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Lunch

The midday meal (Comida) is often the biggest of the day in Mexico

It tends to be eaten late by north-of-the-border standards, around 2 PM to 4 PM

"Almuerzo" is a mid-morning meal occasionally translated as "lunch".

Many of these restaurants are open only for lunch, in which case they'll close in the late afternoon - they'll still be open after your dive boat returns and you shower and rinse your gear at Casa Suzana.

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Locate restaurants on a map on the Restaurants page or on our detailed external map.

Of the many great places for lunch, these are our favorites.

Restaurant Details
Amparo's
$$
A: Calle 2 N at the corner of 10 Av
P: 872 77 49
  Very pleasant, bright dining room for brunch. Closes early by Mexican standards for lunch. Besides brunchy favorites such as omelettes and Eggs Benedict, they have patty melts and BLT's.
Antojitos Doña Pili
$
A: Av. Pedro Juaquin Coldwell #410 at the corner of calle 12 bis N
P: 869 10 03
  Established over 20 years in a somewhat odd beehive-shaped building. Great traditionally-made quesadillas (made with masa that's filled and cooked on a comal, not a tortilla) with all the traditional toppings available.
Asadero el Pollo
$
A: Av. Pedro Joaquin Coldwell (30)
between Calle 5 Sur & Morelos

Two locations offering grilled chickens and sides. Great for taking to the beach or back to Casa Suzana. They close when they run out of chicken.
Benitos
$$
A: Calle 17 at 15 Av
P: 869 09 14

Popular Italian place with a wood-burning oven for empanadas and pizzas. Pleasant covered courtyard seating. Daily specials
Buccanos Beachclub
$$
A: Playa San Juan Costera Norte Km 4.5
P: 872 01 00
  Beach club north of town with nice lunches at the edge of the water. Great views. There's a swimming beach, snorkeling area, pool, and outdoor shower that restaurant customers can use!
Cafetería la Cozumeleña
$
A: 10 Av. Sur at the corner of Calle 3 Sur
P: 872 10 89

One of our favorites. La Cozumeleña is a bakery in the center of town. They have great fruit smoothies and fruit plates. Free parking just past their door on the right.
Camilo's
$$
A: 5a Av. Nte #99 between Calle 2 & 4 Nte
P: 872 61 61

This downtown restaurant has tacos such as shrimp or smoked marlin, good seafood soup, and nice fish filets (such as one in poblano cream cheese sauce)
Carnitas Díaz A: 65 Avenida S between Rosado Salas and Calle 3S
$ Very good carnitas tacos. Closes quite early for lunch by Mexican standards at 2 PM.
Cervecería Punta Sur
$$
A: 298-A Av 10 between Rosado Sales & Calle 3
P: 119 28 79

Brewpub with a range of standard beers and some temporary specials. Wood-burning oven for pizzas and empanadas. The lionfish pizza is especially noteworthy, as are the caramelized onion empanadas.
Cielito Lindo
$$
A: Calle 3 Sur at the corner of 5 Av
P: 101 95 89
  Serves Mexican classics, properly prepared. These include the famous and delicious Chiles en Nogada, traditionally available only seasonally in mid-September for Mexican Independence Day (on the Enlish menu here as "stuffed chiles with walnut cream sauce"). Indoor space and outdoor seating on the sidewalk.
Cuatro Tacos
A: Calle 3 between 5 Av and Melgar
$$ This small downtown taqueria has some very interesting tacos with handmade tortillas. The shredded shortrib is great, as is the portobello. It's one of the few places to offer tacos al pastor during the day. They have some nice drinks including their own custom-brewed bottled beer.
Doña Dilla
$
A: 11 Av between Melgar & Calle 5
P: 872 44 21
  Located around the corner from Mega across from Parque Quintana Roo and the Municipal palace (in which it used to be located). Traditionally-made quesadillas, meaning they're made from masa that's filled then cooked on a comal, rather than a tortilla. They sometimes run out of toppings (always the one you want). Very inexpensive and filling.
El Camarón Dorado
$
A: Av. Benito Juárez near 105a Av. Sur 
P: 872 72 87

This place on the transversal road is not very close to Casa Suzana, but it's great for wonderful tacos and tortas. Their specialty is fried shrimp, but they have a large range of seafood and non-seafood toppings. They will deliver to Casa Suzana. Closed Mondays.
El Chino Marinero 2
$
A: 20 Av at Calle 1
P: 111 32 59
  Of the several locations, this is the one we like. Specializing in seafood tacos and tortas, this is a quick place to get delicious fried shrimp tacos. Grab some tortas for on the plane!
El Coctelito
$$
A: Avenida Rafael Melgar entre Calle 10 y 12 Nte
P: 120 15 03

Seafood place on the waterfront, with a playground for the kids. Great ceviche and fish, not to mention fizzy limeade (limonada con gas). The "Mummy Shrimp" with cheese and wrapped in bacon are a favorite. Closed Mondays.
El Maple / Maple Bakehouse A: Calle 6 Nte. between Melgar & 5 Av
P: 872 58 07
$$ Good coffee drinks, brunch dishes. Sort of chic. Maple Bakehouse is their bakery on 65 Av, El Maple is the restaurant on Calle 6. 
El Mercado Municipal A: Calle Dr. Adolfo Rosado Salas between Av. 20 and 25
$
There are several food stalls and restaurants in the main city market that offer lunch. These are quick, inexpensive, and filling.
El Moro
$$
A: 75 Bis Av. Nte #124 between Calle 2 & 4 Nte
P: 872 30 29

Well-loved but hard-to-find place popular with Americans and specializing in seafood and Mayan food. They have the traditional Yucatecan Frijol con Puerco at lunch on Mondays. Closed Thursdays.
El Muellecito
$$
A: Av. Rafael E. Melgar at Calle 11 Sur
P: 872 44 21
  On the second storey overlooking the sea, this is a lovely place from which to watch the sunset. There are covered outdoor seats and air-conditioned indoor ones. They have some very nice, unusual tacos, good tostadas, tasty drinks, and 3-for-2 tacos and tostadas on Saturdays. It can get very loud in the outside part if they have a live band. Opens at 1 PM.
El Palomar
$$
A: Av. Rafael E. Melgar at Calle 10 Nte
P: 120 27 92
  In a beautiful and iconic 1903 villa on the waterfront, this is a beautiful place to enjoy great food and drinks. Pleasant and relaxing. Daily lunch specials.
El Paste Empanadas Horneados A: Calle Miguel Hidalgo #1683 between 65 Av. &55 Sur Bis
P: 120 93 05
$ Wonderful baked puff pastry empanadas in a range of fillings. Great daily specials. They'll deliver to Casa Suzana if you order 10 or more empanadas.
El Super Hit
$
A: Av. Pedro Joaquin Coldwell (30)
at the corner of Calle 15 Sur

Good place for cochinita pibil tortas - pick some up to go ("para llevar") to eat on the plane on the way home! Walking distance from Casa Suzana.
Empanadas Los 3 Patitos
A: Av. Pedro Joaquin Coldwell (30) at the corner of Calle 15 Sur
$ Not far from Casa Suzana, this places sells 4 kinds of traditional empanadas and drinks including cebada - that's it. You can eat your emapanadas standing at the long counter at the sidewalk or take them home. Get there early, since they close when they sell out every day. I've noticed them open in the evening recently.
La Candela
$$
A: 5a Av. Nte at the corner of Calle 6 Nte
P: 878 44 71

A favorite with us and many local residents. In addition to a great menu, they offer daily family-style specials. Eat under a palapa and watch the people go by, then shop downtown or along the waterfront. Finish with mamey or mango pie or the best-of-both-worlds layered combination mamey and mango pie.
La Catrina
$$
A: 11 Av between Calle 20 & 25
P: 872 00 47
  Attractive place a few blocks from Casa Suzana with covered outdoor seating and air-conditioned indoor seating. Wide-ranging menu but occasionally spotty service. Free parking behind the restaurant.
La Choza
$$
A: 10a Av. Sur at the corner of Calle Rosado Salas
P: 872 09 58

A strong, reliable favorite. Offers a range of seafood and traditional Mexican items. Daily lunch specials listed on their Facebook page. Chicken mole is particularly good. Famous for their yellow salsa, which you can buy to take home. Their avocado pie is better than it sounds. Free parking in nearby lot.
La Cocay
$$$
A: Calle 8 Nte #208 between Av. 10 & 15 Nte
P: 872 55 33

Lovely indoor setting and mediterranean fusion dishes. Closed Sundays.
La Conchita del Caribe
$$
A: 65a Av. Sur #960 between Calle 13 & 15 Sur
P: 869 12 18

Lots of great seafood options here. The best is to choose your fish from the cooler and have it fried whole.
La Perlita
$$
A: Calle 10 Nte between Av. 65 Bis & 70 Nte
P: 869 83 43

A bit difficult to find, but worth the trouble especially for great lionfish dishes, particularly ceviche and pez leon xcalacoco (breaded in coconut). Two-for-one lionfish dishes on Thursdays!
La Sirenita
A: Av. Coldwell (30) at the corner of Calle 1 Sur
$ Fresh-squeezed juices, cocos frios, seafood tacos and tortas.  Cheap, fast, fresh, tasty.
Las Palmas
Cocina Economica
A: 25a Av. Sur at the corner of Calle 3 Sur
P: 872 12 95
$ Busy, popular Cocina Economica "back in the 'hood". Very popular with locals. Great value and good quality. The "Tampiqueña" is a large combo that includes soup and an enchilada in addition to your selected main course.
Le Chef
$$
A: 5a Av. Sur #398 at the corner of Calle 5 Sur
P: 878 43 91

Creative offerings of fresh local ingredients inspired by French and Mediterranean techniques. Their lobster and bacon sandwich is great!
Lobster Shack
$$
A: Calle 3 Sur between 5 Av and Melgar
P: 869 08 12

Despite appearances, they don't serve New England-style lobster rolls, but this would be impossible using local clawless spiny lobsters. Instead, they serve delicious with lobster cooked on griddle with cheese stuffed into rolls with avocado. They also have shrimp and arrachera. Their salsas are especially noteworthy - cilantro coconut or 4 chile go particularly well with lobster, and the sweet chipotle goes well with arrachera. They make burritos, but we don't like them nearly as much as the rolls.
Los Chilangos
Cocina Economica
A: 10a Av. Sur between Calle 13 & 15 Sur
P: 872 30 72
$ Neighborhood Cocina Economica not far from Casa Suzana. They offer a changing list of low-priced, delicious meals for lunch daily. Not to be confused with Taqueria los Chilangos, which specializes in huaraches and is open only for supper.
Los Otates
$
A: 15a Av. Sur between Calle Rosado Salas & Calle 3 Sur
P: 869 10 59

Very popular with locals and tourists alike. Famous for pozole, they also offer a range of tacos, tortas, burritos (unusual in Mexico), and even burgers (but no fries). Free WiFi. Free parking.
Mezcalito's A: Transversal Road at the Beach - 876 09 14
$$-$$$ Deservedly well-known place on the eastern shore of the island. Tables in the sand steps from the ocean. Our favorite is "Mezcalito's Super Shrimp" marinated in tequila and grilled. Possibly the most addictive french fries on the island. They close around dusk, since there is no electricity on this side of the island. Despite not having floors, this is not a budget option.
No Name Bar
$$
A: Av. Rafael E. Melgar #628 between Calle 7 & 11 Sur
P: 878 40 20

Great view, swim-up bar
Pancho's Backyard
$$
A: Av. Rafael E. Melgar #27 at the corner of Calle 8 Nte
P: 842 21 41

Attractive setting in the Los Cinco Soles store on the waterfront at the north end of downtown, they offer some tasty and unusual dishes. People particularly like their chiles rellenos stuffed with plaintains and walnuts. Different lunch and supper menus, somewhat unusual for Cozumel.
Parrilla Mission
$$
A: Calle 1 Sur between Calle 50 & 55
P: 869 24 63

Longstanding favorite, specializing in arrachera and seafood. In addition to a full menu, they also offer great family-style lunchtime specials that are delicious and inexpensive.
Parripollo
$
A: Av. Coldwell (30) at corner of Calle Rosado Salas
P: 123 29 75

Another good choice for grilled chicken and sides to take out to Casa Suzana or to the beach
Patagonia Bistro
$
A: Calle 2 N between Melgar & 5 Av
P: 869 04 97
  Small, bright place just off the waterfront boulevard. Sandwiches and brunch fare as well as a few Argentinean specialites and yerba mate. The bondiola, a slow-cooked braised pork shoulder, is fantastic.
Pescaderia San Carlos
$
A: 50a Av. Sur Bis between Calle 3 Sur & Calle A. R. Salas
P: 872 74 40

Some of the very best, freshest seafood around. This is a fish market with a small, pleasant covered dining area out back. They do a large amount of takeout business with local families. The menu isn't extensive, but it is memorably good. You won't regret going.
Restaurante del Museo 
$$
A: Av. Rafael Melgar between Calles 4 & 6 Nte
P: 872 08 38

Meals are served on an upper-level terrace with great views. If you loved this place in the past, check out Corazón Contento.
Restaurant Tamarindos 
$
A: 30 Av at Calle 7
P: 120 98 36

On Saturdays, they serve Lechón al Horno, roast suckling pig, in tacos and tortas so cheap it's almost free. Served with crackling, it is addictive. They are open for lunch, but hefty take-out business in the morning means they can run out of lechón by lunch. The rest of the week they have cochinita pibil and a few other toppings every day.
Rock 'n Java
$$
A: Av. Rafael E. Melgar #602-6 across from Mega
P: 872 44 05
  Good views, nice vibe. Particularly good if you're craving a salad or something that's not Mexican but is still caribbean or tropical. Their chicken wrap is good.
The Pub
$$
A: Calle 4 Nte between 5 & 10 Av
P: 872 41 32
  Good English pub grub, beer on tap, and a really good homemade burger. The steak and ale pie is noteworthy (and takes about 20 minutes).
Satureia Indian Restaurant
$$
A: Calle 7 Sur between Av 5 & Melgar
P: 113 16 39
  Well worth tracking down (it's a bit tucked away). Excellent Indian restaurant with a real tandoor run by a former cruise ship crew member who planned his restaurant during stops on the island. The owner is enthusiastic and loves to please his diners. I don't know anyone who has been disappointed here.
Wet Wendy's
Margarita House
A: 5a Av. Nte between Calle 5 & Benito Juárez (pedestrian)
P: 872 49 70
$$ Famous for innovative margaritas, they also offer "Mexican and Texican Food"