Looking for some good Playa Del Carmen restaurants? There are so many to choose from and that is why we made this guide. We also added a brief description and restaurant review so you know what ones might be best for you. We always keep this list up to date as well, that is why we put 2017 on it.
Playa Del Carmen Restaurants 2017
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Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen-The List
Asian Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
- Babe’s Noodles and Bar Location: 10th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. Hours: Mondays-closed. Tuesday-Sundays 1:00pm-12 midnight. Description: Asian noodles and other international flavors found at this popular Playa Del Carmen restaurant.
- Nikkori Sushi Restaurant. Location: 10th Avenue at the corner of 32nd street. Hours: Monday-Sunday 1:00pm-11:30pm. Description: Good value restaurant with large menu. Lots of different sushi to choose from and Japanese style dishes.
- Po Thai Restaurant Location:10th Avenue and the corner of 14 Bis. Hours: Monday-Saturday 4:00pm-11:00pm Closed Sundays. Description: One of the few places you can get Thai food in Playa Del Carmen.
- Sushi Lalo Wey Locations: Sushi Lalo Wey is in the Mercado Paseo Del Carmen on 10th Avenue near Calle 3 Sur. Hours: open 9:00am-9:00pm Monday-Sunday. Description: Friendly sushi place with good taste and good prices.
- Sushitlan-Sushi Locations: 30th Avenue on the corner of 22nd Street. Hours: Monday-Sunday 1:00pm-11:00pm. Description: Sushi restaurant with average sushi.
- Wok Playa Location: This is a food counter at Mercado Paseo Del Carmen on 10th Avenue near Calle 1 Sur. Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00am-11:00pm Description: Mostly Thai tasting noodles and dishes. Nice quality food but a little more then you might expect for a market.
Out top picks for the best Asian restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
Babes is a very consistent restaurant with good flavors and smells coming from the kitchen. Wok Playa is great for a lunch restaurant and Nikkori at night gives you at lot of more authentic options.
Restaurants in Playa Del Camren that are more for meat lovers
- 500 Gramos Grill Location: This restaurant is just off 5th Avenue between 34th Street and 38th Street. It is on a small Plaza called Plaza San Pedro. On the back left hand side of the plaza is the restaurant. Hours: Wednesday-Mondays 2:00pm-10:45pm. Closed Tuesdays. Description: This restaurant is know for good beef steaks. The price is very affordable, great tasting and probably why this restaurant is busy often.
- Biker House Ruta 307 Location: Constituyentes Avenue between 100th Avenue and 105th Avenue on the right side. Hours: Monday-Sunday 1:00pm-1:00am Description: Good place for burgers with casual atmosphere. This is more for locals since it is off the tourist trail.
- Bovino’s Churrascaria Location: Corner of 10th Avenue and 12th Street. Hours: Daily from 12 noon-12 midnight. Description: Brazilian style steakhouse with international buffet. This is a high end restaurant but offers a good place for special occasions. Since opening it is getting a little overshadowed by some of the new steak houses on 5th Avenue.
- La Burgueseria. Location: In the Paseo Del Carmen food market on 10th Avenue between Juarez Avenue and Calle 1 Sur. Hours: Open daily Description: Small lunch counter in Mercado Paseo Del Carmen that focuses on burgers. All types of meat and seafood burgers all made fresh.
- La Brocherie Restaurant Location: 15th Avenue between 4th and 6th St. Hours: Open Monday – Saturdays from about 10:30am-10pm. Description: Enthusiastic owner will whip up French style roast chicken or other good food with good value.
- 3XL Comida Grande Location: 8th Street between 25th and 30th Avenues (in front of Walmart)Hours: 1:00pm-11:00pm daily Description: Hamburgers made to order with a large variety of toppings. This place is clean and fresh and has shakes.
- The Jumbo Grill Location: On the street facing Centro Maya Mall. Hours: Open Monday-Sunday 1:00pm-10:00pm Description: Roadside grilled burgers and more. Local favorite with good taste.
- Ipanema’s Grill Location: 10th Avenue and 10th Street in the center of Playa Del Carmen. Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner. Description: This is a Brazilian steak house. Here you can eat from the salad bar and have meat brought to your table. This is a more affordable option than some of the other similar style restaurants in Playa Del Carmen.
- Plank Restaurant. Location: 16th Street between 1st. Avenue and 5th Avenue. Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-2:00pm. Description: This restaurant is known for it’s weekend brunch and fine dinning for dinner.
- Shark Burgers Location: 28th Street between 1st Avenue and the beach. Hours: 9:00am-2:00am daily. Description: Popular with young people for the big burgers.
- El Pechugon Location: Corner of Juarez Avenue and 10th Avenue. Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm. Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-6:00pm. Description: Small street side roast chicken restaurant where you can get a meal package. This is kind of fast food , but oh the goodness! Make sure you get the small roast potatoes.
- Ferron’s Jamaican Jerk Chicken Location: The easiest way to get to Ferron’s is to go up Constituyentes going inland and across the 307 highway. Go to 105th Avenue and turn left. It is just off Constituyentes on the side street, so keep an eye out for it. Hours: Open Tuesdays -Sundays 12:00-5:00pm Closed Mondays. Description: Roast jerk chicken with all the sides. This place is popular with locals more because it is out of the center.
- Manne´s Biergarten Location: Manne’s is on 4th Street between 10th Avenue and 15th Avenue. Hours: Wednesday-Monday 4:00pm-1:00am. Closed Tuesday. Description: German food and beer along with local charm and friendly people.
Our recommendations for the best meat restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
For steak at great value we have to say 500 Gramos, for chicken roasted with care, La Brocherie and say hello to Fabian the chef. For a nice night out with a large menu and desert options, Plank Restaurant is a good choice
Finer dinning International restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
- Afrodisiako Location: 26th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:00am-11:00pm. Description: This small restaurants is a nice boutique restaurant to try. They offer Italian/Mediterranean fusion. Perfect spot for a romantic dinner or just a place for a great meal.
- Aldea Corazon Location: 5th Avenue between 14th Street and 16th Street on the east side of the street. Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00 am to 12:00 am. Description: Nicely decorated restaurant with large garden in the back and right on 5th Avenue. This is a good option for breakfast on 5th Avenue.
- Alux Restaurant Location: Avenue Juarez between 65th Av & 70th Av, west of Highway 307 Hours: Open Monday-Sunday 5:30pm-11:00pm Description: Most unique restaurant because it is in a cave. Tourist should put this on their list to visit if it means only for drinks. it is just out of the center of Playa Del Carmen.
- Carboncitos Location: 4th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. Hours: Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Description: This restaurant offers just about everything you can imagine. They have Mexican food, Mayan, steak and seafood.
- Copate Che Restaurant Location: CTM Avenue (AKA 46th Street) between 15th Avenue and 20th Avenue on the south side of the street. Hours: Monday-Saturday from 1:00pm-10:00pm. Description: Wonderful small gem of a restaurant run by a couple. The food is Argentinean with European influences. Gourmet and affordable!
- Elemento Location: 25th Avenue between 26th Street and 28th Street. Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm. Closed Sundays. Description: Very well presented food and a great place for lunch with good value.
- Mayan Bistro Location: 22nd Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. Hours: The kitchen is open daily from 7:00am-9:00pm and the bar is open until 10:00pm. Description: Large international menu with many things. Actually not Mayan food. There a garden with seating in the back.
- Milos Greek Restaurant Location: 38th Street between 5th Avenue and the beach. Hours: Monday -Sunday 12:00 noon-11:00pm.Description: Authentic Greek food restaurant.
- Salt Rock Grille Location: This restaurant is on 5th Avenue between 34th Street. Hours: Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Description: This is an international restaurant with a focus on the Americas.
Our recommendations in this category of finer International restaurants
Elemento can be a nice chic but casual lunch spot. In the center of town Afrodisiako is a nice cute boutique restaurant. For the charm of both gourmet food and the couple that runs it, Copate Che is a great option with good value.
Casual international restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
- Blue Gecko Restaurant Location: 14th Street between the beach and 1st. Avenue. Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00am-11:30pm. Description: This is the only Playa Del Carmen restaurant to serve Tex-Mex style restaurant. It is casual with its unique form or large tacos.
- Blue Pointe Grill Location: 34th Street at the intersection of 25th Avenue. Hours: Mondays- Closed. Tuesdays-Thursday 11:00am-11:00pm. Friday-Saturday 11:00am-12:00 midnight. Sunday 11:00am-10:00pm Description: This is a casual restaurant featuring American favorites along with Mexican dishes. The owners here love cooking and baking. All food is made in house including desserts.
- Brochetas Location: 28th Street between the 1st Avenue and the beach. Hours: Brochetas is open Monday to Wednesday from 12:00 noon until 8:00pm. Thursday to Sunday 12:00 noon until 11:00pm. Description: This is a great place to grab something before going to the beach at Mamitas. Healthy options and good taste.
- La Ceiba Restaurant Location: 30th Avenue between Constituyentes and 20th St. Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:00am-8:00pm, Sundays 7:00am-2:00pm Description: Lively restaurant with great juices connected to local fruit and vegetable market.
- Café Orange Location: 30th Street between 25th Avenue and 30th Avenue. Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm Closed Sundays. Description: Good lunch option with affordable combos.
- Chez Celine Location: 5th Avenue between 32nd and 34th Streets on the east side. Hours: Open everyday from 8:00 am. -11:00pm. Description: French style café with bakery on premise to add dessert to any meal.
- Chou Chou Café Location: 20th Avenue and the corner of 24th Street. Hours: 6:30am-9:00pm Tuesday-Sundays. Closed Mondays. Description: Nicely designed café with healthy menu of salads and sandwich type menu items. Very reasonable prices with amazing coffee.
- Club De Cerveza Location: 5th Avenue between 34th street and 38th Street. Hours: 4:30pm-2:00am Monday-Saturday Closed Sundays. Description: This is one of the best options among Playa Del Carmen restaurants for beer but with surprisingly good bar food that you can make a meal of it.
- Cueva Del Chango Location: 38thSt. just off 5th Avenue between the beach and 5th Avenue. Hours: Mon-Sat. 8:00am-11:00pm Sunday 8:00am-2:00pm. Description: Cool organic designed restaurant in the woods. A nice place to have breakfast albeit slightly higher prices but the atmosphere pays for that.
- El Hongo Location: El Hongo is on Calle 19 Sur between 80th and 85th Avenues. Hours: Open Tuesday-Friday 9:00am-5:30pm Saturdays 9:00am-1:30pm Closed Sundays. Description: Funky, independent and colorful place out of the center where there are colorful murals on the walls of nearby houses. The food is affordable and has a home cooked feel to it.
- El Sangha-Rito Location: El Sangha-Rito is on CTM Avenue (AKA 46th Street) between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue on the north side of the street. Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30am-10:00pm Sundays 8:30am-4:00pm Description: Healthy food option on the north end of the downtown. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served her. There is a large juice selection as well and lunch specials during the week that are affordable.
- EL Jardin Restaurant Location: 20th Street between 10th Avenue and 15th Avenue. It is on the south side of the street near the middle of the block. Look for the stone wall and black door to the garden space.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. Closed Saturdays and Sundays. Description: One of the best restaurants in Playa with good prices and quality food in a garden setting. Breakfast and lunch restaurant during the week.
- Et Voila Location: 10th Street between 5th Avenue and 1st Avenue. Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am-7:00pm. Saturday and Sunday 7:00am-5:00pm. Description: French style sandwich shop that is popular with divers. This is a good place to grab a baguette on the way to the beach.
- Frutiyogurth Location: 34th Street and the corner of 40th Avenue. Hours: Monday -Sunday 8:30am-10:30pm. Description: Healthy option for light eating and juices.
- Guy Fieri’s Kitchen and Bar Location: 5th Avenue and the corner of 22nd Street. Hours: Open daily from 11:00am-12:00midnight. Description: This restaurant is backed by famous chef Guy Fieri. It offers American style BBQ sandwiches, hamburgers and large portion comfort food.
- Indigo Beach Club Restaurant Location: 14th Street and the beach. Hours: Breakfast is served daily from 8:00am-12:00 noon. Description: One of the only places to eat breakfast on the beach.
- Kaxapa Factory Restaurant Location: 10th Street between 15th Avenue and 20th Avenue. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-10pm. Description: Venezuelan restaurant with healthy options. This place ranks high among Playa Del Carmen Restaurants because the people are so nice here.
- La Jungla de la Riviera. Location: 10th Avenue between 68th Street and 70th Street. Description: Small restaurant with healthy menu items like sandwiches, wraps and juices. They have a nice outside seating area. This is fairly far out of the center so more likely to have locals visit here. Hours: Daily from 7:00am-1:00am
- La Vagabunda Restaurant Locations: There are two locations on 5th Avenue. One between 4th Street and 6th Street and another one between 24th Street and 26th Street. Hours: Open every day from 7:00am-11:30pm. Description: Local looking restaurants with basic food. This restaurant is geared toward tourist.
- Mom’s Bar and Restaurant Location: 30th Ave and the corner with 4th St. The entrance is on 30th Avenue. Hours: Monday to Friday from 12:00 noon-4:00pm for lunch and 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm for dinner. Closed Saturday & Sundays. Description: A favorite place for expats to get some taste of back home cooking among Playa Del Carmen Restaurants.
- Muza Restaurant Location:8th Street between 5th Avenue and the beach. Hours: Open everyday 8:00am-12:00 midnight. Description: Small restaurant with middle eastern taste.
- Nativo Restaurant Location: 30th Avenue and the corner of 22ns Street. Hours: Monday-Sunday 7:00am-12:00 midnight. Description: Healthy restaurant with good juices and smoothies.
- Pasta Y Punto Location: Pasta Y Punto is located in the Mercado Paseo Del Carmen on 10th Avenue between Juarez Avenue and Calle 1 Sur. It is behind the Paseo Del Carmen shopping plaza. Hours: Monday-Thursday 12:00 noon-10:00pm Friday -Sundays 12:00 noon-11:00pm. Description: This is a food counter in Mercado Paseo Del Carmen where you can get decent pasta at about 20-40 pesos less a dish then a full restaurant.
- Salade (formerly named Barra Light )Location: Corner of 15th Avenue and 10th St. Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-9:00pm. Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-9:00pm. Description: Most known for getting a salad made for you but they have sandwiches and a light menu.
- Robin Bagels Location: This restaurant is not in the center of Playa Del Carmen. It is on Avenida 115 with Calle Mision del Oro Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday 7:00am-2:00pm. Description: Handmade bagels and really good sandwiches plus good value.
- Sanborns Restaurant Location: Top floor of Quinta Alegria Mall on 5th Avenue and the corner of Constituyentes Avenue. Hours: Open daily. Description: This is a restaurant in a Mexican department store on the third floor above 5th Avenue with some view of the sea.
- Yala Falafel Location: 10th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. Hours: Open Monday -Sunday 9:00am-1:00am. Description: Middle eastern food with casual eating environment. Counter seating and grab a falafel.
- Cheesters Restaurant Location: 40th Avenue between 4th St and 4 Bis street. Hours: Monday 2:00pm-10:30. Closed Tuesdays. Wednesday-Sundays 2:00pm-10:30pm. Description: Local pasta restaurant that is always busy. Think cream sauces and full plates of store bought pasta but people love it. This is about 5 blocks out of the normal tourist area.
- Casa Sophia Location: Casa Sofia is on the south end of Playa Del Carmen on Avenida Aviacion. This is the diagonal street on the south side of the airport. It is in one of the plazas in the front. There is parking under the plaza. Hours: Monday-Sunday 12:00 noon-11:30pm. Description: Italian comfort food. Always busy and popular with locals. Not super gourmet but still very good flavors.
- Don Chendo Restaurant Location:30th Avenue between 24th and 26th street. Hours: Only open for dinner. Monday -Saturday 5pm-11pm Description: Great pizza and pasta and run by a foodie so you know it will be good. A local favorite among Playa Del Carmen restaurants in the Italian category.
- La Famiglia Restaurant Location: 10th Avenue between 10th Street and 12th Street. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am-11:00pm. Description: One of our favorite places for pizza and good quality meals.
- Latinos Location: This restaurant is on the main loop in Playacar Phase 2. The road is Paseo Xaman-ha. It is next to the Oxxo Store in Plaza Pakal. Hours: Open daily from Tuesday-Sundays Description: One of the few options in the Playacar section of Playa. This is a restaurant and lounge with full bar. They do delivery pizza which is a good option if you live or are renting in Playacar.
- Mama Mia Pizzeria Location: 2nd Street between 10th Avenue and 15th Avenue. There are other locations around town. Hours: open all day. Description: Street side pizza stall where you can get inexpensive pizza by the slice.
- Papa Charly Pasta Factory Location: 30th Street between 25th Avenue and 30th Avenue. Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00am-11:00pm. Closed Sundays. Description: This place has excellent value and one of the best places to have lunch in Playa Del Carmen.
- Piola. Location: 38th Street between 5th Avenue and the beach. Hours: Monday-Sunday 12:00 noon-1:00am. Description: Large menu of pizza and pasta. It is casual with great basil martinis.
- Primer Plato Restaurant Location:15th Avenue between Juarez Avenue and Calle 1 sur. It is on the west side of the street in the middle of the block. Hours: Open Monday-Saturday. 9:00am-6:30 pm-ish. Closed Sundays. Description: Homemade pasta and good value. This is mainly a lunch restaurant. Handmade pasta made to order and great prices! What could be better!
- Romeo Trattoria Pizzeria Location: 4th Street between 10th Avenue and 15th Avenue. Hours: Closed Wednesdays. Open from 4:00pm-11:00pm all other days. Description: Good pizza and pasta place that locals know is good but gets overlooked by tourist since it is just off the regular tourist area. They have flat crust pizza.
- Trattoria Del Centro Location: 26th St between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue Hours: Monday- Saturday 11:00am-11:30pm. Closed Sundays. Description: Cute pasta restaurant with good quality and good value right off 5th Avenue. Be sure to check out the back garden.
- Ula Gula Restaurant Location: 5th Avenue and the corner of 10th St. Hours: 12 noon to 12 midnight 7 days a week. Description: Long running favorite with somewhat consistent food quality. Good pastas, salads and more.
Our top picks for best Italian Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
Our four restaurants that we picked are: Don Chendo, La Famiglia, Primer Plato and Casa Sophia. All of these are more casual side. All have delicious food and it just might be the location in Playa Del Carmen that determines where you go.
Mexican Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
Restaurants in this category are pretty much 100% Mexican food. There are many restaurants that serve a variety but these are all about Mexican food.
- Asadero El Pollo Restaurant Location: Corner of 20th Avenue and 2nd street. Hours: Everyday from 10:00am-6:00pm. Description: Local roast chicken place with packages for lunch with tortillas, fixings and a soda.
- Caguameria Location: 1st. Avenue and 20th Street. Hours: Monday-Saturday 2:00pm-1:00am Sunday 2:00pm-10:00pm Description: This is a modern and trendy Mexican bar and restaurant. It is casual with good Mexican beers, mezcals and tequilas. The food is modern Mexican cuisine and has a good menu.
- El Faisan y El Venado Location: 2nd Street and the Highway. Hours: Monday-Sunday 7:00am-9:00pm. Description: This Playa Del Carmen restaurant has been around for more then 20 years. It serves up Yucateco food. That means food from the Yucatan region on Mexico. The food is simple and good. This restaurant gets mostly locals that like a taste of the Yucatan.
- El Ranchito Restaurant Location: 10th Avenue between 8th and 10th Streets. Hours: open daily from 8:00am-1:00am. Description: Small Mexican restaurant with good value.
- Frida Kahlo Restaurant Location: 5th Avenue and the corner of 8th Street. Hours: Open daily from 12:00 noon to 2:00am. Description: Official restaurant with the name of Frida Kahlo. This is the third one in Mexico they have opened. This is a high end gourmet Mexican restaurant with a few interesting things to note. There is gastromapping show and food is presented in very creative ways. This is a good place for a special night out on 5th Avenue.
- La No. 20 Cantina Location: This restaurant is in the Calle Corazon Plaza on 5th Avenue between 12th Street and 14th Street. It is on the second level. Hours: Monday-Saturday 2:00pm-2:00am. Sundays 2:00pm-8:00pm. Description: This is a modern take on a Mexican cantina. They have a large selection of Mexican tequilas, spirits and wines. There menu is contemporary and affordable. This is a good representation of the nouveau Mexican cuisine restaurants popping up in Mexico.
- La Perla Pixan Cuisine and Mezcal Store Location: 34th St between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. Hours: Closed Mondays. Tuesdays-Sunday 8:00am-12:00midnight Description: Old Playa Del Carmen feeling place with great food culture and sometimes live music. Traditional regional Mexican food and one of the best options for Mexican food among Playa Del Carmen Restaurants.
- Las Karnitas Location: Las Karnitas is located on the highway access road on the west side just south of Constituyentes Avenue. Hours: 7:00am-12:00 midnight everyday. Description: Tacos and tortas local style with cool tortilla making machine.
- Los Asados de Patzcuaro Restaurant Location: 10th Avenue and the corner of 90th Street. It is on the east side of the street. Hours: 8:00am-12:00noon daily for breakfast, 12:00noon-6:00pm daily for lunch. Description: Grilled meat and homemade tortillas make this place good. This is not in the tourist area.
- Pik Nik Restaurant Location:10th Avenue between 24th Street and 26th Street. Hours: 9:00am-9:30pm Sundays -Mondays, Closed Tuesdays. Description: Good spot close to 5th for burritos and Mexican food.
- Rincon Yucateco. Location: CTM Avenue between 10th Avenue and 15th Avenue. Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm. Description: This is a very authentic Yucatecan food restaurant that has menu del dia. This is a great place to try food that is from Mayan and Yucatecan heritage. Try here for lunch since they are closed for dinners.
- TaconTenedor Location: Constituyentes Avenue between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. Hours: Open Monday-Sunday 12:00 noon-11:00 pm. Description: Mainly seafood tacos in an outdoor setting. This is good for casual place that is fast and they also serve some alcohol.
- 100% Yucatan Restaurant Location: Constituyentes Avenue just above the highway on the left. It is near Calle Diagonal 70 Norte. Hours: They are usually open Monday-Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm. Closed Sundays. The lunch menu does not start until about 12:00 noon or 12:30pm. Description: Your chance to taste a more local and simple food from the Yucatan.
Our tops picks for best Mexican Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
For tourist we like to recommend La Perla Pixan Restaurant because it has so many authentic Mexican flavors. This restaurant is best to go to at night. Caguameria is also a low key restaurant that is a good place to get a local beer or Mexican mezcal or tequila.
For a taste of the Yucatan we like El Rincon. It is simple and humble but the food has soul. Plus handmade tortillas.
For high end and again for tourist, Frida and La No. 20 Cantina are good choices. These are a one time visit type of place.
Seafood Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
Local seafood restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
- Amaranto Bistro Location: 14th Street just before the beach on the left. Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00am-5:00pm. Description: Local seafood restaurant located right where the fishermen come back to shore. Basic and but really tasty fish.
- Buzo’s Location: This restaurant is on 26th Street between 25th Avenue and 30th Avenue. Hours: Open daily from 11:00am-9:00pm Description: Local feeling and casual seafood restaurant with a style from Acapulco, Mexico. There is a large menu here and they clearly know how to cook seafood. They have friendly service and serve alcohol here. This restaurant is better than many other local seafood restaurants.
- Chiltepin Restaurant Location: On the corner of 34th St and 20th Avenue. Hours: Monday-Sunday 1:00pm-1:00am. Description: Local Mexican restaurant with casual atmosphere complete with a kid’s pool. There are two locations in Playa Del Carmen but we much prefer the above listed location because it is more relaxed and has more character.
- El Curandero Restaurant Location:34th Street between 25th Avenue and 30th Avenue Hours: Daily from 8:00am-Midnight Description: Mexican style seafood with slight gourmet twist. Casual atmosphere with full bar. Some meat dishes in addition to seafood
- El Oasis Mariscos Location: El Oasis Restaurant is located on the 307 Highway that runs through Playa Del Carmen. It is on the local access road on the west side. It is on the corner of 22nd Street and the highway, but remember that the street numbers on both sides of the highway do not match for some odd reason. On the beach side it would be 12th Street but it magically turns into 22nd Street when you cross the highway. Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00am-7:00pm Description: Longtime running favorite in Playa Del Carmen for seafood tacos and seafood.
- El Pirata Location: 40th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner but closes around 7:00pm daily. Description: Popular local seafood restaurant that serves up fresh fish, ceviche and seafood cocktails. This place is not gourmet and is very casual but fresh and decent value. You will get a local feel here.
- La Bamba Jarocha Location: 30th Avenue between 34th Street and 38th Street on the west side. Hours: Open everyday from 10:00am-10:00pm. Description: Very local Mexican seafood place with large menu. It is a little out of the tourist area and will give you a local feel.
- La Barracuda Location: La Barracuda is in the La Mission neighborhood of Playa. It is on Calle Playa Del Carmen and Calle 30. Hours: Open daily from about 11:30am-7:00pm. Description: Local seafood restaurant far out of the normal tourist area that is good to visit it you live in Playa and like ceviche in a casual palapa restaurant. This place is very popular with locals.
- La Floresta. Location: This restaurant is on west side of the highway at 14th Street. But remember the street numbers on the east side do not match those on the west side of the highway. So on the east side it is 8th Street. Hours: Open everyday from 8:30am-6:00pm. Description: Local taco place on the highway that is casual and consistent with basic seafood.
- La Mission Restaurant Location: 10th Avenue between Juarez Avenue and 2nd Street. Hours: Open everyday from 12:00 noon until 11:00pm or until the last customer leaves. Description: Old school restaurant in Playa serving good quality seafood. Garden in the back for seating.
- Man-Kii Seafood Restaurant. Location: Juarez Avenue between 75th Avenue and 80th Avenue. Hours: 7:00am-11:00pm everyday. Description: Local seafood restaurant that is good for people living in Playa Del Carmen since it is off the normal tourist route.
- Wichoos Taquitos. Location: 4th Street between 15th Avenue and 20th Avenue. Hours: Open all day. Description: Small local restaurant that is good for people wanting a budget option.
- Yan Ten Location: 4th Street and the beach on the north side. Hours: Open daily. Description: This is an older beach front basic restaurant that has some chairs out front available for use with the purchase of food or drinks. This restaurant is more for locals and not known for superb food.
Midrange and popular for tourist seafood restaurants
- Blue Parrot Location: Blue Parrot is at the end of 12th Street and the beach. Hours: Open from 10:00am-6:00pm everyday. On Friday nights it is also open from 6:00pm-10:00pm Description: Good seafood tacos, ceviche and other fresh menu items all served next to the ocean.
- El Doctorcito Location: Corner of 12th Street and 25th Avenue Hours: 11:00am-7:00pm daily Description: Mainly ceviche and seafood cocktails in a casual open air restaurant. The ceviche is really good!
- Los Hijos del Mar Location: 30th Avenue between 24th Street and 26th Street. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 1:00pm-9:00pm. Description: From the creators of the first gourmet tostadas, this is their new restaurant. Good portions, taste and value.
- Los Hijos de la Tostada Location: 5th Avenue near the corner of 38th Street. Hours: Open Monday-Sunday 11:00am-11:00pm Description: This popular restaurant served up mainly tostadas. They just happen to be great tasting and gourmet. This is one place that gets great marks for taste and good value.
- Leche de Tigre Location: 10th Avenue just below Juarez Avenue in the Paseo Del Carmen food court. Hours: 9:00am-10:00pm daily. Description: Fresh tasting tostadas, ceviches and more. A good spot for lunch.
- Los Aguachilies Restaurant Location: There are two locations in Playa. One is just off 5th Avenue on Constituyentes Avenue between 1st and 5th Avenue. The other is a little off 5th Avenue and a little walk for tourist. It is located on 34th Street between 25th Avenue and 30th Avenue. Hours: Constituyentes Avenue location: 12:00 noon-10:00pm everyday. 34th Street location: 12:00 noon-7:00pm everyday. Description: Popular place for seafood tacos and tostadas. This was the first restaurant in Playa Del Carmen that made tacos and tostados a little more gourmet.
High end seafood restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
- C-Grill Restaurant Location: 8th Street and the beach Hours: Open for three meals a day everyday. Description: This is a high end restaurant on the beach. There are not too many restaurants on the beach so this is a nice return to that in Playa Del Carmen. This is a seafood and meat grilled restaurant with Mediterranean taste. For an elegant dinner with sea breeze and small scale feel without the buzz of5th Avenue, this is a good option.
- Catch Restaurant Location: On the roof of the Thompson Hotel. Entrance on 12th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue.Hours: Dinner daily Description: Upscale seafood and more restaurant. Great skyline view from this restaurant and good food.
- El Muelle Restaurant Location: 5th Avenue with the corner of 32nd Street Hours: Monday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:30pm Closed Sundays. Description: Upscale seafood restaurant on 5th Avenue. Small scale restaurant with higher than tourist grade food.
- La Fisheria Restaurant Location:5th Avenue between 20th Street and 22nd Street on the east side. Hours: Open everyday from 11:00am-1:00am. Description: Seafood restaurant designed by famous Mexican Chef on 5th Avenue. It is a little commercial and some dishes are basic and a few are nice combinations of skillful chef parings.
- NAU Mediterranean Seafood Restaurant. Location: 15th Avenue and the corner of 8th Street. Hours: Daily from 1:00pm-12:00 midnight. Description: Gourmet Mediterranean seafood and more option. Here you get great food, service and value. This is one of the top choices for a nice seafood meal in Playa Del Carmen. They also have good gin cocktails!
Our top picks for best seafood restaurants to visit
In the local seafood restaurant category we would pick El Pirata. There are a lot of choices and always lively atmosphere.
In the mid range trendy seafood restaurants we have to say that the basic El Doctorcito is great for ceviche and Los Hijos is always consistent and they have great combinations of taste on the tostados.
In the high end category there are some nice views at some of the restaurants in Playa Del Carmen but that does not always mean the best experience. El Muelle is a good option on 5th Avenue and Nau Restaurant is much underrated and a nice place to have gourmet meal.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
- Bio Organicos Location: 26th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. Hours: Open daily for breakfast and lunch only. Description: Vegan and vegetarian food. This is a great new addition to the healthy scene in Playa.
- Clorofila Vegan and Vegetarian. Location: 30th Avenue and the corner of 20th Street. It is in front of Dac Market. Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday. Description: This is a nice fresh tasting restaurant that anyone can enjoy. Complex and creative menu with lots of great options. Take your meat loving friends here and they wont even notice. Great specialty drinks and food options. This is a favorite among Playa Del Carmen restaurants with the vegetarian crowd.
- La Senda Location: 10th Avenue between 10th Street and 12th Street. Hours: 8:30am-10:30pm Monday-Sunday. Description: One of the best choices for vegans and vegetarians in Playa Del Carmen to eat at.
Note: See Vegetarian Guide to Playa Del Carmen for more options. There are many vegetarian friendly options but not too many solely dedicated restaurants for vegans and vegetarians.
Our top picks for vegetarian restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
Our vegetarian guide is much more complete but with the above options we have to say Clorofila Restaurant.
Street Food in Playa Del Carmen
- Antojitos Playa Del Carmen Location: 30th Avenue between 2nd Street and 4th Street. Hours: Open all day long. Description: Salbutes are sold here. This is a yummy food typical from the Yucatan area of Mexico.
- Tacos de Barba-Birria Location: 30th Avenue between 34th and 38th Street. Hours: Open everyday from 8:30am-10:00pm. Description: Delicious tacos at a humble place. See Video of this place here!
- Tamales Location: 30th Avenue on the corner of 12Bis Street. Hours: Everyday from early afternoon until about 1:00am. Description: Homemade tamales with great taste and several different types to choose from.
- Taqueria El Borrego Loco Location: This taco place is on the access road to the highway on the east side. It is just north of Constituyentes Avenue. Hours: open 6am-3pm daily. Description: Lamb tacos and soup. This is a very local place and a good place if you like lamb.
Our top pick for best street food option
Although technically this place has a permanent location, it is basic and serves up some street style tacos and soup. Tacos de Barba-Birria is so simple but good. It retains food traditions and is one of the only restaurants in Playa Del Carmen where you can find this style of tacos.
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