Looking for Good Indian Restaurants in Cancun?

Closeup of spices in bowls - chili powder and cumin

If you ever find yourself getting bored with Cancun’s local taco scene (hard to believe, but yes, it can happen sometimes), you might want to feast on the sizzling flavors of Indian food, a great way to get the same level of spicy as Mexican cuisine but with completely different recipes. Cancun is home to a few Indian restaurants you can try, from the center of Downtown to the resort-lined Hotel Zone, whether you’re looking for curry and samosas, or a place with plenty of vegetarian options. Best of all: every single one of these restaurants has its own tandoor ovens to create those authentic Indian dishes.

Ravishing Sunsets at Elefanta

Location: La Isla Shopping Village, at Kilometer 12.5 of the Cancun Hotel Zone

Typical cost of dinner: $600 pesos per person

Hours: 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Illuminated by lantern light and set under open-air palapas, the wood tables of Elefanta are surrounded by an exotic charm that blends the restaurant’s Caribbean location and Indian theme. Elefanta ranks as Cancun’s most upscale Indian eatery, just perfect if you want a serene ambiance and lagoon-front setting with fantastic views of sunsets over the water. The menu is pricey, and some dishes lack the spice and flavor you’d expect in an Indian meal, but the food overall is tasty and beautifully presented in an unbeatable atmosphere.

Style and Service at Patravali

Location: Plaza Sunyaxchén, on Avenida Sunyaxchén in Supermanzana 24

Typical cost of dinner: $250 pesos per person

Hours: 2:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

For a relaxed Indian meal in Downtown Cancun, Patravali has a simple yet attractive and contemporary ambiance combined with attentive service. This is the place to go for generous portions and authentic Indian cuisine flavors. The chicken tikka masala with tomato nut curry comes especially recommended, and the signature cocktails are a must!

Taste of India’s Authentic Recipes

Taste of India Cancun

Location: Plaza Nayandei, on Avenida Bonampak in Supermanzana 4

Typical cost of dinner: $250 pesos per person

Hours: Open for lunch and dinner

At this Downtown Cancun eatery, you’ll probably find yourself asking for more and more orders of its addictively good naan bread! What Taste of India lacks in ambiance, it makes up for in delicious food, most notably its naan bread (of course), its samosas, its menu of tandoor oven-baked items, and its extensive vegetarian options. This restaurant has been a Cancun staple for years, a favorite spot for locals who love authentic Indian cuisine.

Craving a trip to Cancun?  Don’t miss the Mayan archaeological sites El Meco and El Rey.  This way you can tell your friends you saw some ruins without making an all-day trek to Chichen Itza.

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