The 17 Best Restaurants in Cozumel: Tips from a Local [2023]

Are you planning a vacation in Cozumel? Check out my guide to the best restaurants in Cozumel, so you can eat delicious food from breakfast to dinner while enjoy all the natural wonders of the island.

Is there anything as satisfying as truly delicious food?  Whether it is a gourmet meal in an elegant setting or a spicy taco at a simple taco stand, eating delicious food is a critical part of a great vacation. 

Whether you are looking for fancy restaurants or simple, local flavors, Cozumel has a great variety of restaurants to choose from. 

And since I have been living on the island for a while I thought I would share my favorite Cozumel restaurants. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.

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Guide to the 17 Best Restaurants in Cozumel [2022]

1. K’ooben Laab 

Located on 30th avenue, K’ooben Laab is a small restaurant that is slightly off the beaten path that serves delicious homemade Italian bread and pasta. 

The chef is Italian and you can get either traditional Italian food or specials that incorporate Mexican flavors.  K’ooben Laab makes fresh bread daily. 

The pasta menu is simple, allowing you to choose between six different noodles and sauces to make your preferred combination. 

They offer vegetarian sauces as well as vegan pasta.  In addition to the homemade pasta, they offer salads and charcuterie plates with high-quality meats and cheeses.  

The downstairs entry has two small tables that are next to a loaded dessert case and an open kitchen.  K’ooben Laab has an open-air upstairs terrace with around several tables. 

If you want to eat dinner here, you should call ahead and make reservations, as it is a popular spot with locals and tourists.

 K’ooben Laab is popular for lunch and dinner, but it also serves coffee and breakfast.  Their breakfast menu includes homemade bagel sandwiches, omelets, and some of the best coffee you will get on the island.  

This is an excellent restaurant that prides itself on serving fresh, high-quality food for great prices.  Pasta dishes cost between 120 and 180 pesos, for a generous portion. 

2. Burritos Gorditos

Is there anything better than a good burrito?  With their variety of fresh ingredients, from vegetarian burritos to egg and chorizo breakfast burritos, to steak burritos, Burritos Gorditos does not disappoint. 

Located on 5th avenue just north of the plaza, Burritos Gorditos is open Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm, with breakfast and lunch burrito options.

Burritos Gorditos is a small place, with just one table inside and a picnic table outside on the sidewalk.  You can eat your burrito there, or grab it and take it with you to the beach. 

Burritos Gorditos has many different flavor options including vegetables, shrimp, chorizo, steak, and chicken, and cost around 120 – 150 pesos. 

They guarantee you will not leave hungry and have an option to make your burrito extra large too!  Burritos Gorditos is a great option for a fast, affordable breakfast or lunch.  

3. La Choza

Great for an Cozumel Mexican restaurant experience, la Choza is a family-run restaurant that serves authentic Mexican food, including regional specialties, and is very popular among locals and tourists alike. 

La Choza is open from breakfast to dinner and has a spacious interior which is great for larger groups.  Their breakfast menu includes traditional options such as huevos rancheros or you can explore more regional specialties such as huevos con chaya. 

Chaya is a regional plant, often referred to as the Maya miracle plant or Maya spinach, and it is mixed with scrambled eggs. 

Coffee drinkers should try their cafe de olla, a traditional preparation of coffee with spices.  

La Choza is popular with locals for their ‘Comida del dia’ or lunch specials of the day.  In addition to their full menu, every day they offer several different specials. 

The daily specials include soup and a jamaica, which is a tea made from hibiscus flowers and served cold. 

The friendly staff serves these meals quickly.  The full menu includes a variety of foods including fajitas, seafood dishes, and traditional Mexican options such as chile Relleno. 

La Choza has a full bar and serves some of the best margaritas on the island.  Meal prices cost around 200 to 250 pesos.  

4. El Rincon de Addy

El Rincon de Addy is a breakfast spot that was originally located in a plant nursery.  It quickly outgrew its small space in the nursery and is now located on Calle Miguel Hidalgo between Avenida 30 and 25. 

In her new space, Addy has recreated the beautiful garden feeling her original spot had, with a variety of plants and flowers in the open garden setting. 

Addy is an artist and all the tables, chairs, and walls are covered in colorful paintings.  

El Rincon de Addy serves breakfast from 7:30 to 3:00 pm.  It is a relaxing place to start your day.  The menu is small and includes chilaquiles, a variety of egg dishes, and their specialty is huevos moltuleños, which are two tostadas with beans and fried eggs, topped with cheese, red sauce, peas, and ham. 

They offer a variety of freshly made juices as well as tea and coffee. 

Meals here cost between 100 and 150 pesos.  El Rincon de Addy is one of the best places to start your day in Cozumel.  

5. Cerveceria Punta Sur

Cerveceria Punta Sur is Cozumel’s first microbrewery, brewing beer on-site, and offers a full menu of wood-fired pizzas, empanadas, and salads. 

Located on 10 avenues between Calle 3 and Rosado Salas, this brewery offers several different types of craft beer, including IPA, stout, ambers, and a light ale brewed with hibiscus flowers. 

The brewing equipment is located at the back of the restaurant, and on days that they are making beer, you can the grains from down the street. In addition to their beers, they offer a full bar.

The kitchen of Cerveceria Punta Sur is located behind a small outdoor seating section and has a large, wood-fired oven for the pizzas and empanadas. 

The pizzas are all thin crust and have a variety of different toppings to choose from.  The house specialty is the Pizza de Pez Leon or lionfish pizza. 

Lionfish is an invasive fish in the Caribbean and consuming it helps encourage the fisherman to dedicate their resources to fishing it and selling it to restaurants.  

Cerveceria Punta Sur is open from lunch until 11 pm daily.  Pizzas cost between 150 and 200 pesos and pints of beer cost 80 pesos. 

This restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff.  

6. La Monina

La Monina is located in an open-air palapa on the north end of downtown San Miguel on the waterfront.  La Monina is open daily from breakfast to dinner. 

There are two seating areas at La Monina, an upstairs area, and the downstairs area located on the sand, right at the water’s edge. 

La Monina is a popular place for locals because it is a great place for easy access to the Caribbean Sea, has a freshwater shower, and has clean bathrooms.   

The breakfast menu at La Monina includes egg dishes and a variety of different chilaquiles.  Breakfast prices range from 100 to 150 pesos. 

The lunch and dinner menu has lime soup, salads, and a variety of ceviche, tacos, and seafood dishes with a price range from 150 to 300 pesos. 

La Monina is a great place to watch the sunset and has daily happy hour specials.  Just a bit north of the airport road, La Monina is a great restaurant on the waterfront.

7. Sereno Rooftop

Sereno Rooftop is located south of downtown San Miguel at kilometer 3 on the top floor of the Albatros Suites Hotel. 

This roof terrace has beautiful views of the Cozumel blue waters below and is open for all day, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Sereno Rooftop focuses on fresh, homemade food that is presented in beautiful ways.  

The menu at Sereno Rooftop uses traditional Mexican flavors with a modern, interesting twist.  They offer a variety of vegetarian options including roasted carrots, homemade hummus, and zucchini and bean tacos. 

They offer many different appetizers to share. I recommend the jocoque casero, which is a homemade spreadable cheese that is served with a tomato salad. 

Main course options include pizzas, fish and chicken dishes, and upscale tacos. 

Appetizers cost between 200 and 300 pesos and main course options are between 200 and 400 pesos.  Sereno Rooftop offers a variety of cocktails that are a twist on traditional drinks.  

Sereno Rooftop is a great place to celebrate a special occasion and one of the best places to go to enjoy the sunset. 

They often have a DJ or live music in the evenings.  The ambiance and great food are accompanied by friendly service.  

8. Guido’s Restaurant and Bar

It is no surprise to find Guido’s on a list of the best restaurants in Cozumel.  Guido’s has been on the food scene in Cozumel since it opened in 1978 and built a reputation for consistently great food and service.  Chef Yvonne Villiger named the restaurant after her father who was a classically trained chef.  

Guido’s is located across the street from the ocean on Raphael E. Melgar between Calle 6 and 8.  When you enter the restaurant you pass through an air-conditioned bar area with a few tables. 

This room leads out into a large, open-air garden that is filled with plants.  This beautiful setting is part of what makes dining at Guido’s a great experience.  

Guido’s is open for dinner and their menu is full of Italian classics.  For starters, they have several salad and carpaccio choices. 

They have an extensive pasta menu, including their special house lasagna.  They have thin crust wood-fired pizzas. 

Their main course menu includes several different fish and meat dishes.  Pasta dishes cost between 200 and 300 pesos and main course dishes cost between 300 and 500 pesos. 

In addition to their classic meals, Guido’s is known for having some of the best sangria on the island, as well as an extensive wine list. 

If you go to Guio’s make sure to save room for dessert, they have creme brulee, chocolate mousse, and homemade ice cream.  

Guido’s Restaurant is a great choice if you want an upscale experience. 

The food and service are consistently good, making it a spot many tourists return to year after year and locals go visit to celebrate special occasions. 

If possible, make a reservation at Guido’s since it is very popular and fills up.  

9. Maple Bakehouse

Maple Bakehouse is a coffee shop and bakery that serves fresh baked goods, coffees, and meals throughout the day. 

Maple Bakehouse has three locations, the downtown coffee shop that is located on Calle 6 between 5 avenues and Raphael E. Melgar, a location on 30 Avenue between Calle 21 and 23, and the bakery which is located on 60th avenue and Calle 7. 

Each location serves delicious homemade bread and sweet pastries.  Maple Bakehouse is the best place to buy fresh bread on the island. 

The savory bread types include gluten-free bread, whole grain bread options, and baguettes.  The sweet bread options include traditional Mexican sweet bread such as conchas and orejas as well as stuffed croissants, chocolate bread, and strudels.   

The Maple Bakehouse coffee shop locations offer a breakfast menu that includes a variety of egg dishes, pancakes, and fresh fruit. 

Their lunch and dinner menu offers a variety of sandwiches and paninis that use their fresh bread, as well as salads and crepes. 

Maple Bakehouse has gluten free bread that they can use for any of their sandwich choices.  

It is located in an air-conditioned building, with a chill atmosphere that invites you to relax with your coffee. 

They have limited seating outside in front of the coffee shop too.  In addition to traditional coffee, Maple Bakehouse has a variety of decadent frozen or hot coffee drinks. 

Whether you want to sit and enjoy a treat or pick up some bread to go, Maple Bakehouse has delicious, fresh baked goods that you do not want to miss.

10. New Especias 

Cozumel has a handful of Italian restaurants, and New Especias is one of the best.  Located on Calle 3 between Avenue 5 and 10, New Especias is a two-story building. 

The bottom floor is air-conditioned, and the upstairs has an “indoor” section with a covered roof, but open walls that give views of the downtown area. 

The best tables in the restaurant are on a small upstairs balcony that overlooks the street below, 

New Especias is open for dinner from 6 pm, and closed on Wednesday.  Chef Francesco di Roma and his team prepare made from scratch Italian classics, including homemade pasta, seafood dishes, chicken, and steaks. 

If you are craving a delicious steak, the filet mignon with peppercorn sauce is one of the best steaks on the island. 

New Especias also has a lionfish filet with caper, olives, and fresh tomato on their menu. 

Lionfish are an invasive species on the island, making it the most sustainable fish choice there is and encouraging fishermen to hunt the lionfish. 

Appetizers at New Especias cost around 180 pesos, pasta dishes cost between 200 and 300 pesos, and fish and meat main courses cost between 300 and 450 pesos.

New Especias has a great staff and offers delicious Italian cuisine.  

11. Mister Taco

It is impossible to get a group of people to agree on what is the best taco, but Mister Taco is an excellent place to get cheap and tasty tacos. 

Mister Taco is located on Benito Juarez between 55 and 60 avenues, across the street from the fire station.  Mister Taco is open from 5 pm to 1 am every day.

Like all the best taco places, the menu at Mister Taco is simple.  They offer tacos or tortas, which are sandwiches served on a bread roll, made of pork chops, smoked pork chops, chicken, beef, and al pastor. 

Tacos al pastor are made from pork that is marinated and cooked in a similar fashion to shawarma meat.  These delicious tacos are served with sliced pineapple on top. 

Mister Taco is a great spot to eat good food on the cheap, with tacos costing between 18 and 20 pesos.  On Saturday night you will find this taco place full of locals and tourists.   

If you want to enjoy some authentic tacos, head a few blocks back into town and check out Mister Taco.  You cannot beat the prices or the flavor here.  

Cozumel boat in the middle of the sea
Cozumel Coast aerial view

12. La Candela

La Candela is located at Calle 4 and Avenue 5.  It recently moved one block south from its original location, and the new location is a lovely renovated home with seating in the lovely, covered garden terrace. 

La Candela is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm and serves authentic Mexican cuisine as well as Cuban-inspired dishes.  

The breakfast menu at La Candela features typical egg dishes.  In addition to a menu that offers a variety of fresh fish and seafood options, La Candela offers a daily lunch special menu. 

There are several options for the main course, including traditional Mexican food such as chiles Rellenos, enchiladas, and beef and pork dishes. 

The lunch specials come with a soup, your choice of steamed vegetables, rice, or beans, and an agua de jamaica, or cold hibiscus flower tea. 

The lunch menu is a great deal for local Mexican cuisine, with generous portions and great flavors for only 130 pesos. 

Local dive and snorkel guides frequent La Candela for its good service and fast and delicious lunch options.  

Mexican Guisado - Cozumel Restaurants
Tacos de Guisados

13. Guisados

Guisados is located on Calle Benito Juarez between Avenues 10 and 15, a few blocks east of the main plaza. 

This small hole-in-the-wall taco place serves homemade authentic Mexican tacos.  Guisados is open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm. 

You can take your tacos to go or eat in a small place with authentic Mexican decor.    

In Mexico, the term guisado describes a dish that is cooked with a variety of spices and chiles and can include beans, potatoes, vegetables, and a variety of meats. 

Unlike meat tacos that are cooked on a grill, guisados are prepared in large pots and have an ever-changing variety of daily guisados that are served as a taco in a homemade blue corn tortilla. 

Some of the most popular options they serve are chorizo with potato, chicken with mole, and pork chops. 

In addition to the meat options, Guisados has a variety of vegetarian and vegan options including rajas, which are chile poblano cooked with cream, nopales, or cactus, and garbanzo and bean options. 

All of the tacos are served on fresh tortillas with rice.  These filling tacos are a great option for a fast and affordable meal.  Each taco costs 40 pesos.  

14. Casa Mission

Casa Mission restaurant is located on the corner of Avenida 55 and Calle 1.  The restaurant sits on a beautiful property with lush gardens, fountains, and even a children’s play area. 

Casa Mission is open every day from 8 am to 11 pm, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner serving authentic Mexican cuisine.  

For years Casa Mission has been considered one of the best Cozumel restaurants with an extensive menu and great food. 

The breakfast menu includes egg dishes, chilaquiles, and fruit dishes, with prices between 100 and 200 pesos per meal. 

Casa Mission offers a daily lunch menu, with Mexican regional specialties such as frijol con puerco, which is a black bean soup with pork, and cochinita pibil, a marinated pork dish. 

The lunch menu includes a beverage, soup, tortillas, and dessert.  The extensive dinner menu includes soups, salads, meats, and fresh seafood. 

Casa Mission recently added a new vegan and vegetarian portion to their menu with vegetable-filled twists on Mexican classics, such as enchiladas filled with nopales in mole sauce, and a chile relleno filled with beans. 

Dinner prices begin at around 300 pesos.  

It is impossible not to find something you like with the extensive menu at Casa Mission.  While it will be tempting to fill up on your meal, save room for their dessert. 

Casa Mission is known for its sexy coffee, which is flambeed coffee with brandy and Kahlua that is served over ice cream. 

The beautiful setting and great ambiance at Casa Mission make for a great dining experience. 

15. Buccanos at Night

Buccanos at Night is an elegant, fine dining restaurant located at kilometer 4.5 zona hotelera Norte, north of downtown San Miguel. 

The property is located on the waterfront, giving great panoramic views of the sunset. 

During the day the property is the Buccanos Bar and Grill beach club, and Buccanos at Night utilized the upstairs indoor dining room and outdoor terrace. 

It is a romantic setting that is ideal for celebrating special occasions or treating yourself to a great night out.

Buccanos at Night is open Wednesday to Sunday from 6 pm to 11:30 pm.  It is a great idea to make reservations if you plan on eating here. 

The menu features fresh seafood and ingredients that change with the season.  They advertise that their food is a fusion of different flavors, and it is both delicious and beautifully presented. 

Appetizers cost 200 to 400 pesos and main courses cost 500 to 800 pesos. 

The cocktail menu offers a wide variety of explosive flavors and uses local, seasonal fruits. 

Buccanos at Night offers excellent food and service and is a great fine dining option in Cozumel.

16. Casa Denis 

Casa Denis is located on the main plaza in downtown San Miguel.  This historic restaurant dates back to the 1960s and offers traditional Yucatecan food. 

Casa Denis is open daily from 8 am to 10 pm.  Here you can sit outside under the awning and enjoy the sights and sounds of the plaza.

If you are looking to try regional dishes from the Yucatan Peninsula, Casa Denis is a great restaurant to go to. 

The extensive menu has traditional Mexican food such as enchiladas and fajitas, as well as local favorites. 

Cochinita pibil is pork that is marinated in citrus juice, then wrapped in a banana leaf and slowly cooked.  This delicious meat is then served on tacos with pickled onions. 

Casa Denis has a variety of different soups to try made with local ingredients including a chaya cream soup, chaya is a local plant that dates back to the time of the Maya, and lime soup. 

If you want a quick snack try a panucho, which is similar to a tostada, with the dough stuffed with beans and topped with meat and vegetables.  

The friendly staff and fun ambiance make Casa Denis a great option while strolling around the main square.

17. Del Sur Parrilla Argentina

Del Sur is located on the corner of Calle 3 and 5 Avenida and is open Monday to Saturday from 5 pm to 11 pm. 

Del Sur has air-conditioned, indoor seating as well as a few tables outside on the sidewalk.  Del Sur offers Argentinian food and is a great option if you are looking for a change from traditional Mexican food.  

Dinner options at Del Sur include a variety of cuts of meat, including hamburgers and milanesas, which are thin pieces of meat that are breaded and fried. 

Del Sur also has a variety of delicious salad and pasta options.  If you eat at Del Sur do not miss the empanadas. 

These lightly fried empanadas can be filled with traditional ground beef, cheese, spinach, or corn. 

Del Sur also has delicious dessert empanadas that are filled with warm caramel or chocolate.  

Del Sur offers delicious food and a great change from the traditional Mexican flavors.  The relaxed atmosphere and quality food will make for a great dining experience.  

The best restaurants in Cozumel: final thoughts

The little island of Cozumel offers a great variety of restaurants.  Whether you want elegant fine dining or a hole-in-the-wall taco place, you will find what you are looking for. 

I recommend getting outside in the water and working up a big appetite so you can try as much food as possible! 

Map of the best Cozumel Restaurants

Best restaurants in Cozumel
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Meet the Author – Adrienne Banka

Adrienne Banka is a Michigander and fell in love with diving at 16 years old. Now she is an island living dive instructor turned brewmaster, turned mom.  When she is not in the water she enjoys riding her bike and chasing after her dog and her newborn daughter.