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Where to have Thanksgiving dinner in Yucatán in 2022

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Lee Steele
Lee Steele
Lee Steele is the founding director of Roof Cat Media and has published Yucatán Magazine and other titles since 2012. Sign up for our weekly newsletters, so our best stories will appear in your inbox every Monday.

Can you believe we’ve been compiling a Thanksgiving Day dining guide for nine years now?

But we know you’re hungry, so enough about us. Here’s where to find some turkey and trimmings on Thursday, Nov. 24.

This is a work in progress right up to the holiday. Do you run a restaurant? Let us know! There is no charge to be included in the Yucatán Magazine’s Thanksgiving 2022 Dining Guide. Of course, we love it when businesses advertise!

Food inflation is still happening. You will notice another big jump in prices this year — normally by about 16 to 25% — so choose wisely. Bargain buffets are a thing of the past. But you still may find it worth the price considering what you get.

Most restaurants require reservations and cupboards may go bare if you show up late and without calling ahead. None of these prices include alcohol unless indicated.

That said, here’s where to have (American) Thanksgiving dinner in Yucatán in 2022:

Hyatt Regency

The Peregrina Bistro off the lobby of the Hyatt Regency offers a traditional fare of roast turkey and stuffing, as well as its enormous buffet with salmon, chicken, and pork, a salad bar, bread bar, and cheese bar, plus, of course, the dessert bar. A children’s playroom is off to the side, and live music will fill the air. The price is 950 pesos or nearly 73% more than last year and nearly triple 2014’s price when we started this guide. It’s also starting later: service hours are between 6 and 10 p.m.

Calle 60 at Avenida Colón, Hotel Zone, Mérida; 999-942-1227

Fiesta Americana

Across the street from the Hyatt is a big rival, the lavish Fiesta Americana buffet at Café Montejo, off the lobby. From 7-11 p.m., turkey, prime rib, smoked salmon, and pork tenderloin along with a multitude of side dishes and a dessert bar for $675 per person.

Paseo de Montejo and Avenida Colon, Hotel Zone, Mérida; 999-942-1111

Hennessy’s Irish Pub

Hennessy’s Irish Pub never forgets the Thanksgiving holidays. Turkey plate for 265 pesos, or the full three-course meal — mushroom soup or shrimp salad to start and pumpkin or apple pie for dessert — for 395. Still the most economical option, and they’ve barely raised the prices. Just 20 pesos over 2021.

Paseo Montejo No. 486A x 41 y 43; 999-923-8993

Oliva Enoteca

The popular Italian restaurant on the future gastronomic corridor, Oliva Enoteca has an a la carte menu with roast turkey, rosemary mashed potatoes, prosciutto-wrapped green beans, gravy, cranberry sauce, and cornbread for 595 pesos. Sides are served family style, ranging from roasted butternut squash with butter sage for 220 to black truffle risotto for 490. Pecan pie or vanilla gelato for 190 pesos.

Corner of Calle 47 and 54, Centro; 999-923-3081 or info@olivamerida.com

BC66

BC66 offers take-home stuffed turkey platters for 2,800 pesos. Order 10 days in advance and pay a 50% deposit. Includes sides such as baked potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, and elotes. Lunch in the dining room will also be served.

Calle 66 No. 377 x 43, Centro; 999-923-2013 or DM on Facebook

Lou’s Restaurant

Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin or apple pie. You can even ask for seconds. Tables sold out in 2021, so it’s smart to pay in advance to hold a table in 2022. 599 pesos per person.

Calle 55 No. 522, Santa Lucia, Centro; 999-461-4654, or on Facebook

Hacienda Xcanatún

Thanksgiving at Casa de Piedra (Stone House) restaurant, in the restored powerhouse of the 18th-century Hacienda Xcanatún is now 1,100 pesos per person. A very refined menu includes Salmon Tartar With Lemongrass, Cucumber Emulsion and Citrus Salad. The main course is Braised Turkey with Bacon, Rosé Potato Mousse with Agave Honey, Candied Blueberries, and Cognac Turkey Gravy

Calle 20 S/N. Comisaría Xcanatún. Km. 12 Carretera Mérida-Progreso; 999-930-2140

Provecho 66

One seating only, between 5-5:30 p.m., for pumpkin carrot bisque, roast turkey, whipped potatoes, stuffing, bacon balsamic Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes in an orange shell, whole-cranberry sauce, and assorted pies for dessert. 495 pesos per person. To-go orders are available, but no delivery.

Casona 66 Merida B&B, Calle 66 No. 494, 59 y 61 Centro; Reserve on their Facebook page

Restaurant David’s

This Progreso eatery opens for the season right on Thanksgiving Day with a turkey roasted in a wood-fired oven. Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce are complemented by a salad buffet and carrot cake. Drinks at 5, dinner at 6. Pre-paid reservations required, 490 pesos per person.

Restaurant David’s, Calle 27 214, Ejidal Benito Juárez, Progreso; 969-934-0720 or restaurantedavids@gmail.com

Merci

The French-inspired modern restaurant Merci, in the north of the city and at Paseo 60, has Thanksgiving packages to eat in or go. The dine-in package is at 6:30 or 8:30 and costs 750 pesos per person. 

Plaza San Angelo 999-941-6886 or Paseo 60 999-948-8251. See their Facebook page

1910 Casona Limón

Deviled quail eggs, free-range turkey, and grass-fed prime rib are just the beginning at the feast in this private home, incidentally for sale, in Chuminópolis. Seating at 5 p.m. only. 399 pesos for adults, 199 for kids under 12. Wine or liquor extra.

Reserve by Nov. 15 at 999-902-5730.

Johannes Comfort Food & Bar

A Thanksgiving platter, served all day “while supplies last,” includes smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, and bacon-wrapped asparagus, for 295 pesos.

Calle 74-A No. 499 x 57 and 59A, Santiago; See their Facebook page

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