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“Especias is a gem”

New Especias Restaurante
Ranked #35 of 380 Restaurants in Cozumel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Authentic Italian Restaurant in the middle of the mexican caribbean sea. Home made pasta, italian chef and we are famous for lion fish and sea food.Excelent options for meat lovers. A DIP in ITALY... #newespecias #byfrancescodiroma #bestitalianincozumel
dallas, tx
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Especias is a gem”
Reviewed June 23, 2009

I originally discovered Especias on a travel website because i wanted to hear some live Spanish guitar while on the island. This place is a gem. Great food, great open air atmosphere, great drinks, great service, great music (Abraham) and a more than hospitable owner (Adrian) that takes the time to get to know his customers and makes you feel more than welcome. I will go back to Cozumel and Especias will be the first stop. A+++++

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Houston, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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“Wish We Could Go There More Often...”
Reviewed May 29, 2009

My husband and I ate at the original Especias location on the first night of our first trip to the island 2005. We met the owner Adrian Romero and the dinner he served us was incredible. The ingredients are always fresh at Especias, the recipes original and delightfully prepared, and don't miss his margaritas!

Adrian is a superb host and a great source for ideas on how to spend your time on Cozumel - and I'm not talking just your average tourist stuff - he grew up on the island and can assemble one-of-a-kind adventures for every interest!

In May 2006, we held our wedding reception at the new Especias location with 30 friends. Adrian, Letty, and the staff of Especias made it a night that we and our guests will never forget. Now our guests tell all their friends who visit Cozumel not to miss this place.

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San Diego, CA
Level 2 Contributor
1 review
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“GREAT food! A must Eat when in Cozumel!!”
Reviewed May 13, 2009

I was lucky enough to meet Adrian, the owner, and experience a fabulous time at Especias. Our group was staying at an all-inclusive but we wanted to venture out and have a nice Lobster dinner in town. Adrian arranged fresh lobster for the 4 of us and our experience at Especias couldn't have been better! There was a gentleman playing live music there and it was as if we had our own private music right in front of us! The zucchini boats appetizer was SOO good...I crave it now! The lobsters were amazing and so was the rest of the food. Aside from the great food, what we cherished most was the opportunity to sit with Adrian and his wife and listen to stories about the history of the island. It was an experience that is priceless! Especias will def. be on our list of must-do's whenever we come back and visit Cozumel! This is truly a great restaurant and you will not be disappointed!!

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San Antonio, TX
2 reviews
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“A Must Visit!!!”
Reviewed May 4, 2009

The BEST restaurant on the entire Island is hands down Especias. Try the Crab appetizer and the empanadas for sure. Their fish dishes are made with care and taste wonderfully unique. The atmosphere is wonderful, the waitstaff attentive and efficient, but the main draw is the owner, Adrian, who makes every visit too much fun! Check it out next time; promise you won't be disappointed!!

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Cozumel, Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
12 reviews
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“Best When You Arrive Hungry!”
Reviewed April 29, 2009

Shrimp Sambal: Huge, sweet shrimp and an herbal sauce with a touch of exotic heat. Start with the excellent tequila anejo or a margarita and finish with homemade key lime pie. Cozumel dining doesn't get better than that!

I've been to Especias several times for excellent drinks and appetizers-as-dinner, to enjoy Abraham's beautiful music, and to meet up with friends who were dining there. This restaurant is amongst those on the island that's easy and comfortable to pop into for a small fix. But arriving famished after a long dive day, I finally discovered the excellent cuisine that I've been missing.

Can't say enough about the staff -- they're all great people who treat you as family (and remember you when they see you around town) from the moment you walk in the door. Adrian is the consummate host whose primary concern is your enjoyment.

Especias is a favorite of many of Cozumel's regular visitors and, when you try it, it will become one of your favorites, too.

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