Updated: May 2, 2018
The 3 Best Restaurants on Isla Mujeres
- Casa Rolandi • $$$$
Oceanfront fine dining, featuring an inspired blend of Northern Italian and local Yucatan cuisines. Located inside the Zoetry Villa Rolandi hotel and open all day, this restaurant is most popular at dinnertime for their breathtaking sunset views and elegant ambiance; breakfast and lunch here are more casual. Fresh seafood, grilled meats, and pastas anchor the gourmet menu. Standout dishes include the octopus or beef carpaccio, lobster ravioli, and tuna tataki – an excellent selection of wines and great desserts rounds out the experience. Servers here are attentive, and the sommeliers are knowledgeable about available wine selections and pairings. Reservations are highly recommended for dinner, but not necessary for breakfast or lunch, unless traveling with a large group.
- Polo’s Mango Café • $$-$$$
Amazing food, fun atmosphere, and great drinks! Mango Café offers some of the freshest Mexican flavors on the island alongside American favorites. Breakfast is their busiest service, with stuffed peppers, huevos rancheros, and coconut French toast on nearly every table, paired with one of their famous mango or watermelon mimosas. Staff is incredibly friendly, service is prompt, and the owners are on site daily. Be advised that the green sauce is not tomatillo sauce but habanero sauce instead; mix it with their mango salsa for a perfect sweet spicy kick. Expect a wait if you arrive for breakfast, but the line moves quickly.
- Rooster Café • $$-$$$
This is a perfect little brunch spot in the North End, specializing in creative spins on eggs benedict; try them with lobster, chorizo, or a pineapple-shrimp combo. All of their breads and bagels are made-from-scratch, and their coffee is phenomenal. The breakfast menu tends toward American favorites, like omelettes, pancakes, and French toast; lunch offerings feature more Mexican options with a variety seafood and steak tortilla dishes. Simple, straightforward cocktails, great smoothies, and perhaps best of all: air conditioning!