Carboncitos Restaurant

Carboncitos Restaurant Playa Del Carmen

Carboncitos Restaurant

Carboncitos Restaurant is a long running restaurant on the south end of town. In fact, they have been around over a decade now. It gets repeat customers from those that return yearly and it also very convenient since it is downstairs from the Hotel Cielo.

The restaurant is small and cozy with sidewalk seating and indoor seating. The wait staff is friendly and when you order a drink, they bring it to you in a very interesting way.

The Menu at Carboncitos Restaurant

There is a very large menu here. It includes soups, salads, appetizers, seafood, steaks, BBQ, Mexican food, Mayan dishes, pastas, tacos, vegetarian options, some kid’s options and desserts. It would be hard not to find something on the menu of interest to you since the menu covers a lot of sections.

There is a full bar here.

There is a section on the menu for flambéed items that they cook tableside. So, you can get a little bit of a show with dinner if you like.


Appetizers range from 89 pesos-195 pesos. Mayan dishes from 189 pesos-210 pesos. Steaks 310 pesos-495 pesos. BBQ items 199 pesos-236 pesos. Seafood 200 pesos-395 pesos. Mexican dishes 125 pesos-225 pesos. Pastas 147 pesos-189 pesos. Taco plates 114 pesos-168 pesos. Desserts 65 pesos-150 pesos.

Make sure you bring cash because they do not take credit cards.

Below is a photo of two appetizers at Carboncitos Restaurant. It is the fried calamari with chipotle mayonnaise dressing and the sizzling shrimp which comes in olive oil, garlic and guajillo chiles.

Carboncitos Restaurant Playa Del Carmen
Appetizers at Carboncitos Restaurant

Below is a main course. It was the Mayan fish of the day called Tikin Xic. It is marinated in sour orange juice and achiote spice. It came with rice and chaya with fried plantains on the side.

Carboncitos Restaurant Playa Del Carmen
Mayan fish of the day (Tikin Xic)

Below is their Mayan dish, conchinita pibil. It is pork marinated in sour orange juice and achiote spice. It came with refried beans, chaya and fried plantains.

Carboncitos Restaurant Playa Del Carmen
Mayan dish -Conchinita Pibil


Open all day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Carboncitos Restaurant is on 4th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. It is below Hotel Cielo.

Have you been to this restaurant? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Just okay. Service was good ambiance was lovely, but 4 different hot items made with 3 different proteins; pork, chicken, grouper on sampler for 2 platter, we’re all flavored the same and served with the same shredded seasoned red cabbage side. Same cabbage slaw came with coconut shrimp appetizer which was otherwise delicious

  2. We enjoy dinner at Carboncitos each year when we visit Playa del Carmen. The food is always great and the service is excellent!

  3. Just wondering if the top of the roof is open for dinner now. I saw it on you tube that they were expanding.
    Visting Playa in May 2018 and would like to have our 40th anniversary dinner at your restraunt.
    Are reservations needed? Thank You Looking forward to visting you

  4. We will be coming to your restraunt on Sunday May 20th 5pm to celebrate our 4oth wedding anniversary.
    Just for 2, do we need reservations. Is the top floor for dinner also or just for drinks.
    Thank You

    • It is the low season for then and 5pm is early for most people eating out so you should not need a reservation. You could check just in case they are on vacation or have a special event.

      • Thank you so much. See you at around 5 on May 20th.
        Looking forward to coming to your restrauant.

        • You are mistaken that this is our restaurant, you are commenting on our article on our website that we wrote about this restaurant.

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