Cozumel Fine Dining Restaurant Guide

Cozumel Fine Dining

When it comes to fine dining, Cozumel has a few options to choose from. Some of these are a standard visit on any Cozumel vacation, but they also provide that special something when you are looking to celebrate an occasion.

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DANUBE **Open for Lunch Only

Carretera a Chankaanab KM 4.5, Hotel Zone South in Plaza i95 | Mon-Sat 10am-4pm | (987) 989-6349 | www.danubecoz.com | $$$$

NOTE: This restaurant is no longer the Danube it once was…the menu has been condensed and the original chef has since left. However, you can still dine for lunch and enjoy the view of the cruise ships from on top the i95 building. This recent addition to the island is a gem! Danube’s menu is an array of eclectic gourmet European dish interpretations. The Chef is a classically trained CIA chef and his dishes pack an intense flavor punch. We recommend the savory crepes or the fried pork schnitzel. Save room for dessert as these are delicious classics with a twist as well.

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GUIDOS

Avenida Rafael Melgar between Calle 6 & 8 | Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 3pm-9:30pm | (987) 872-0946 | www.guidoscozumel.com | $$$$

Guidos is a Cozumel standard. Both local and tourists love to dine here. The atmosphere is romantic and Guidos has consistent service and food. They specialize in fish and Italian food. We recommend checking out the daily specials and starting the meal with some sangria as well as an order of their puffed garlic bread. Guidos also has some of the most unique import beers on the island.

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KINTA MEXICAN BISTRO

Avenida 5ta between Calle 2 & 4 | Tue-Sun 6pm-11pm | (987) 869-0544 | www.kintacozumel.com | $$$

Kinta has a beautiful hip dining space and the menu offers upscale Mexican bistro cuisine. The chef and owner is a personal friend of ours and he is always spinning his wheels for the next food project. Kinta is his baby and you will still find Kris happily greeting folks, though he recently opened another casual restaurant with his brother called Kondesa which we also recommend. Try his shrimp al pastor appetizer special, the stuffed vegetarian pepper and the mango cobbler for dessert. His menu changes occasionally so be sure to ask what the specials are or what is in season.

LA COCAY

Calle 8 bewteen Avenida 10 & 15 | Mon-Sat 7am-12pm & 5:30pm-11pm | (987) 872-5533 | www.lacocay.com | $$$$

We just adore the owner Kathy. She has a striking passion for food and her Mediterranean restaurant is a beautiful space (though if you dine in the garden we recommend wearing some bug spray). The service leaves little to be desired, but you can get a good Cosmo and a tasty salad or tuna tartar. We haven’t tried the breakfast, but they are open. Let us know what you think!

PEPE’S GRILL

Avenida Rafael Melgar and AR Salas | Mon-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-11pm | (987) 117-6054 | www.pepesgrillcozumel.com | $$$$

Established in 1965, this is considered one of the oldest restaurants on the island. With a fabulous location, you can watch from above the cruising of Ave Melgar and outlook onto the ocean. Pepe’s is known for fresh lobster and prime rib. They have a decent selection of appetizers as well as drinks. Come and experience Cozumel’s “first fine dining restaurant”.

SORRISI

Calle 3 between Avenida Rafael Melgar & Ave 5a | Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11:45pm, Sun 1pm-11:45pm | (987) 869-0961 | $$$$

Not sure what goes on with this Italian restaurant as I rarely see people here. It has a fabulous dining space though, if you don’t come for the food, come for a glass of wine. This is the closest place to a wine bar in Cozumel with probably one of the largest selections on the island. Also, Sorrisi’s does own the best gelato shop on the island just steps away from the restaurant, Bacio.

BUCCANOS @ NIGHT

Hotel Zone North, Costera Norte KM 4.5, on the private San Juan Beach northern shore | Fri-Sat 9am-6pm, Fri & Sat 6pm-11pm | www.buccanos.com | $$$$

What a treat and great idea! To open only Friday & Saturday to serve culinary delights to the locals (ok and some of the lucky few that are in Cozumel for the weekend for vacation). Ines, the brainchild behind the idea & owner, with her husband too, are exploring new territory by serving unique cuisine, sometimes inspired by the “catch of the day” (Ines’s husband likes to fish and if you are lucky he may have fresh tuna) inly two nights a week. Buccanos is known as a day time beach club, but at night it is a beautiful sunset dining experience. Come and enjoy seasonal specials such as seared tuna with sesame ginger noodles or even tuna tartar. Also try the crispy poached egg served with tomato adobo sauce and my personal favorite, lobster ravioli. Be sure to save room for dessert, chocolate mousse trio (flavors rotate) and cinnamon ice cream apple crumble parfait with homemade crumble, one just isn’t enough. Buccanos at night is worth a visit!

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