Best restaurants in Mexico City
Cuisine as a philosophic expression. Food preparation as a subtle methodology. The restaurant as a place for introspection and the chef as a creator. When Enrique Olvera opened Pujol in 2000, Mexican gastronomy turned its eyes toward itself, to question its traditional processes.
It’s still nearly impossible to get a table without a reservation. Perched on a non-descript corner in the Roma neighborhood, Maximo still stays true to the Mexican-sourced farm-to-table concept. Everything here is local, from the napkins hand-sewn by artisans from Oaxaca to the daily-rotating menu which is crafted by local seasonal ingredients.
If you like the idea of dining at a French mansion with high ceilings where the smell of melted butter permeates throughout, then this is the place for you. The menu is unmistakably Italian but, with a distinct Mexican influence. Don’t worry, there are no clichés here. The kitchen knows how to make the best of their ingredients.
This simple and sophisticated spot lets the grub speak for itself. The menu has four Baja California themed courses with a hint of urban flair and is creatively curated by one of the best Mexican chefs in the game, Jair Téllez. A space that’s warm and friendly helps diners focus on the food and drinks while avoiding distractions.
Named after the legendary Roman fish sauce, it’s nothing short of an absolute must-visit but, don’t take our word for it. This spot fuses glam and attention to detail in every single dish and delivers on their promise to make your dinner unforgettable.
Mexico City always surprises with hidden gems and this spot in the little-known Clavería neighborhood that has been open since 1957 is no exception. Chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo offers a menu that includes nineteenth-century recipes, such as Sopa seca de nata (a dry cream-based soup), the star of the show, and the quality is determined by the raw ingredients, as they follow the principles of the slow food movement.
Eating here is like being a kid again. Chef Martha Ortiz makes art with her food, no doubt about that. Art that reminds you of eating grandma’s cooking. Only this time around it’s elegant and refined. The executives that frequent this spot for lunch can’t quite relive their childhood in here but, the smiles on their faces say it all.
Who better to lead the way for this project than Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, aka the Anthopologist of Mexican Cuisine? Known for his investigation and restoration of traditional Mexican cuisines, he's the best man for the job. Nestled in Francisco Sergio Iturbe’s former mansions, a twentieth century Mexican art relic, the restaurant itself is cozied up in the shade on the main patio. The bare tables are etched with area street names and are the setting for craft Mexican food.
It’s usually risky to talk about classic restaurants because a vast majority are well past their prime. But, if there’s one place that’s as good in service and quality as it ever was, it’s El Cardenal. It’s been open for 43 years and has moved only one time. Although the drive for El Cardenal is to preserve traditional Mexican culinary practices – like nixtamalization (processing of maze) for making bread or tortillas at home – the menu is full of surprises.
Here, the pig is revered. Amaranta’s pork-centric chef Pablo Salas adorns his menu with every bit of the delectable swine: skin, knuckles, ground meat, jowls, chops and even the head. Why? Because the pig is to be celebrated not hidden. There are so many textures and flavors to play with and the staff here is particular to the low-n-slow approach so as to coax out as much tastiness as possible.
Fancy a cocktail at some of the best bars in Mexico City?
Mexico City is full of nightlife surprises at every turn. Some of the best mixologists in the world can be found in Mexico City, in charge of the most iconic bars. Since 2016, Mica Rousseau has been recognized in the World Class as the best bartender in America for his Fifty Mils creations, while Limantour ranked 14th in the world on The World’s 50 Best Bars in 2017. Another highlight of the bars in Mexico City is the setting, such as the secret entrance to the 1920s world of USA prohibition found at the Hanky Panky Cocktail Bar, where you can also try the improved recipe of Ada “Coley” Coleman’s hanky panky drink from the Savoy Hotel in London. Discover using your senses the most seductive mixology formulas. You will experience the magic if you sit at the bar; it doesn’t matter if you don’t know what to order, the bartender will have a special combination of unmissable cocktails in these top nightlife bars of the city.