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.
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:
Menu and Prices
La Cocay has their complete menu online along with the prices: La Cocay Menu Link
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.
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:
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!