La Palapa Belga, Cancun

Address: Calle Quetzal No 13, Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico
Phone: 8835454
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Restaurant name: La Palapa Belga, Cancun
Price range: $$ - $$$ ( Mid-range)
Cusines: • Belgian
• French
• Seafood
• European
Schedule: Monday: 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday: 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday: 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday: 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
La Palapa Belga, Cancun
RATING

4.5 / 5
tripadvisor

EXCELLENT




We Love La Palapa Belga, Cancun

If you are lucky enough to find this gem hidden behind the pool at the Hotel Imperial Laguna, you will be greatly rewarded with fine cuisine at a reasonable price, gracious service, and a table on the lagoon with a beautiful view of the hotel zone.




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La Palapa Belga, Cancun address:
Calle Quetzal No 13, Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico
Phone: 8835454

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Reviews:


Excellent:
67%
Very good:
20%
Average:
6%
Poor:
4%
Terrible:
3%



Minneapolis, Minnesota
2017-01-17
 On the list to go back to
Off the beaten path, through the doors of a local hotel entrance, and then following a meandering courtyard garden path to the lagoon shoreline is the restuarant. It's unique, simple, romantic, accomodating, rustic, very relaxing, un-tourist like, and, well, feels like what being in Mexico is supposed to feel like (given that Cancun was developed from the ground up in 1974 and has no history of antiquity).Well worth an evening dinner to catch the hotel skyline view our service was very good and the food was simple, satisfying, and a bit pricey. We had an excellent spanish wine, appetizers, and main courses of fish, duck, and lamb. While the meals were a solid 'good', do not expect evolved European cooking or traditional Mexican dishes. Would also be wise to expect a bit of a language barrier as not all the waitstaff were english proficient.My advice: go for the whole experience and check the forecast before hand. It's an open air restaurant with no indoor seating. Evening lagoon breezes can be chilly and hard rain could be a show stopper.

Los Angeles, California
2017-01-06
 Super food in Cancun
Really enjoyed our dinner at this Belgian restaurant. The food was excellent, maybe best in Cancun. We had a large group and tasted much of the food and all was great. The service was fast and good. Location is hard to find but lovely view of the lagoon. Go and enjoy

raleigh nc
2016-12-16
 Truly a hidden gem
Just a the edge of the Hotel Zone on the lagoon is a hidden gem of fine dining. Belga is one of our must visit restaurants every time we visit Cancun. The atmosphere is very quiet and comfortable with views of the skyline of the Hotel Zone. On our last visit, the escargot and mushrooms gratin were spectacular, followed by rack of lamb and beef tenderloin. Having been here many times, I have never had a dish that was less than excellent. Service is always spot on (thanks Jorge this visit)

User
2016-12-07
 Bob H
Great dinner and a great view on the lagoon. The fresh catch of the day was the best meal I had all week in Cancun. Definitely off the beaten path but very well worth it, take a cab there.

User
2016-12-06
 Romantic and off the beaten path
This hidden gem may be a bit tricky to find since it is dockside tucked behind a quiet lagoon hotel. The view was amazing across the lagoon looking at beautifully illuminated high rise Cancun hotels.The setting is romantic with low lighting, jazz music, and the sound of water lapping against the dock. Our server Jorge was attentive and charming.They served wine, but not cocktails. They quickly brought us delicious hot breadsticks with a pesto dipping sauce. For an appetizer we shared a salad with grilled asparagus and scallops with a balsalmic vinaigrette...delicious!For dinner we had a shrimp and mushroom dish with a chili sauce over rice with a side of squash. This entrée was good but not fabulous.I recommend this restaurant for anyone wanting dinner off the beaten path with a gorgeous view.


User
2016-11-27
 Hidden Gem
The place is hard to find but well worth it. Right on the lagoon. Sunsets are beautiful. The food excellent. The price is right.

Michigan City, Indiana
2016-09-08
 Hard to find but worth it Restaurant!
We love this hidden gem. The cuisine is wonderful and the small, intimate deck with a huge view is amazing!

Houston, Texas
2017-11-22
 Surprising Find!
I had the quail and my daughters had the tuna steak. All were happily delighted.It has an odd entrance through an older hotel - walk in turn left and follow the path around past the pool and you will see it in the back left corner against the lagoon.I’ll go back!

User
2017-10-04
 Amazing restaurant
Recognized that was a super experience and it was the most beautiful restaurant that we visited during our Mexico trip

User
2017-05-19
 Beautiful Background
Diners are on the lagoon, facing the skyline of the city on the other side, with yachts tied up close by. Food is excellent. French, English and Spanish (of course) are the languages.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2017-05-16
 Excellent!!
Excellent food, atmosphere, and service!! Our waitress (the daughter of the chef) was incredibly sweet and very helpful!! We had a party of seven including a nine year old and everyone loved this place! An absolute hidden gem! We will be back for sure!!More

raleigh nc
2016-12-16
 Truly a hidden gem
Just a the edge of the Hotel Zone on the lagoon is a hidden gem of fine dining. Belga is one of our must visit restaurants every time we visit Cancun. The atmosphere is very quiet and comfortable with views of the skyline of the Hotel Zone. On our last visit, the escargot and mushrooms gratin were spectacular, followed by rack of lamb and beef tenderloin. Having been here many times, I have never had a dish that was less than excellent. Service is always spot on (thanks Jorge this visit)

Houston, Texas
2017-11-22
 Surprising Find!
I had the quail and my daughters had the tuna steak. All were happily delighted.It has an odd entrance through an older hotel - walk in turn left and follow the path around past the pool and you will see it in the back left corner against the lagoon.I’ll go back!

User
2016-12-07
 Bob H
Great dinner and a great view on the lagoon. The fresh catch of the day was the best meal I had all week in Cancun. Definitely off the beaten path but very well worth it, take a cab there.

User
2016-12-06
 Romantic and off the beaten path
This hidden gem may be a bit tricky to find since it is dockside tucked behind a quiet lagoon hotel. The view was amazing across the lagoon looking at beautifully illuminated high rise Cancun hotels.The setting is romantic with low lighting, jazz music, and the sound of water lapping against the dock. Our server Jorge was attentive and charming.They served wine, but not cocktails. They quickly brought us delicious hot breadsticks with a pesto dipping sauce. For an appetizer we shared a salad with grilled asparagus and scallops with a balsalmic vinaigrette...delicious!For dinner we had a shrimp and mushroom dish with a chili sauce over rice with a side of squash. This entrée was good but not fabulous.I recommend this restaurant for anyone wanting dinner off the beaten path with a gorgeous view.

User
2017-10-04
 Amazing restaurant
Recognized that was a super experience and it was the most beautiful restaurant that we visited during our Mexico trip

User
2016-11-27
 Hidden Gem
The place is hard to find but well worth it. Right on the lagoon. Sunsets are beautiful. The food excellent. The price is right.

Michigan City, Indiana
2016-09-08
 Hard to find but worth it Restaurant!
We love this hidden gem. The cuisine is wonderful and the small, intimate deck with a huge view is amazing!

User
2017-05-19
 Beautiful Background
Diners are on the lagoon, facing the skyline of the city on the other side, with yachts tied up close by. Food is excellent. French, English and Spanish (of course) are the languages.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2017-05-16
 Excellent!!
Excellent food, atmosphere, and service!! Our waitress (the daughter of the chef) was incredibly sweet and very helpful!! We had a party of seven including a nine year old and everyone loved this place! An absolute hidden gem! We will be back for sure!!More

Mexico City, Mexico
2017-04-18
 Hidden treasure
Great restaurant facing the lagoon. You practically sit on the lagoon edge.You wouldn't think much of it from the street, but its a charming, exquisite, fresh experience. Service is great. Try the Escargots, or / and the BIG pot of mussels, simply perfect. But all the specials are fantastic, you'll want more than you can have. Go at sunset time, perfect.

Kelowna
2017-04-11
 Not the easiest place to find, but well worth the difficulties we had getting there.
Even our taxi driver had problems finding the place and had to ask a number of local businesses before we found our way in, through the lobby of a small hotel. The location on a lagoon is spectacular, and our table right on the water was perfect to watch the boat activity. My wife and I together with a long-time Mexican friend had a memorable evening with very attentive service and superb meals.

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
2017-03-17
 A little gem
We dined here twice with friends. The food was excellent & the staff very attentive. It is tucked and difficult to find. But for the trip adviser rating I would have given up looking for it. The wines were good and reasonably priced. Thoroughly recommend it.

Syracuse, New York
2017-03-01
 great again!
The Palapa Belga is back on track with terrific wait staff and the wonderful food we have enjoyed in years past. Happy to say the menu hasn't changed, with mushrooms au gratin and chocolate mousse still as tasty as ever. Caution! The credit card machine has been known to conk out, so be sure to bring enough cash, just in case. We'll be back!

Mexico City, Mexico
2017-04-18
 Hidden treasure
Great restaurant facing the lagoon. You practically sit on the lagoon edge.You wouldn't think much of it from the street, but its a charming, exquisite, fresh experience. Service is great. Try the Escargots, or / and the BIG pot of mussels, simply perfect. But all the specials are fantastic, you'll want more than you can have. Go at sunset time, perfect.

Kelowna
2017-04-11
 Not the easiest place to find, but well worth the difficulties we had getting there.
Even our taxi driver had problems finding the place and had to ask a number of local businesses before we found our way in, through the lobby of a small hotel. The location on a lagoon is spectacular, and our table right on the water was perfect to watch the boat activity. My wife and I together with a long-time Mexican friend had a memorable evening with very attentive service and superb meals.

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
2017-03-17
 A little gem
We dined here twice with friends. The food was excellent & the staff very attentive. It is tucked and difficult to find. But for the trip adviser rating I would have given up looking for it. The wines were good and reasonably priced. Thoroughly recommend it.

Syracuse, New York
2017-03-01
 great again!
The Palapa Belga is back on track with terrific wait staff and the wonderful food we have enjoyed in years past. Happy to say the menu hasn't changed, with mushrooms au gratin and chocolate mousse still as tasty as ever. Caution! The credit card machine has been known to conk out, so be sure to bring enough cash, just in case. We'll be back!

Orange, California
2016-06-23
 Romantic and delicious
From walking through the quaint courtyard of the hotel to crossing the charming lit bridge, La Palapa Belga's first impressions did not disappoint. Seated next to Laguna Nichupte, you can view the zona hotelera from a quiet distance. The food and service was excellent. We enjoyed the mussels as a starter (a huge pot of them steeping in a wonderful clear broth...we could not finish them all). My husband had the lamb and I indulged in the duck - both prepared perfectly. We finished the meal off by sharing the lime pie. It was delightful with it's brûlée meringue. It was worth the money spent for the excellent food and lovely ambiance. The only thing I didn't get to see was the local croc...maybe next time.

Park City, Utah
2016-06-12
 This Is the One 'Don't Miss' Restaurant in Hotel Zone
There's no shortage along the hotel zone in Cancun of largescale restaurants. This is not one of them. If you're looking for that quintessential small restaurant off the beaten path that has killer food, this is your stop.We were staying at Grand Fiesta America Coral Beach and La Palapa Belga was just a five minute taxi, but a world apart. Set on one of the lagoons in a small thatch roofed restaurant, you can dine on the dock with lagoon lapping at your feet below the dock.It's a Flemish restaurant, but with great local adaptation. We went with scallops and asparagus for an app (also good for a main), then the grouper fish of the day. Food was well prepared. Atmosphere just lovely. This was, hands down, our best dining experience of the week.Enjoy.

Post Falls, Idaho
2016-03-25
 Very unusual
It's not often one finds a Belgian French restaurant in Mexico under a palapa on the water. The setting is delightfully hidden among palms on the bay and definitely off the road. Although the sign was easy to spot. You're away from traffic and crowds. We recommend the escargot and the warm duck salad and the fabulous gluten free French onion soup. We also loved the lime pie and the creme brûlée. My steak was overdone so I did not enjoy it as I might have. My husband liked his salmon. It came with a country style mix of garden veggies sautéed which was excellent. The 2-man jazz band was fabulous. One American played flute and a wide variety of saxophones while the other was on the guitar. The iPad filled in for the rest of the "quartet". Super service.

User
2016-03-11
 Fantastic meal
We come here every time we are in Cancun. Never disappointed. Great service and food. Lovely view of lagoon. Need to overlook location of hotel you walk through.

User
2016-03-07
 Fine French Dining at a Reasonable Price
La Palapa Belga is a bit out of the way but worth the effort to get there. My wife and I enjoy their French and Belgian cuisine every year we visit Cancun. It always is the high point of our dining experience and it is situated overlooking the Bojorquez lagoon. Among their wonderfully tasty appetizers are Mushrooms au Gratin with Blue Cheese and Escargots de Bourgogne. Great salads too. Our favorite main courses are Beef Tenderloin with Roquefort Cheese and Black Pepper Sauce, Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Mustard Sauce and Roasted rack of Lamb with Rosemary Sauce. Their chef really knows his sauces.To top it off, the prices are very reasonable compared to many of the other restaurants that offer fine dining. Bon Appetit!

User
2017-01-26
 Great food good service
La Palapa Belga is a beautiful restaurant situated on the bay. The food is wonderful and the view is beautiful. The jazz musician playing the flute and sax was very enjoyable. Our group of eight had the The fish of the day, shrimp, and two. Everyone enjoyed their meal very much. We tried to desserts black berry sorbet vodka and lime pie. Both were very good. Jorge our waiter was attentive in the typical Mexican fashion which we enjoyed. Dinner did take about 2 hours. This probably the seventh or eighth time. Each dinner has been very very good.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
2017-01-17
 On the list to go back to
Off the beaten path, through the doors of a local hotel entrance, and then following a meandering courtyard garden path to the lagoon shoreline is the restuarant. It's unique, simple, romantic, accomodating, rustic, very relaxing, un-tourist like, and, well, feels like what being in Mexico is supposed to feel like (given that Cancun was developed from the ground up in 1974 and has no history of antiquity).Well worth an evening dinner to catch the hotel skyline view our service was very good and the food was simple, satisfying, and a bit pricey. We had an excellent spanish wine, appetizers, and main courses of fish, duck, and lamb. While the meals were a solid 'good', do not expect evolved European cooking or traditional Mexican dishes. Would also be wise to expect a bit of a language barrier as not all the waitstaff were english proficient.My advice: go for the whole experience and check the forecast before hand. It's an open air restaurant with no indoor seating. Evening lagoon breezes can be chilly and hard rain could be a show stopper.

Los Angeles, California
2017-01-06
 Super food in Cancun
Really enjoyed our dinner at this Belgian restaurant. The food was excellent, maybe best in Cancun. We had a large group and tasted much of the food and all was great. The service was fast and good. Location is hard to find but lovely view of the lagoon. Go and enjoy

Orange, California
2016-06-23
 Romantic and delicious
From walking through the quaint courtyard of the hotel to crossing the charming lit bridge, La Palapa Belga's first impressions did not disappoint. Seated next to Laguna Nichupte, you can view the zona hotelera from a quiet distance. The food and service was excellent. We enjoyed the mussels as a starter (a huge pot of them steeping in a wonderful clear broth...we could not finish them all). My husband had the lamb and I indulged in the duck - both prepared perfectly. We finished the meal off by sharing the lime pie. It was delightful with it's brûlée meringue. It was worth the money spent for the excellent food and lovely ambiance. The only thing I didn't get to see was the local croc...maybe next time.

Park City, Utah
2016-06-12
 This Is the One 'Don't Miss' Restaurant in Hotel Zone
There's no shortage along the hotel zone in Cancun of largescale restaurants. This is not one of them. If you're looking for that quintessential small restaurant off the beaten path that has killer food, this is your stop.We were staying at Grand Fiesta America Coral Beach and La Palapa Belga was just a five minute taxi, but a world apart. Set on one of the lagoons in a small thatch roofed restaurant, you can dine on the dock with lagoon lapping at your feet below the dock.It's a Flemish restaurant, but with great local adaptation. We went with scallops and asparagus for an app (also good for a main), then the grouper fish of the day. Food was well prepared. Atmosphere just lovely. This was, hands down, our best dining experience of the week.Enjoy.

Post Falls, Idaho
2016-03-25
 Very unusual
It's not often one finds a Belgian French restaurant in Mexico under a palapa on the water. The setting is delightfully hidden among palms on the bay and definitely off the road. Although the sign was easy to spot. You're away from traffic and crowds. We recommend the escargot and the warm duck salad and the fabulous gluten free French onion soup. We also loved the lime pie and the creme brûlée. My steak was overdone so I did not enjoy it as I might have. My husband liked his salmon. It came with a country style mix of garden veggies sautéed which was excellent. The 2-man jazz band was fabulous. One American played flute and a wide variety of saxophones while the other was on the guitar. The iPad filled in for the rest of the "quartet". Super service.

User
2016-03-11
 Fantastic meal
We come here every time we are in Cancun. Never disappointed. Great service and food. Lovely view of lagoon. Need to overlook location of hotel you walk through.

User
2016-03-07
 Fine French Dining at a Reasonable Price
La Palapa Belga is a bit out of the way but worth the effort to get there. My wife and I enjoy their French and Belgian cuisine every year we visit Cancun. It always is the high point of our dining experience and it is situated overlooking the Bojorquez lagoon. Among their wonderfully tasty appetizers are Mushrooms au Gratin with Blue Cheese and Escargots de Bourgogne. Great salads too. Our favorite main courses are Beef Tenderloin with Roquefort Cheese and Black Pepper Sauce, Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Mustard Sauce and Roasted rack of Lamb with Rosemary Sauce. Their chef really knows his sauces.To top it off, the prices are very reasonable compared to many of the other restaurants that offer fine dining. Bon Appetit!

User
2017-01-26
 Great food good service
La Palapa Belga is a beautiful restaurant situated on the bay. The food is wonderful and the view is beautiful. The jazz musician playing the flute and sax was very enjoyable. Our group of eight had the The fish of the day, shrimp, and two. Everyone enjoyed their meal very much. We tried to desserts black berry sorbet vodka and lime pie. Both were very good. Jorge our waiter was attentive in the typical Mexican fashion which we enjoyed. Dinner did take about 2 hours. This probably the seventh or eighth time. Each dinner has been very very good.

Cincinnati, Ohio
2017-01-13
 A Great Place To Enjoy A Meal
We usually stop at the La Palapa Belga when we visit Cancun. The thing we enjoy most is the atmosphere. The restaurant is in a quiet neighborhood immediately in front of the lagoon. We enjoyed a full moon above the hotels, lighting the lagoon, under a palapa. The food is average and a little overpriced. My wife ordered French Onion soup and said it was perfect. I had pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes and broccoli. The pork was nothing special and the portions of the potatoes and broccoli were small.We had lime pie for desert. It was average. Our friends had creme brûlée, which they both enjoyed. The service was average. When we asked for separate checks he made us feel that would be very difficult to do.

User
2017-01-11
 Worth a visit
Quaint restaurant, difficult to find. Had French Onion Soup, Escargot and Pork Tenderloin. Very good. Service was mediocre, poor English. Had Margaritas, could have been served in larger glass. Overall quite enjoyable.

New York
2017-01-06
 Hard to find but the food was good
Nice place all open under a big palapa. The pot of Mussels is literally a big pot of mussels more than you will get anywhere. The folks we went with loved their food. The mussels are very good. One knock on this place is don't order the pate it really isn't worth getting. At least on the night we were there. Probably the worst I have ever had and I order it all the time. It was dry and looked more like a meatloaf than any pate I have ever seen. The restaurant is in a weird place down a dark street so it is not the easiest to find, but if you go, you won't have a bad meal.

Melbourne
2017-01-05
 Celebrating New Years Eve
Great food - especially considering it was a set menu for NYE which is always a bit hit and miss. We had a wonderful night; great food, okay wine, lots of beer, sitting on the edge of the lagoon. It was very windy - but that is hardly the fault of the restaurant and we were able to move tables. It was not cheap but it was good value all things considered.

MEXICO
2016-12-21
 Dinner on the Nichupté lagoon
A beautiful place in Nichupté lagoon with nice skyline view of the hotel zone. The food is properly cooked, but there are specialties that you need not to avoid as the Belgian mussels or the quails. The wine list is correct, and the service is attentive. The trip to this location worth it. Arrive no later than 5pm to enjoy the different colors of the sunset over the landscape.

Ontario
2016-11-09
 Good food, great atmosphere on the lagoon
Attended this restaurant after a couple at our resort highly recommended it. They were right in their recommendation. The restaurant is away from the busy hotel zone and located on the lagoon. It is very nice, perhaps romantic, if not with friends. The food was good; not the best I've had but definitely above average. The staff were friendly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for the great atmosphere, good food and reasonable prices. It was nice to sit back and relax while away from the loud busy area of the hotel zone.

New Bern, North Carolina
2016-11-09
 Back to Quality Food & Service
We have been long time patrons of La Palapa Belfast and were sorely disappointed last year. The food and service was - quite frankly - subpar. Other friends also visited them and reported the same experience. Rather then write them off we decided to try it again this year. Happy to say that they have found their footing once again. Thank You, LaPalapa Belga.

User
2017-05-11
 Delicious with a view!
The food here is sooooo good. GREAT even. It's location is hidden behind a hotel but they are by the water and the view is beautiful! Especially at sunset/evening. The manager, Anna, is a sweetheart. Great service, won't be disappointed.

Melbourne
2017-01-05
 Celebrating New Years Eve
Great food - especially considering it was a set menu for NYE which is always a bit hit and miss. We had a wonderful night; great food, okay wine, lots of beer, sitting on the edge of the lagoon. It was very windy - but that is hardly the fault of the restaurant and we were able to move tables. It was not cheap but it was good value all things considered.

MEXICO
2016-12-21
 Dinner on the Nichupté lagoon
A beautiful place in Nichupté lagoon with nice skyline view of the hotel zone. The food is properly cooked, but there are specialties that you need not to avoid as the Belgian mussels or the quails. The wine list is correct, and the service is attentive. The trip to this location worth it. Arrive no later than 5pm to enjoy the different colors of the sunset over the landscape.

Ontario
2016-11-09
 Good food, great atmosphere on the lagoon
Attended this restaurant after a couple at our resort highly recommended it. They were right in their recommendation. The restaurant is away from the busy hotel zone and located on the lagoon. It is very nice, perhaps romantic, if not with friends. The food was good; not the best I've had but definitely above average. The staff were friendly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for the great atmosphere, good food and reasonable prices. It was nice to sit back and relax while away from the loud busy area of the hotel zone.

New Bern, North Carolina
2016-11-09
 Back to Quality Food & Service
We have been long time patrons of La Palapa Belfast and were sorely disappointed last year. The food and service was - quite frankly - subpar. Other friends also visited them and reported the same experience. Rather then write them off we decided to try it again this year. Happy to say that they have found their footing once again. Thank You, LaPalapa Belga.

User
2017-05-11
 Delicious with a view!
The food here is sooooo good. GREAT even. It's location is hidden behind a hotel but they are by the water and the view is beautiful! Especially at sunset/evening. The manager, Anna, is a sweetheart. Great service, won't be disappointed.

Fort Wayne, Indiana
2017-04-01
 A little gem that is back on track
After many years of visiting this restaurant we quit about two years ago. We returned this year and what we found was a restaurant that also had returned to it's old self. Wonderful food, a very pleasant open air venue and superb wait staff. The only negative was the pate. I only hope they return to the old recipe. When you go, ask for Leo. He is good.

Kennewick, Washington
2017-03-18
 Good food and nice waterfront view
The food, wine and service was very good. Our Bed & Breakfast was on this road and we ended up eating there twice in a week. Both meals were excellent...cheese filled mushrooms were a must on both visits. Seafood was great. Little quirky getting to it (thru lobby and across pool...but the service was outstanding.

Malvern, Pennsylvania
2017-03-10
 Very professional handling of reservation confusion.
La Palapa Belga is small restaurant facing the lagoon with a nice view of the lights of the hotel zone. The maître de handled some reservation confusion very professionally and pleasantly. Escargot and stuffed mushroom are excellent appetizers. The lamb and duck are among the best in Cancun. What else could you ask for -- good food, a beautiful view and excellent service

Ed
2017-03-01
 Great food, payment issue
My wife and I had a very good meal, an appetizer and shared two entrées. The atmosphere and service were quite good, and the drinks tasty as well. We had a good amount of food for two people. Be prepared and bring cash as a back up. As we went to pay with our credit card, we were informed that the machine wasn't working, we had cash but not quite enough, but they excepted the amount we had. But we weren't able to provide a tip. Otherwise this would've been a five out of five rating.

Fort Wayne, Indiana
2017-04-01
 A little gem that is back on track
After many years of visiting this restaurant we quit about two years ago. We returned this year and what we found was a restaurant that also had returned to it's old self. Wonderful food, a very pleasant open air venue and superb wait staff. The only negative was the pate. I only hope they return to the old recipe. When you go, ask for Leo. He is good.

Kennewick, Washington
2017-03-18
 Good food and nice waterfront view
The food, wine and service was very good. Our Bed & Breakfast was on this road and we ended up eating there twice in a week. Both meals were excellent...cheese filled mushrooms were a must on both visits. Seafood was great. Little quirky getting to it (thru lobby and across pool...but the service was outstanding.

Malvern, Pennsylvania
2017-03-10
 Very professional handling of reservation confusion.
La Palapa Belga is small restaurant facing the lagoon with a nice view of the lights of the hotel zone. The maître de handled some reservation confusion very professionally and pleasantly. Escargot and stuffed mushroom are excellent appetizers. The lamb and duck are among the best in Cancun. What else could you ask for -- good food, a beautiful view and excellent service

Ed
2017-03-01
 Great food, payment issue
My wife and I had a very good meal, an appetizer and shared two entrées. The atmosphere and service were quite good, and the drinks tasty as well. We had a good amount of food for two people. Be prepared and bring cash as a back up. As we went to pay with our credit card, we were informed that the machine wasn't working, we had cash but not quite enough, but they excepted the amount we had. But we weren't able to provide a tip. Otherwise this would've been a five out of five rating.

Cancun, Mexico
2016-05-20
 Nice restaurant next to the lagoon.
In my opinion this restaurant is OK, the food is good but not espectacular, I think it's a little overpriced, considering it's located near the Pok ta Pok Golf Club.The experience for eating at this restaurant, is based on it's location so you get a table by the lagoon, and if you are lucky, you will see a crocodile.This restaurant opens for lunch and dinner, but I guess the dinner time, it's the best moment to enjoy the atmosphere.

Maple Grove, Minnesota
2016-05-17
 Great view and food!
Restaurant by the lagoon with a relaxing view and good food to enjoy at night. If you are staying in one of the villas close by this is a must go!

Ottawa, Canada
2016-05-02
 Good food, nice setting, excellent services
Back to this restaurant after one year, sit at the same table. Food, service were outstanding, do not miss the pate appetizer dish. The only thing concern is mosquito. Will back again next time.

Washington DC
2017-02-15
 Small and Charming
This quaint little bistro is located in a Hotel on Pok ta Pok, and is a gem. We have a marvelous Belgian meal, good drinks, marvelous atmosphere, and an attentive wait staff. I recommend it highly.

Saint Louis, Missouri
2017-01-29
 Better but still not as good as 5 years ago.
This restaurant was one of our go to places whenever we went to Cancun, but about 2 years ago we took it off our list due to a meal that was subpar. This year we decided to try it again as reviews in tripadvisor told of a comeback. The food was better than 2 years ago, but not as good as before this. The fish with capers had so few capers that it should not be called this. The fish with fine herbs was good but not great. We might try it again in a few years as the view and ambiance is so great.

Cincinnati, Ohio
2017-01-13
 A Great Place To Enjoy A Meal
We usually stop at the La Palapa Belga when we visit Cancun. The thing we enjoy most is the atmosphere. The restaurant is in a quiet neighborhood immediately in front of the lagoon. We enjoyed a full moon above the hotels, lighting the lagoon, under a palapa. The food is average and a little overpriced. My wife ordered French Onion soup and said it was perfect. I had pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes and broccoli. The pork was nothing special and the portions of the potatoes and broccoli were small.We had lime pie for desert. It was average. Our friends had creme brûlée, which they both enjoyed. The service was average. When we asked for separate checks he made us feel that would be very difficult to do.

User
2017-01-11
 Worth a visit
Quaint restaurant, difficult to find. Had French Onion Soup, Escargot and Pork Tenderloin. Very good. Service was mediocre, poor English. Had Margaritas, could have been served in larger glass. Overall quite enjoyable.

New York
2017-01-06
 Hard to find but the food was good
Nice place all open under a big palapa. The pot of Mussels is literally a big pot of mussels more than you will get anywhere. The folks we went with loved their food. The mussels are very good. One knock on this place is don't order the pate it really isn't worth getting. At least on the night we were there. Probably the worst I have ever had and I order it all the time. It was dry and looked more like a meatloaf than any pate I have ever seen. The restaurant is in a weird place down a dark street so it is not the easiest to find, but if you go, you won't have a bad meal.

Cancun, Mexico
2016-05-20
 Nice restaurant next to the lagoon.
In my opinion this restaurant is OK, the food is good but not espectacular, I think it's a little overpriced, considering it's located near the Pok ta Pok Golf Club.The experience for eating at this restaurant, is based on it's location so you get a table by the lagoon, and if you are lucky, you will see a crocodile.This restaurant opens for lunch and dinner, but I guess the dinner time, it's the best moment to enjoy the atmosphere.

Maple Grove, Minnesota
2016-05-17
 Great view and food!
Restaurant by the lagoon with a relaxing view and good food to enjoy at night. If you are staying in one of the villas close by this is a must go!

Ottawa, Canada
2016-05-02
 Good food, nice setting, excellent services
Back to this restaurant after one year, sit at the same table. Food, service were outstanding, do not miss the pate appetizer dish. The only thing concern is mosquito. Will back again next time.

Washington DC
2017-02-15
 Small and Charming
This quaint little bistro is located in a Hotel on Pok ta Pok, and is a gem. We have a marvelous Belgian meal, good drinks, marvelous atmosphere, and an attentive wait staff. I recommend it highly.

Saint Louis, Missouri
2017-01-29
 Better but still not as good as 5 years ago.
This restaurant was one of our go to places whenever we went to Cancun, but about 2 years ago we took it off our list due to a meal that was subpar. This year we decided to try it again as reviews in tripadvisor told of a comeback. The food was better than 2 years ago, but not as good as before this. The fish with capers had so few capers that it should not be called this. The fish with fine herbs was good but not great. We might try it again in a few years as the view and ambiance is so great.

Cancun, Mexico
2016-12-18
 Disappointed
Beautiful setting, cool lagoon breeze & panoramic views of hotel zone skyline. Salad starters quite tasty, both the prawn raspberry & feta were well served and seasoned. Main dishes were may average. Salmon Hollandaise was the better of the dishes. The stuffed chicken was well,cooked although an insipid taste as were the sides of mashed potatoes. The mussels were first class, however the liquor broth was average. Would've liked a little more creamy consistency. The service was good. The manager changed our first waiter, as it appeared he may not have had the best of days.We did not eat dessert. We n summary, wonderful setting but only average this time around.

New Bern, North Carolina
2017-11-16
 Good Food
We have been coming to La Palapa Belga for several years during our annual trek to Cancun. It is still good but, frankly, not as good as it has been in the past. One of our favorite menu items is the beef in peppercorn sauce. The sauce is still terrific but the steak in the last couple of years has not been as tender. The staff is still very attentive albeit sometimes appeared to be a little overwhelmed. The restaurant sits at a lovely open air location right on the lagoon - at the back of a small hotel, Imperial Latina Hotel, on Calle Quetzal. It’s a little difficult to find but cab drivers know the spot. We will continue to frequent this restaurant and perhaps try something else on their menu which features primarily Belgium & French cuisine.

Cancun, Mexico
2017-08-16
 Used to love it, but we had a disappointing experience
La Palapa Belga was one of my favorite places in Cancún, a hidden gem, we all called it. I just went back and was disappointed. It may have been a bad day, maybe the quality has gone down... The place looks a bit run down, but the location is truly wonderful. I had the Greek Salad, and was unimpressed, and my friends both had fish, both pretty good, but not what was expected. The breadsticks and green sauce are still wonderful. I'll still go back hoping we just had bad luck this time.

Cancun, Mexico
2016-12-18
 Disappointed
Beautiful setting, cool lagoon breeze & panoramic views of hotel zone skyline. Salad starters quite tasty, both the prawn raspberry & feta were well served and seasoned. Main dishes were may average. Salmon Hollandaise was the better of the dishes. The stuffed chicken was well,cooked although an insipid taste as were the sides of mashed potatoes. The mussels were first class, however the liquor broth was average. Would've liked a little more creamy consistency. The service was good. The manager changed our first waiter, as it appeared he may not have had the best of days.We did not eat dessert. We n summary, wonderful setting but only average this time around.

New Bern, North Carolina
2017-11-16
 Good Food
We have been coming to La Palapa Belga for several years during our annual trek to Cancun. It is still good but, frankly, not as good as it has been in the past. One of our favorite menu items is the beef in peppercorn sauce. The sauce is still terrific but the steak in the last couple of years has not been as tender. The staff is still very attentive albeit sometimes appeared to be a little overwhelmed. The restaurant sits at a lovely open air location right on the lagoon - at the back of a small hotel, Imperial Latina Hotel, on Calle Quetzal. It’s a little difficult to find but cab drivers know the spot. We will continue to frequent this restaurant and perhaps try something else on their menu which features primarily Belgium & French cuisine.

Cancun, Mexico
2017-08-16
 Used to love it, but we had a disappointing experience
La Palapa Belga was one of my favorite places in Cancún, a hidden gem, we all called it. I just went back and was disappointed. It may have been a bad day, maybe the quality has gone down... The place looks a bit run down, but the location is truly wonderful. I had the Greek Salad, and was unimpressed, and my friends both had fish, both pretty good, but not what was expected. The breadsticks and green sauce are still wonderful. I'll still go back hoping we just had bad luck this time.

Minnesota
2017-02-24
 MUSIC
We went to hear the jazz musician that plays on Thursday and it was great. We did have dinner and drinks. The food was good but overpriced. The margaritas were served in very small glasses. The first one was good but second was poor. Would not recommend this restaurant for food but just the music.

Minnesota
2017-02-24
 MUSIC
We went to hear the jazz musician that plays on Thursday and it was great. We did have dinner and drinks. The food was good but overpriced. The margaritas were served in very small glasses. The first one was good but second was poor. Would not recommend this restaurant for food but just the music.

Omaha, Nebraska
2017-05-19
 Great expectations
We had been looking forward to visit La Palapa Belga for sometime. We have traveled to Cancun several times but just haven't made it there. Once we arrived which is a bit out of the way, we were welcomed by a female employee who sat us and was very attentive in the beginning. The restaurant is quaint but a bit run down. Once a few more couples showed up we were all but forgotten. The meal we ordered came out cold (which we sent back to heat up) My wife's meal was a seafood stew that was a restaurant favorite which according to her was good but not great. I ordered the special, which was a tuna dish that was a bit dry served with minute rice and unseasoned vegetables, which was way below average for the Mexican cuisine I have been accustom to having. This is one of the very few disappointments dining out during my many stay in Mexico.

Omaha, Nebraska
2017-05-19
 Great expectations
We had been looking forward to visit La Palapa Belga for sometime. We have traveled to Cancun several times but just haven't made it there. Once we arrived which is a bit out of the way, we were welcomed by a female employee who sat us and was very attentive in the beginning. The restaurant is quaint but a bit run down. Once a few more couples showed up we were all but forgotten. The meal we ordered came out cold (which we sent back to heat up) My wife's meal was a seafood stew that was a restaurant favorite which according to her was good but not great. I ordered the special, which was a tuna dish that was a bit dry served with minute rice and unseasoned vegetables, which was way below average for the Mexican cuisine I have been accustom to having. This is one of the very few disappointments dining out during my many stay in Mexico.

Perrysburg, Ohio, United States
2016-03-19
 Disappointing.
We've been to la palapa Belga many times and had super dining experiences which makes this last so disappointing. The service was slow and the water and last beer we asked for never came. The mussels weren't fresh and lamb chops were really tough and gristly. The setting was lovely as usual.

User
2016-03-09
 Yikes unsafe eatery
This small hotel restaurant was visited in the past in it's more glorious days.Apparently the hurricane damage from 2005 was too much for them. The railings were rotted and very unsafe, disconnected from the structure supporting them. The palapa has skylight viewing around the large blue tarp which covered most of it. The carpet over the worrisome deck is wrinkled so make sure to go in the daylight to avoid another opportunity for bodily damage.All of this could be forgiven for great food, but it was average in price, quality and presentation. The service was average as well, disappointingly.I think this deserves a bottom 10

Oberlin, Ohio
2017-01-31
 Nice secluded spot just steps from the zoo of the hotel zone, but food was only passable.
La Palapa Belga is hard to find, but once you get there you are met by friendly staff and get to rest with a quiet view of the lagoon. If the food were as good/pleasant as the ambiance, this would be a place to recommend. However, food is unimaginative, poorly presented, and with very little unique flavor - you could get the same quality from a good frozen dinner in the states!

Perrysburg, Ohio, United States
2016-03-19
 Disappointing.
We've been to la palapa Belga many times and had super dining experiences which makes this last so disappointing. The service was slow and the water and last beer we asked for never came. The mussels weren't fresh and lamb chops were really tough and gristly. The setting was lovely as usual.

User
2016-03-09
 Yikes unsafe eatery
This small hotel restaurant was visited in the past in it's more glorious days.Apparently the hurricane damage from 2005 was too much for them. The railings were rotted and very unsafe, disconnected from the structure supporting them. The palapa has skylight viewing around the large blue tarp which covered most of it. The carpet over the worrisome deck is wrinkled so make sure to go in the daylight to avoid another opportunity for bodily damage.All of this could be forgiven for great food, but it was average in price, quality and presentation. The service was average as well, disappointingly.I think this deserves a bottom 10

Oberlin, Ohio
2017-01-31
 Nice secluded spot just steps from the zoo of the hotel zone, but food was only passable.
La Palapa Belga is hard to find, but once you get there you are met by friendly staff and get to rest with a quiet view of the lagoon. If the food were as good/pleasant as the ambiance, this would be a place to recommend. However, food is unimaginative, poorly presented, and with very little unique flavor - you could get the same quality from a good frozen dinner in the states!

Rome, Italy
2017-01-09
 A ripp off and a bummer: awful food and old website. Beware: The cook is not the same anymore
Overpriced restaurant for the worst food we have had in one whole month in Mexico. We checked their website before going and the reviews and it seemed perfect. When the food arrived we left most of it because it was awful. We asked for explanations and discovered the cook changed, the food too, but not the prices...a scam!

washington, dc
2017-06-22
 Is it possible to give zero stars?
Don't! Don't believe the reviews. This place is disgusting. Don't waste cab ride, the money or the time. We left, food uneaten, and RAN to somewhere clean and with fresh food. It may have been 'the hidden gem' in the day, now it's a one way ticket to the American hospital. Steer clear!

Memphis, Tennessee
2017-05-18
 Disappointed!
We were looking forward to an amazing Dinner,after we had many recommendations from friends.But what a disappointment.I ordered the Mushrooms Soufflé with Gorgonzola.All it was were Mushroom caps with a little cheese stuffed in the center and broiled under the Salamander.No other spices.Watery and tasteless.We ordered the fresh fish,which we were told was Grouper.One prepared blackened the other in a lemon butter with capers.Accompanied by a wild rice mixture and some tasteless Broccoli flowerettes.The seafood (both) was tasteless ,dry and tough! Either it was previously frozen or totally over cooked. Needless to say,after looking forward to a gourmet delight we were served with a gastronomical disaster.I don't think,we would Ever visit this place again nor recommend it.

washington, dc
2017-06-22
 Is it possible to give zero stars?
Don't! Don't believe the reviews. This place is disgusting. Don't waste cab ride, the money or the time. We left, food uneaten, and RAN to somewhere clean and with fresh food. It may have been 'the hidden gem' in the day, now it's a one way ticket to the American hospital. Steer clear!

Memphis, Tennessee
2017-05-18
 Disappointed!
We were looking forward to an amazing Dinner,after we had many recommendations from friends.But what a disappointment.I ordered the Mushrooms Soufflé with Gorgonzola.All it was were Mushroom caps with a little cheese stuffed in the center and broiled under the Salamander.No other spices.Watery and tasteless.We ordered the fresh fish,which we were told was Grouper.One prepared blackened the other in a lemon butter with capers.Accompanied by a wild rice mixture and some tasteless Broccoli flowerettes.The seafood (both) was tasteless ,dry and tough! Either it was previously frozen or totally over cooked. Needless to say,after looking forward to a gourmet delight we were served with a gastronomical disaster.I don't think,we would Ever visit this place again nor recommend it.

MSP
2017-02-22
 A wasted evening in Paradise
Do not know where to begin. This review is the collective thoughts from 5 well travelled adults that have been coming to Cancun for between 20 and 30 years. All of us reside in Cancun for part of the year, anywhere between 3-6 months/year, point being that we are very familiar with the local restaurant scene. The short version is that, without a doubt, Palapa Belga was the worst dinner outing we have ever had in Cancun. There are so many other choices of similar restaurants, the list is unending: Le Escargot, Les Cepage, Le Basilic, Du Mexique, Peters, La Dolce Vita, Gustino, Casa Rolandi, Cenacolo Mare, St. Tropez and on and on. And to end up here, well an error and a horror. Wine list, only looked at red wines, was very limited. To top it, I chose an Argentinean red blend that was on the edge of being oxidized. Should have sent it back and didn’t but that was my fault. We ordered three different appetizers to share: the classic escargot bourguignon, beef tartare and a green salad with apple and goat cheese. Of these items, the salad was the least disappointing even though it lacked one of the main ingredients, the goat cheese. The tartare was pretty blasé. And the escargot best feature was that it came hot, but lacking the usual plumpness and garlicky finish.Entrees were pork tenderloin and two of us ordered one of the house specialties: duck breast. The duck breast I was served was no magret de canard. It was very small, more like a quail breast, way overcooked, with a fair amount of untrimmed fat, and drowned in some sort of cherry sauce that had more sweetness than tartness to it.Service was agonizingly slow, sloppy, and inattentive. So by this time we were ready to hit the road and went without the customary coffee or dessert. All in all, a very forgettable meal. The amazing thing is that even though it was midweek, the restaurant was full. We wondered if Palapa Belga has become part of an all inclusive meal plan at the Grand Royal Lagoon, inside where this restaurant is located. The food certainly did not merit the size of the crowd. And I will not mention the overall bill. In these days of a extremely favorable peso/dollar exchange rate, a meal like we had should not run over $50/person, which it did.While the location is pleasant, there are beaucoup lagoon side settings equally attractive if not better: Thai and Elephanta, La Habichuela, etc., come to mind. Best we can say about our experience is that no one was ill the following morning unlike what has happened to a fair number of other reviewers. Adios Palapa Belga. Never again.

MSP
2017-02-22
 A wasted evening in Paradise
Do not know where to begin. This review is the collective thoughts from 5 well travelled adults that have been coming to Cancun for between 20 and 30 years. All of us reside in Cancun for part of the year, anywhere between 3-6 months/year, point being that we are very familiar with the local restaurant scene. The short version is that, without a doubt, Palapa Belga was the worst dinner outing we have ever had in Cancun. There are so many other choices of similar restaurants, the list is unending: Le Escargot, Les Cepage, Le Basilic, Du Mexique, Peters, La Dolce Vita, Gustino, Casa Rolandi, Cenacolo Mare, St. Tropez and on and on. And to end up here, well an error and a horror. Wine list, only looked at red wines, was very limited. To top it, I chose an Argentinean red blend that was on the edge of being oxidized. Should have sent it back and didn’t but that was my fault. We ordered three different appetizers to share: the classic escargot bourguignon, beef tartare and a green salad with apple and goat cheese. Of these items, the salad was the least disappointing even though it lacked one of the main ingredients, the goat cheese. The tartare was pretty blasé. And the escargot best feature was that it came hot, but lacking the usual plumpness and garlicky finish.Entrees were pork tenderloin and two of us ordered one of the house specialties: duck breast. The duck breast I was served was no magret de canard. It was very small, more like a quail breast, way overcooked, with a fair amount of untrimmed fat, and drowned in some sort of cherry sauce that had more sweetness than tartness to it.Service was agonizingly slow, sloppy, and inattentive. So by this time we were ready to hit the road and went without the customary coffee or dessert. All in all, a very forgettable meal. The amazing thing is that even though it was midweek, the restaurant was full. We wondered if Palapa Belga has become part of an all inclusive meal plan at the Grand Royal Lagoon, inside where this restaurant is located. The food certainly did not merit the size of the crowd. And I will not mention the overall bill. In these days of a extremely favorable peso/dollar exchange rate, a meal like we had should not run over $50/person, which it did.While the location is pleasant, there are beaucoup lagoon side settings equally attractive if not better: Thai and Elephanta, La Habichuela, etc., come to mind. Best we can say about our experience is that no one was ill the following morning unlike what has happened to a fair number of other reviewers. Adios Palapa Belga. Never again.

Rome, Italy
2017-01-09
 A ripp off and a bummer: awful food and old website. Beware: The cook is not the same anymore
Overpriced restaurant for the worst food we have had in one whole month in Mexico. We checked their website before going and the reviews and it seemed perfect. When the food arrived we left most of it because it was awful. We asked for explanations and discovered the cook changed, the food too, but not the prices...a scam!

Cuisines

Belgian
French
Seafood
European
Meals

Lunch
Dinner
Late Night
Restaurant Features

Reservations
Outdoor Seating
Seating
Waitstaff
Serves Alcohol
Full Bar
Good for

Families with children
Scenic view
Business meetings
Special occasions
Romantic
Price range

Mid-range
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