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 11:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday; families and children always welcome. More info

El 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.


Enjoy 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. Open seven days from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Porque No is the twin of Porque No in Holbox Island. It’s a classic Italian ice cream parloir, serving homemade Italian Gelato. Offering breakfast, pop up pizza’s slides, focaccia, lasagna, Panini, cakes, and of course espresso coffee, cappuccino and a lunch special every day. In the same shop, you’ll also find the Chan Lau grocery shop with national and international wines, beers, liquors and Italian, Mexican and Spanish gourmet  and local products at fair prices.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


El Meson, offering delicious, economical Mexican fare, is open Monday through Saturday from 12:00 noon until 9:00 pm. Located just two blocks from the town square on Fifth Avenue at 16th Stree, the restaurant serves “comida corrida” daily specials as well as full dinners in the evening plus sodas, licuados, natural fruit drinks, and more. For information, contact your host Daniel Ariza at cel 983 113-6537 or Sorry — no deliveries!


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.