for a few hours and popped into this restaurant just because it was handy to our location when we were hungry (and thirsty)! Of course it helped that the translation for La Panza es Primero is "The belly is first" - LOL! We were a group of 4 gals and ordered up a... More 

Thank Shannon1960
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed December 22, 2016

I had the Fried Shrimp and they were as big as my hand and they actually butterfly them and they are SOOOOO GOOD!!!! Beautiful view of the Ocean and they do have Charters for paying customers. Very Good spot!!!

Thank Jiah W

Travelers who viewed La Panza es Primero also viewed

Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya
Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya
Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya
Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya

Been to La Panza es Primero? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Av. Rafael Melgar 4, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Puerto Morelos
  • Phone Number: +52 998 252 0776

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of La Panza es Primero and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from La Panza es Primero staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?