Barba Negra Taqueria and Cantina offers a variety of traditional and specialty items — breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus home-made desserts, beer, wine, full bar all only steps from the main square. This is the place for great specials (meals and desserts – think COOKIES) , plus the always available tacos al pastor, shrimp, fish, chicken, beef and vegetarian. Open every day 8 am to 11 pm. Live music. More info call 983 688-2027. Facebook.


Finding something healthy to eat while you travel can be a challenge. Fuente de Vida – just steps from the Bacalar bus station – makes life a little bit easier. Enjoy a good breakfast at the restaurant, then take a drink or meal with you in your travels. Lots of fresh fruit juices, sopes, tacos, sandwiches, soups and more.


Ojitos La Catrina is a great place for fun with friends enjoying cold drinks and good food in a relaxed atmosphere. Full bar, full menu, conscientious kitchen, Happy Hour 6:00 to 7:30, live music most nights at 10:00, and International Movies Night makes La Catrina a great place to spend time and meet people. On the Costera 50 steps past La Playita. Facebook.


Budha’s Lounge is a great combination of good food and drink, pleasing music, and comfortable surroundings. You’ll see us just one block off the Costera, opposite Cenote La Bruja. Excellent music for listening or dancing and plenty of space to enjoy a date or a leisurely evening with your family or friends. Visit Facebook or for more info/reservations call 983 733-2514.


On the Costera less than one block from the Zocolo and Fort, Palo de Tinte is one of Bacalar’s newest restaurants/bars. Open for lunch, dinner and drinks seven days a week from 2:00 pm until midnight — enjoy the sidewalk bar, the tree-shaded terrace, or the spacious upstairs covered dining area. Excellent for groups; take-out and delivery: 983 688-2013. Facebook.


Open from 8am to 3pm and just one block from the square, Enamora is the place to go for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Fresh-baked breads, cakes, cookies, tarts, and other treats – right out of the oven. Organic coffee (cappucino, latte, etc.), smoothies, fruit drinks, sandwiches, omelettes, desserts, gluten-free breads and sweets, and more. Eat in the restaurant, under the shade trees or take it out. Call 983 184-0207 or Facebook.

Want to see the game while you have a cold one with your meal or maybe hear some live music? Time Out Sports Bar and Grill is the place to be. International and national events of all kinds on the big screen plus ping-pong, foosball, and other games. Full bar, extensive menu and weekly specials. Canadian spoiler: poutine always available. Open 2pm until 9 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 12pm to 9pm Saturday, Sunday. Closed Wednesday.

Not 30 steps from Bacalar town square, Fogón del Sur full-service taqueria offers the traveler a comfortable place to relax with a fresh, economical Yucatecan meal. Pick your drink from the full bar and enjoy the sidewalk scene in the cool shade as your meal is prepared. Maybe try a nice vegetarian fajita, a family grilled platter, or the cheese fondue. Open every day from 8:30 am until 12:30 at night. Phone: 983 834-2558. More info

If you want beef, Texas Grill and Bar is the place to go. Open 7 days a week from 2pm until 10pm. Super beef cooked the way you like it (charcoal, gas or smoked) with fresh salad, seasonal vegetables, and home-made bread. Full bar, wine by the glass or bottle, and a nice selection of artesanal beers from Mexico and abroad. On the north end of the Costera between Calle 28 + Calle 30.


mango-chile-logo-siteHealthy and delicious 100% plant-based burgers, tacos, donuts, shakes, smoothies and organic coffee. Mango y Chile has a garden and terrace with a great view of the lagoon, plus WiFi. All disposables are biodegradable and organic. Open Wednesday to Monday from 13:00 to 21:00; on the Zocalo next to the Fort; phone 983 688-2000. More info.

Looking for Italian food, pizza, and a drink? Check out Restaurant and Pizzaria Bertilla on Ave. 5 at Calle 20 on the corner of the Zocalo.The Giacomella family runs the restaurant and has more than 45 years experience making pizzas, breads, desserts, and more. Nothing comes from a can. Open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday) from 4 pm until 11 pm. Extensive menu (vegetarian) including beer and wine. For info or call cel 983 136-8525. Take out available — no deliveries.


savora-logo-smallWith a beautiful view overlooking the town square, fort, and lake, guests find Savora Bakhalal a great location for a relaxing meal. The menu is extensive, with fish, pastas, seafood, salads, chicken, beef and full bar including decent wine selection. Daily Special with drink and dessert $99. Open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. Info.

nueva-playita-logo-110x76_La Playita — a place on the lake to eat, swim, and spend time in beautiful surroundings with nice music, a few hammocks, a good bar, and an unbeatable turquoise view. The Time: Today. La Playita is famous for serving quality Argentine-Mexican fusion, seafood, regional dishes, pizzas, salads, juice and smoothies, plus cocktails, draft beer, and wine — all under an enormous rubber tree on the lake shore. Open 1:00 pm until 10:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday; families and children always welcome.  More info

manati-logo-smallEl Manatí Bacalar has freshly prepared breakfasts and meals (vegetarian and not vegetarian), mainly sourced with local produce as well as artisanal and fair trade products, biodegradable sunblock and mosquito repellent, handmade swimwear and clothing. Visit this fair trade, eco-friendly shop on Calle 22 between Avenida 5 y 7. Visit El Manatí on  Facebook for more info and news.  MENU


taqueria-alhambre-rev2-smallEnjoy a free soft drink while your favorite meal is prepared for you at Taqueria Alambre. Authentic Yucatecan and other regional dishes made fresh with tasty homemade tortillas and delicious desserts. Eat in our comfortable dining room with full bar or take out if you are in a hurry. Parking right off Highway #307 on the east side between Calle 22 and Calle 24. WiFi, facturas, Visa, Mastercard, open seven days from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm. Email:

Taquería Christian offers delicious carne al pastor in tacos and sandwiches. Corn or flour tortillas, bottled soft drinks and water, plus tasty sauces. Open seven days a week from 6:30 pm until mid-night. On Calle 18, right around the corner from 7th Ave just two blocks from the church, we’re easy to find. Just look for our “potted plant jungle” on the sidewalk.

Barrill-logo-small_Want to enjoy Mexican craft brews or international beers with your delicious grilled meal? Stop at El Barrill Grill on 7th Ave. Tue – Sun (983 839-2816.) Even if you’re not a beer fan, you’ll be a fan of Johan’s home-prepared dinners. National beers (including two from Quintana Roo) as well as a nice selection of imports make it fun to quench your thirst. Regional and international menu covers vegetarian, pork, beef, chicken and more — all cooked on the grill to order.  MENU

Hungry? We’re here all day to serve you. Visit the Restaurant Laguna Bacalar to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks from the shaded porch overlooking the town square or the spacious inside dining room. Choose from the extensive menu of regional and national dishes plus full bar. Open seven days a week, from 7:00 am until 11:00pm. Just steps away from the Fort, the ATM and the Town Square!

Cocina Orizaba — regional Mexican fare, delicious cooking, economical prices. Open every day from 8:00 am until sometime between 5 and 10:00 pm, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, pizza, fruit drinks and sodas. Owner Señora Ena Escobar takes pride in her varied menu (including comida corrida) and fresh foods. Stop in for a meal, you’ll come back! Avenue 7 between streets 24 and 26. Phone 983 834-2069.

pez-small-text2_You won’t find a prettier spot on Laguna Bacalar for a family meal — no matter how big your family — than Pez de Oro. On the Costera across from the Fort, between 24th and 26th streets, Pez de Oro offers a large selection of fresh-cooked seafood dishes plus soft drinks, fruit juices, beer, wine and liquors. Enjoy a delicious meal directly on Laguna Bacalar; wading pool and lots of room for kids to play. Open seven days a week from 10 am until 8 pm.

At Micheladas Frank grill and store, find everything you need to enjoy an afternoon or evening. Super micheladas, cheladas and more from a selection of beers plus hamburgers and other sandwiches from the grill: tuna, mushroom, chicken and all the toppings. Feeling hungry? Try the combo: sandwich, soda and fries. Liquor, wine, snacks too. Open 12:00 to 9:00; Sundays 11:00 to 4:00. On the Costera — stop at the Punto Modelo sign for a fill up.

Looking for Italian food, pizza, and a drink? Check out Restaurant and Pizzaria Bertilla y Luciano on Ave. 5 at Calle 20 on the corner of the Zocalo.The Giacomella family runs the restaurant and has more than 45 years experience making pizzas, breads, desserts, and more. Nothing comes from a can. Open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday) from 4 pm until 11 pm. Extensive menu (vegetarian) including beer and wine. For info or call cel 983 136-8525. Take out available — no deliveries.\


la-higienica-small_Want fresh-made tortillas? Try Tortilleria La Higienica conveniently located at the entrance to Bacalar on 7th Avenue and the corner of 30th Street. From 5:30 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon you can get hot tortillas by the kilo – as many as you want. Owned and operated for nine years by Dalia Un Chimal, Tortilleria La Higienica uses only the best-quality ingredients to produce some of Bacalar’s tastiest tortillas.