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In general, restaurants on Cozumel are quite
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"flavor" of Cozumel Island.
Cozumel Dining Reviews and
Cozumel Favorite Restaurants (May
These favorites listed below are not ads, but our personal recommendations.
my first dinner at Kinta (and the many, many that have followed)
it's been my favorite Cozumel restaurant. The food is extraordinarily
good, it's presented beautifully, they have a selection of wine and it's a
relaxed atmosphere where you are made to feel very welcome. Dine
inside in air conditioning or in their delightful garden. The prices
are quite reasonable for the high quality they offer.
recommend reservations as they are very popular. Call
869-0544. On Ave 5 between Calle 2 and Calle 4. Open Tues.-Sun.
5:30pm to 11pm.
restaurant, La Cocay is on Calle 8, between Ave. 10 and Ave. 15.
Wonderful food and a great atmosphere. There is a dining area inside
that is air conditioned, or you can dine outdoors. The
atmosphere is lovely and for a special dinner celebration La Cocay is good
choice. The food has been consistently good and it is beautifully
presented. They recently opened for Sundays also, so now they are open
Monday-Sunday from 5:30 to 11pm. Call for reservations
that's among my favorites Chi Chinese Restaurant and Bar. It's upstairs at
the corner of Melgar (the oceanfront street) and Calle 3. The entrance and
stairs are on Calle 3, just before you get to Pizza Hut. Dine inside in
air conditioning or you can choose to dine outside. You'll have a
wonderful ocean view and superb food. It's a great success! They
open for their Sunday, all you can eat buffet at 12 noon. There
is now a second location of Chi, and it's on the second floor of the tall
building right across from Puerta Maya cruise ship pier.
restaurant (ilé) is on the second floor, above a jewelry store. It's on the
oceanfront street, north of the main square and between Calle 2 and
Calle 4. The stairs are to the left
and they are straight up! The sign is at the top left of this photo,
and may be difficult to see from the sidewalk in front of the restaurant. If you are looking for
night, look for the stairs as they have a colored light on them. Each
time I've had dinner there I've had a lovely meal, excellent service and
the prices are in line with the quality they offer. You can dine inside,
but there is also a nice outdoor terrace. If you dine early, you can
watch the sunset from the terrace.
Great Italian food, excellent pizza and lasagna. On the main waterfront street (Ave. Rafael
Melgar) north of
the main plaza, between Calle 6 and Calle 8. Dine out on their patio.
Nice for an evening meal, but I've enjoyed a number of lunches there too.
Their "puffy" garlic bread is delicious and I order
it every time I eat there. The sangria is wonderful. They now take both Visa and MasterCard and are open Mon-Sat. from
11am to 11pm. There is an area just inside that is air conditioned, but I normally
sit out on the patio in the evening. They have some unusual beers...I recently
tried a fruit flavored beer and it was delicious.
restaurant is downtown in the pedestrian area of the main square. If
you are standing at the big clock tower with your back to the ocean, look
toward you right and on the corner you will see tables and
umbrellas. Normally open for both lunch and dinner, but I believe
the pizza is available only after 5pm. I've had the pizza, the
Mexican platter and a bacon cheeseburger. All very good. At
lunch time in the summer it can be hot outside. Just the other day as we
sat down we noticed they had a number of floor fans and they turned a fan
on for each of the tables. How thoughtful!
Tratorria that used to be downtown in the area of the main square, is now on the
top floor of the north building at El Cantil condos. They offer dining
both inside and outside on the terrace. (smoking outside only on
their terrace) The location is on Ave
Melgar (the main waterfront street) between Calle 13 and Calle 15.
Calle 15 is now also called Ave. Xel Ha. The view is marvelous, the
sunsets great, they have a happy hour in the afternoon. You take the
outside elevator up to the restaurant. The
food is quite good and they are normally busy. Open from 7am to
Open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch from about 12 noon to
5pm. Each Sunday they make their special lasagna and it's normally ready about 1pm.
Prices are quite reasonable I've been known to pick a couple of extra servings to
go, and freeze them to enjoy another day. During the week they have a selection
of dishes including pasta, pork, chicken, shrimp and salad and all are at very reasonable
prices. The arrachera is great! Located in a residential area on Ave. 15, between Calle 17 and
I do love their margaritas. On the rocks or frozen, and
they make some very unusual flavors. The menu includes everything from hamburgers, onion rings and
fries to Mexican and TexMex dishes. They have vegetarian fare plus ribs and
chicken dishes. Try something with their mango chipolte sauce, or how
about one of their great burritos? In the pedestrian area of
the downtown square on Ave. 5 between Juarez and Calle 2. If you are
standing in the square at the big clock tower with your back to the ocean you
are on Ave. 5. Go to the left across Juarez and about a 1/2 block later on the
left you'll see the tables and umbrellas. They normally open about 11am.
food at reasonable prices. I like their grilled
fish in garlic and lime and love their chicken burrito. The Mexican platter for 2
will give you a wide variety and El Moro's chicken mole is popular. Off the
tourist path, so take a taxi if you don't know the island. Otherwise,
it's on 75th Ave. Norte Bis kind of behind the new Pemex gas station. They
open about 1pm and I understand they are closed
Del Sur is now on the corner of Calle 3 and Ave. 5. They make Argentinean empanadas (empanadas are like little turnovers in
a pastry shell). I can't list all the varieties they have but I tried the
beef with spices; the cheese, tomato and basil and the cheese, bacon and
plum. Just recently had the cheese, pepperoni and jalapeno and I like that
too. All are delicious and they have wonderful salads, excellent chicken
and beef. Their dessert
menu includes a fantastic banana/chocolate empanada but my favorite for dessert is apple/cinnamon.
They are open about 5pm.
Rock N Java Cafe
Quite good and
reasonable prices. My favorites are the croissant sandwiches and they make
wonderful desserts you just won't believe. (German chocolate cake, pecan pie, fudge
brownies, banana muffins, cherry cheesecake, etc.) Great iced cappuccino
too. They have a good selection of vegetarian dishes. On Melgar, the main waterfront street, south of the
new Punta Langosta Plaza. They have also opened a Sushi and
Thai Noodle Bar that is now downstairs in the Mega grocery store mall. A great
idea for take-out. Order first, do your grocery shopping and then pick up
your order to go.
the main square. The food is good and their prices very reasonable. Took a
group of 8 and everyone was
pleased with their selections. We included a wide range of tastes, from
a 3 year old to those of us that love highly seasoned foods. We dined at the tables outside to enjoy the breeze.
Located on the right side of the main plaza square, in the
second block back. This is one of the oldest restaurants on Cozumel and
it's a family tradition.
restaurant with an extensive menu. The restaurant has changed a lot over
the past few years and I did not see pizza on their menu any longer.
In the past I had sampled some of their shrimp dishes as well as chicken
too. My latest meal there was a chicken breast stuffed with
prosuitto and asiago cheese and cooked with mushrooms. YES! They do have
a nice wine list. The
presentation is nice but the prices are on the high side for
Cozumel. At the
same time the decor is lovely and it's a rather romantic atmosphere.
Located on Calle 3, less than
a 1/2 block off the main oceanfront street.
|Right across the
street from the ocean in the middle of town, this restaurant is almost
directly across from the ferry to the mainland. Good food, and it's
presented well. Good margaritas, good guacamole and
salsa. The hamburgers here have a charcoal grilled taste and I
like that. Very much a tourist spot, but still good.
On the main waterfront street (Ave. Rafael
Melgar) north of the main plaza, on the second floor covered terrace of the museum. You'll
enjoy a beautiful view of the water and the breeze is lovely. It's a
places to go for breakfast and the prices are reasonable. Great
banana pancakes. Although they do serve
sandwiches, etc. for lunch they serve breakfast the entire time they are
open. Open from 7am to
Guidos' Deli is open for breakfast and lunch. They may
also be open for dinner but I don't know. There is a small but charming
garden area with tables for dining and they normally have a lunch special
each day. In addition, they have a shop with some wonderful deli
items, spices, wine, etc. Their quiche is very good (the bacon onion
is my favorite) plus sandwiches, soups, etc. They are on the corner
of Ave. 15 and Calle 10.
I first noticed the restaurant Corazon Contento in the
early summer of 2012, and I finally had a chance to enjoy breakfast
there. As I understand, it's only open for breakfast and
lunch. This is a delightful, small restaurant. Not only is the food
excellent, but the decor is charming. They are at the corner of Ave.
10 and Calle 2. If you are in the main square, the back of the main
square is Ave. 10, and Calle 2 is the street that borders the north end of
the main square. There are a couple of parking lots very close by.
Not a restaurant, but I had to include
this...it's my favorite bakery, and you really should try Mexican pastries. If you're on
the square downtown, walk to the back of the main square (where the clock is),
then go to the
left about 2 blocks. Zermatt is at the corner of 5 Ave. North and Calle 4 North.
Not a restaurant, but if you love chocolate I'd
recommend a trip to Chocolateria Isla Bella. They opened in the
spring of 2012. They are still experimenting with the hours they are open,
but I normally stop by between
12 noon and 8pm Mon-Sat and that has worked. There are a number of restaurants in the area, and after a meal at Especias, Sorrisi,
Chi or Del Sur, their chocolates make a delightful dessert. If you
are here on vacation and want to take home a box of your favorites,
buy them a day or two before you leave and if possible, freeze them before
the flight home. I'm fond of orange flavored chocolate and they made a
special batch to order for me and had them ready the next day. They are on
Calle 3, between
the oceanfront street and Ave. 5.
Just in case you get a craving (or your kids do) for
Burger King, a Subway sandwich, Dominos pizza or Pizza Hut when you're visiting Cozumel,
we do have all these here.
Other American franchises
now on Cozumel include Starbucks and Hard Rock Cafe.
restaurants with low prices & grocery stores
These are personal recommendations based on experience
(Pollo a la Lena)
|On the corner of 30th Ave. and Calle 4
Norte, this rotisserie chicken is wonderful. Cooked by a natural wood fire
it has a wonderful flavor and is very tender and juicy. Only available
"to go", and a whole chicken was 90 pesos (about $7 U.S.) the last
time I stopped. They will
cut up the chicken and it comes with tortillas, spaghetti noodles and sliced
They make delicious breaded shrimp tacos and
tortas (sandwiches) . The breaded shrimp are put on either a tortilla for the little tacos or a sandwich roll for a
torta. They are topped with a little mayonnaise and sliced onion. Really delicious, and the prices are
very reasonable. They are on the transversal road (Ave. Juarez) about a mile or so past Ave. 65.
Open Monday through Saturday from 7am to 2:30pm.
On Ave. 5 downtown, between Calle 3 and
Calle 5. Open for lunch only from 12 noon to 4pm Mon-Fri. The menu changes
daily and is written on a white board. Eat inside, or walk through the
kitchen and out to their garden in back. Prices are very, very
reasonable and include soup, your main course and daily drink (usually
jamaica - pronounced ha MIKE ah). The food is delicious.
|Great for tacos! I really like the tacos al
pastor and the chicken tacos, but my very favorite is the "gringa",
pineapple. Prices are very reasonable. They are on
Ave. 15, between Salas and Calle 3. Many times you can find parking on
the street but there is a parking lot there too. Open only in the
Asadero el Pollo
|Small, grilled chicken place on 30th Ave. south across the
street from Ace Hardware, between Calle Morelos and Calle 5 Sur. They close when they run out of chicken
it can be as early as
3pm or as late as 7pm. Prices are low, this grilled chicken is DELICIOUS, and it comes
with bags of rice, salsa, onions, and lots of corn tortillas. Mostly for
take out, but they do have one table inside.
|Great to have pizza
delivered! I'm particularly fond of their pepperoni pizza. Their
English is not fantastic but it is improving and I've always received what I ordered,
normally delivered within about-30 minutes. They are on 10th Ave. between Ave. Salas and Calle 3, and
their phone number is 872-4166.
There are a number of other good, small, local
restaurants offering hearty meals at local prices.
|Mega is now the largest grocery store on the
island with a huge assortment of foods plus clothing, electronics,
appliances, a bakery, etc. You'll find a wonderful selection of
meat, cheese, and loads of prepared foods also. I bought the BBQ ribs and
really liked them. There is also a restaurant section too. They are on
the main oceanfront street between Calle 11 and Calle 7. They are
marked on our online
grocery store! They have an ATM machine, groceries,
a pharmacy, deli, bakery, cosmetics, liquor, clothing, appliances, etc.! On
the main waterfront street, at the corner of Calle 15. They do
have an area with prepared food that you can either take home, or you can
sit down and eat there. See the online
map for the location.
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