Where to eat

There are six restaurants in El Cuyo, one café,, a pizzeria and a number of loncherias and food stalls – detailed below. It’s not a huge selection, but it’s sufficient – especially if you’re keen on trying authentic Mexican food.

One other point worth mentioning – at weekends food stalls sell local pork specialities….

Lechon (pulled pork) is sold every Sunday in a stall opposite La Conchita, and the locals queue up for it. Get there before 10:30am or they’re likely to have sold out…

The Yucatan regional dish ‘Cochinita Pibil’ (pork served in a sauce made from annatto, bitter orange and garlic) is also served in stalls on the main street on Saturdays and Sundays.


  • El Chile Gordo – take the very first road on your left hand side as you’re entering town (just past the police cabin). El Chile Gordo is mid way down on the left hand side and has the most famous traditional Mexican dishes. It’s open Thursday-Sunday from 5.30pm-9.30pm. Take out available. Get a free moto taxi pick up service from your accommodation to the restaurant if the booking is made before opening time. It comes highly recommended – see trip advisor for customer reviews.
  • Valerio’s –  on the left hand side on the main road as you’re entering town from the lagoon. Valerio’s is newly opened and specialises in fish and seafood – the breaded shrimps are really really good! It’s closed on Tuesdays, but other weekdays is open from 12pm – 6pm weekdays, and 8am till 7pm on weekends. They also deliver if you fancy a take out.
  • Luma – is the restaurant within the hotelito ‘LunArena’ at the very eastern end of El Cuyo. It does breakfasts 8-10am and dinner service between 6-9pm and is open daily.
  • El Tiburon – on the right hand side of the main road as you’re approaching the main square from the road into town. They have no set menu, but serve what’s been freshly caught. The shrimp and octopus ceviche is highly recommended – and everything is great value! Opens 12-1 and 5-6 daily, but will stay open longer if there are customers. See reviews from tripadvisor
  • La Conchita – is the most established seafood restaurant in El Cuyo. It’s just off the main square with seating inside and out and cute palapas so you can keep out of the sun. It’s open daily from 8am – 6pm. See reviews from tripadvisor
  • Restaurant Miramar – on the main square (part of Hotel AidaLuz). Serves a more varied menu, but specialises in shrimps and fish, and serves a good fried fresh fish with rice. Opens Wednesday – Monday from 8am – 5pm. Closed Tuesdays. See reviews from tripadvisor.  Here at elcuyo.net we have vouchers for complimentary ceviche – please get in touch if you’d like to try it out.

Other Options

  • Naia Café & Guesthouse – at the beginning of the Avenue Veraniega, off the main square. Has a lovely relaxed beach feel to it, and serves breakfasts, a selection of snacks and drinks, and great home baked cakes/cookies. For their facebook page and updated opening times check https://www.facebook.com/naiaguesthouse/ (Usually open from 8am-1pm Tuesdays – Saturdays. Closed Mondays.) Naia is also doing evening dinner specials on Friday and Saturday evenings – open from 7 to 10pm and serving international dishes. Check out their reviews on tripadvisor
  • Pizzeria – on the road nearest to the lagoon (heading back out to the lagoon from the main square, go past the pharmacy, Selenita shop and school and take the turning after the hardware shop). It’s open from 5pmish and serves pizzas and tacos to eat in or takeaway. In lobster season it does a speciality lobster pizza! I recommend the very thin and crispy base!
  • Doña Marta Pescaderia – past the pizzeria and go along to the end of the street. Doña Marta sells great fresh fish to take away or you can eat on her terrace.
  • Loncheria Willys – on the left hand side on the main road as you’re entering town from the lagoon. It’s got a pink and yellow frontage -you can’t miss it! Serves great panuchos and sopes – open evenings until 10pmish.
  • El Amigo Omar – just off the main square. It’s open in the afternoons and evenings and is simple and very economical.
  • Loncherie La Lupita – just off the main square on the main street into town. It’s open in the afternoons and evenings.