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Casa Mission

Casa Mission Restaurant
Journey into Mexican history.
  Casa Mission is a unique piece of architecture surrounded by the beauty of its gardens and fountains.

The menu includes traditional Mexican and Yucatecan delicacies like Shrimp Cocktails, Lime Soup, Fried Fillet of Fish Veracruz Style, Tampico Beef Steak and Whole Fresh Lobster.

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Coconuts Bar and Grill

Cozumel beach restaurant
Perched on the cliff.
  Climb up to the look-out terrace restaurant atop Cozumel's highest point - on a small rocky cliff on the island's wild east coast.

The best views on Cozumel, hot'n'spicy Mexican menu, fresh seafood and shellfish, cold beers, long cocktails, smilin' staff... do you really need any more reasons to go?

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Mr Sanchos Beach and Restaurant

Cozumel beach bar and restaurant with gift shops, horse-riding and ATV tours.

Tantalizing Mexican and North American food and zesty drinks.
Mr Sancho's beach, Cozumel.
Mr Sancho's

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La Mission


Since 1982, La Mission downtown in Cozumel has been known for its fresh seafood and its excellent Mexican cuisine.

The service and hospitality are second to none, with the slogan Si no te gusta, no pagas - "If you don't like it, you don't pay".

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Señor Frogs

Señor Frog's is a 100% Mexican bar, nightclub and restaurant, the personality and subtle humor of its founder, Carlos Anderson, is apparent in every detail.

The owners advertise it as a place where people of all backgrounds hang together, dance, sing and basically act the way they want without worrying about silly rules and regulations.

They celebrate music with live bands, staff shows, choreographed songs, and trademark routines. It is pro-active and interactive and everybody gets in the act. There's also Tex-Mex restaurant and souvenir store.

Note: Señor Frog's was previously upstairs at the same location and downstairs was Carlos'n Charlies, which belonged to the same owners. Today, Carlos'n Charlies has gone and Señor Frogs has moved downstairs, but there is still a Carlos'n Charlies Beach Club on the south-west coast.

Location: downtown seafront (Melgar) between 7th and 11th Streets, next to Punta Langosta.

Phone: 987 869 1651

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Parrilla Mission

100% Mexican cuisine restaurant.

The house specialty is tacos, however, they also offer a large variety of local dishes and seafood.

Recommended by locals for its great taste and affordable prices.


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El Diablo

Beach shack style bar and restaurant with incredible windward side views on Playa San Martín.

Italian and Mexican menu, fresh seafood, pasta, cold beers, beach cocktails. Relaaaaaaax.

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Taqueria El Amigo Mario

If you want to experience some real local Mayan food off the beaten track, this no frills restaurant serves tacos (filled maize tortillas) and tortas (a type of sandwich) with cochinita pibil Sundays to Fridays and lechon al horno on Saturdays.

Cochinita pibil is pork marinaded in orange juice and Mayan spices and lechon al horno is a kind of Mayan roast suckling pig. The meat is cooked fresh daily and the flavors and prices are fantastic.

Location: Calle 5 between Calle General Francisco Mujica and Avenida 35.

Telephone: 872-0742.

Opening hours: 7 days a week, 6am until 12.30pm.

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Los Otates

Los Otates, traditional maize tortilla tacos with a variety of delicious meat fillings. Local rustic atmosphere. Other local specialities also available.

Location: Avenida 15 between Calle Salas and Calle 3.

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La Choza

Authentic homemade Mexican food cooked to perfection for over fifteen years.

La Choza Restaurant was established in 1989 by Doña Eliza Espinosa and her Family from Guanajuato, Mexico.

Using only classic recipes from Doña Eliza's mother, the restaurant soon became a favorite for a reasonably priced breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks.

Today, they keep the central Mexican cuisine authentic and La Choza remains famous amongst locals, divers, cruise ship passengers and other visitors to the island.

Location: Avenida 10 between Calles Rosada Salas and Calle 3 (they moved from their original location in 2008).

Tel. 872-0958

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Los Dorados De Villa

This popular restaurant and bar is right on the main square downtown, so it's always busy with island visitors and locals alike.

The menu is traditional Mexican, with dishes such as enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, guacamole, fish and steak. You can eat inside in the cozy dining room or out on the terrace overlooking the square.

Great on Sunday evenings, when live music plays and people dance in the plaza.

Location: Parque Benito Juarez (main square) - south side.

Open daily.

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Pancho's Backyard

A tantalizing selection of Mexican and Mayan dishes, including favorites such as sizzling fajitas and grilled shrimp.

Excellent service, located in a charming hidden courtyard setting.

Location: Seafront (Melgar) between Calles 8 and 10.

Telephone: 872-2141.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat. Lunch 10.30am - 5pm. Dinner 5pm - 10.30pm.

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Casa Denis

Serving food on the square downtown for over 90 years, this is surely Cozumel's oldest remaining restaurant.

Original recipes from the Yucatan region of Mexico, including tacos and empanadas.

Historic building full of intriguing photos including some of Jackie Onassis and Plácido Domingo who dined here in the past.

Location: Parque Benito Juarez (main square) corner with Avenida 5 and Avenida Benito Juarez.

Open daily.

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Blue Angel Restaurant

The food here is absolutely excellent. 

The chimichanga and chili rellenos are outstanding. 

Breakfast offers Mexican and American dishes plus the staff accommodates special requests. 

Lunch has a selection of authentic Mexican dishes as well as North American style sandwiches and burgers.

In addition to the dinner menu, the restaurant offers theme nights. 

There are not many restaurants in Cozumel that offer such great ocean views.

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Ernesto's Fajita Factory

This is your basic Tex-Mex, that said, it is terrific Tex-Mex. 

Serves some of the best shrimp nachos and fajitas we have ever eaten. 

Noisy and fun, beware of the tequila shooters.

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Diego's Tacos

All we can say is yummy! 

They have awesome shrimp tacos here made with big shrimp and not those tiny shrimp. 

Good pork tacos and he even offers lobster tails at times if you ask. 

You can even check in at the airport and then go to Diego’s to eat.

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La Candela

This place is jam packed with locals by midafternoon. 

Serving homemade Yucatan food worth far more than the price they charge. 

You get a choice of soup, choice of 3 entries, which change daily, rice or spaghetti and veggies or potatoes. 

Also comes with a cold drink of jamaica (a tea made from hibiscus). 

Be sure to try the chicken cutlet stuffed with ham if it is available. 

They also serve a good breakfast, and it is one of our favorite places to start the morning.

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Las Tortugas

The name translates to The Turtles. 

This is a traditional Mexican restaurant, you will not find Tex-Mex here. 

Try the conch ceviche, we're told it is very good.

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The Wallenta brothers, Kris and Jason, have hit another home run with this new dining experience. 

True Mexican cuisine with an upscale touch. Service is just as great as it is at Kinta. 

Once again a fine dining experience at moderate prices.The ambiance is sophisticated yet casual. 

Kondesa is sure to be as popular as its sister Kinta. 

Bring a coupon from Cozumel the Complete Guide II (see below) and enjoy a glass of their tasty sangria free with the coupon from “Cozumel the Complete Guide.

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Paprika Mexican & Caribbean Cuisine

This is probably one of the best breakfast options in Cozumel. 

They have a lot of choices and the fresh juices and smoothies are delicious.

Everything is made fresh and the servings are sometimes enough for two.

Try the Nambi fish,  a wahoo filet with mango chutney and banana tostones with Caribbean salad for lunch or dinner.

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El Turix

Located in a residential area serving Yucatecan dishes. 

A very simple establishment with excellent food and a friendly smiling staff. 

Our favorite dishes here are the Panuchos (fried tortilla with chicken and avocado), and the chicken in black chili sauce.

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HC de Monterrey Restaurant

It is nothing special to look at but well worth the trip. 

Go there for meat called arrechera: there is national and international style, both are very good. 

Feel free to order off the menu but we recommend for 2 people is 1/2 kilo of national arrechera meat with your choice of a baked onion or baked potato along with salsa, crema, avocado, lime and fresh tortillas.

This allows you to make the best tacos ever! 

Always packed full of people, it is also a good place to buy your meat for a BBQ at home (it is a butcher shop and restaurant), just fantastic.

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You have only two choices to pick from here, both delicious, quesadillas and huaraches (folded over tortillas). 

Choose your toppings and fillings from behind the glassed in case, just point as needed. 

A favorite here is the nopales, which is cactus, very good, give it a try.

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This is fine dining at affordable prices. 

Kris Wallenta is one of the most original, inventive, and fantastic chefs. 

He blends his spices, cheeses and other ingredients into flavors one would never imagine.

The menu is changed every 3 months so you will never get bored, as if you could.  

Be sure to save room for desert and try his Mexican version of Crème Brule. 

Bring a coupon from Cozumel the Complete Guide II (see below) and enjoy a glass of their tasty sangría free.

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This is a delicious change from the other restaurants. 

They use all original recipes with their special touch. 

Our favorite is the Mahi-Mahi encrusted with black and white sesame seeds. 

You can dine in their unusually decorated air conditioned dining room or enjoy the Caribbean air out on the porch. 

They usually have live music on Friday and Saturdays starting at 9pm.

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Plaza Leza

The food is good and the menu is long, but the company of Miguel is what will bring you back. He is a perfect host, entertaining and friendly.

Ladies, if the music is playing in the park ask him to “salsa” with you.

OK, back to the food. International and Mexican dishes, steaks and seafood, and it is all good. 

If you don’t see it on the menu, ask. 

It is a great place to sit and watch the band in the park.

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La Morena

Excellent seafood and Mexican dishes, but the big draw here is the Mexican Coffee prepared at your table. Coffee, tequila, coconut ice cream and cinnamon, simply delectable.

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Los Garanones

These guys are fairly new, but have quickly gained a following of both locals and tourists.

Serving the traditional Mexican fare of tacos, fajitas, and other yummy dishes, you will not have to break your piggy bank to dine here.

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Casa Blanca

This is personal favorite of the author's fussy son. 

Terrific place to people watch, as it is right on the corner of the plaza. 

Serving many Yucatan specialties, but the nachos with chicken is really tasty and the serving is large. 

Don't forget to purchase the Casa Blanca souvenir, a painted tile with Señor or Señorita and your name and Casa Blanca on it.