Cozumel Restaurants

Dining options on Cozumel reflect the island’s laid-back attitude: breezy and relaxed, with casual dress and no reservations the rule at most places. Generally, restaurants emphasize fresh ingredients, simple presentation, and amiable service. As befits an island, there’s lots of just-caught seafood on the menu. Yucatecan cuisin
Dining options on Cozumel reflect the island’s laid-back attitude: breezy and relaxed, with casual dress and no reservations the rule at most places. Generally, restaurants emphasize fresh ingredients, simple presentation, and amiable service. As befits an island, there
Dining options on Cozumel reflect the island’s laid-back attitude: breezy and relaxed, with casual dress and no reservat

Dining options on Cozumel reflect the island’s laid-back attitude: breezy and relaxed, with casual dress and no reservations the rule at most places. Generally, restaurants emphasize fresh ingredients, simple presentation, and amiable service. As befits an island, there’s lots of just-caught seafood on the menu. Yucatecan cuisine is harder to come by; you’re more likely to find standard Mexican fare like tacos, enchiladas, and huevos rancheros. For budget meals, head into the untouristed part of downtown, because they’re few and far between elsewhere. Although some restaurants are turning out creative cuisine to suit the most demanding of palates, most visitors say their best dining experiences are in little family-owned spots that seem to have been here forever. While many restaurants accept credit cards, café-type places generally don’t. Cab drivers are often paid to shill for restaurants, so take their dining suggestions with a grain (or two) of salt.

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  • 1. Burritos Gorditos

    $ | San Miguel | Mexican

    If you’ve got a hankering for a hole-in-the-wall place that serves cheap, delicious meals, Burritos Gorditos fits the bill. The made-to-order...Read More

  • 2. El Moro

    $$ | San Miguel | Mexican

    You'll have to work hard to find El Moro, but your perseverance will be rewarded with one the better meals in Cozumel. This family-owned, open...Read More

  • 3. Kinta

    $$$ | San Miguel | Mexican

    It's easy to overlook the entrance to this upscale spot (look for a bright orange facade on the west side of the street); however, once you...Read More

  • 4. La Cocay

    $$$ | San Miguel | Mediterranean

    This casually sophisticated dining room and garden is a local favorite. Although the menu changes frequently, you can expect to find salads...Read More

  • 5. Alfredo di Roma

    $$$ | Italian

    The opportunity to dine graciously amid crystal and candlelight (and blessedly cool air-conditioning) is just one reason to book a special dinner...Read More

  • 6. Casa Denis

    $ | San Miguel | Mexican

    This little yellow house near the plaza has been satisfying cravings for Yucatecan favorites like cochinita pibil (spiced pork baked in banana...Read More

  • 7. Casa Mission

    $$$ | San Miguel | Mexican

    Part private home, part restaurant (and owned by the same family since the 1980s), this place evokes a country hacienda in mainland Mexico....Read More

  • 8. Coconuts

    $$ | Mexican

    The T-shirts and bikinis hanging from the palapa of this hilly, windward-side hangout are good indicators of its party-time atmosphere. Classic...Read More

  • 9. El Foco

    $ | San Miguel | Mexican

    Popular among locals, this taquería has moved a few blocks down from its original location; however, it's still charming and remains open...Read More

  • 10. Guido's

    $$$ | San Miguel | Italian

    Chef Yvonne Villiger works wonders with fresh fish—if the wahoo with capers and black olives is on the menu, don't miss it. But Guido's is best...Read More

  • 11. Kondesa

    $$$ | San Miguel | Mexican

    You can't miss the hot pink and turquoise exterior of Chef Kris Wallenta's second restaurant—it features a palapa-covered bar that opens onto...Read More

  • 12. La Casa del Mojito

    $ | San Miguel | Cuban

    Considering Cuba is less than 257 km (160 miles) away, it’s not surprising that it would exert some influence on Cozumel's cuisine. You’ll certainly...Read More

  • 13. La Choza

    $ | San Miguel | Mexican

    Locals and expats gather here for breakfasts of migas (scrambled eggs with bits of bacon and tortilla) and the daily lunchtime comida corrida...Read More

  • 14. Le Chef

    $$$ | San Miguel | Eclectic

    Dining is an all-day affair at this tiny café and restaurant, which features six tables inside and another six outside. At breakfast, you can...Read More

  • 15. Pancho's Backyard

    $$$ | San Miguel | Mexican

    Marimbas play beside a bubbling fountain in the charming courtyard behind one of Cozumel's best folk-art shops. Though Pancho's is always busy...Read More

  • 16. Pepe's Steak and Seafood House

    $$$$ | San Miguel | Steakhouse

    This popular second-story restaurant has a casual yet elegant steakhouse feel. The air-conditioned dining room's tall windows allow for fantastic...Read More

  • 17. Playa Bonita

    $$ | Mexican

    Locals gather on Sunday afternoons at this casual beach café. The water here is usually calm, and families alternate between swimming and lingering...Read More

  • 18. Rock 'n Java Caribbean Bar & Grill

    $ | San Miguel | Eclectic

    The extensive breakfast menu here includes whole-wheat French toast and cheese crêpes. For lunch or dinner try the vegetarian tacos, linguine...Read More

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