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The Restaurants at Excellence Riviera Cancun

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

I bet you were surprised to see zero food photos in this post about Cancun, right? With 11 restaurants and 12 bars/lounges, I think Excellence Riviera Cancun deserves a dedicated food post. They also have daily specials by the pools, so you can grab a snack at any time. On some evenings, they also had outdoor buffets and cookouts. If the heat didn’t suppress our appetites, I’m sure we would have easily packed on quite a few pounds!

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

On our first evening, we visited Agave, the Mexican restaurant. We’re huge fans of Mexican cuisine, and the courtyard is a lovely spot for date night. I’m surprised they don’t serve lunch. This was one of my favorite meals, and I’ll have to share more from Agave soon.

Another one of my favorite meals was at the tapas restaurant Flavor Market. Cheese croquettes, gazpacho, marinated zucchini, kalamata olives, bean stew, and dulce de leche cake. Hot weather and red wine don’t normally go well together for me, but tapas calls for some vino.

Speaking of heat, I found myself craving salads and veggies frequently. Barcelona, the buffet, was well stocked with healthy eats and spa fare. They also had a good selection of juices.

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

I wasn’t too excited to visit Spice, the Asian restaurant, but was pleasantly surprised when the waiter arranged for vegetarian sushi to be specially made for us. The veggie pad thai was also really good. The Indian restaurant, Basmati, was also veggie friendly and delicious.

The French restaurant, Chez Isabelle, was difficult to get a table at. We ended up going there at 5:30pm for an early dinner because it filled up quickly almost every evening. I enjoyed the mushroom crepe and creme brulee there, but had to pass on all the meat-heavy entrees.

Room service is also included in the all-inclusive package. We ordered room service for breakfast one morning, and man, that was a lot of food. Huevos rancheros, eggs florentine, bread, pastries, fresh fruit, orange juice… what a meal!

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

The most unexpectedly tasty meal of the trip was at Toscana. Before our trip, I made a big deal about not getting Italian food at the resort because we have it all over NYC. We ended up going to Toscana because we were starving and all the other restaurants were packed. The marinated eggplant was delish, and the gnocchi with gorgonzola and candied orange was fantastic.

Before heading to the airport, we stopped by the breakfast buffet for one final meal of enchiladas, refried beans, and mimosas. It was so empty. It’s like the buffet was all ours!

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

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  • Reply
    Mitzie Mee
    May 1, 2015 at 3:42 am

    What a feast! All those restaurants were on your resort? So nice! I haven’t been on an all-inclusive trip since I was a teenager, and I’m not sure I would be able to handle the availability of all that delicious food now:):) I would just eat and eat until I passed out:):)

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      wazwu
      May 1, 2015 at 9:48 am

      All those restaurants were at the resort! We didn’t even try every single one. ;) You and Poul should take a big all-inclusive vacation. You’ll love it! :D

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    Delicious Peace of Mind
    May 1, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Wow, what lovely, colorful looking and also delicious sounding meals! :) I’m not sure that even heat would stop me from packing a few pounds with such food abundance! :)

    • Reply
      wazwu
      May 1, 2015 at 9:48 am

      The heat and drinks made me so sleepy! I kept wanting to take naps by the pool. :P

      By the way, I’m making your cashew olive dip for a party tomorrow! Do you think it can be made in advance and stored? Or should wait until tomorrow morning to blend it?

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        Delicious Peace of Mind
        May 1, 2015 at 1:53 pm

        The heat has the same affect on me, too. All about naps, baby! :) Feeling honored that you’re making it again. I’m certain can be prepared in advance, just keep in in an airtight container in the fridge. I believe it can only get better, more cheesy :)

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          wazwu
          May 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

          Done! The dip has been blended and is currently sitting in the fridge. :)

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    Mrs C
    May 4, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Courtyard seating area in an exotic country – checked! Scrumptious meal – checked! What else do one need, right? We love Mexican food, even when none of us but the hub has ever been there. I normally make tacos or burritos twice a week but ‘mole’, we have guacamole every other day. Thank God the boys love avocado at least. And we eat beans more than the Mexicans too ;) I think we should put Mexico a high priority in our must visit list.

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      wazwu
      May 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Mexico definitely needs to be on your must visit list! Oh goodness, I love avocados! One of the best things in the world. I could eat it everyday. :)

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