Isla Mujeres ~ Restaurants

Isla Mujeres Restaurants

For such a small island Isla Mujeres is a foodie’s paradise! There is something for everyone - American, Mediterranean, Italian, French, Asian and of course Mexican and the freshest seafood you can get. Dishes like ceviche, grilled shrimp and lobster and an ancient Mayan dish called Tik’n Xic - a whole fish marinated in achiote, a mild chilli red sauce, and then grilled over an open fire.

 

Visitors have said that they come back to Isla every year not just for the beautiful beaches and friendly people but for the food!

 

A word about restaurant review sites. Some visitors to Isla Mujeres make a list of the restaurants they want to eat at based on review sites. Those sites can be helpful but don’t decide where you go solely on the highest reviewed or you might miss out on that special place you’ll fall in love with. The best plan is to stroll the streets and follow your nose! Be sure to explore the side streets, many excellent restaurants are not on the main avenue and don’t limit yourself to eating only in town, some wonderful restaurants can be found scattered around the island.

Restaurant Edtiquette

The first thing you need to know is that the waiter will only bring the bill only when you ask for it ("la cuenta, por favor”). There are reviews online where people have given a restaurant the highest ranking for the food and the lowest for the service because “we waited and waited for them to bring us the bill.”

 

The Bill. All restaurants on Isla Mujeres accept USD. Exchange rates fluctuate daily and the restaurants will not give you the same rate as the bank. Usually it will be a peso or two below, not much difference when the bill is only a couple hundred pesos but adds up when you get into thousands of pesos. If you do pay in USD - don’t think of the gain as a tip for the waiter, any advantage (or disadvantage) goes to the restaurant not the staff.

 

Some restaurants and bars automatically include the tip (“propina") on the bill, most often with large groups. Always check the bill to see if service is included or if there are errors. There should be no tax (IVA) added to restaurant bills. Mexican Consumer Law requires tax to be included in the menu prices. If you receive a bill with both “IVA” and “propina” added you are being taken for a ride. This very rarely happens but its best to keep an eye out.

 

Tipping. It is customary to leave a tip equal to 15 to 20% of the total bill. If a service charge is included, you may choose to tip extra for great service. Remember, foreign coins are worthless in Mexico, tip only with bills or mexican coins.

 

Buen Provecho!

Isla Mujeres Restaurants listed by name

Abuelos
Mexican & Seafood, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Guerrero, Centro

 

Acantilado
Mexican & Seafood, Breakfast & Lunch
Punta Sur, South End

 

Aluxes Cafe Bar
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Matamoros, Centro

 

Amigos
Mexican, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Amor y Vida
Italian, Dinner
Av. Carlos Lazo, Centro

 

Angelos
Italian, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Asia Caribe
Asian Caribbean Fusion, Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Bahama Mama
Cuban, Dinner
Mid-island Calle Pallo Obispo

 

Bahia Tortuga Restaurant Bar
American
Av Rueda Medina on the bay road

 

Bally Hoo
Mexican & Seafood
Av. Rueda Medina, Centro

 

Barlito at Marina Paraiso
American & Mexican
Av. Rueda Medina on the bay road

 

Bastos Grill
Mexican, Dinner
Colonia La Gloria

 

Bistro Francais 
French
Av. Matamoros, Centro

 

Bobo's Fish 'n Chips, Burgers
American, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Matamoros, Centro

 

Brisas del Caribe
Mexican, Italian and Seafood
Av. Rueda Medina, Centro

 

Buho's Restaurant Beach Bar
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Playa Norte at Cabañas Maria del Mar

 

Café Cito
Continental, Breakfast & Lunch
Ave. Matamoros, Centro

 

Cafe Mogagua
American Mexican
Av. Madero, Centro

 

Caffe Italia
Italian, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Guerrero, Centro

 

Capitan Dulche Beach Club
Mexican, Lunch
Av. Rueda Medina Mid-island

 

Caribbean Brisas
Mexican Caribbean, Lunch & Dinner
Mid-island Calle Pallo Obispo

 

Casa Rolandi's
Italian International, Lunch & Dinner
Sac Bajo

 

Compadres
Mexican & International
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Cockteleria Justicia Social
Mexican Seafood, Lunch and Dinner
Av. Rueda Medina, Centro

 

Da Luisa
Mexican Italian
Caribe waterfront, Casa Ixchel

 

Don Chepo
Mexican, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Dopi’s
Mexican Spanish, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

El Charco (Deysi & Raul)
Mexican Yucatan, Dinner - Late Night
Mid-island Col La Gloria

 

El Patio Caribe Grill
Mexican , Lunch & Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

El Varadero
Cuban, Lunch & Dinner
Mid-island on the lagoon

 

Elements of the Island
American
Av. Juarez, Centro

 

Faynes Restaurant Bar
Mexican Caribbean, Dinner - Live Music
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Fenix Lounge & Beach Club
International, Lunch & Dinner - Live Music
Playa Norte - NaBalam Hotel

 

Fredy's
Mexican Yucantan, Lunch and Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Gelateria Monte Bianco
Homemade gelato
Av. Matamoros, Centro

 

Greenverde
Mexican
Av. Rueda Medina, mid-island

 

Gringo’s Burgers
Hamburgers, Late Lunch & Dinner
Av. Matamoros, Centro

 

Jardin Maya
Mexican Yucatan, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Jax Bar and Grill
American, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Rueda Medina, Centro

 

The Joint Reggae Bar
Caribbean, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Rueda Medina - South End near Garrafon

 

Kash Keken Chuc
Grilled Chicken, Poc Chuc (grilled pork), Ribs
Lunch & Dinner - Take out/delivery, small setting area.
Av. Rueda Medina, mid-island

 

La Adelita Tequileria Bar
Evenings
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

La Bruja
Mexican, Lunch & Dinner
Calle Cherna Colonia La Gloria

 

La Catrina
International, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

La Cazuela M & J
Mexican, Breakfast & Lunch
Av. Guerrero & Abasolo, Centro

 

La Lomita
Mexican Yucatan, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Juarez, Centro

 

Limon
International, Dinner
Colonia la Gloria

 

Lo Lo Lorena
French, Dinner, Reservations only
Av. Rueda Medina mid-island

 

Loncheria Alexia y Geovanny
Mexican Yucantan, Breakfast & Lunch
Av. Guerrero, Centro

 

Los Compadres Barbacoa
Mexican Steakhouse, Lunch & Dinner
Mid-island, Colonia Meteorologico

 

Mamacitas
Mexican, Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Mama Rosa
Italian, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Mango Cafe
Caribbean, Breakfast & Lunch
Mid-island Calle Pallo Obispo

 

Maria’s Kan Kin
International, Lunch & Dinner
South End

 

Miguel's Moonlite Lounge
Mexican, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Madero, Centro

 

Minino's Cocteleria
Mexican Seafood, Lunch and Dinner
Av. Rueda Medina, Centro

 

Miamar
Mexican Seafood, Lunch and Dinner
Av. Rueda Medina, Centro

 

Mocambo
Mexican Seafood, Lunch and Dinner
Av. Rueda Medina, Centro

 

Morgan’s
Mexican American, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Muelle 7
Mexican Seafood, Lunch and Dinner
Av. Rueda Medina, Centro

 

Nash’s Tapa Bar
Mexican Indian Fusion, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Nico’s Caribbean Grill
American Mexican, Lunch & Dinner
Mid-island at Isla 33 condos

 

Olivia
Mediterranean, Dinner
Av. Matamoros, Centro

 

Oscar’s Mexican Grill
Mexican Italian Pizza, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Rueda Medina Mid-island

 

Parque de los Suenos Bar & Grill
Contemporary, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Rueda Medina South End at Casa de los Sueños

 

Pepper
Italian Mediterranean, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Picus Cockteleria
Mexican Seafood, Lunch and Dinner
Av. Rueda Medina, Centro

 

Pinguino’s
Mexican
Av. Rueda Medina at Posada del Mar Hotel

 

Pita Amore
Middle Eastern, Lunch and Dinner
Av. Guerrero, Centro

 

Pizza Rock
Pizza, Lunch and Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Playa Lancheros
Mexican Seafood, Lunch
Av. Rueda Medina - Mid-island

 

Poc Chuc
Mexican Yucatan
Av. Abasolo, Centro

 

Q’Bravo
Mexican , Breakfast & Lunch
Calle Bravo, Centro

 

Qubano Restaurant
Cuban, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Rene & Renee
Mexican, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Madero, Centro

 

Restaurant Due Torri
Italian, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Rueda Medina, Centro

 

Rolandi’s
Italian, Lunch and Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Rooster Cafe
Contemporary, Breakfast & Lunch
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Rosticeria La Mexicana
Roasted and grilled chicken Take out/Delivery
Opens at 11 AM Tel: 877-0006
Av. Guerrero, Centro

 

Ruben’s
Mexican, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Guerrero, Centro

 

Seso Loco
Mexican Italian, Dinner
Av. Rueda Medina Mid-island

 

Sardinian Smile Restaurant & Music Bar
Italian, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Hidalgo, Centro

 

Soggy Peso Bar
American, Lunch & Dinner
Av. Rueda Medina Mid-island

 

Velasquez
Mexican Seafood, Lunch and Dinner
Av. Rueda Medina, Centro

 

Villa la Bella Bar
American, Happy Hour
Mid-island Caribe waterfront

 

Zama Beach Club and Restaurant
Mexican American, Lunch and Dinner
Sac Bajo

 

Zazil-Ha
Mexican International
North beach at Na Balam Hotel