Had your fill of the buffet? Can’t stand another meal in the dining room? Or maybe you just want to go explore, grab a bite to eat on land, and don’t want to worry about having to rush back to the cruise ship.
No matter your reason for wanting to eat right near the Cozumel cruise port, we have you covered. We’ve rounded up a list of 10 restaurants all within walking distance of the International cruise pier located just south of Cozumel’s main city. These restaurants are nearly in the shadow of the cruise ships.
Many of these restaurants are popular American brands that will sound familiar. Others are local joints that can give you a little of the island flavor. Either way, they all offer a place to grab a bite to eat with the convenience of being right near the ship.
Be sure to see the map at the end of this article, showing all the restaurants on our list.
Three Amigos is a touristy bar and restaurant that’s loosely based on the classic comedy film by the same name. As you would expect in a cruise port, the drinks flow freely and it’s a party atmosphere. Three Amigos serves classic Tex-Mex fare like nachos and guacamole, as well as burgers.
Price: $15-25 per person | Read reviews of Three Amigos
As you would expect with a name like Fat Tuesday, this bar and restaurant has a Mardi Gras theme. Famous for its daiquiris, the restaurant also has a full menu of Mexican bar food, including hamburgers, nachos, wraps, and sandwiches. Expect things to get a little wild. It’s not the best place to bring small kids.
Price: $15-25 per person | Read reviews of Fat Tuesday
If you want to a nice spot to dine near the cruise ship, sip some drinks, eat some great food, and be away from the party scene, then Pancho’s is a good choice. It’s a relaxing atmosphere, right on the waterfront — you can literally see the cruise ships from the restaurant. The menu is Mexican food, but a little more authentic than the Tex-Mex served at other places. Pancho’s is also famous for its margaritas. Note: Free Wi-Fi is also available, making it a nice stop if you want to check your email on your phone.
Price: $15-25 per person | Read reviews of Pancho’s Backyard
Sometimes you just want a big, juicy American hamburger. Carl’s Jr. has you covered. Located right near the cruise pier, the fast-food restaurant is just like you’d expect in the United States. Get you a big burger, some fries, and a soda for cheap.
Price: $5-10 per person | Read reviews of Carl’s Jr.
Picture a classic open-air bar in the middle of paradise and you have Bar Mandy. It’s not fancy, but that’s the point. Great place to have a cold beer or Coca-Cola to wash down fresh tacos and ceviche. Other classics like queso and guacamole are also available. It’s great for both kids and adults and it’s perfect for one last bite to eat before heading back to the ship.
Price: $10-15 per person | Read reviews of Bar Mandy
Ok, so it’s a bit of a tourist trap, but who cares when you are right on the water, watching the turquoise water of the Caribbean with a cold beer (or two) in your hand? There’s every type of booze you can imagine, as well as tons of bar food like volcano nachos, huge burgers, sandwiches, and even ribs. Kids (and parents) will also love the inflatable water park that lets them go play while mom and dad enjoy the scenery.
Price: $20-30 per person | Read reviews of Margaritaville
Note to be confused with Pepe’s, Pepe’s Pier is a Caribbean take on a party bar. It’s small, open air, with swinging chairs that surround the bar. A sandy “yard” with patio tables and chairs gives you a great view of the cruise ships and the water. It’s definitely a cheap place for drinks, and there are Mexican food snacks to tide you over.
Price: $5-10 per person | Read reviews of Pepe’s Pier
Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe is a classic restaurant with locations everywhere from Cozumel to New York City. The food is definite American fare, so if you’re craving a big steak, burgers, pulled pork sandwiches or even a Caesar salad, then it’s your place. What we think is coolest about Hard Rock is the memorabilia. Cozumel’s location has a guitar signed by Ringo Starr, and one signed by Bon Jovi. (It’s also the smallest Hard Rock location in the world.)
Price: $15-25 per person | Read reviews of Hard Rock Cafe
Cafe Punta del Cielo
If you’re wanting your coffee fix while in port, this is the place. The cafe serves coffees, desserts, and pastries in an upscale, modern atmosphere. Wi-Fi is available, making it a nice spot to sit, relax, and email people back home to tell them how much fun you’re having on your cruise.
Price: $5-10 per person | Read reviews of Cafe Punta del Cielo