Looking for the best Holbox restaurants? Look no more! Here you’ll find the greatest eateries on the island to make your vacation delicious!
Isla Holbox is a Mexican island that resembles the paradise stereotype pictures you may see in postcards and wallpapers. Yup, it’s that beautiful. Add to it the fact that there are no cars or paved roads and you’ve got yourself the perfect holiday destination for a complete reset and ultimate relaxation.
But Holbox is not just pretty beaches and great hotels; it also offers a fantastic culinary experience. So, where to eat in Holbox if you’re craving the famous tacos, local cuisine or the yummiest breakfast? You’ll find out below!
After you check it out, keep this guide handy to remember what are the best Holbox restaurants and visit them once you’re on the island.
Milpa serves not only food to make your taste buds sing, but your eyes as well. Their dishes are delicately arranged on the plates, and they excel at creating art pieces with your dinner.
Their Mexican, Mediterranean and Contemporary cuisine offers a wide range of options and while seafood is their strength, they also serve vegetarian dishes.
All of their produce is locally sourced, and they also offer homemade breads and sauces to go with your meals. It’s definitely one of Holbox best restaurants.
Milpa: C. Palomino & C. Porfirio Díaz.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 6 PM to 11 PM. Make reservations to ensure your spot before you go.
ROOTS Pizzas a Leña
For a fantastic wood fired pizza, head to Roots Pizza a Leña. They serve amazingly big homemade pizzas, made on wood ovens right in front of your eyes. The place has a really cool beach vibe and ambience, there is live music and a courtyard where you’ll find the bar, serving some of the best drinks on the island.
They also have a 100% Mexican wine cellar, so you can get a taste of the real Mexican wine. For the adventurous when it comes to food, one of the most requested flavours is the Lobster Pizza, so don’t forget to try it.
It’s one of the most sought-after restaurants in Holbox, so get there early in the evening to grab a table.
Roots Pizza a Leña: C. Porfirio Díaz between C. Palomino & C. Carito.
Opening Hours: Daily from 12.30 PM to 11 PM.
For some real Holbox food, head to TacoQueto, a restaurant that specializes, as the name suggests, in tacos, quesadillas and burritos, served right next to the beach. A true classic on the island, TacoQueto has been serving food and honoring the Mexican flavours for 15 years now and, according to the many reviews it gets, their burritos are the most scandalicious in the area; you’ve been warned!
If you’re not into burritos, though, you’ll still be able to enjoy their pizzas, nachos & guacamole and the best street food in Holbox.
TacoQueto: Ave. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell & C. Tiburón Ballena.
Opening Hours: Daily from 6 PM to 12 AM.
Alma means Soul in Spanish, and Alma Bar’s location with perfect views of the sunset, crafted cocktails and grilled food is all it takes to treat your body and soul; add a beautiful rooftop pool in the mix for the ultimate lunch experience.
Whether you visit for brunch or dinner, or only stop by for a sunset drink (highly recommended!) don’t leave without trying their tortillas and (at least) one of their cocktails; that’s their specialty!
The bar also hosts music festivals and brings in DJs, and they are the perfect spot to celebrate your birthday or special occasion, so if you have an anniversary coming up during the trip, you now know where to go! It’s certainly one of the best bars in Holbox.
Alma Bar: Calle Paseo Kuka 150.
Opening Hours: Daily from 11 AM to 8 PM.
Arte Sano is THE vegan spot in Holbox to visit if you’re vegan/vegetarian, or you simply want to take a break from meat. They take the traditional fast-foods like burgers, pizzas or tacos and turn them into yummy, healthier versions that include gluten-free and vegan options. It’s one of the best places to eat in Holbox with absolutely no guilt.
All food is freshly made, and they use the best Mexican flavours to make your meal as tasty as it is healthy. Homemade bread, sauces and dips go well with all the menu options, and you can also get all sorts of fresh fruit juices to go with your lunch.
It’s a particularly good place to visit for a healthy, hearty breakfast, whether you’re a vegetarian or not; some fruit and veggies never hurt nobody!
Arte Sano: C. Gerónimo de Aguilar & C. Palomino.
Opening Hours: from 9 AM to 10 PM every day.
El Chapulim is a pretty unique restaurant for different reasons. For starters, you won’t get a menu once you sit down; they don’t have one. El Chapulim offers only 4 main courses that change daily, because they only use the freshest ingredients, seafood and veggies, so depending on the day, the meals you’ll be offered.
The person talking you over your different options is no other than chef and owner Erik, personalizing the experience of all his customers.
The cocktail and juice menu works pretty similarly, so you’ll only have a small selection of drinks on offer – trust me, this is a good thing. Prepared right in front of you with fresh fruits and aromatic herbs, you’ll be having different first-rate cocktails every day.
Its originality, service and good food make it one of the best restaurants in Isla Holbox.
El Chapulim: C. Tiburón Ballena between C. Damero & C. Coldwell.
Opening Hours: Daily from 4.30 PM to 10.30 PM.
Rosa Mexicano offers Mexican signature dishes arranged in such an aesthetic way that, if you’re one to report your meals on social media, these plates will be the highlight of your feed.
The restaurant specializes in seafood and traditional breakfasts; it’s the perfect spot to have yours if you’re in for a long day and want to start full and energized. They offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes as well, and besides the quality of the food, the site is highly praised for their service and attention to detail.
Rosa Mexicano: C. Tiburón Ballena & C. Porfirio Díaz.
Opening Hours: Daily from 8 AM to 10.30 PM.
Casa Nostra Roof Restaurant
Casa Nostra is an Italian Holbox restaurant, bringing the Mediterranean flavors all the way to your table.
As in any good Italian restaurant, the homemade pasta is one of their star dishes, and they have reinvented many Mediterranean classics to fit in the fresh catch of the day and some local spices. This fusion is a total success, and reviewers point to Casa Nostra as a gastronomic gem in Isla Holbox.
When you visit, don’t forget to ask for the dessert menu regardless of the time of day; you cannot leave without tasting their cannoli or tiramisu. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll enjoy the best breakfast in Holbox right here!
Casa Nostra: Av. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell & C. Canane.
Opening Hours: Daily from 8 AM to 11 AM for breakfast and 5 PM to 10 PM for dinner.
Antojitos Abuelo Tom
Antojitos Abuelo Tom is the best restaurant in Holbox, Mexico for traditional small plates like tacos, sopes and panuchos. They also serve a delicious chicken soup and the service is really good and fast; you won’t be left waiting long before your food arrives, making it the perfect place if you’re in a hurry or just want a tasty bite before you continue your adventures.
The dishes are really affordable and generous, and it’s location, in the town center and only two blocks from the beach, is perfect. Keep in mind that there are no many tables and the place really fills up, so don’t wait until the last minute to get there!
Antojitos Abuelo Tom: C. Porfirio Díaz & C. Carito.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 8.30 AM to 11.30 AM; 1.30 PM to 3.30 PM and 7.30 PM to 10 PM. On Saturday it only opens during the morning and noon shifts.
Tierra Mia Juice & Coffee
Tierra Mia is the perfect breakfast spot, and it serves both the typical coffee and bagel breakfast and the healthier option that include fresh juices, smoothies, fruits and waffles.
They serve Mexican coffee brought in from the famous Chiapas ares (meaning excellent quality and super-delicious coffee) and all their ingredients are fresh. The cafe, that offers inside and outside seating, is also environmentally-friendly and only uses biodegradable packaging.
If you enjoy a good, healthy breakfast but can’t miss your morning coffee, you’ll find your perfect first meal at Tierra Mia, one of the greatest Isla Holbox restaurants.
Tierra Mia Juice & Coffee: Av. Damero 310.
Opening Hours: Thursday to Tuesday from 9 AM to 10 PM.
Mandarina is a seaside restaurant by Casa Las Tortugas, one of Holbox boutique hotels. Its location right on the beach makes it one of the best situated restaurants in Holbox island, and it offers a wide range of dishes, combining local and international cuisine.
At Mandarina you can get tasty French toast or waffles for breakfast and choose from pasta, salads, meat or fish dishes and sandwiches for lunch and dinner.
All their dishes come in generous portions and they also have craft beers, an extensive wine list and cocktails to go with your meal.
Mandarina: Av. Damero 310
Opening Hours: Daily from 7 AM to 11 AM; 12 PM to 5 PM and 6 PM to 10 PM.
Cafe del Mar
Cafe del Mar is situated right in front of the beach, offering fantastic views while you have your breakfast or lunch or enjoy that cup of coffee. The cafe also boasts a garden surrounded by palm trees; if the weather is nice, there’s nothing like eating outside with nature all around you.
The food is really good and its location makes it the perfect place for a quick bite before heading back to the beach, or a post sunbathing-session hearty lunch.
Cafe del Mar: Calle Erizo 3.
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Monday from 9 AM to 6.30 PM.
Por Que No
The perfect Holbox, Mexico ice cream restaurant is called Por Que No, which means why not. I mean, why not have an ice cream after every meal, or whenever you’re hot or after watching the sunset at the beach?
Ice creams are part of the deal when it comes to beach holidays, and Por Que No knows it. Here you’ll find the classical ice cream flavors like chocolate and strawberry, but I challenge you to try the local options, like Zapote, Pineapple or Pitaya.
These artisanal ice creams are the best you’ll find in Holbox, so head to the place on your first day, and keep licking until you leave.
Por Que No: Calle Damero 310.
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Monday 11 AM to 11 PM. Tuesday from 4 PM to 11 PM.