Where the Locals’ Eat in Cozumel, Mexico
I was invited to a girls’ getaway to the island of Cozumel, Mexico. My traveling companions were three fellow bloggers (Sara of Travel with Sara and Suzanne of Adventures of Empty Nesters), and another (Tam of Travels with Tam) who has lived part-time in Cozumel for quite a few years. She knew all of the cool places to go and even scored a special tasting event for the four of us. Knowing the locals’ favorite places to eat in Cozumel made all the difference between good food and fantastic food. Take a peek at them.
Buccano’s at Night
The most lavish restaurant on the island is most certainly Buccano’s at Night. On the second floor of Buccano’s Beach Club, this swanky eatery has picturesque waterfront views, fantastic art (originals by the owner’s daughter), an intimate patio, fire pit, and a glass-enclosed open-air kitchen with gorgeous furnishings. If you are a seafood lover, it doesn’t get much fresher than Buccano’s at Night. Dining in Cozumel, Mexico, is at its best here!
- Shrimp Pops (crunchy wonton strips, plum pico, black sesame seeds)
- Snapper Tartare (plantain chips, pickled avocado, poke dressing)
- Lobster Ravioli (brown butter, almonds, poblano peppers, fresh corn)
- Lobster Stack (miso butter, coconut rice)
- Buccanos Fish and Chips
Guido’s Restaurant & Bar
Guido’s Restaurant & Bar is a vibrantly decorated restaurant that has both an indoor and a charming outdoor dining area. They also have the best bread in town. Forget about counting carbs; indulge in it! You can purchase a piece of art from Guido’s walls if you see one that you like. Guido’s allows you to order half portions of their incredibly satisfying pasta dishes so that way you can hold an appetizer and salad as well. It is all so good that it’s hard choosing between them. Save room for dessert; the souffle gets rave reviews.
- Chocolate Souffle with Whipped Cream
- Ravioli with Goat Cheese
- Pasta Carbonara (egg, pancetta, onion)
- Mushroom Fettuccine
This upscale Mediterranean restaurant is in the heart of Cozumel. It is tastefully decorated with lovely artwork on the walls and has friendly staff. Our visit was near Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), so one table was set up for the “special guests.” The service was spot on and the food, exquisite. One of my favorite parts was the presentation of the fancy salads, tied up in a bundle with beet strips.
- Duck Firecrackers (duck confit, pineapple, chipotle, pepper & mango salsa)
- Florentina Salad (frizzled bacon, memorable blackberry vinaigrette)
- Cocay Chocolate Torte, Ricotta Ravioli
- Goat Cheese Empanaditas (mango chutney)
Pepe’s is an elegant restaurant overlooking the waterfront in downtown San Miguel. It is only two blocks from the main pier, easy to get to, and has street parking available. Try to sit upstairs; the views cannot be beaten. One of the things I loved about Pepe’s is that they will prepare your choice of fish in four different styles: grilled, Shittake mushrooms and sake sauce, mojo serrano, or broiled with sage butter. This is another reason it is a locals’ favorite place to eat in Cozumel. Don’t miss Pepe’s impressive wine list.
- Beef Carpaccio (capers, special mustard sauce, and arugula)
- Famous Tableside Caesar Salad (tangy and delicious!)
- Chicken with spinach and potatoes
- Fresh Fish Filet of the Day
The Money Bar Beach Club
The Money Bar Beach Club is popular among cruise visitors. Located on the waterfront at Dzul-Ha Reef, this fun restaurant has everybody’s favorite Mexican dishes and really good burgers. Prices are just right, and the atmosphere is super comfortable. Guests can also rent bikes, paddleboards, and snorkel gear from here or have a relaxing spa treatment on the oceanfront.
- Chicken Nachos
- French Fries
- Bushwacker Drinks
Cozumel is Definitely for Foodies
Having a local show me the ropes in her town certainly helped me see the best places to eat in Cozumel. It is a foodie city with an emphasis on local, fresh seafood and impeccable service. I can’t wait for you to try these yummy eateries!
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Thanks to Inez for hosting the four of us to a very special day at Buccano’s.
Looking for a place to stay on your trip?
The Villa Coronado is a fantastically located house featuring four bedrooms and four 1/2 baths, rooftop palapa, plus a private pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea. You can book your accommodation via VRBO here.
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