MEXICAN & SEAFOOD
There is no way you can visit Cozumel and not try the deliciously fresh seafood! There are many options, with menus generally offering a combination of seafood and Mexican cuisine.
Open Daily 5pm – 10pm
This is a beautiful location for a sensational dinner in Mexico. Kinta puts a contemporary spin on the staples of Mexican cuisine and uses only the freshest of ingredients. Try the delicious, handcrafted dishes from their own wood fired oven: ribs, pork chops, etc. The setting is fantastic as well–you dine outside under the trees, in a garden-like environment, with pretty decorations and lighting. This is definitely a good choice for a special evening.
Open Daily 5pm – 10pm
Kondesa is another fantastic dining option that’s not too far removed at all from Kinta. The two restaurants share the same chef, Kris Wallenta. This restaurant is perhaps a little less fancy, but you’ll still enjoy an amazing outdoor dining experience under luxuriant trees, and you’ll be catered to by a very friendly and attentive staff. Chef Wallenta makes creative dishes that combine traditional Mexican flavors with a delicate balance of Mediterranean and Asian influence.
Open Daily 4pm – 2am
A delicious, fine dining experience on Cozumel is available at this new gem of a restaurant. The restaurant is a quaint blend of historical features with modern touches. As you dine, a projector screen displays old pictures of the island and right next to that is a live DJ booth. It’s tastefully done, though, in no way is the music overpowering. As for the food, it’s outstanding and beautifully presented.
FUN FACT: “Jacinta” (pronounced Ha-Seen-Ta), is the grandmother of the family that owns the restaurant. It’s her home where the restaurant is located.
Open Daily 8am – 10pm
A colonial-style hacienda set in beautifully maintained grounds is what you’ll discover when you arrive at Casa Mission. It’s a sprawling property and the restaurant serves up delightful views as well as food. As you take a step back in time, you’ll be treated to delicious Mexican dishes in a traditional Mexican style. Not located in a common touristy part of the island, the property has its own relaxing and charming ambiance. One other unique feature of Casa Mission is the free tequila tour, where you will sample 8 different types of tequila and be educated on the varieties. (The tours leave upon request at your leisure.)
PESCADERÍA SAN CARLOS
Open Daily 12am – 6pm
The best seafood on the island can be found at this little restaurant that’s off the beaten track. It’s owned by a Mayan man named Diego. The fresh fish and ceviche [seafood marinated in lime juice] is out of this world! The portions are huge and the prices are low (which makes you almost feel bad for getting such an amazing meal), so tip generously. Hit up this spot after a day of diving or being out on the water.
TIP: This is mostly a lunch spot as closes its doors pretty early. It’s easy to see why it’s such a bustling local favorite.