Photo: La Gruta Teotihuacan

Dine Inside a Cave at This Subterranean Restaurant Near Mexico City

Mexico City
by Matador Creators Jul 18, 2023

Just a short drive from Mexico City, you’ll find the enchanting archaeological site of Teotihuacán, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient city, famed for its monumental pyramids, also holds a lesser-known and more contemporary treasure – La Gruta, a restaurant located within a natural cave. The restaurant gives visitors the chance to have an unparalleled dining experience, combining delicious traditional Mexican cuisine with the awe-inspiring atmosphere of a cavernous setting.

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Eating here is truly a surreal experience. As you enter the cave, you’ll be greeted by the warm glow of candlelight and the soothing sound of water trickling down the limestone walls. The restaurant’s interior is adorned with colorful tablecloths, traditional pottery, and indigenous artwork. As for the food, you’ll be able to indulge in mouthwatering dishes like mole poblano, chiles en nogada, and barbacoa, while being serenaded by live mariachi music echoing through the cave. La Gruta isn’t just a restaurant, either, but also a cultural experience that showcases Mexican traditions and customs. Throughout the year, the restaurant hosts various events and ceremonies honoring indigenous heritage, such as the Day of the Dead celebrations and pre-Hispanic dance performances. These events provide a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Mexican culture, while enjoying an unforgettable dining experience.

Coming to La Gruta isn’t just about the dining experience, either. Before or after your meal, take the time to explore the nearby ruins of Teotihuacán, which once served as one of the largest and most influential cities in the ancient world. Climb the iconic Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, marvel at the intricate murals of the Palace of Quetzalpapálotl, and stroll along the Avenue of the Dead.

Before visiting La Gruta, make sure to plan ahead due to the area’s popularity. It’s best to visit Teotihuacán early in the day, as the archaeological site tends to get crowded, and you’ll want to have ample time to explore the ruins before heading to the restaurant. La Gruta is open daily from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm, and is located just a few minutes’ walk from the Pyramid of the Sun. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially during peak tourist season and weekends, to ensure you secure a table.

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