The Best Restaurants in CDMX
The Best Restaurants in CDMXTyler Henry
Dominating the culinary scene in CDMX is chef Tyler Henry. Born in DC, he’s lived and worked in foodie meccas across the world such as NYC, New Orleans, Peru and now, Mexico City, which he describes as a "chaotic urban sprawl of street food and bright colors and bustling culture".
Having stormed his way through Mexico's dining scene, Tyler shares the best restaurants in CDMX, sharing tips on what you should be ordering and where.
In this Guide
“This is the type of place that makes me fall in love with Mexico City. Go here for a relaxed lunch of people watching and very delicious rural Mexican food based around heirloom corn they source, nixtamalize and grind in-house (as well as supplying many other restaurants in Mexico). Jesus, the owner and founding chef, is from the countryside in Guerrero and he cooks with pure soul. Many of the ingredients come directly from his farm or surrounding land in Guerrero. Jesus is one of the most influential people in the way I interact with food today. He is family to me – please tell him I sent you.”More Info
“This is my favourite. A more proper sit down restaurant in Mexico City. This was the first restaurant I cooked in in Mexico, and has a huge place in my heart. Make a reservation for 3pm, preferably on a Thursday or Friday when they have live music, and go for a superbly long meal. It’s far, probably a 30-minute Uber from your Airbnb or hotel, and it’s in the middle of nowhere. It’s only open for lunch, but it's traditional Mexican dining at its absolute best, showcasing much of the diversity of the food of different Regions of Mexico, as well as ancient recipes. You’ll be surrounded by Mexican families, tourist couples, local chefs, Mexican businessmen, etc. Get lots of mezcal. Take your time sipping, relaxing and hanging before ordering your next item to eat. Ask questions about everything! Skip the bread service, and instead get more tortillas and use them for dipping, scooping, wrapping everything in sight into them. The mole dishes are my favourite on the menu, but the menu changes often and the waiters are great so just ask for suggestions.”More Info
“Painfully perfect Mexican breakfast cooked with love. Come here after a very late night partying (without sleeping), or wake up early and get here before 10am when most things begin to sell out. If you are a foodie, wake up early with a fat joint and go here.”More Info
“So stoked on this recent opening from a very close friend, Chef Filipe Nives, and his partner Ramses from Berlin. They operated a badass restaurant together once upon a time in Berlin. Kind of all over the place on food, but I’d say elegant food meant for drinking with influence from Portugal – where Filipe is from – while also celebrating Japanese izakaya culture. The menu revolves around vegetables, but also great fried chicken. Extraordinary wine and drink selection. I love being here at the later end of the night – it feels like a back alley in NYC Chinatown. They often have events and pop-ups of sorts. An industry hang.”More Info
“Thoughtful use of Mexican ingredients for excellent Italian food, housed in a stunning mansion. Classic institution. When you’re bored of Mexican food, this is a great place to have a more romantic dinner while still enjoying the local bounty, especially with an intimate friend or group of friends.”More Info
“A spectacular, royal dining experience! This is royal Thai food in a gorgeous garden setting. Run by husband, wife and dear friends Somsri and Eleazar. They have done an extraordinary job creating an elegant dinner with authentic flavours – they grow many of the ingredients they cook with themselves (and I cook with!) on a farm in Hidalgo. I always leave a meal here impressed with their attention to detail and commitment to sharing authentic Thai culture with Mexico.”More Info
“This is my restaurant! Come say hi. Choza is a Thai-influenced restaurant and listening bar. The vibe is for drinking cold beer, eating with your hands and sharing spicy food. Music is a priority, and there is a custom hi-fi system always grooving something psychedelic, global, funky, etc. – usually with someone selecting vinyls. You won’t find choza on Google. It’s walk-in only and only open on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, but the experience is made with a huge amount of love and deliciousness.”More Info