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“Terrible service, expensive”

Chuuk Kay Restaurant Bar and Grill
Cuisines: Caribbean, Mexican, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed December 31, 2012

We decided to give Chuuk Kay a try after seeing it featured on Map Chick's latest Isla Mujeres & Contoy Island map. We figured that since it was featured so predominately on the map, that the place must be good. When we arrived, only four or five tables were filled. We found ourselves a seat and waited for menus. After 10 minutes or so a waiter came by and asked if we wanted to see menus.

The menu was nothing special, but the prices were very high. The night before we ate at Lola Valentina - which has an exceptional menu - and the prices weren't nearly as high as Chuuk Kay. 

After receiving the menu, we waited another 10 minutes or so with no service. Fed up, we got up and left to go to El Varadero next door.

Thank Mark M
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

This is a fun place with good food, but it is best when Javi and his Banda sin Nombre are playing. The band has a strong following, so the restaurant is busy on Sunday afternoons , but it is worth the crowd to hear Javi do Johnny Cash. If you are really lucky, Marla will sit in with her Janis Joplin interpretation!

1  Thank somanybooks523
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

There are a few venues on Isla Mujeres offering live music on Sunday afternoons, and we were determined to spend our Sunday trying them out. We started with an early (4 PM) dinner timed so as to hear La Banda Sin Nombre (“The Band Without a Name”), a group with several positive reviews. So we took a short cab ride south of Centro to the entrance of Makax Lagoon, home to Chuuk Kay.

Chuuk Kay consists of a few palapa-topped buildings near the water’s edge. The main building includes lighting fixtures fashioned from fishing poles. One of the friendly staff told us that they had started as a fishing boat business. Customers complained that they wanted a palapa to sit under while waiting for the boat. Once a palapa was built, they asked for food and drink. So before they knew it, the owners found themselves in the restaurant business.

It was a very hot day and there isn’t much breeze because Chuuk Kay is surrounded by lush vegetation (which also means you’ll want to liberally apply mosquito repellant if visiting around dusk). Fortunately, there was a table available near a very large fan. The band was on break when we arrived so we set our attention to ordering food and drinks. A bucket of 5 Negra Modelos was only 85 pesos (about $6.50 US), one of the best drink bargains on Isla. We also opted for an order of their chunky guacamole (75 pesos).

La Banda Sin Nombre took the stage and they were great—a guitar, keyboards, drummer and congas. With a rhythm section comprising half the band, they got the sparse crowd dancing to a Latin beat. The waiter came over to take our food order. My wife opted for the bacon-wrapped shrimp (195 pesos or about $14.82 US) but I had seen too many pictures on TA of the coconut shrimp (also 195 pesos) to pass them up. My parents, still astounded by the amount of food this vacation had already included, opted to split an order of the coconut shrimp.

My wife was thrilled with her shrimp, but the piece I tried had some very undercooked bacon—and this is from a guy who prefers his bacon a little rarer than normal. The coconut shrimp was huge and also very sweet. Very. As a shared appetizer, one or two would have been perfect. After four, I was nearly hyperglycemic. Somehow I finished the remaining two shrimp, but the sweet aftertaste remained for hours. Even the next morning I was still a little overcome.

Despite some misgivings about these two dishes, however, I liked Chuuk Kay very much for its atmosphere. The place was beautiful in a rustic, tropical way and the staff was friendly. The beer was cold and the band was hot. Their menu is extensive enough that I know there are dishes I will enjoy, because I will definitely be back, especially if La Banda Sin Nombre is playing.

1  Thank DMartin216
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Chuuk Kay's always delivers on the best service, food, and atmosphere. Had to have their coconut shrimp. The best ever. On this trip we also experienced the drunken shrimp made with tequila, and the baked stuffed fish. The best seafood. A must for anyone on the island.

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Thank BonnieBarHarbor
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

It took us a few days to find it but we loved it once we did. They brought out fresh got fish for us to pick the one we wanted. Good cold beer made it a perfect place to relax after a day in the sun

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Thank Sherau
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