Foodies are flocking to Mexico, where one of the most beloved global cuisines is reaching new heights with celebrated chefs and bold, local flavors. As seen in Quest Magazine, these are Mexico’s best dishes and dining experiences we’re craving right now.
Manta, The Cape Hotel | Cabo San Lucas
When Mexico City–born chef Enrique Olvera opened Pujol in his hometown in 2000, he immediately garnered acclaim for his innovative contemporary takes on his country’s traditional fare, making it one of the top restaurants in the world. Now with restaurants throughout the city as well as New York, his first foray into resorts has been at The Cape Hotel in Los Cabos. He has handled all of the property’s food and beverage offerings since its opening in 2015, including its signature restaurant, Manta.
The 114-seat space was designed by architect Javier Sánchez and interior designer Marisabel Gómez Vázquez to provide a modern, view-focused backdrop for Olvera’s ever-changing menu based mostly around the local seafood. Expect traditional regional fare with flourishes inspired by Peru and Japan, such as sashimi with aji Amarillo, sesame, and wasabi and mushroom ramen with epazote, beans, and pasilla mixe.
Whether seated inside next to the floor-to-ceiling glass windows or outside on the patio, each seat takes advantage of the stunning coastal backdrop and ocean views. Since the property is centrally located among the region’s other fine resorts, it’s an easy jaunt from any of the area’s other properties for dinner or casual cocktails and tapas.
Centena Cuatro, Hotel Cartesiano | Puebla
Founded in 1531, Puebla has roots as the first “perfect” colonial city in the Americas. Located at the center of the country and surrounded by three volcanoes and 365 churches, it’s the ideal spot to take in a combination of art, history, culture, and the renowned Poblano cuisine, some of which is best discovered at the Hotel Cartesiano’s signature restaurant Centena Cuatro. Chef Antonio Trillo oversees the international menu, which considers the culinary traditions of the four centuries since the city was founded. The space serves meals throughout the day, starting with breakfast items like Hidden Eggs, featuring baked tortillas stuffed with eggs and covered with beans, chorizo, and local cheese, and dinner items like Rib Jack barbecue and mole-wrapped stuffed chicken with toasted sesame.
The hotel is one of the latest properties from the Hamak Hotel group, known for their bespoke properties that merge luxury with culture, such as the Chablé Resort and Spa in the Yucatán and Casa San Augustine in Cartagena.
Restaurant at Careyes Club and Residences, Pueblo 25, and Casa de Nada | Careyes
Ever since the El Careyes Club and Residences debuted in 2017 after an extensive renovation that saw a total redevelopment of its accommodations, common areas, and grounds, Careyes — celebrating its 50th year — has been attracting a new slew of bohemian-minded visitors flocking to its coast. They’re coming for the stunning beaches, pristine rainforests, the community’s remarkable signature architecture, and music and spiritual festivals like Ondalinda, happening each November. With the new attention, the region’s best restaurants are also making names for themselves with some of Mexico’s best dishes. The private Restaurant at the El Careyes Club features a broad mix of Mexican-influenced dishes in the quiet, beachfront setting of the hotel. Just outside the gates of the community, Pueblo 25, with its bright pink façade, offers global cuisine using local ingredients from the nearby farms and fresh catches of the day. Hosting just 24 guests, the intimate venue also boasts a boutique wine cellar and tasting room. Finally, further away from the town, in a setting all its own, Casa de Nada offers a rustic experience in a secluded beachfront setting to dine on a range of options, from Mexican to Mediterranean to vegetarian. Go at sunset to dine by torchlight and mingle with chic Careyes locals.