Culinary Hotspots: Best of Mexico City

Adventurous epicures are flocking to Mexico City for the vibrant and evolving culinary scene. Innovative chefs, exciting eateries and surprising menus are a big part of this food-lover’s destination. From casual and unassuming to elegant and trendy, the establishments in this city are certain to satiate everyone's appetite. When planning your next trip, be sure to add a few of these notable restaurants on your own personal "hot" list.

J by Jose Andres

Known across the globe for his molecular gastronomy, chef Jose Andres delights guests with his bold “Spain meets Mexico” dining concept. Located in the W Mexico City, the splashy, multi-hued dining room is out-shined only by the inventive menu, which features piquillo peppers with pork meat, Veracruz-style snapper, and plenty of craft cocktails.

As an added bonus, SPG members receive a 10 percent discount when dining, even as non-guests of the hotel.

Lo Docena Oyster Bar and Grill

Trendy and sophisticated, this buzzy destination is the place to see and be seen, attracting a diverse crowd and offering a wide array of in-house specialties—from burgers and seafood to, of course, plenty of raw oysters. Arrive early to snag a spot at the bar, and soak in the atmosphere at this hotspot any night of the week.

Dulce Patria

For upscale gourmet dining, Dulce Patria is an exceptional experience. Situated in Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, this stylish space features two floors with terraces and avant-garde décor. The menu focuses on chef Martha Ortiz’s traditional Mexican specialties with a modern spin, including: quesadillas, ceviches and tostadas. This restaurant's extensive wine list includes many award-winning Mexican vintages.

Porco Rosso

Surprise! Yes, you can find Kansas City-style barbecue in Mexico City! The casual and fun Porco Rosso is the hippest joint in town for smoked meat of all kinds: brisket, ribs, chicken and more. With a modern, rustic vibe, this bustling eatery is great for groups, as the wooden communal tables—and a robust beer selection—encourage friendly conversation.

Diana

With an ambiance of casual elegance, Diana is one of the city’s top restaurants, offering a menu of contemporary delights that include robust seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. For those who love to explore new varietals, the wine list is sublime. Situated in the St. Regis hotel, Diana’s guests love to relax in the cozy King Cole bar (where SPG Members enjoy a dining discount) for either pre-dinner cocktails or a nightcap.

Maximo Bistrot

With a focus on a seasonal and sustainable menu, this bustling eatery attracts an artsy crowd from across the city. Notable chef Eduardo Garcia creates dishes that change constantly, depending on which ingredients are fresh and plentiful at that day's market. One of his most popular appetizers is the guacamole, and fans say it's one of the best dishes in town.  

Azul Condesa

Food-lovers adore experiencing award-winning chef Munoz Zurita’s restaurants located throughout the city, and Azul Condesa is a centrally located favorite. Featuring Veracruz-influenced, delicately spiced seafood dishes and Mayan-inspired recipes, this elegant, light-filled establishment is known for its variety of flavorful and inventive offerings.

Sud777

Incorporating Mexican ingredients into innovative dishes, chef Edgar Nunez creates contemporary fare that attracts those who enjoy tasting a blend of local ingredients and imaginative flavors (such as the minced cactus, tomato and pork skin salad). This award-winning restaurant features a stunning indoor-outdoor dining area that serves up dishes that would impress any epicure.

 Contramar

A hotspot for locals and tourists for years, Contramar is known far and wide for its delectable seafood menu and cool space, with an abundance of inside and outdoor seating. Featuring fresh fish specialties, this restaurant offers a selection of dishes, including several types of tostadas, such as their popular Camaron—made with zesty shrimp, black beans, cilantro and chipotle mayonnaise.

Nicos

Another award-winning establishment, the unassuming Nico is at the pinnacle of many international "best of" restaurant lists. A mainstay for over sixty years, this iconic yet simple restaurant is led by chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo, the son of the founder, who cooks up homemade family recipes (such as the sopa seca de natasfeaturing locally sourced ingredients. And food-loving fans say that the richly flavored tableside guacamole is not to be missed!

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