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“New Year's Eve Dinner”

Kinta Mexican Bistro
Ranked #13 of 384 Restaurants in Cozumel
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Edmonton, Canada
1 review
“New Year's Eve Dinner”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

We made early dinner reservations several days prior to New Year's Eve and we were hoping for a fabulous dinner, as we have dined here on previous trips to Cozumel. Reservations were at 6:30 and we were led to a table for 2 in the garden right next to another table for 2, with our tables parallel and approximately 1 foot apart. The "hostess" acted like a warden and pronounced that this is your table. Our neighbors were a pleasant couple but as we were the ONLY diners in the restaurant at the time, why did the hostess sit us right next to each other so that there was absolutely no privacy in conversing?! Apparently, they had only arrived minutes before us. We asked if we could be seated elsewhere to afford everyone some privacy. Our server, Rene, had to ask Jimmy, who came to us and explained that every table was reserved, but we could have this other table which had to be vacated by a certain time. This seemed reasonable to us, so we were seated at another table. As it turned out, other diners did not appear for about an hour after our arrival, so it would have been a very awkward meal. Other than that, service was impeccable and the food fabulous. Rene was a most gracious server, also Jimmy and the rest of the staff who also served our table. Thank you, Rene for making our last dinner in Cozumel most enjoyable!

  • Visited January 2014
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“Delicious Food AND Atmosphere”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Second visit to Kinta...does not disappoint in either food or atmosphere. Lovely little place on a side street right off the main avenue. Very innovative menu ... Try the garlic shrimp with cilantro rice...delicious!! Make a reservation- can get busy at times.

  • Visited December 2013
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Dartmouth, MA
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“Not your typical Mexican meal!”
Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant offers a unique take on Mexican food and was very good and reasonable. Our group of 10 all enjoyed their meals. The setting was very nice as well. A nice change of pace!

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New York City, New York
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“Adequate food, but terrible service”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

We came to Kinta because of our positive experience at its sister restaurant, Kondesa. Unfortunately, there were several problems with the food and service and we would recommend that you go elsewhere instead.

- We did not have a reservation, so we waited for 30mins at the bar for a table. No big deal, except that it took 15mins to get a drink from the bar, even though we were the only people there, sitting right in front of the bartender

- Entrees came nearly 40mins after the appetizer plates were removed, even after asking several times (the entree orders had not been put into the system)

- Waiter asked us if we wanted dessert before we had received our entrees

- Hostess offered us our check immediately after we had received our entrees

- One of the "light" entrees said it was "grilled chicken over a bed of grilled vegetables with a pesto glaze" but turned out to be a piece of breaded chicken over soggy pineapple served next to a pile of pesto rice and 2 pieces of carrot, 2 pieces of zucchini and 1 piece of onion

We appreciate that the restaurant was able to accommodate us given that we didn't have a reservation, but it would be better to just turn us away than provide this mediocre level of service and experience.

  • Visited January 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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“Great food in Cozumel”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

This is the second time that we've been to this restaurant in as many trips to Cozumel. The service is excellent, the food is very good. If you are a seafood fan, then you will not be disappointed. I especially liked the black bean soup and the seared tuna (not always on the menu).

  • Visited December 2013
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