Valladolid has long been my favorite little town in Mexico, and one of the reasons is because of all the excellent restaurants you’ll find. From traditional Mayan food to more modern fare, Valladolid is quickly developing a unique culinary scene filled with a great array of places to eat.
The hardest part of choosing where to eat in Valladolid is sorting through all the incredible restaurants Valladolid offers. Having eaten at dozens of them, what follows are my 19 picks for the best restaurants in Valladolid. I’ve include price ranges, links to Google Maps, and cuisine type for each establishment.
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Table of Contents
- 19 Best Valladolid Restaurants
- Casa Conato Cultural 1910
- Agustín Gusto
- IX CAT IK Traditional Cocina Maya
- Idilio Folklore Cervecero
- Burrito Amor
- Itamae Sushi
- Yerbabuena del Sisal
- El Meson del Marques
- La Casona de Valladolid
- Le Kaat
- Elela Organic Vegan Cafe
- Taberna de Los Frailes
- Las Campanas
- Laville Bistro
- De Los Santos
- La Calzada
- Vegan Concept Casa Maca
- Local Dishes to Eat in Valladolid, Yucatan
19 Best Valladolid Restaurants
Casa Conato Cultural 1910
Yucatecan Cuisine | $$-$$$ | Google Maps | +52 985 102 9047
I have been visiting the city once a year or so for half a decade, and even as new restaurants in Valladolid pop up each time, Casa Conato Cultural 1910 remains my personal favorite. The menu offers a modern spin on Mayan and Yucatecan food, like panuchos, poc chuc, and cohinita pibil (pork belly), plus one of the more expansive drink menus in Valladolid.
The atmosphere is what really makes Casa Conato stand apart. You enter through a small boutique shop at the front, before walking into the large open air restaurant in the back. There is a covered area for rainy days, but also an open air courtyard with a music stage in back, plus a rooftop dining area. The walls are adorned with colorful murals, and the vibe is high energy.
If I only had one night in Valladolid, I would this is the place I would eat at.
Located below Hotel Maria de la Luz, just across from the main Valladolid square, Agustín Gusto is one of the fancier and more expensive Valladolid restaurants in town. The menu sports a variety of gastronomic creations inspired by traditional Mayan food. There is also a high end bar serving up unique cocktail creations, and a variety of beers.
This is a great place to eat in Valladolid if you are looking for a fancier night out. Oh, and if you dare, you can even try guacamole with a side of grasshopper!
IX CAT IK Traditional Cocina Maya
If you ask the locals where you should find the best traditional Mayan food in Valladolid, there is a good chance that they will mention the cocina at IX CAT IK. It’s a few blocks outside of the main tourism center, but worth the walk or short cab ride. The menu features delicious traditional dishes like sopa de lima, empanada de chaya, and polok waaj (which is something like a gordita). It’s one of the most popular Valladolid restaurants, so reservations are recommended.
As Valladolid continues to become more of an international tourism destination, it’s also seeing more restaurants pop up with different styles of cuisine. Papparazi is one of the latest additional to the Valladolid restaurant scene, and it’s a spectacular one. You’ll find an ornate interior opening to an expansive courtyard with a center stage where local performers entertain diners on a nightly basis.
The menu is a fairly standard slate of Italian offerings – salads, pastas, pizza, and desserts – but the food receives consistently stellar reviews. Papparazi is also a great place to stop and enjoy a drink and desert after a night walking Calzada de los Frailes, perhaps the most charming street in Mexico. Considering the upscale vibe, prices are decent too.
Idilio Folklore Cervecero
International | $$ | Google Maps | +52 985 110 5404
If you’re craft beer aficionado, you have to stop by Idilio Folklore Cervecero to enjoy the first artisan beer produced in Valladolid. But, even if beer isn’t your thing, you’ll still enjoy the food and ambiance in the gigantic dining garden at the fantastic restaurant. To enter, you pass through a small museum which is home to several fascinating exhibits about the history of Valladolid.
The menu is varied, offering everything from pasta to hamburgers to tacos. There are a variety of options for vegans and vegetarians, excellent service, and nightly performances. Idilio is a great place to come before or after catching the nightly 9 pm videomapping shows at the nearby Parque Sisal.
For years I have been telling anyone who will listen that Tulum’s Burrito Amor has the most delicious veggie burrito I’ve every eaten in my life. Well, the news is out and Burrito Amor’s popularity has allowed it to expand to its new and absolutely picture-perfect location in Valladolid near Parque Candaleria.
Burrito Amor’s menu offers a “clean eating” spin on traditional Mexican food, including not just burritos but also salads, smoothies, and all day breakfast food. There are plenty of gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options. You’ll find great prices for truly tasty food and good service, all in a fantastic environment. If you’re looking for cheap eats without sacrificing quality, definitely don’t miss Burrito Amor.
Years ago, asking to find sushi in Valladolid would have probably elected some pretty blank stares. But as Valladolid grows into an international destination, international cuisine is following. Itamae Sushi is one of the more recent additions to the city’s gastronomic lineup, and has won solid reviews for its large portions and intimate dining experience. The menu features all the traditional styles of sushi rolls, plus house specials like their Bananan roll.
Yerbabuena del Sisal
As a vegetarian myself, locally owned Yerbabuena del Sisal has long been on my personal list of the best restaurants in town. It’s located just across from the Convento de San Bernadino, in a picture perfect green building that really encapsulates the spirit of Valladolid.
The menu here is filled with so many delicious vegetarian and vegan options that plant eaters may have a hard time choosing: veggie burgers, chilaquiles, juices, tamales, pasta, tacos, and more. The restaurants serves up everything from lighter, healthier fare, to more substantial dishes. You’ll get great service from friendly locals, and so much good food that even your carnivore friends won’t complain.
El Meson del Marques
El Meson de Marques is one of the most popular hotels in Valladolid, and is also home to one of the city’s best restaurants. There is a downstairs dining area, but the real star is the rooftop with direct views over the main square to the cathedral. You’ll find Mexican fare like mole, as well as international options like pasta. And the cocktails are excellent as well. Just prepared to pay for the privileged location, but overall El Meson de Marques is a great choice for a fanicer dinner or a romantic night out for couples.
La Casona de Valladolid
Mexican | $ | Google Maps | +52 985 856 0207
If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food in a traditional setting, La Casona de Valladolid is a great choice. Just one block from the center square, this Valladolid restaurant offers a la carte or buffet style dining in a traditional Spanish courtyard. This is a great place to try traditional Yucatecan fare like papazules, pancuhos, or empanadas de chaya. There are options for vegetarians, and some of the best prices in town. It’s the perfect place to stop in for lunch to escape the heat.
Vegan | $$ | Google Maps | +52 985 688 0953
I recently visited Le Kaat and ordered what I think are the best tacos I’ve had (as a vegetarian) in a very long time. Vegans are sure to find something to love Le Katt’s menu of pasta, pizza, and Mexican dishes. And the ambiance, in open air setting along Calzada de los Frailes, is perfect.
The extensive menu for drinks include healthy fruit and vegetable juices, super smoothies, several coffee options, but – to the chagrin of one of my friend’s on a recent – no alcohol is served here. If you don’t mind that though (I don’t!), this is a truly excellent place to eat for plant based or health conscious eaters!
Elela Organic Vegan Cafe
Vegan Cafe | $$ | Google Maps
With so many great vegan restaurants, Valladolid is quickly becoming a great destination for plant based eaters. Even if you’re not an herbivore, however, you should really check out the adorable Elela Organic Vegan Cafe just across the street from the convent.
The cafe’s drink menu features perfectly toasty organic coffee sourced from Chiapas, frappacinos, lattes, Maya cocoa shots, smoothies, and more. For food, there are tons of fresh vegan options for breakfast or brunch, including avocado mash, quinoa bowls, vegan pastries, sandwiches, and pineapple and mango vegan ice cream. Yum!
I don’t think I’ve ever visited Valladolid without eating at least one meal at Cafeina. Together with its sister establishment next door, Mezcaleria Don Trejo, Cafeina is the place to be on a weekend night in Valladolid for locals and tourists alike.
The atmosphere is about as lively as it gets in Valladolid, and you can either eat inside or in the large garden courtyard in the back. Sure, the prices are a little high for what it is, but you’re mostly coming here for the festive atmosphere. If you’re with a group that is looking to have a night out in Valladolid, this is the place to eat!
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Taberna de Los Frailes
Yucatecan | $$$ | Google Maps | +52 985 856 0689
Located just behind Parque Sisal, Taberna de Los Frailes has long been one of the most popular Valladolid restaurants for visitors. The menu consists of meat-heavy traditional local fare like lomitos de Valladolid (pork in tomato sauce), cochinta pibil, and steak fajitas. Prices are a little on the high end, but the chilled vibe and location next to the convent are perfect.
Note: as of my last visit in fall 2021, Taberna de Los Frailes was temporarily closed. If you’re reading this at a later time, be sure to call ahead or check Google Maps before going.
If you want a place to eat in Valladolid where you are sure to be surrounded by locals, check out the cozy cantina Las Campanas. Situated right on the corner of the main square, this is a great spot for cheap eats and drinks. The menu is a mix of regional cuisine and you’ll sometimes find live music in the intimate dining room. Plus, Las Campanas is 100% locally owned and managed, so eating here is a great way to support local businesses during your visit to Valladolid.
International | $$ | Google Maps | +52 985 856 0277
Just a block from the main square, Laville Bistro is an incredibly charming little cafe run by some of the most kind and generous people in a city that is know for its kindness and generosity. I’ve visited several times over the years, and I’m always impressed by the care that the owner puts into curating a comfortable experience for guests. The coffee and espresso drinks are on point, and the menu features hamburgers, pasta, hot dogs, and steaks. There is a solid veggie burger option as well.
Laville is also a great option for where to eat for breakfast in Valladolid, with everything from chilaquiles to omelettes on offer!
De Los Santos
Yucatecan | $ | Google Maps
This cute local spot sits on the popular Calzada de los Frailes, run by a local family. You’ll feel like you’re eating in a home and not a restaurant, with attentive service in a charming intimate dining room. De Los Santos serves various local dishes at very affordable prices.
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Serving up generous portions of authentic local fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, La Calzada has long been on most lists of the best restaurants in Valladolid, Mexico. It’s set in a traditional Spanish colonial courtyard, and also has a nice little rooftop perfect for a dinner out. Located between the main square and Calzada de los Frailes, it’s a can’t-miss choice for where to eat in Valladolid!
Vegan Concept Casa Maca
Vegan | $$ | Google Maps | +52 985 113 3637
I recently dined solo at this newer Vegan restaurant in Valladolid, and I was quite impressed. The small upstairs dining room has a Tulum-style bohemian chic vibe to it, and a local busker stopped by to play a few tunes. The veggie sandwich I had was delicious, but the real treat was the bannana and cacoa smoothie! Definitely a great option for anyone looking for a vegan restaurant.
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Local Dishes to Eat in Valladolid, Yucatan
Virtually every Valladolid restaurant is going to offer up their spin on cochinita pibil, a baked pork dish that can be served by itself, wrapped in tortilla, in tacos, or integrated into more imagantive creations at some of the more modern restaurants in town.
Papazules is a traditional Mayan dish, usually eaten for breakfast, that consists of eggs wrapped in tortillas and drenched in a pumpkin sauce.
Marquesitas are a traditional street food consisting of a batter that is made on a crepe platter, then wrapped around queso, bananans, nutella, or a variety of other fillings. The result is kind of like a crispy version of a crepe. It’s definitely a must try food in Valladolid. You can find many marquesita vendors in the main square in the evenings.
Another popular street food in Valladolid is elote, Mayan corn that is grilled and covered in cheese and spices. You can find this delicious treat at street vendors in the main square.
Panuchos are a traditional Yucatán refried tortilla that can be stuffed with black beans, cabbage, and various meats.
Panuchos are such a special dish to the locals that the town even held a festival a few years back! I had the pleasure of attending as part of my project to film this video
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That’s it for this guide to the best restaurants in Valladolid, Mexico. Enjoy visiting Valladolid!