Cozumel Mexico Vacation Guide

Cozumel Restaurants and Bars

  • El Moro RestaurantOne of Cozumel's oldest establishments.
  • El Moro RestaurantA great menu!
  • El Moro RestaurantHard to find but worth the effort
  • El Moro RestaurantBusy for a reason.
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Cozumel restaurants with a long history.


One of my favorite Cozumel restaurants is El Moro (generally thought to mean "The Arab"). No Cozumel Vacation experience would be complete without a taste of classic Mexican and Yucatecan cuisine. El Moro has been serving up great mouthOne of Cozumel's oldest restaurants watering delights since 1979. The reason they have been so successful over the years is not because of their great location either. Finding El Moro is not easy. The street where they are located is one block long and hard to find if you don't know where it is. The good news is that every taxi driver in Cozumel knows where it is so you can get there without a problem. If you are driving a rental car you can always explore your way to it!

The "pico de gallo" is on the spicy side but very delicious. They always bring fresh home made tortillas to go with it. And you will want to wash that down with your favorite beverage. There is a full bar as well as beer and wine available. You will find no shortage of tasty as well as spicy dishes on the menu. El Moro's menu is very extensive and the prices range from 30 pesos for appetizers to an average of $150 pesos for the main course. You can get certain dishes for two that will cost around $250 pesos (like the Mexican platter for 2 with a variety of classic Mexican items on the platter.

Your waiter will approach you with a big smile and make you feel at home the minute you walk in. The first thing that will come to your table will be the "chips and salsa". If you ask for mild salsa they will oblige you. The chips are thick, large and fresh. This will get you started on what will be a great culinary experience! Since the menu is big you will not have a problem Always a warm greeting awaits you.finding something that you like, however, I highly recommend the "Bistec Tampiqueño" if you are in the mood for steak. It is extremely flavorful and comes with chicken enchiladas in a molé sauce, rice, refried beans, plantains, corn or flower tortillas and guacamole with some chips. It will make your mouth water! If on the other hand you are in the mood for fish, I recommend the "Filete" or "Pescado Empapelado". It is a fish filet (catch of the day) in a cream sherry type sauce, wrapped in aluminum foil and broiled in onions, green peppers with shrimp on top. This is definitely a must try if you like seafood.

I recently ate at El Moro and had their version of Bananas Foster (plantains flambé). It was simply the best flaming bananas desert I've ever had. I think that their secret recipe contains "Stabatung", which means "Nectar of the gods"! Their fully stocked bar and bartender will be happy to make you a custom drink if you wish. There is an internet cafe for those who might have restless teenagers that would like to stay occupied while the parents are "chatting".

Before I wrote this web site up I took my camera with me to take pictures of the meal. As you can see, there are no pictures of the main course or desert on this page. That's because I was so busy eating that I forgot to take the pictures. Seriously!

When planning your next visit to Cozumel make sure to go to El Moro. It will be a highlight of your vacation.

El Moro is located on 75th Ave. Norte Bis. behind the new Pemex gas station. Sorry, they are Closed Thursdays.

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