DINNER MENU

TAPAS

SALADS

GUACAMOLE
Fresh avocado combined with tomato, onions, cilantro, and fresh lime juice  | $70
GARDEN SALAD
An array of fresh lettuce with tomato, cucumber, onion, avocado, and crumbled panela cheese with balsamic vinaigrette | Starter $45  Entree $80
SHRIMP COCKTAIL
Shrimp served with a tangy Calypso style sauce and garnished with fresh avocado, chopped onions, and cilantro | $115
LA BUENA VIDA SALAD
Hearty and healthy. Crisp lettuce, grilled chicken, avocado, hardboiled egg, and crumbled bacon served with our creamy house dressing | Starter $70  Entree $105
STUFFED AVOCADOS
Chilled avocado halves stuffed with shrimp and fish salad, flavored with our house cocktail sauce | $120
TICUL SALAD
A selection of fresh mixed greens with caramelized pears, toasted pecans, carrots, and gorgonzola cheese, dressed with balsamic vinaigrette | Starter $65  Entree $95
MIXED CEVICHE
The best ceviche on the Riviera Maya.  Delicious combination of shrimp and fresh fish marinated in lime juice with tomato, onions, and cilantro | $135
MEDITERRANEAN SALAD
A variety of fresh lettuce with goat cheese, black olives, red peppers, and orange slices served with balsamic vinaigrette | Starter $65  Entree $95*Add meat to any entree salad | Chicken $30  Steak $40*
MANGO CHICKEN EMPANADAS
Back by popular demand, handmade corm tortillas folded and filled with mango, chicken, and a hint of ginger.  Crispy and satisfying!  Served with fresh salsa | $70

PASTAS

BABY BACK RIBS
Fall-off-the bone spare ribs grilled slowly in our house barbecue sauce | $95
PASTA LA BUENA VIDA
Penne pasta with jumbo shrimp, red bell peppers, black olives, chayote, and zucchini tossed in a delicate white wine and balsamic vinegar sauce topped with grated parmesan cheese | $180
JALAPENO POPPERS
Cheese-filled jalapeno peppers, breaded and fried to a crisp golden brown | $55
PASTA-LAYA
Chef’s choice! Penne pasta prepared with jumbo shrimp, sweet red and green peppers, poblano chile, garlic, and onions in a Mayan Pibil cream sauce | $180
BOTANERO DISH
Authentic Mexican flavor.  Marinated beef, chicken, guacamole, grilled gouda cheese, refried beans, pico de gallo, and warm flour tortillas to make your own tacos.  Order to share or as a main course | $195
SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE
An Italian classic.  Spaghetti al dente with a homemade Bolognese sauce and grate parmesan cheese | $135

SOUPS

LA BUENA VIDA SOUP
Our acclaimed original house recipe prepared with poblano pepper, onion, squash blossoms, and corn in a savory chicken broth | $60

LIME SOUP
Authentic Mayan recipe with shredded chicken, tortilla strips, peppers, and slices of lime | $45

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SPECIALTIES

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BEEF TAMPIQUENA
Traditional Mexican dish of tender marinated beef with sliced poblano peppers, a chicken enchilada, guacamole, black beans, and flour tortillas | $175
FISH FILLET
Your choice: garlic and butter, ajillo, blackened or grilled.  Served with vegetables and rice | $150
COCHINITA PIBIL
Mayan style pulled pork that begins with rubbing the meat in achiote paste, wrapping it in banana leaves, and slow-cooking it.  The tender meat is served with warm tortillas and pickled red onion.  This dish is prepared fresh daily so quantities are limited | $135
TIC KIN XIC FISH
A local favorite! Fish filet rubbed in Mayan spices, wrapped in banana leaves and baked, served with rice and fried plantains | $160
FAJITAS
A sizzling platter served with refried beans, guacamole, grilled peppers, onions, and warm flour tortillas.  Your choice of: Marinated Beef $170 | Vegetarian $100 | Grilled Chicken $145 | Shrimp $185
LA BUENA VIDA SHRIMP
Fresh shrimp wrapped in crisp bacon with cream cheese and covered in our rich house bisque, served with rice and vegetables | $260
JOSE’S HAVANA RICE
Select rice browned with sausage and chorizo, mixed with chicken, shrimp, green peas, and served with plantains | $135
SHRIMP AL GUSTO
Your choice: shrimp sautéed in butter and fresh garlic, flambéed in chile ajillo, diabla sautéed in butter, spicy ajillo and chipotle peppers | $245
ENCHILADAS WITH RED MOLE
Prepared with our traditional recipe, shredded chicken wrapped in corn tortillas covered with a red mole, crema,  and crumbled panela cheese | $100
LOBSTER TAIL
Your choice: butter and garlic, ajillo or grilled. Served with steamed vegetables and rice | $305
BABY BACK RIBS
A full rack of fall-off-the-bone spare ribs slowly grilled in our house barbecue sauce, with island coleslaw and rice | $190

POLLO

CHICKEN CHILE RELLENO
Poblano pepper stuffed with spicy shredded chicken, dressed with black beans and a tasty Mexican sauce | $110
POLLO CHAYA
Tender grilled chicken breast stuffed with cheese and topped with savory chaya sauce, served with rice and vegetables.  A speciality of the house | $130
BURRITOS SANTA FE
Large flour tortilla filled with your choice of tender grilled steak, spicy shredded chicken, or roasted vegetables and house black beans smothered with your choice of a homemade red or green chile sauce (or both) and topped with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and a side of sour cream | Steak $150 | Chicken $145 | Vegetarian $130
POLLO MAYA
Do not miss this delicious traditional dish.  Chicken marinated in Mayan spices, wrapped in banana leaves and baked; served with fried plantains, purple onions, and black beans | $145DRUNKEN POLLO
Juicy chicken breast marinated with a dried pepper and beer sauce, served with potatoes and vegetables | $140
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DESSERTS

LA BUENA VIDA FLAN | $45
ICE CREAM | $45
MAHA BLANC:  A rice-based creamy custard that is a local dessert | $45