About La Habichuela - Centro

Located in the center of the city, La Habichuela, has become a establishment of Cancun with more than 32 years operation. Some say that if you don’t know La Habichuela, you don’t know Cancun. The genuine ambience of the Mayan culture, attentive service, & a menu complete with Caribbean seafood dishes, Mexican cuisine, steaks, & international cuisine, have built the restaurant’s strong reputation. La Habichuela was awarded the Five Diamonds Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences & is a proud recipient of the National Best Restaurant Award.

Ubicado en el centro de la ciudad La Habichuela, se ha convertido en una leyenda de Cancún, con casi 32 años de operación, se dice que si no conoces la Habichuela no conoces Cancún. El genuino ambiente de la cultura Maya, el servicio cuidado al detalle y el menú de platillos de mariscos con recetas genuinas y de estilo caribeño, se complementa con los favoritos de la cocina mexicana, cortes americanos y cocina internacional.

Margaritas 25
77500 Cancun
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Global, International, Caribbean, Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Daily 12:30 pm–12:00 am

Cross Street:
Avenida Coba & Uxmal

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
MXN310 to MXN500

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
01 998 884 3158

Website:
http://www.lahabichuela.com/

Parking Details:
A private lot is located 20 meters from the restaurant, without cost.

Situado a 20 metros del restaurante sin costo.

Executive Chef:
Juan Rodriguez

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine

La Habichuela - Centro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Casual (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Cozy (3)
Fun (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Estuvimos en una reunión con un amigo colombiano y pudimos charlar muy bien en un ambiente súper agradable. Los alimentos con muy buen sabor, el pan es delicioso y la carta de vinos es pequeña, pero su precio menor que en otros
sitios. Tiene estacionamiento. Muy recomendable

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Lovely setting and "Grand Old Lady" of an elegant restaurant living on its past. Overly attentive service at times. Food good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2017

LH Centro May be the best dining experience in Cancun. Beautiful outdoor dining in a spectacular courtyard with wonderfully prepared food and special service by Armando.
Note: this is in a very old section of Cancun - totally safe - but take a taxi to/from as the streets are very narrow and a bit confusing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Fine food, ambiance and location. The Mayan Garden is lovely. A restaurant not to be missed for both the food and the scene.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Our 2nd time for our anniversary on our visits to the area. We hope to go back every year. I can't say enough about the comfort, service, pleasant staff and owner, food, drinks, and ambience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Wonderful view of lagoon. Food was excellent but pricey.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Wanted an authentic and local experience and definitely received just that! The food was exquisite! The service amazing !! The ONLy downfall is that it is so hot in July and we sat outside- that was a bit uncomfortable!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 30, 2017

My husband and I have been going to Cancun every year for 23 years and we have made it a tradition to go to La Habichuela on Friday night, the last night of our stay. They always have their traditional dishes but they also have new ones and the chef's special to choose from. This time we had the grouper with the guava sauce and it was delicious! The evening started out with 2 glasses of house wine which was pretty good. They brought us a variety of bread in a basket from which we could choose. We ordered the Caesar salad which is one of the best in Cancun and prepared table side. It seemed to be a very popular choice among all the diners that evening. It was outstanding as always. Next, they brought us an anise sorbet served in a citrus shell of some sort to cleanse our palate. Our main course of the grouper was next and it was exceptional, served with a polenta and vegetables. We had a bottle of chardonnay with dinner. And we always save room for dessert. This time we had the bananas flambe, also prepared table side. Heaven! The waiters are truly upper classed and traditionally trained. The outside atmosphere is gorgeous with large princess chairs at every table and lights twinkling in the trees. Even though it's warmer and more humid outside, I highly recommend it - they had fans blowing on the tables to cool people off. The entire dinner came to $115 before tip and can't be beat considering the ambiance, service, food, wine, and beautiful setting. This will continue to be our special last evening in Cancun!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We love this place. I meant to try the one on the hotel zone, but once I noticed the location, I kept it. Took some family for their anniversary and they were very pleased. Top notch service and great surf and turf dinner. The outside courtyard is so beautiful with the lights. It's worth the extra drive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Service was great! Best lobster in Cancun - highly recommended! Go to parque de las palapas that's nearby for dessert though and get marcecitas and churros.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We came here after hearing and reading about this place from locals. To be honest, it's a very expensive restaurant and caters mostly to tourists (the only other patrons that were there were three families all visiting Cancun). The food was ok, nothing extraordinary. The service was top notch and the outdoor dining provided great ambiance but our bill came to over $140 for two people with just two drinks. If you want a more authentic meal at 1/10 of the La Habichuela price just head over to the nearby Parque Las Palapas and dine with the locals in an outdoor and jovial environment.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on May 30, 2017

We wanted to try something off the hotel zone in the search for great food we found this online. They have a hotel zone location but we decided to taxi our way to Cancun down town and oh boy were we in for a special treat. Old school service, amazing sea food very nice wine list and the setting is so authentic and charming.
We had some of the best ceviche I've had anywhere in the world. Great texture octopus, plenty of sea creatures marinated just perfectly. Zero acidic overwhelming flavors here.
I had the Cocobichuela for dinner, my date the grilled sea food. Remember, this place has been around 40 years! The Cocobichuela is one of the most ingenious dishes, perfectly marinated lobster and shrimp served inside a coconut. They claim 477,000 people have had this dish and loved it. Count me I. At 477,001!
Take my advice, book this place and leave the resort at least once for a very special treat!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Great food and excellent ambience and service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Lovely vibe, great food, perfect ambiance! Apt for a date night!

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Tucson)·Dined on May 19, 2017

I won't go to Cancun without a visit to La Habichuela. Some restaurants need to morph, change, and keep current. La Habichuela isn't one of them. Everytime I walk in, I am taken in by the beauty of the restaurant, particularly the outside seating. The service is excellent (Thank you, Ascencio), the food is consistently good. The menu doesn't change, but it doesn't need to. Also, it's very reasonable; not "Mexico cheap" but for the quality of food, it's very fair. You can't go wrong with any item on the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Cancún)·Dined on March 11, 2017

La Habichuela hace muy bueno pescado, especialamente el pescado del dia. Servicio es perfecto. Variety of pan es fantastico. Precio elevado en comparacion de otros restaurantes visitado.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 9, 2017

We celebrated a Ladies Night Out and had a wonderful time...Good friends, great food and wonderful drinks. Thank you!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Have been there a half dozen times over the last few years, and LaHabecheula has been excellent every time!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cancún)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Service and food superb and margaritas muy bien. Seafood platter was excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Just returning: we come every year as we enjoy it so much.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 19, 2017

The staff was amazing. The setting was poor with gravel floor. The food was below average. They've been in business for 40 years. I don't know how.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

First time after being highly recommended by many. Did not disappoint!
Fabulous atmosphere, service and food

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Wonderful experience as always! We come here every time in Cancun... This time for Valentines Day with another couple. The service was OK for as busy as it was. Our Mexican coffees were a little on the cool side because the wait staff was so busy-- they brought out the ingredients and then left them sit for too long. Other than that, the food and the ambience were great

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Shropshire)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Amazing venue with Mayan decoration. Extremely attentive service and excellent food. Margueritas to die for served in exquisite glass 'bowls'. Perfect romantic location.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Beautiful peaceful Mayan garden. Excellent service! Excellent menu. Great value for fine dining. May be best restaurant in Cancun! Highly recommended!

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 12, 2017

We visited here with a party of 8 to celebrate a birthday while visiting Quintana Roo. The outside seating is in a wonderful garden setting! La Habichuela is located near the Parque Las Palapas which is a great local carnival setting to see as well! Everyone was very happy with the food and the pitchers of Sangria. The architecture and ambiance of this older local dining establishment created the perfect setting for us!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cancún)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Es un excelente restaurante, la atención es la mejor posible, nunca nos habían hecho sentir de esta forma. Todos los meseros y en especial Alfredo quien estaba asignado a nuestra mesa estaban atentos a cualquier requerimiento, todos absolutamente atentos. La comida deliciosa desde las entradas, platos fuertes, bebidas. Mi hermano estaba de cumple y nos celebraron de una forma muy especial y mexicana. La ambientación perfecta. El café mexicano una experiencia mágica. Esperamos volver pronto.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants. We chose it for a "reunion" with friends who had never been to Cancun. They really enjoyed the ambiance and the food was delicious. We'll be back next year.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Nos encanto. El sitio divino, el servicio inigualable y la comida deliciosa. No se lo pierdan.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 30, 2016

A delicious meal with innovative Mexican classics in a beautiful, rustic setting.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2016

La Habicheula central never fails to impress me. The service is amazing, beautiful garden seating, amazing food and very reasonable prices. A must go in Cancun!

Tags: Scenic View, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 27, 2016

A great treat. Great setting with fabulous food and service. Will make it a must visit when in Cancun.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2016

Wonderful food in an authentic Mayan garden setting. Will return again and again

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (México)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Un lugar mágico y excepcional. Delicia de comida y magnífico servicio. Súper recomendable.

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 (Cancún)·Dined on July 9, 2016

Great food, great service, great value, great atmosphere. Definitely a must when visiting Cancun!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2016

Not worth the long drive from Cancun hotel zone. Not worth getting lost. No excuse for a lousy margarita in Mexico.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2016

We found this restaurant on Open Table and selected it strictly from reviews. It did not disappoint.
It's so nice to get out of the hotel zone and dine elsewhere. The restaurant is right in the center of Cancun proper. Lovely safe neighborhood near a park. Great for a walk after dinner.
Staff could not have been nicer, friendly and warm. Our flight was delayed. We had the hotel call to say we still wanted to keep our reservation and they waited. Awesome!
My husband had "the famous" Cocobichuela which was shrimp and lobster served in a coconut shell. Wonderful.
We are returning to Cancun in October meetings friends and we have already made our reservation for October 28th. This time it's a table for 4!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 13, 2016

Great place to check out if the n Cancun area

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 17, 2016

An amazing experience and my favorite new restaurant in Cancun!!! The outdoor, courtyard setting was spectacular. The food was excellent. The service was impeccable. We ordered, for appetizers, soft shell crab and ceviche. The crab was divine! For dinner, we had the Seafood Parade and Tampiquena Fillet - excellent, delicious! Coffee and dessert were amazing, too. Very friendly and professional service - impeccable.

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 (Monterrey)·Dined on April 16, 2016

La cena en exterior es muy agradable, lugar muy bonito, buenísimo el guitarrista en vivo.
Esperaba más de la
Comida

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic
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