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It's not your typical Mexican fare

With more than 90 different restaurants and cafes and mostly an American clientele, the restaurant selection is amazingly diverse.

You can still find authentic Maya and Mexican dishes but also French, Italian, Cajun, Continental and even Filipino cuisine.

The restaurants cover the gamut in atmosphere as well, from lively restaurant bars with a festive nightlife to family-friendly spots and quiet romantic getaways.

Cozumel Restaurant Descriptions

Here's a sampling of what Cozumel offers.

Alfredo di Roma - Gourmet Italian restaurant located at the Presidente Intercontinental Cozumel Resort & Spa. Features original Italian cuisine prepared by internationally known Chef Sergio Leoni. Casual but elegant fine-dining with the largest wine selection in Cozumel, more than 150 wines from the best vineyards around the world. Offers a good ocean view, live music, and high quality service.

Ambar - La Cucina Italiana - Gourmet Italian cuisine with classic Italian dishes and homemade pastas. The Ambar-Risto lounge is a good place to try one of the restaurant's special drinks and just enjoy the music.

Café De L'lle - French style café with simple but delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere where you can socialize and listen to music.


Carlos'n Charlie's - One of Cozumel's best-known chain restaurants that's been here quite a while. It offers international dishes and drinks in an upbeat party atmosphere. Their ?Mother Margaritas? is served in 28-ounce souvenir glasses. The ?Loco? staff tries to keep the party feel going throughout the day and into the night.

Casa Denis - Opened in 1945, this is Cozumel's oldest restaurant--and obviously a long-time favorite. Celebrities such as Jackie Onassis, Jacques Cousteau and Placido Domingo have dined at this rustic Cozumel restaurant. Serves single orders of shrimp tacos to large seafood platters and authentic Yucatecan specialties, along with world famous margaritas.

El Shrimp Bucket - Cozy casual seafood restaurant known for its "bucket of shrimp" special. Like its sister restaurants Sr. Frog's and Carlos'n Charlie's, El Shrimp Bucket fosters a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Hard Rock Café - Yes, one more of the ubiquitous chain but also the smallest Hard Rock Cafe in the world.  What makes it distinct is its Mayan architectural style and ceiling mural depicting an underwater setting.

Pancho's Backyard - Good Mexican food with some of the best margaritas in town--with over 200 tequilas to choose from. Marimba music plays during lunch. Dining on the lush patio of one of Cozumel 's most beautiful colonial buildings surrounded by beautiful fountains is a memorable experience.

Palmeras - Travelers and locals alike can enjoy a variety of dishes from smoking fajitas to hamburgers at this family owned restaurant that has been serving breakfast, lunch and dinner for the past 30 years. A great place to meet, have a margarita and watch the sunset.

Pepe's Grill - Open since 1980, Pepe's is probably d Cozumel's finest steakhouse and seafood restaurant featuring lobster and fresh fish. A good ocean view and elegant atmosphere, extensive wine list and flaming desserts made right at your table.

Pan y Café - The local version of Starbucks with an extensive selection of Mexican coffees and a local and international menu. Specialties include ?the blooming onion? and ?coco loco? (crazy coconut) a , natural beverage. Internet access available.

San Miguel Café - Serving Mexican specialties and authentic Yucatan food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring fresh seafood and steaks.

Señor Frog's Cozumel - Señor Frog's, another branch of a well-known chain, emphasizes a causal and relaxed atmosphere. Specialties are natural fresh fruit daiquiris and a menu of 250 original cocktails. Naturally, there's a souvenir shop so visitors can prove they were there.


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