Posted 25 January 2016 - 07:42 PM
You asked for restaurant recommendations, so here are mine. All of these places are in town, so that means a long drive in for you from Ventanas al Mar.
Dinner - My favorite higher end nice places are La Cocay, Kinta, and Kondesa. You can find websites for all these places that will give you an idea of the menus and ambiance. Favorite other places are Casa Mission (also has a website), which is a ways back in town, just off the Transversal Road, Guido's (right on Melgar, north of the Plaza), the New Especias (good Italian food), Prima (not certain of the new location), Del Sur Argentine Empanadas (a great place for a light dinner of salad and empanadas, savory and sweet; I hear it also has good Argentine beef, but I've never tried it, I just love the Empanadas), Rolandi's (another good Italian place, right on the waterfont toward the south end of Town) and Pancho's Backyard (enter through Los Cinco Soles, a big tourist store on Melgar north of the Plaza. Finally, a "Don't Miss" local place, El Moro - a huge menu of Yucatan food, all of it excellent, and the owner, Ray, is the friendliest guy you'll ever find - it's way back in town, and I have no idea how to get there, since I just take a cab. El Moro doesn't have a website, but it has a page on Facebook.
Lunches - if you do make it into town for lunches, try to make it to Pescaderia San Carlos, a little hole-in-the-wall seafood market and restaurant. I always try to make it on Saturday, when it has a Sopa Mariscos, a seafood soup that is excellent (hint: add about a half a teaspoon of that really hot hot sauce to the soup - don't go overboard, cause that stuff will bite back, but a little bit really brightens up the soup), and the Grouper in Garlic Sauce is really good, too. If you want to try Lionfish, make it to La Perlita, which has a 2-for-1 special on lionfish entrees on Thursdays, the coconut crusted lionfish is very tasty. There are also a number of "loncherias" in town, small, locally owned places, often in the owner's house, that serve a comida del dia, meal of the day, that includes chips and salsa, a soup, an entree with rice and beans, and agua fresca to drink, for a fixed price, usually 70-80 Pesos - a real bargain. If you make into town for lunch on Sunday, go to El Moro. Ray alternates Sundays between Cochinita Pibil, a traditional Yucatan dish that is pork marinated in sour orange juice, achiote paste, and lots of local spices, wrapped in banana leaves, and slow cooked until tender and delicios, and Lechon al horno negro, a pork dish slow cooked in a black achiote sauce, it makes a dark juice that is just amazing.
Check out the restaurant recommendations on this blog, and, if you are looking for more info, there are several restaurant threads on the Cozumel forum on Scuba Board. Have fun!