What restaurants are there to choose from at the RIU hotels?

date_range 14 June, 2019 label , , question_answer 19 Comments

We are often telling you about everything you can do with RIU, from destinations to visit to all the activities you can enjoy. This time, we are going to focus on food and tell you about the wide range of restaurants you have to choose from if you stay at a RIU hotel. Your happiness is our main priority and this always starts with a full belly. Do you want to find out more about the restaurants in our RIU hotel chain?

At Riu Palace Maldivas the main restaurant has a beautiful open terrace

We are a hotel chain operating around the world and therefore it makes sense for our establishments to cater to a wide variety of cuisines to help everyone feel a little closer to home. In this post we are going to recap what we have to offer. Get your taste buds ready!

The timeless classic

All our hotels have a Main Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. For us, this food should be reminiscent of our Grandmother’s traditional cooking, that favourite dish you always look forward to, the one you ask her to make for you whenever you go and see her.

The new main restaurant at the Riu Playa Park

What will you find here? This restaurant is usually a buffet where there is a varied selection of food to choose from, with an emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine. Having said this, they are normally grouped into different spaces, therefore you might come across foods from various parts of the world in one single restaurant which means you can be a little adventurous and try out different things.

Many of our hotels also hold our popular themed days where the buffet offers certain specialities. For example, in the Caribbean we are going to be introducing three themed nights:

1. Chef night or gala night: we will be offering top quality dishes and foods selected by the chef himself.

2. Spice night: indulge your taste buds with a wide selection of Indian and Arabic dishes bursting with spices to awaken your senses.

3. Caribbean night: enjoy some of the most traditional dishes from the local area.

This is the look of the modern Main Restaurant at the Riu Bambu

This is one of many examples of themed events offered in our hotels’ main restaurants, with the specific theme depending on the hotel.

Travel with RIU through food

We invite you to journey with us through the different places we have set up in each one of our establishments. Whether you go to Spain, Germany or Asia we want you to try food from all our destinations. With this in mind, we want to let you know about the following themed restaurants:

– Italian

– Indian

– Japanese

– Steakhouse

– Spanish

– Mexican

These restaurants feature a small sample of the kinds of dishes which would traditionally be served in these destinations. In addition to the dishes on offer, the decoration will help you to immerse yourself in the culture, although this varies from hotel to hotel. For example, the hotel Riu Gran Canaria boasts the “Dunas” Main Restaurant and the Asian Restaurant “Kaori”, among others. The hotel Riu Chiclana also features the Italian Restaurant “La Dolce Vita” and the Main Restaurant “Botánico”.

The colourful Italian restaurant in the hotel Riu Chiclana

We should point out that not all the hotels have the six previously mentioned restaurants. For example, the Japanese restaurant is only in the hotels in the Palace category, and usually includes a sushi station. In the Maldives, for example, where two hotels have recently been opened, you can now enjoy this space.

You will come across the Japanese restaurants in the Palace line of hotels Many Japanese restaurants prepare the sushi in the moment.

The themed restaurants, in the same way as the Main Restaurants, also have their own specific names. We would also like to point out that our Steakhouses are normally designed in an open-plan style where you can try food from the charcoal grill.

For the refined palate

We could not go any further without discussing two very important culinary experiences at RIU:

1. Kulinarium Restaurant

This restaurant has been created by the chain’s culinary team and is based on a fusion of modern and local cuisines. Locally-sourced ingredients are usually used and are expertly combined through innovative culinary techniques. This is a unique experience for the senses!

Our RIU chefs prepare exquisite dishes at the Kulinarium restaurant

2. Krystal Restaurant

You will only find this restaurant in the Palace line of hotels. Here they combine state-of-the-art cuisine and fusion food using international ingredients.

Visit the modern Kristal restaurant at the Riu Palace Baja California

Every city is it’s own world

If you have chosen a Plaza hotel for your holiday, know that the restaurants are very different to those in the beach hotels and from the restaurants in other cities. Therefore, if you stay at our future Madrid hotel, the cuisine on offer will be different to the food in our New York hotel. Surprise yourself with the cuisine!

"The Theater Buffet" restaurant in our New York hotel is surrounded by large glass windows

Even if you already know all about the RIU restaurants we wanted to give you a few more details about what you will come across, depending on the hotel in which you are staying. If you have already decided on your hotel, take a look at the hotel’s page on our website and find out what restaurants your hotel can offer you.

Have we whet your appetite for taking a holiday? We want RIU’s culinary aroma to envelop your senses and for it to form part of a wonderful memory for you. We want you to feel at home every time we welcome you to a RIU hotel. The pot is bubbling on the stove. It’s time for everyone to sit down at the dinner table!


  • Les Smith

    Please carry on doing exactly what you are. We are seasoned RIU people and have used your hotels for many years.

  • Schoppé Paul

    We love marocen restaurant in riu tikida palmerai

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Schoppé!

      Many thanks for your wonderful remarks and we hope to see you very soon in RIU.

      Kind Regards
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Angie

    Which hotels have a Mexican restaurant? Love Riu hotels! We have been Riu’d! And cant stay with anyone else! X

  • Lis Marianne Jørgensen

    We have been members since 2014. 7 stays and two more booked. Always enjoyed our stays at the Riu. Food normally good but wine could be better.

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Lis!

      Thank you for your loyalty to RIU Hotels & Resorts and for your point of view! We will share your opinions with the corresponding departament.

      Kind Regards
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Samanta Hernández

    Hola mi restaurante favorito es La Toscana especialidad italiana en RIU Cancun, su comida realmente está deliciosa

    • Riu Hotels

      ¡Hola Samanta!

      Agradecemos y mucho su comentario hacia el Restaurante Italiano “La Toscana”. Trabajamos constantemente para que nuestros huéspedes reciban el servicio que se merecen y disfruten de sus vacaciones¡Esperamos verte pronto disfrutando de tus vacaciones en el hotel Riu Cancun!

      Kind Regards
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Peter N Joul

    We are travelling to the Palace on Boa Vista in September with some family; we chose this based on how much we enjoyed the Palace on Sal, both in Cabo Verde. The Riu Palace is a great standard for other hotels to aspire to.

    • Riu Hotels

      Thank you, Peter! We are happy to know that our hotel satisfies all these important points for you.

      Kind Regards
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Dan

    We Love both the Riu and Riu Palace offer and are repeat customers to both for over 10 years,making two visits some years. Having said that, I do think it time you consider giving the palace restaurant menus a new choice as they are getting tired now. Last year, for the first time in many years we chose to visit another chain just to get a fresher restaurant experience. Otherwise, keep up the great work

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Dan!

      We would like to apologize that we failed to meet your expectations regarding the food. We will share your opinions with the corresponding department.

      Kind Regards
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Brita Price

    If there is a RIU hotel in the country we are visiting it is always our first choice and we have never been disappointed. And it is the hotel chain we recommend to friends.

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Brita!

      Thank you for your loyalty to RIU Hotels & Resorts and for taking the time to write a comment.

      Kind Regards
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Pauline

    We are going to the kamaboa for the 3rd time this year, also my family are coming with 3 children, I’ve been a member for many many years,& traveled far staying at rui hotels, love rui hotels the staff are amazing,

  • Matt & Irene

    We are riu members and love your resorts. We don’t stay anywhere else this December we are staying at palace isle mejleres cancun. This is our first time at a palace and we can’t wait. Your awesome never been disappointed thank you very much.

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