This restaurant had the usual Mexican-seafood fare. Although it has a great location, the food didn't live up to what we were hoping for.
2010 update: This restaraunt appeared closed when we returned.
I say Italian because it has a certain Italian flare but it really has quite a variety on the menu. The chef here is excellent. The dress is nice/casual. The restaurant is open air with a deck which is almost over the water with a view of Cancun. Romantic setting. Great service.
Favorite Dish: I had the shrimp brochette one night and the mushroom ravioli for lunch the next day and it was YUM-E!
This is an unlikely looking shack on the little strip of river between the lagoon and the bay of mujeres called El Veradero. (Not to be confused with El Veradero de Oscar which is right on the main road heading south.) The place is super casual but the ambience comes from being right on the water and watching the boats go by as well as its laid back feel. We went for lunch at noon and were told they wouldn't be ready until 1 so went for a walk and returned later. They may be open for dinner too.
Favorite Dish: El Veradero is famous for its mojitoes (for good reason) and also serves gorgeous frresh fish and other seafood, served simply and deliciously with garlic or lemon etc. After we arrived a big group arrived and every single one of the them ordered mojitoes.
Went to this restaurant a couple of times. Nice menu, well-prepared food. It is open-air style with some tables on the beach by the ferry so you can sit on the sand if you want.
Favorite Dish: Cocount shrimp served with mango puree were excellent.
This little place is only open during the day. It specializes in spit-roasted chicken with all the (Mexican) fixings - tortillas, rice, beans, hot peppers, and picked onion relish. You can eat there but take-out is also popular. Delicious and inexpensive.
This little street side restaurant is casual Mexican, good food at very good prices, which makes it quite busy sometimes, but service is usually decent. Drink prices are also excellent with 2 for 1 local beer, cocktails and tequila shots!
Favorite Dish: We've had a few good dishes here but really like the shrimp tacos and seafood enchiladas. I've heard that the mixed seafood on rice is also excellent but haven't tried it yet. It had some non-Mexican items on the menu too, such as chicken-fried steak and mashed potatoes.
The most delicious deal on the island. A chicken, some rice, some beans, homemade chilis and onions and a stack of tortillas... ¡Fenómenal!
The price is low and the owners/servers are so kind. This place deserves a big tip!
My suggestion: Add a few beers with the chicken and sides then go to the beach to watch the sunset.
P.S. They close at 5:00
After eating here three times during our trip, I am convinced that this is some of the best food I have had anywhere. Where else can you get Wild Blueberry Maple Marscapone Empanadas or... Quesidillas (whole wheat, even!) with mixed cheeses, portabella mushrooms, spinach and other veggies with a tamarind hoison dipping sauce. Their Organic Oaxacan shake was the perfect finish to an absolutely amazing meal...this is one you will read in a food magazine in the near future! You will be surprised to see the owners Laurie and Paolo speaking with everyone who comes in the door and they are so so nice...they deserve the crowds they are getting almost every day.
Favorite Dish: Stuffed French Toast with a hint of eggnog liquer and orange rosemary syrup...and the Cuban pulled pork empanadas with a sweet orange dipping sauce...or the chocolate breakfast panini with Caramiled nuts and strawberries...so hard to choose!
We found this restaurant on Av Guerrero right down the street from our hotel. It was cool and funky and served healthy food. I had yogurt and fruit, and a bagel. Great coffee too. It is also a used bookstore. Looks like swapping books was an option.
I found this quote from a website "We offer a variety of middle eastern dishes, breakfasts, baguettes, homemade burgers, salalds, fruit shakes, Italian coffee and much more."
Favorite Dish: I had fresh fruit and abagel. Very good!
Cafe Cito is a bright and cheerful spot that makes for a very pleasant breakfast. The decor is bright blue with a beach theme. Tables by the window, which look out on colorful shops and homes, are especially nice. Breakfast options include croissants, rolls with coconut jam (very good), crepes and egg dishes. Drinks include hot or iced coffee and cappuccinos.
A big plus to Cafe Cito is that it opens early, by 8am. Some other breakfast spots don't open until 9 or 10am, which limits your beach time!
The one downside to the cafe is that it's a bit overpriced, although pretty much on par with other food options on the island. A hardboiled egg and two rolls cost 40 pesos. Still, the experience is worthwhile.
Favorite Dish: Bread with coconut jam.
If you're looking for a sandwich to take as a snack or lunch to the beach, check out Bagui-Valitas. You can get ham or chicken sandwiches on a baguette with cheese and mayo, all toasted to perfection. Lettuce, tomatoes and avacados are also available, although given that this was a little fast-foodish type place, we avoided vegetables in fear of getting sick. Sandwiches are made in about 5 minutes and packed up to go. Prices are in the 19 to 25 pesos range, a good deal. This place also seems popular with locals, which I always take as a good sign. I liked the ham and cheese sandwich so much I got it 3 times while staying on the island!
Favorite Dish: Jamon y queso americano.
The town market on Guerrero Street offers several food stalls with good and cheap food. I had breakfast at one of these stalls, which has plenty of tables in front lining the quiet street. Breakfasts are quite cheap-- I had a cheese omelet with rice, black beans and tortillas for 25 pesos, or around $2.50 US. Coffee with milk is only 16 pesos. This is a great option if you're looking for an inexpensive but filling meal.
Given that we were staying at Hotel Bucaneros, we felt that we should try out the restaurant affiliated with the hotel. Tables are set up outside on Hidalgo street (no cars come through this street). It's a great spot, right in the middle of the action of the island, to people watch and experience the singers and performers who come by to entertain the tourists. The food at the restaurant was quite good-- I had chicken and bean burritos at a reasonable price-- around 60 pesos, or $6.00 US. Other dishes are somewhat pricier. The food options are varied, from traditional Mexican to pizza and sandwhiches. Drinks are also reasonably priced-- mixed drinks, such as pina coladas are around 30 pesos.
We had 35 people in our crew, no reservations, and wandered into Rolandis. I couldn’t have been more impressed with how well the staff handled our large group. They had plenty of servers to take café of us, and the kitchen did a great job getting the food out in a timely manner.
The food itself was great. Huge selection of Pizza’s and Italian dishes to chose from.
The place is big with a lofted ceiling and white xmas lights. Lots of arch ways and awnings. They have outdoor seating as well.
I found the cuisine at Casa Rolandi typical of any run-of the-mill Italian restaurant. Average,unimaginative and similarly bland and boring,but tasty in its own way. The restaurant was empty at 8 pm and the waiter refused to seat us at a table by the water,saying they were reserved. For who I dont know,as we were there for more than an hour and not one more soul appeared. The service felt unpolished,false and rushed and the waiter appeared to be unfamiliar with the menu and wine selection. This however was not the most offensive part of our dining experience with Rolandi. The fact that we paid a premium price for a mediocre meal in such small quantities it would have been laughable,had they not been serious. The wine list was marked up an average of 500% (e.g. a $9.00 of red wine sold for $45.00). Afterwards the waiter disappeared without so much as a thank-you after the bill was paid. I would not patronise Rolandis establishments again,but as I repeatedly say,"Its never a trip to an island,until you've been ripped off! Let the buyer beware! Avoid Rolandi!