There are hundreds of restaurants on Cozumel, so this list is by no means complete. If you discover a great place, please let us know! It’s fun to explore and find new restaurants. Outside the tourist area are many real hole-in-the-wall places. If you decide to venture outside the tourist area in search of the “real” Cozumel dining experience, do so at your own risk.
***Please remember when at a restaurant, you need to request the check as it will not be presented to you unless asked for, an act of courtesy, not neglect.
This little yellow house near the main plaza has been satisfying cravings for Yucatecan pollo pibil (spiced chicken baked in banana leaves) and other local favorites since 1945. Tortas (sandwiches) and tacos are a real bargain, and you’ll start to feel like a local if you spend an hour at one of the outdoor tables, watching shoppers dash about while you relax. Credit cards are not accepted.
Location: Calle 1 Sur 132, between Avs 5 and 10
Part private home and part restaurant, this estate evokes a country hacienda in mainland Mexico. The on-site botanical garden has mango and papaya trees, and a small zoo with caged birds and a pet lion (kept out of view). The setting, with tables lining the veranda, outshines the food. Stalwart fans rave about huge platter of fajitas and grilled fish. It is out of the way, so you’ll need to take a cab.
Location: Av. Juarex and Calle 55A,
Great home cooked lunches which you will enjoy in the owner’s home. There are up to five different lunch choices daily at unbelievable prices around $3.00-$4.00. This restaurant is 3 blocks away.
Location: 10 Ave between 15 and 17
The T-shirts and bikinis hanging from the palapa roof at this windward-side hangout are a good indication of its party-time atmosphere. Jimmy Buffett tunes play in the background here, while lively crowds down cervezas (beers). The scene is more peaceful if you choose a palapa-shaded table on the rocks overlooking the water. The calamari and garlic shrimp are good enough to write home about. Assign a designated driver and hit the road home before dark (remember, there are no streetlights). Open for lunch only, and credit cards are not accepted.
Location: East-coast road near the junction with Av. Benito Juárez
Start the day with a bountiful breakfast at this cheery café, where the coffee is strong, the muffins enormous, and the egg dishes perfectly prepared. If you’ve come early enough to beat the heat, sit at a table under the front awning and watch the town come to life. The restaurant is open 6:00am to 12:00 noon. Reservations and credit cards are not accepted. Closed on Mondays, September and October.
Location: Av. 5 Sur 180,
Locals fuel up before and after partying at this traditional taquería (it’s open until midnight, or until the last customer leaves). The soft tacos stuffed with pork, chorizo, cheese, or beef are cheap and filling; the graffiti on the walls, and the late-night revelers, provide the entertainment. Credit cards are not accepted.
Location: Av. 5 Sur 13B, between Calles Adolfo Rosado Salas and 3 Sur
This is a favorite of the locals. It is back in town close to the gas station and it is worth the taxi ride. Excellent food and reasonably priced. If you like margaritas, order the “Cadillac Margarita,” a strong, clear, tasty drink. Closed on Thursdays.
Location: All Taxi drivers should know how to get you there.
Off the tourist track near Corpus Christi church and park, this simple place is worth the five-minute cab ride from downtown San Miguel. Here, you’ll get the chance to experience true Yucatecan cuisine, like pollo pibil or the poc chuc, served up by Rafael and Maruca Ponce, the friendly owners. There are also daily specials, and paella is available on request (call 24 hours ahead). Open for dinner only. Credit cards are not accepted. Closed October.
Location: Calle 17 between Avs. 20 and 25
Louisiana natives, this father & son team, Mike and Mike, share their southern hospitality with you on their outdoor veranda. The French Quarter’s menu offers a traditional Cajun cuisine prepared with a Caribbean flare. Entree prices range from $8.50 to $25.95. All dishes are served with southern sides like twice baked garlic potatoes and Cajun steamed veggies. Friday nights Mike Sr. offers a slow cooked rack of baby-back ribs that is heavenly. For dessert, be sure to leave room for the Margarita cheesecake. All major credit cards, traveler’s checks, pesos and cash accepted. Open Monday through Sunday, 5:00pm to 11:00pm.
Location: 5 Avenida, between Av. Rosada Salas & Calle 3 Sur
This family owned and operated restaurant offers southern and central Italian cuisine that is romantically complimented by the outdoor courtyard and gentle evening breeze. Guido’s famous lasagna and garlic bread are the way to anyone’s heart. The catch of the day is not to be missed. Be sure to share a pitcher of authentic Spanish sangria with fresh fruit. For dessert, try the banana supreme and a cup of cafe. Entrees range from $7 to $25. American Express is the only credit card accepted but traveler’s checks, pesos and cash are always welcome. Closed Sundays, open Monday thru Saturday, 11:00am to 11:00pm
Location: Ave. Rafael E. Melgar #23, between Calle 6 & 8 North on the Waterfront
In the beginning of Cozumel’s glory days, there were only a few places that could draw a crowd and La Choza was one of them! The lines went around the block. Today, they still serve the same delicious menu! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week! You are greeted with a bowl of salsa verde and homemade chips along with La Choza’s secret sauce. It’s spicy, but you have to try it once! If you want to try REAL Mexican food in a friendly family atmosphere then this is the place. La Choza also serves one of the best margaritas on the island. Breakfast menu prices range $2- $7 and lunch and dinner from $3-$17. Open 7:00am to 11:00pm.
Calle Adolfo Rosado Salas #198, at Avenue 10
A new beginning for an old favorite! La Cocay used to be located near the Corpus Christi Church but they have moved to a new location that offers a modern and romantic atmosphere. Each entree is carefully prepared for you and artistically presented in such a way that you hate to mess it up by eating it. The chocolate brownie is well worth saving room for, but be prepared to wait 20 minutes while it is freshly baked. Menu prices range from $6 to $40 US. You’ll want to call ahead for reservation because this local favorite gets quite crowded. Visa and American Express, as well as pesos and US cash are accepted. Open 5:30pm to 11:00pm.
Location: Calle 8 Norte between Avenida 10 and 15
La Conchita Del Caribe
Found in 2000 by the Family Bouza Lara, La Conchita Del Caribe is among the best seafood places on the island. Before opening the restaurant, founder Alejandro Moguel used to work in the seafood supplying business where he became a seafood quality expert and met his current providers. You must try the shrimp ceviche, best you’ll ever have. Plan on taking a taxi. Open 11:00am to 10:00pm.
Location: Ave. 65 between 13 and 15
This nautical-theme eatery has model boats, ships’ wheels, and weathervanes covering the walls, appropriate because it’s popular with the cruise-ship crowds. The upstairs dining room’s tall windows allow for fantastic sunset views. The chateaubriand, T-bone steaks, and prime rib are all done to perfection. Long waits for a table aren’t uncommon here. Reservations not accepted. All major credit cards, pesos and cash accepted.
Location: Av. Rafael E. Melgar and Calle Adolfo Rosado Salas
Northern Italian handmade pastas, fresh-baked bread, US Choice Grade A steaks and rich seafood, makes Prima one of the best restaurants on the island. Dining on the rooftop in paradise is just what the vacation doctor ordered! Prima’s tends to fill up fast and in high season there is usually a wait. But just relax, have a cocktail, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the plaza because it’s well worth it. The homemade desserts are the first thing to go so be sure to get there early if you want to sample the peanut butter pie. Juan Carlos, the general manager, is almost always on hand to visit with you about the menu, the island, or your favorite dive spot. A very nice atmosphere where quality is all they serve. All major credit cards, traveler’s checks, pesos and US cash accepted. Open Monday thru Sunday, 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
Location: Av. Rosado Salas and 5th Ave, upstairs
Rock ‘n Java Caribbean Cafe
The extensive breakfast menu here includes whole-wheat French toast and cheese crepes. For lunch or dinner you should consider the vegetarian tacos or linguine with clams, or choose from more than a dozen salads. There are also scrumptious pies, cakes, and pastries baked here daily. You can enjoy your healthy meal or sinful snack while sitting on the wrought-iron studio chairs or in a comfy booth. No credit cards. This is a short walk from El Cantil.
Location: Av. Rafael E. Melgar 602-6
The Waffle House
This is the only breakfast spot on the beach. Sip your coffee or OJ with the turquoise sea glistening in front of you. The Waffle House serves traditional American breakfasts like bacon and eggs, pancakes and waffles as well as Mexican favorites such as huevos rancheros and delightful tropical fresh fruit plates. Prices range from $3 to $10 US. Visa and MasterCard are accepted as well as pesos and US cash. Open 7:00am to 3:00pm
Location: Avenida Raphael Melgar, next door to the Barracuda Hotel; just a short walk towards town.
Wynston’s / Prima Grill
One of the newest (opened December 2006) and fanciest restaurants on the island. It is located on the top floor of the North Tower at El Cantil, and is truly a 5- star experience. Daniel, the chef, is an American from Long Island and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Reservations are required, and can be made in the main office. Enjoy the spectacular 270degree view of Cozumel. All major credit cards are accepted. Closed Monday, Open Tuesday thru Sunday, 5:00pm to close.
Location: On the roof of El Cantil Norte