Qroo Paul’s Pick: La Cocay Restaurant in Cozumel

Caesar Salad at La Cocay, Cozumel, Mexico

Readers of the blog often ask us to do more articles recommending specific restaurants in the Riviera Maya. If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you may have noticed that these types of articles are extremely rare on this site. In fact, this is the only one that we’ve done all year.

Sure, we’ll mention a place that we like from time to time on our Facebook page, but articles are reserved for our absolute favorites. Places that we believe our readers will love as much as we do, and La Cocay Restaurant in Cozumel definitely qualifies.

Just to be clear, this is not one of those cheesy sponsored posts that you’ll see on some other blogs — we don’t do those. This is just the humble opinion of a couple of retirees who live in the Riviera Maya and eat out almost every day.

A Look at La Cocay

Millions of cruise ship passengers visit Cozumel (4 million in 2018 alone), but very few of them have even heard of La Cocay because it opens at 5:30 PM, a time when most passengers are either returning or have already returned to their ships.

That’s also one of the hottest times of the day on the west side of the island and the interiors of restaurants and bars typically heat up as the sun descends towards the horizon and its rays invade previously shady areas of those establishments.

I don’t know about you, but if I’m overly hot, I can’t enjoy a meal at all.

Fortunately, La Cocay offers something that many restaurants on the island do not, an air-conditioned dining room.

For you folks who don’t like your air artificially cooled, there’s an outdoor dining area located out back.

Great Food

Taking a break from the heat is a nice perk, but it’s not what makes us keep going back to La Cocay — it’s the food. It is absolutely delicious and is consistently well-prepared.

My personal favorites are the beef carpaccio, the roasted duck and the filet mignon. I’m actually salivating now thinking about those dishes. 

Linda favorites are the Florentina salad, the seared shrimp and the filet mignon.

When we haven’t been to Cozumel in awhile, we both start craving this place and we’ll actually make a special trip to eat there. That’s really saying a lot considering that I’m not a big fan of riding the ferry because I occasionally get a bit seasick.

Here are a few pictures we took during our many visits there:

Phyllo Rolls stuffed with cream cheese and blue cheese with black cherry sauce

Mignon Carpaccio served with a basil pesto, arugula and parmesan

Filet Mignon with red wine demi glace and roasted garlic mashed potatoes

Florentina Salad (Mixed lettuce, bacon, goat cheese, pears and blackberry vinaigrette)

Seared giant shrimp seasoned with a chile parsley butter, and linguine with a bloody mary sauce

Roasted duck breast with scalloped potatoes and vegetables

Menu and Prices

La Cocay has their complete menu online along with the prices: La Cocay Menu Link

Great Service

One of the aspects that made dining here so enjoyable was the exceptional level of service provided by the staff. Special thanks to Eliezer, Jose, Ivan and Miguel for making every meal we had there amazing.

Location

Hours

Open every day of the week from 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Website and Facebook

Here are the links to both their main website and their Facebook:

La Cocay Main Site

La Cocay Facebook

Let’s Wrap This Up

There are a lot of great restaurants on the island of Cozumel but this is definitely our favorite. During our last trip to Cozumel, we stayed a week and had dinner here about 5 out of 7 nights. We went to some of our other favorites during the day and on those two nights off.

If you give this place a try, tell them we said hello — or better yet, ¡Hola!

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About the Author

Qroo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) to share their experiences, as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

25 Comments on "Qroo Paul’s Pick: La Cocay Restaurant in Cozumel"

  1. Paul gets seasick on the ferry. So much for inviting him on a fishing trip.

  2. Wonderful info and review. We’ll check it out when we’re in Cozumel in January! Thanks

  3. I love you featured non-Mexican food. During our trips to Rosarito we have found a couple of fantastic places that feature great French, German, Argentinian, and even Sushi. It seems Chefs from all over are going to Mexico to cook.

  4. Well that’s just great. Another gem packed full. I’ll have to bribe you to keep quiet :). – Coz resident btw

  5. Cheryl Laidlaw | September 5, 2019 at 6:59 pm |

    wow that looks delicious! we stay in Cozumel a few times a year, rarely going to the mainland anymore. Lol Ha used to be our fav when we did go to the mainland. In fact, Raphael is one of my favorite servers of all time and I get hugs when we go. Where is your fav authentic Mexican food in Cozumel? We’ve been to a few and have yet to find something truly amazing.

    • Lol Ha is one of our favorite places too. It’s like our Cheers — everybody knows us and we know everybody.

      As far as authentic Mexican food in Cozumel, we haven’t explored too many of them. We do make it a point to swing by Mister Taco for their “gringa al pastor”, it is the best that either of us have ever had.

  6. Check out Sorrisi in Cozumel
    Wow
    What an experience
    See for yourself

  7. Fran aka Ethel Merts | September 6, 2019 at 5:36 am |

    Paul, the food looks great! This is definitely a 5 Star Restaurant. Do you really get seasick on a ferry?

    • On a windy day, that ferry ride can get very rough and it leaves me feeling green for hours afterward.

  8. Seasick prevention=Bonine pills. Like Dramamine but doesn’t make you sleepy. Also seabands, soft elastic wrist bands with button to press against the pressure point in your wrist. I live on an island and travel by ferry.

    • I do take Bonine before getting on the ferry, and it does help, but on a very windy day when the water is crashing over the front of the boat, I still end up feeling very blahhhhhh. That feeling lingers even when I’m on dry land.

  9. Kimberly Brown | September 6, 2019 at 6:44 am |

    Shhhhh. One of our very favorite restaurants in Cozumel.

  10. For Pete’s sake, Paul! I’ll be thinking about the beautiful food pics all day, lol. Great post and loved your description of the afternoon sun, etc. Have a (nother) great day!

    • Looking at the article now is making me hungry! I think it’s time to plan another trip back to Cozumel!

  11. The food looks delicious, but the portions look petite. One of my peeves is leaving a restaurant still hungry. If I owned a restaurant, that would be one thing I made sure never happened, and why Mexican restaurants are so popular in the USA, and coincidentally why Americans are so fat… LOL!!

  12. That Filet Mignon! We’ve lived in Puerto Morelos for 18 months now and after more disappointments than I can count, I had given up on finding a good and well prepared filet. Originally from Chicago, we are accustomed to the best beef available. We are going to have to check La Cocay out! Unfortunately, I am like you and almost always experience seasickness that can last several hours after I get off a boat. I guess we will just have to go and stay for a few days so that I can dine their the day after the ferry ride and the day before returning to the mainland LOL! If it is as good as you say, I would not want to feel bad either before or after eating La Cocay!

    As always, thank you for sharing.

    • You really should check it out. They have special nights when they offer great cuts of meat. I think it’s Friday, but you should check with them.

      Reference the whole seasickness thing, that’s why we stay a minimum of one night. I don’t want to ride the ferry twice in one day.

  13. Silly question to ask, but I was wondering why they called it La Cocay? Paul & Linda, thanks again for the info.

  14. Carlos Santiago | September 8, 2019 at 7:49 pm |

    Thanks for the tip, we can’t wait to try La Cocay for dinner the next time we are in Cozumel. Here is one of our favorites for you… For breakfast in Cozumel try Corazón Contento.

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