We ate a lot of different places during our stay, but we only
reaffirmed our belief that the best places to eat are where
the locals eat. Most of the restaurants we tried were
in tourist canyon, near the plaza, but we did venture into the
real town a bit. I have no idea what the places we tried
were called, but I do know they were a fraction of the price,
and very good. It was kind of fun, too, because
we were the only tourists there, and the waitresses spoke little
or no English, so we had to try to communicate with them what
we wanted, and try to interpret the menu. If you want
low prices, and consistently good Mexican food and seafood,
make the short trek out to town. It's definitely worth
Below we've listed the places which we remember eating and our
experiences with them. We've also assigned them a rating
for your information.
a cozy little breakfast place in San Miguel's Town Square.
We stopped in one day and had some French toast and bagels,
and found the prices to be quite inexpensive for the tourist
area, and the food was tasty. Cocos is located below the
Hotel El Marques, and across from the
Hotel Colonial. We mostly noticed it because it was
next door to the
machine we made frequent visits to! We intended to go
back again, but we never made it.
first visited the Ernesto's south of San Miguel, near Dive With
Martin's dive shop, to have a bite to eat before our afternoon
dive. I had an uninspiring chicken sandwich for a moderate
sum, and we thought nothing more of it. Then, later, we
visited the Ernesto's in Downtown San Miguel, and opted to try
the fajitas. Mmmmmm!!! Excellent. The waiter
was exceptionally helpful and polite and the drinks were good.
We were quite impressed, and almost took them up on their open-bar,
all-you-can-eat Millennium party for $30USD. Try the tortilla
Prima is an Italian restaurant in downtown San Miguel, in
the heart of tourist central. The prices were high, and
the service was horrible. The food was quite good, but
we opted for the cheapest thing we could find (which wasn't
cheap), so we weren't too impressed with the food, either.
The setting is nice, and it seems to be popular, since it is
swarming with tourists. We did not have a good experience
Tony Rome's was a nice place. We had good service, and
Tony played a CD of his Christmas Album in the background.
We had Mexican Pepper Steak and some other cut of steak, both
of which were very tasty. The prices were average.
Tony didn't sing for us, though. I think some Japanese
business guys were meeting with him, so he was busy, but roving
Mexican singers caroused the place. It's located right
downtown on Rosado Salas.
La Choza was a great little spot. It's located near the
northeast corner of the plaza, just at the tip of tourist central.
Sandra had some awesome mesquite-grilled chicken, and I was
more than satisfied with my grouper fillet. The drinks
were huge and low-priced, the service was excellent, and the
food prices were better than most. Afterward, we
both agreed that this was one of the best places we had been
to on the island. Sandra wanted to go back just for the
La Mision was pretty nice. As you walked in, the first
thing you saw was
the huge open grill, where the chefs were making the food in
front of you. I had a grouper fillet, which was decent,
and Sandra had an above-average mesquite chicken dish.
We ordered the tortilla soup, which was good, but no match for
that of Ernesto's. The prices were average, but the service
was good. Located near La Choza on Rosado Salas, La Mision
wasn't a bad choice.
We returned to this place twice for breakfast before diving.
The waffles were good, and the omelet's were even better.
The prices were reasonable, and it was open before our morning
dives! If we go back to Cozumel, we'll probably go back
This steak & seafood house is where we picked to go for dinner
on New Year's Eve, and we were thoroughly impressed. When
we walked up and got their last available table, we saw all
the waiters dressed in tuxedo's and the whole place decorated
for the Millennium. Entrees, coffee drinks, and desserts
were prepared flambé tableside (really cool). We shared
the chateaubriand with béarnaise sauce, and had a Mayan coffee
after dinner. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was
romantic, yet festive, and the service was impeccable.
The prices were above average, but at this place, they should
have been. Located on the strip, just South of the plaza,
this was a real hit with us.
This was the first restaurant we went to in San
Miguel. It's located right on the strip, with
a cozy palapa-roof atmosphere. The prices
were very reasonable, considering its locale, and
the food was excellent. I had stuffed fish,
which was the best fish I had in Cozumel, and Sandra
the Quesadillas (of course). The only complaint
we had was with the service, which was awful.
Las Palmeras ranked right up there with Prima in
the terrible service category.
When we spent a couple of hours on San Francisco beach, I had
some fajitas, and Sandra a hamburger. The fajitas were
no match for Ernesto's, and the prices were high. Unlike
everyone else, they served soft drinks in a can, instead of
a bottle. Kind of lame.