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Lizard Joes

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Calle 17 24 y 26, Chelem 97322, Mexico
+52 999 396 8299
Sun 12:00 - 20:00
Mon 16:00 - 20:00
Fri 16:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I just wanna say that we had a great time last sunday, it is an incredible place with great food, awesome drinks, great people in a few words.....a great place to be, and what about the music....simply great...thank you guys for an awesome time see you soon.

Thank Lalo F
Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Lizard Joe's while recently vacationing in Chelem after reading all the great reviews. The wait staff was very attentive and the atmosphere was nice. We ordered some apps and found the ceviche and nachos to be good. Our mains however were very disappointing. Ribs had no flavor or rub at all, BBQ sauces were cold and tasteless. It was... More 

Thank Susete B
LizardJoes, Owner at Lizard Joes, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Lizard Joes. We are glad you liked the service, Ceviche and Nachos, but are disappointed you did not like the ribs or the sauce. Most people who are dissatisfied with our ribs are dissatisfied due to the cut they are served. We usually have 3 cuts of Pork Ribs to choose from at Lizard... More 

Seattle, Washington
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The BBQ is burnt and way over rubbed . Prices are rediculous high . The atmosphere is very click , local groups of musicians oriented . In mexico who wants to see some 3rd level american or canadian play rock star . 3 times all bad experiences . I gave the owners wife 100 dollar bill to change , ran... More 

1 Thank 60878Guacamaya
LizardJoes, Owner at Lizard Joes, responded to this review

I have thought long and hard about this review and the more I read it and other reviews by this user I am convinced this person submitted for malice intent Vs an honest review and I would be surprised if they have even ever visited Lizard Joes. We realize we will never please everyone and respond to unfavorable reviews and... More 

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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every time we go they have ribs (great ribs) my hubbie loves to go and eat that when we go. .They have a great wt. Staff they have live Music that is so good. Very comfortable there owners are great ..

Thank Linda L
LizardJoes, Owner at Lizard Joes, responded to this review

Mucho gracias for your response we love serving you More 

Austin, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was awesome. We came through on a cruise and found ourselves at Lizard Joes. My new home! Can't wait to get back to Lizard Joes and to the beach! Texas BBQ in Mexico right out of the smoker. It was great, tender and delicious. There were a lot of people here and the service was very good for... More 

Thank marik59ki
LizardJoes, Owner at Lizard Joes, responded to this review

Gracias for your review ... please contact us anytime you are n the area whether on the cruise ship or staying locally and we are happy to help you find your way to Lizard Joes More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wonderful family. I am so blesse that Cynthia and Paul Frost blessed y wife and I the blessing of renewing our vows with family who were not t our wedding the blessing of renewing our vows at her wonderful place. If you have not had the time or. Han e to go here so it. It's a once in... More 

Thank David M
LizardJoes, Owner at Lizard Joes, responded to this review

Gracias, it was an honor to be part of your ceremony More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

Fun place in Chelem with cold beer, great food, live music and a good atmosphere right on the beach. Very much an ex pat place - did not see anyone speaking Spanish, except the wait staff. Monday night is tex mex night and the tacos and chile rellenos were absolutely delicious. Highly recommended if you tire of the local fish... More 

Thank ChasMac
LizardJoes, Owner at Lizard Joes, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed Lizard Joes. Jan-Mar most of our clients are expatriates or vacationing snowbirds with a few locals mixed in except during holidays like last Sunday Carnival. Semana Santa and Summer Vacation you will find just the opposite ... Mostly locals with a few expiates mixed in :) More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Just visited after being away for a year, and the place is even better. They have a new palapa roof that brightens up the room, have added other little amenities (cushions on the picnic bench seats!) and expanded the staff. Wed afternoon music jam was delightful, and the crowd was great.

Thank Pearl83
LizardJoes, Owner at Lizard Joes, responded to this review

Gracias for your review, we try to keep getting better and continue to change every year More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

I love this place! Cynthia and staff are super friendly, and their food was delicious. The BBQ was also amazing in another trip.

Thank jaketruman
LizardJoes, Owner at Lizard Joes, responded to this review

Thank you for your review we hope to serve you again very soon More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

When I visit the Chelem, I always go to Lizard Joe's. The food is great, the people are some of the best you will ever meet. They usually have live music and they are always ready to have a good time. GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD FOOD and GREAT PEOPLE!!! Couldn't ask for more :)

2 Thank Rhonda M
LizardJoes, Owner at Lizard Joes, responded to this review

Gracias for your review, we always look forward to your visits :) More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, American, Bar, Seafood, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
16:00 - 20:00
16:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 17 24 y 26, Chelem 97322, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Yucatan  >  Chelem
  • Phone Number: +52 999 396 8299
Located on the beach in the small fishing village of Chelem Yucatan Mexico, Lizard Joe's Beach Club is the Yucatan Home of Tequila Rock Legend Joe King Carrasco AY AY AY!!!

Lizard Joes is internationally known as one of the best BBQ restaurants on either side of the border serving up slow smoked brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, beer can chicken and more ... Our kitchen staff are from Chelem and cook all our Yucatan Seafood offerings using their own family recipies.

All our meats come from local ranches and are slow smoked over regional hardwood for up to 20 hours using non-commercial smokers for Authentic Backyard Tejano BBQ, our seafood is obtained from local fishermen and most of our produce comes from the local market in Chelem.

Lizard Joes will satisfy all your senses when it comes to what you expect from a Mexican beach restaurant and bar. Relax, beachside under our giant palapa or in our secure beach area. Feel the cool Gulf breeze. Enjoy and dance to great live music. Chow down on authentic Texas slow smoked BBQ or traditional Yucateca Seafood and wash it all down with your favorite cold beverage

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