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Dinner restaurants for the “special night out” in Playa Del Carmen

dinner restaurants Playa Del Carmen Catch Restaurant on the top of the Thompson Hotel.

Restaurants for that special occasion in Playa Del Carmen

For many people that come on vacation to Playa Del Carmen you want to have that special night out. If you are staying in town or at one of the nearby all inclusive resorts, many still want some special restaurant for your evening. So here is our list of special dinner restaurants for one reason or another that you might consider when choosing to go out in Playa Del Carmen. Here they are in alphabetical order.

Alux Restaurant

The most striking thing about this restaurant is that there is no other one like it in the Riviera Maya! It is in a cave just outside of the downtown of Playa Del Carmen. If your date does not know where they are going, once you enter the property and decend the steps, the excitement and surprise will be on their face. The dinning areas are tucked into the caves. There is one main dinning room and some smaller areas that are more private.

The food is a combination of Mexican, Mayan/regional cuisine and international menu items. The menu is large and there is a full bar and drinks menu.

After dinner you can walk around the cave. There is a circular path that takes you around. It will take you about 10-20 minutes depending on how long the linger.  There is even a wedding chapel in one room! For more about Alux Restaurant see our article here.

Axiote Restaurant

For food lovers of true Mexican gourmet cuisine that has been fused, twisted and turned into exciting dishes, Axiote Restaurant is for you! This restaurant consistently lives up to good standards for cocktails, food and service. The atmosphere is casual but you wont get casual food. Enjoy the laid back atmosphere and not having to dress up for your special night. Let the food and drinks do the talking here and you will have a very good meal.

The menu is not huge but what is there, you really cannot go wrong with. Some things are on the more spicy side and some are more on the not so lean side, but if it is your special night out most people are not counting calories. For more about Axiote Restaurant see our article here.

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One of the tantalizing dishes at Axiote Restaurant. This is the shrimp Campeche dish.

Catch Restaurant

On the top of the Thompson Hotel on 12th Street is the Catch Restaurant. This restaurant has one of the most stunning views in Playa Del Carmen (see photo above). A lighted rooftop pool with palm trees is on one side and then looking out over the ocean toward Cozumel Island on the other. With fresh breezes and views, this restaurant makes for a stunning night out.

The food is upscale and gourmet. This is the same Catch Restaurant that is in New York City and they keep the menus similar so you are getting the latest food trends on the menu. For more about Catch Restaurant see our article here.

C-Grill Restaurant

If eating beachfront with a breeze is your thing, you just might be in heaven here. The C-Grill Restaurant is now focused on Mexican dishes with gourmet twist. Local and quality ingredients. Enjoy spirits and wines also from Mexico as well as international ones.

This restaurant is smaller then some of the others and will seem more intimate. The low lights and ocean breeze makes for memorable dinner or perfect date night. For more about the C-Grill see our article here.

Frida Kahlo Restaurant

This Mexican restaurant is officially named after the famous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. The food is artistically presented to you and takes inspiration from Mexican cuisine.

There are two options for you when dinning here. The first is dinning in the normal restaurant that is open air and overlooks 5th Avenue. The second is a special dinner experience. This is limited to  16 people and has timed seating’s for dinner. The meal takes place in their special dinning room with video mapping on the walls and table.

For more about the Frida Kahlo Restaurant see our article here. For more about the special dinner setting and video mapping experience, see our article and video here.

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Keel Restaurant

Located in the front of the Carmen Hotel on 8th Street, this beachfront restaurant is casual with gourmet standards. A large wine list awaits you and sometimes live music. Think South Beach meets Caribbean atmosphere. There are about twelve tables on the deck and more inside if you wish. For more about the Keel Restaurant see our article here.

Nau Restaurant

The top rated restaurant in Playa is not on the beach or a rooftop but the focus is on the food, quality drinks, service and casual elegant atmosphere. the open air restaurant is two blocks off of the touristy 5th Avenue. It is close enough to walk to yet you will have a more calm and relaxed dinner away from the energy of 5th Avenue.

Nau Restaurant offers a seafood and Mediterranean style cuisine. From start to finish expect quality dishes and good cocktails or a bottle of wine with dinner. For more about the Nau Restaurant see our article here.

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Interior of the Nau Restaurant.

Plank Restaurant

Plank Restaurant is a more American style upscale restaurant with much of the dishes served on planks of wood. A comfort food/meat/seafood menu awaits you. If you are also a dessert lover this just might put this restaurant at the top of your list for that special night out.

The atmosphere is roaring 20’s mixed with a slight New York City vibe. This restaurant is versatile. It can be good for a business dinner to romantic night out.

For more about the Plank Restaurant see our article here.

Sundowner Yacht Club Restaurant

This restaurant is a little off the beaten path which makes it more for locals. But even if you are tourist it is worth finding your way over to this restaurant on the south end of town. This is actually an Australian restaurant. With a great lamb dish and the best oysters you might ever have, these are just two dishes you can enjoy here.

A full bar is available and the signature cocktails are superb. The atmosphere is dark wood nautical feeling. There is a nice small air conditioned dinning area in the back with sunroof. There are tables out front for al fresco dinning. For more about the Sundowner Yacht Club Restaurant see our article here.

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Oysters at the Sundowner Yacht Club Restaurant.


There are a lot of good restaurants in Playa Del Carmen. You can see our full list of restaurants here if you did not see something that fits you. We hope wherever you choose you have a great time!

Let us know what special restaurants you like in Playa Del Carmen for your date night or whatever occasion in the comments below. We would love to hear from you. 

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Cocktails at Axiote Restaurant.


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