Abuelo’s, Isla Mujeres



Restaurant Abuelos was a recent find for us, near the end of our 2014 sojourn to Isla 2014 Blog Post. We were absolutely delighted by the find and (in my humble opinion) kinda wished it would have stayed exactly like it was, with its compact space and family members taking care of us.


We remembered the fabulous fish and their street sign indicated that it was still the focus of the menu.


Our server took us on a “tour” of the fish that was available that evening. I couldn’t help but think that the custom would never get past food safety standards back home. But, when in Rome….


Dinner at the second floor open dining room commenced with mojitos and margaritas in hopes that we could cool down a bit.  The evening was humid with no breeze which is very unusual for the island.



D and I couldn’t decide between the coconut shrimp and garlic fish. In the end we ordered both to split between us. Unfortunately, before he could take a single bite, he was overwhelmed by his bad head cold and had to leave and take a walk. This was in no way a reflection on the food because I had a couple of bites and it was excellent. But I had to make our apologies and have our dinner packed up for home.

Once D was feeling better (it took a couple of days), I recreated our dinner in our kitchen at Luna D’Miel. We would have loved to have returned to Abuelos later in the trip but when you are on Isla Mujeres, there are so many excellent places to eat and not enough time.

Kath’s quote: If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.”-James Michener


Live simply, laugh often, love deeply.




4 Comments to

“Abuelo’s, Isla Mujeres”

  1. Avatar September 11th, 2015 at 4:51 pm Natalie Says:

    Hi Kathryne! My family and I visited Isla for my daughter’s 16th birthday in July. I found your blog when I was researching restaurants and it was sooo helpful. I needed an Isla fix, so I checked your blog and was happy to see you are there right now! It really is an amazing place. Hope you have a wonderful time and thanks for all the great posts you write.

  2. Avatar September 12th, 2015 at 8:36 pm Kathryne Says:

    Hey Natalie! We are not actually on Isla right now. I am just finally getting all my trip reports written from March 2015! One reason why we love Isla so much is because we really slow down and just “be”. Life when we are home is not quite so leisurely. I sure do appreciate that you commented here. Stay tuned as there are a couple of dozen posts still to come. AND we’re booked for 2016.

  3. Avatar November 9th, 2016 at 8:10 am Isla Mujeres 2016 Trip Report, Day One, Part Two - Food Musings | Winnipeg food blog Says:

    […] have enjoyed dining at Abuelo’s since it was a three table spot and loved watching as the family succeeded and re-invested in their […]

  4. Avatar April 3rd, 2018 at 1:05 pm Abuelo-Isla Mujeres 2018 - Food Musings | Winnipeg food blog Says:

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