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Lunch, Dinner
Mexican, Caribbean, Latin, Seafood
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a bit hesitant to visit based on the reviews but someone else in our group wanted to go. I'm so glad we did. We had a GREAT day with a beautiful view and good food and drinks. We never felt pressured by the...staff to move from our table. (They weren't very busy so it wasn't like we were keeping someone else from using it) Very relaxing and enjoyable.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed August 23, 2021 via mobile

As soon as you step on the sand they jump on you so that you consume, and if you are foreign, you pay a grotesque price. 200Mx pesos for two ignoble, bitter, impossible to drink fresh coconuts. Of course they don’t care when you get...up and leave two minutes after getting your drinks, Cozumel way with foreigners, you are just walking ATM’s Completely stupid because we were looking for a quiet place to come back and spend an afternoon in the days to come. They got 200and won’t get anymore. The beach is nice, so we'll be back with our own drinks and food. But do not give them your money, stay away from this place ran by crooks!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed January 10, 2021 via mobile

Such a great place to spend the afternoon. Order lunch and drinks and snorkel and swim. There’s a natural breakwater here so it’s almost always calm. Showers for rinsing off. Snorkel gear rental was $15 I think. Place is CASH ONLY so be prepared Menu...runs from French fries, guacamole, ceviches and shrimp cocktail to whole fried fish and parriadas meant for 4-6 people to share. Lots of fun!More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed December 28, 2020

A place with a beautiful view by the sea, good service, good prices. The whole family was pleased with the food

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed December 26, 2020 via mobile

We liked it paid more to have beach chairs but this was better than being on the north side today. Drinks were a little more expensive than el pescadaro but it was nice.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed October 22, 2020

Its a beautiful spot and location, but they need to realize no one will come back when they price gauge so much. the prices are insane. enjoy the beach but unless you dont care about money, eat in town. much better choices and authentic food.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed September 21, 2020 via mobile

We have been visiting Chen Rio for many years and were thrilled to have the place almost to ourselves this trip. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed a nice lunch. We split 2 entries and had 3 drinks. The bill was $75 US and...they only take cash. That was the first punch. The second punch came later that night when all of us woke up with the Mexican Flu. We had to cancel our dives the next day. I summary, visit Chen Rio for the view but not the food.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed July 29, 2020

It was July 2020, the world was at a strange impasse. American passports had lost nearly all credibility and value. Somehow, our wonderful continental cousins to the south, Mexico, still welcomed us with open arms. We came on a day trip to Cozumel, rented a...jeep, and drove to this side of the island to eat at a restaurant next door that was actually closed, so we ended up here. Boy did we luck out. We were the only patrons when we were there, and they were very prepared, had masks and hand sanitizer and temperature checks. Service was incredible and the LOBSTER OH MY LORD THE LOBSTER!!! generous portion, fresh, just caught that morning, great garlic sauce to go with it. We will come back.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed March 28, 2020 via mobile

Our tour guide recommended this restaurant after our San Gervacio archeological tour. Our group was hungry and hot after walking around the ruins in the hot sun. We stepped into this restaurant on the beach and immediately was able to relax. We ordered the fresh...fried red snapper which came with rice and tortillas. This was the best way to relax on the beach and have a delicious lunch with a cold one in our hands and feet buried in the sand.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 8, 2020 via mobile

Major disappointment We visited this beach/restaurant twice before and loved it. Sorry to say this last visit was completely opposite. We were on a cruise over New Years and the prices were triple from our last visit, which was about a year earlier. The servers...were acting as if we should just pay the outrageous price of 100 dollars for one large fish for lunch. They had the worst attitude I have ever experienced in Mexico and we have traveled to Cancun and Monterrey many times. Parking lot attendant was drunk and directed our friend to back up right into another Jeep. He then proceeded to curse at our friend and I dusted he had to pay for the “damages” which were imperceptible. We were so disappointed in this experience and will never go back here again. So many other options just down the road...keep going right past this place!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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August 29, 2018|
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Response from texasag86 |
No. Cash only. Y
May 24, 2018|
Response from Kay M | Reviewed this property |
I don’t recall a shower but restrooms were fine. Beach has lots of sand and gradual shoreline into water.
enghelicious M
October 14, 2017|
Response from Itskendyl | Reviewed this property |
It’s public! Anyone can go, have a bite to eat/drink, and enjoy the beach!
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5