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Cozumel

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La Cocay

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You don't find a lot of seared ahi on Cozumel menus—or chicken livers, duck pâté, and olive tapenade, for that matter. But such exotic ingredients lure diners with refined palates to this... — concierge.com

The restaurant's open-air dining room is enhanced by the glimmer of fireflies (cocay in Mayan) — Travel + Leisure

This casually sophisticated dining room and garden is a local favorite. — Fodor's

Romantic, coconut-scented candlelight and an intimate atmosphere make this snazzy restaurant a lot of fun. — Lonely Planet

Twinkling white lights draped across the eaves reflect this cozy restaurant's name, which means "firefly" in Mayan, and which serves the most original cooking on the island. Early in the... — Frommer's

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Kinta Mexican Bistro

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Once you've discovered the blissfully air-conditioned dining room, romantic outdoor garden, and impressive menu, you'll likely return. — Fodor's

Putting a gourmet twist on Mexican classics, this chic bistro is one of the best restaurants on the island. — Lonely Planet

Both nouvelle and regional Mexican cuisine are hard to find on Cozumel, but chef Kris Wallenta is determined to fill that niche. His creativity starts with a twist on all names—Kinta for... — Frommer's

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Pancho's Backyard

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Marimbas play beside a bubbling fountain in the charming courtyard behind one of Cozumel's best folk-art shops. — Fodor's

Cheery marimba musicians play trilling tunes during lunch at this downtown courtyard spot, when cruise-ship day-trippers arrive to tuck into fishbowl-sized margaritas and deep-fried... — concierge.com

Pancho's is very atmospheric, set in a beautifully decorated inner courtyard. — Lonely Planet

Despite its popularity with visitors, the number of locals also eating here attests to Pancho's authenticity — Frommer's

To find this restaurant, walk through the Cinco Soles shops to the colonial building's interior courtyard. Once you're in, relax with lightly battered mahimahi tacos and a cold Mexican... — Travel + Leisure

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La Choza Cozumel

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Before a disastrous fire in 2008, there was a distinct Mexican flair to the island's first  fancy restaurant, which specialized in Yucatan and regional Mexican cuisine. It has changed... — Frommer's

An excellent and popular restaurant specializing in regional Mexican cuisine, with classics like chicken in mole poblano. — Lonely Planet

Close to San Miguel's central square, the palapa restaurant is justly renowned for traditional Mayan food with complex, rich sauces — Travel + Leisure

Locals and expats gather here for breakfasts of migas and the daily lunchtime comida corrida (a set-priced meal with a choice of appetizers and entrées). — Fodor's

Dependably interesting regional Mexican cuisine keeps La Choza filled with first-timers seeking safe experimentation — concierge.com

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Guido's

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Cruise-ship captains and officers hide out at the tree-shaded courtyard tables at this unassuming pizza parlor. Cozumeleños often run into friends at Guido's (old-timers still call it... — concierge.com

The inviting terrace, with director's chairs and rustic wood tables, makes this a restful place in daytime and a romantic spot at night — Frommer's

Chef Yvonne Villiger works wonders with fresh fish—if the wahoo with capers and black olives is on the menu, don't miss it. But Guido's is best known for pizzas that are baked in a... — Fodor's

Guido's varied menu ranges from homemade pastas and wood-fired pizzas to stuffed pork chops and prosciutto-wrapped scallops. — Lonely Planet

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El Moro

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You'll have to work hard to find El Moro, but your perseverance will be rewarded with one the better meals in Cozumel — Fodor's

You don’t often encounter waiters who call you "mi amor" (my love) and hug you as you enter and leave, but that's the norm at the Chacón family's neighborhood restaurant — Frommer's

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Le Chef Cozumel

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The menu of Le Chef Cozumel is a bit all over the map, with baked Brie, lasagna, pastrami pitas and tuna sashimi among the plates you can order. The hands-down favorite, though, is the... — Afar Magazine

Dining is an all-day affair at this tiny café and restaurant, which features six tables inside and another six outside — Fodor's

Sipping a fine Cab while nibbling on a perfectly prepared Caprese salad at one of six sidewalk tables makes one want to linger at Le Chef for hours, and locals often do. The small bistro... — Frommer's

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Alfredo di Roma

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The opportunity to dine graciously amid crystal and candlelight (and blessedly cool air-conditioning) is just one reason to book a special dinner at Alfredo's. The pastas are made fresh... — Fodor's

Chef Sergio Leoni serves Italian classics—seafood risotto, grilled sea bass and fennel—in a stylish setting, with formal service (an especially solicitous waitstaff, a surfeit of white linen) — Travel + Leisure

Named for Alfredo Di Lelio, dubbed "La Maestosissime Fettucini" for creating the sublimely rich Fettucini Alfredo in 1908, this intimate, candlelit dining room is the island's most... — Frommer's

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Coconuts Bar and Grill

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This fun-filled beach restaurant and bar sits on the highest point in Cozumel, which really isn't saying much but nevertheless offers a magnificent view of the Caribbean — Frommer's

The T-shirts and bikinis hanging from the palapa of this hilly, windward-side hangout are good indicators of its party-time atmosphere. Classic rock and reggae tunes play in the... — Fodor's

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Kondesa Restaurant

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Mexican, Asian and Mediterranean influences meet in the kitchen at this contemporary, casual restaurant — Afar Magazine

You can't miss the hot pink and turquoise exterior of Chef Kris Wallenta's second restaurant—it features a palapa-covered bar that opens onto a dimly lit garden dining area — Fodor's

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Burritos Gorditos

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This friendly little burrito joint prepares the typical vegetarian, chicken and beef variety, or you can experiment with Yucatán-inspired cochinita (slow-cooked pork) or apple-cinnamon-flavored burritos — Lonely Planet

If you’ve got a hankering for a hole-in-the-wall place that serves cheap, delicious meals, Burritos Gorditos fits the bill — Fodor's

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PEPE"S

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This is traditionally considered Cozumel's finest restaurant and the prices reflect its reputation. It's mostly Angus steaks, pastas, fresh fish and charbroiled lobster (available at... — Lonely Planet

This popular second-story restaurant has a casual yet elegant steakhouse feel — Fodor's

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El Foco

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Looking for a late-night taco fix? These folks have got your back, in a very tasty way. Cheapest of all eating places are the little market loncherías (lunch stalls) next to the Mercado... — Lonely Planet

Popular among locals, this taquería has moved a few blocks down from its original location; however, it's still charming and remains open late (until 2 am daily) — Fodor's

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Casa Mission

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Seafood restaurants abound in Cozumel, thanks to its Caribbean location, but Casa Mission is widely considered to be one of the best — Afar Magazine

Part private home, part restaurant (and owned by the same family since the 1980s), this place evokes a country hacienda in mainland Mexico — Fodor's

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