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“Excellent!”
Review of Kondesa Restaurant

Kondesa Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 380 Restaurants in Cozumel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $11
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Mexican, Contemporary, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
houston
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

I really loved Kondesa! It's tucked away a few streets back from the touristy area in Cozumel and you might pass by without even realizing it's there. The food was great, but I particularly loved the atmosphere. The entire restaurant is open air, though the bar and half of the dining tables are covered. The tables are nestled under and around large trees and you really feel like you're in a tropical hideaway, rather than in the middle of town!

My only complaint is the heat and mosquitos! This, of course, isn't the restaurants fault, but if you're going in the summer months, beware! I look forward to visiting Kondesa on our next Cozumel trip in the winter months :)

  • Visited July 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best food in Cozumel!”
Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

This place is awesome! Owner Kris Wallenta is doing a fantastic job here. Great food, beautiful presentation and amazing atmosphere! We had a great night! Be sure to get the 3 guacamole app. Truly special!

  • Visited June 2013
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Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 438 helpful votes
“Best meal in Cozumel”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

I'd like to start with explaining my rating: This is not the best meal I have had. However, it is the best I have been able to find in Cozumel for what I would call interesting and fine dining.

The dishes use traditional Mexican ingredients with a modern twist. The lionfish cakes are amazing, especially with the green tomatillo sauce. So are the other main fish courses I tried. A big highlight for me is always dessert and Kondesa did not disappoint. The churros are just perfect: perfectly fried, amazing sauces (chocolate and deliciously undetermined), beautiful and clever plating (paper bag that sucks up the oil and at the same time allows for an optimal sugar coverage). The 'cornbread' dish with ice cream was just perfect. Not too sweet, just right size. We visited multiple nights.

Note also, that the setting is quite nice: Modern setting in a beautiful garden. Pack some mosquito repellent, tho...

  • Visited June 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“One of the best meals I've ever had in Cozumel”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

My husband and a friend of ours (a resident of Cozumel) went to Kondesa and we were treated to excellent food and service. We had some delicious and refreshing (and strong!) cocktails, the 3 guacamoles (who knew that strawberries would be perfect in guacamole?!), a mixed spring salad, the enchiladas, seared tuna, and the surf and turf. We shared our entrees and couldn't believe that each dish was flavored and prepared so well. In the seven or eight visits we've made to Cozumel, my husband and I agreed that this was by far the best meal from the nicer restaurants. We even raved about the food and service days later. Our only regret is that we discovered this gem at the end of our trip. We look forward to visiting soon and at least twice the next time we get to Cozumel.

  • Visited June 2013
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KondesaCozumel, Propietario at Kondesa Restaurant, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Hearing that this was your best restaurant exprience in Cozumel after 8 visits is what keeps our great passion to ensure that each and every guest leaves our hands with great memories and a unique experience. Don’t regret that you discovered us at the end of your trip, I’m sure you will me back and we will be looking forward to see you at Kondesa.

Kris
Chef / Owner
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Colleyville, Texas, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“The best authentic cuisine on the island!”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Who knew that you could make three kinds of guacamole! Each one divine in their own way! We had a wonderful meal at Kondesa! Cesar gave us great service and the food was...so good it is hard to find words!! We tried a little bit of everything and it was all fantastic. We had to walk home we were so full! You will be missing out if you don't try this beautiful restaurant!

Visited June 2013
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KondesaCozumel, Propietario at Kondesa Restaurant, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
In guak we trust is one of our gems, a guacamole trio with 3 totally different ways of making mexican guacamole is an appetizer that never fails. Cesar is one of the stars of Kondesa, he is an amazing server and person. Thanks for sharing your experience, it means a great deal to us. We hope to see you again in your next visit to Cozumel.

Kris
Chef / Owner
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