Beachfront Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen -Everywhere to dine by the ocean

C-Grill Restaurant
This is the view from C-Grill Restaurant.

Everyone likes to come to Playa Del Carmen and sit on the beach and have a meal at a restaurant. Here is our list of beachfront restaurants in Playa Del Carmen.  See the end of the article for our recommendations for the best beachfront restaurants to go to.

Map of Beachfront Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen

  1. Senor Frogs

    This is a beachfront bar/beach club/restaurant. Senor Frogs has been in Mexico so long it has practically become part of the culture. It is cheesy and serves typical bar food, but guest seem to enjoy the lighthearted atmosphere. You can use the chairs for free when you eat here if you want to chill on the beach. You can also eat in the restaurant overlooking the beach just south of the Cozumel Ferry Pier.

  2. La Tarraya Restaurant

    Perhaps the oldest beachfront restaurant in Playa Del Carmen. Here the food is basic, and the recipes are about as old as the restaurant. There are nice palm trees in front of this place and their drink prices are good. If it is a beautiful day out and you like the charm of old Playa, you might come here just don’t expect newfangled cuisine or gourmet. Portions are on the smaller side, but the prices are small also. To see more about Tarraya, see our article here.

  3. Inti Beach Club

    This was formerly known as more of a yoga place but now has transformed into a beach club and restaurant. With a relaxed setting and nice space, you can enjoy healthy eating here. To see photos and more on Inti Beach See our article here. For dinner see our article here about Inti Beach.

    Inti Beach Restaurant
    Inti Beach for dinner on the beach.
  4. C-Grill at the Thompson Hotel

    This new option is one of the high-end options on the beach where you can have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Perhaps best suited for a nice dinner overlooking the ocean, you can find a Mediterranean inspired menu with seafood and meats. Most things hit the grill before hitting your table. This is a small-scale restaurant, so you still get an intimate feeling here. 

  5. Zenzi

    This is a bar and restaurant with tables inside and on the deck, so you don’t have to get your feet sandy if you don’t want to. This is more a place to come in the evening with friends for a drink. It is popular because it has a nice beachfront location that is open later and many of the smaller and older restaurants close by sunset.

  6. Mamitas

    This large beach club has a restaurant. This can be a good place for a beach business meeting or a place to get out of the sun for a while. Most people forgo the restaurant and just order from their beach bed. But if you are looking for breakfast, you really should check it out from 7:30am-11:00am daily. It is one of our favorite places because of the good food and setting. See our article here about breakfast at Mamitas Beach Club/.

  7. Fuego Restaurant

    Hidden on the property of the Mahekal Beach Resort, this restaurant is open to the public. Here everything is cooked with wood. Expect international, Mexican and Argentine cuisine on the menu. For more about Fuego Restaurant see our article here.

    Fuego Restaurant
    Sink your feet into the sand and enjoy a seaside diner at Fuego Restaurant.
  8. La Piaggia Italian Restaurant

This is the newest beachfront restaurant in Playa Del Carmen. It is an upscale Italian restaurant that offers good views and air conditioning which is something rare for a beachfront restaurant. This is a good restaurant for a romantic dinner or just a more relaxed atmosphere place that you can enjoy the views and food with less of a tourist crowd. 

Our Recommendation for Best Beachfront Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen

  • For breakfast we recommend Mamitas Beach Club. The new menu is gourmet and delicious! Itis a good way to start your day.
  • For lunch we like Inti Beach Club. Enjoy the fresh food and good views.
  • For dinner if you are looking for that special occasion and an upscale restaurant, the C-Grill or Piaggia Restaurant is the place to go. It is quiet and the sea breeze through the palms will make for a memorable time. For very special occasions try Fuego Restaurant.

Do you have some favorite beachfront restaurants in Playa Del Carmen, let us know in comments below!

beachfront restaurants Playa Del Carmen
How is this view for you? This is Inti Beach Club.

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  1. We are regulars at Canibal Royal and, despite the beach erosion, we think it has some of the best food in Playa! The fish/shrimp tacos, the Hugo rice, and the grilled octopus to name just a few!

    • Thank you very much for your comments. We love to hear feedback from readers and it is good to know you like th food at Canibal Royal Beach club.

    • Playa Maya is not on the list yet but we do want to add it. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. You are the second one that has mentioned Playa Maya. We are contacting them so we can go and do a story on and add them to the article. Thank you.

    • Here is just an update about adding Playa Maya to our Beachfront restaurant guide. We have called them and sent them an email request to come and take photos and get information for adding them to this guide but they have yet to get back to us. It can be very hard sometimes to cover Playa Del Carmen.

  2. Great write up of beach front restaurants. Lots of options and even the one to stay away from. Good tips.

  3. Lido! Decent, honest food, reasonably priced, very good service. Stay away from the American food, stick with the Mexican options! Nothing genius, but WAY better than Kool or Mamitas and half the price than either.

    • Thanks Susan for your tips on the beachfront Lido Beach Club restaurant. We will have to go check it out.

  4. Beachfront restaurants seem like fun places to go. Not only will you get good food but you will get a great view. Also, it would be nice to go on a date to one and then after eating you could go on a walk on the beach.

  5. I dοn’t know why there are not more beachfront restaurants in Playa del Carmen. I guess it is because 5th Avenue gets all the people. People should check out this guide to see what is available. I love Inti Beach for a special dinner. I have some fond memories there.

  6. Thanks for the guide. I am glad that restaurant that was next to Parque Fundadores that was beachfront finally closed. That place was the worst tourist trap ever!

  7. I’ve enjoyed breakfast and dinner at Fusion Bar Cuisine. Love the atmosphere there as well! Relaxed and live music with a fire show at night.

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