Osteria Piccoli Cucina Italiana
This Italian restaurant is directed by chef Luca Piccoli, with a long and impressive career, and his Yucatecan wife Leticia Gaber, who oversees the service that they offer. The menu offers an ample list of wines and a carefully selected menu of dishes known in Florence, Rome, and Venice. The food, including the bread, and desserts, contain fresh ingredients and are cooked to order; no dish leaves the kitchen without the chef’s approval. This Italian hideaway is on Prolongación Paseo de Montejo and has a pleasant atmosphere.
Prolongación Montejo #112 x 23 y 25, Col. México, Mérida
Tel. (999) 926 2316
1 pm – 12 am, closed on Tuesdays
Bistro Cultural is owned by French chef Yohann Chauvineau. It is an ideal option for breakfast or an informal lunch. The theme is a bistro with good food at reasonable prices, alas well as being a gathering point for cultural activities. Chef Yohann offers a simple menu of French food, which varies from day to day, along with a selection of beverages and frappes; and you can also buy his own jams, mustards, and butters.
Calle 66 #377 x 41 y 43, Centro, Mérida
Cel. 9992 04 93 58
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, closed on Sundays
La Negrita Cantina
With a long history going back to 1917 (with a pause from 2011 to 2013), La Negrita Cantina has brought the cantina trend back to life. Its concept is the fundamental neighborhood bar, open to everyone. You can order drinks at reasonable prices, including Yucatecan beers from micro-breweries, along with abundant, inexpensive food. All of this is accompanied by Cuban, tropical, and Latin jazz music.
Calle 62 x 49, Centro, Mérida
Tel. (999) 102 2838
12 pm – 10 pm every day
This Lebanese restaurant was founded by the Siqueff-Febles family, made up by Don Jorge, well known chef, and his wife Doña Margarita, in a grand old house where they lived at the time. Among its most iconic dishes are the venison filet, fried kibi, fried chicken, and Huevos Motuleños (an egg dish made famous in Motul). Their children have continued offering the same standard of food and service over the years. This detailed attention makes each dish something special. Its menu has evolved over time, but they have not forgotten their culinary roots and business values.
Calle 60 #350 x 35 y 37, Centro, Mérida
Tel. (999) 925 5027
8 am – 6 pm, cerrado los lunes
Luxury Plaza, Av. Andrés García Lavín x 27 y 29, Col. Montebello, Mérida
Tel. (999) 406 3763
Lunes – jueves 8 am – 11 pm
Viernes-domingo 9 am – 6 pm
Hennessy’s Irish Pub
This Irish pub opened in 2010. It is divided into various different spaces including the main room with its long, iconic well-stocked bar, smaller rooms for private groups, open air tables on the edge of the Paseo de Montejo sidewalk, a patio, and a rooftop deck. They have an excellent selection of dishes on their “gastro-pub” menu, and an extensive list of beers, headed by Guinness of course. The background music ranges from traditional and modern Irish songs, to soft jazz and classic rock; at just the right volume to be able to carry on a conversation with ease. There is live music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.
Paseo de Montejo x 41 y 43, Mérida
Tel. (999) 923 8993
12 pm – 2 am every day
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