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NAU Mediterranean Seafood Restaurant

Restaurant recommendations playa del carmen One fo our restaurant recommendations for Playa Del Carmen in the seafood category.

NAU Restaurant is a Mediterranean style restaurant with surprising value, service and gourmet flair. This is one that you should put toward the top of your list of special dinner restaurants to try in Playa Del Carmen, here is our review and why you should visit here.

Update June 2019: This restaurant is now closed. 

Nau Restaurant

First lets start with a little video introduction to the restaurant.


The Menu at Nau Restaurant

This is a Mediterranean seafood style restaurant and more. On the seafood side of the menu you can expect to charcoal grilled octopus, oysters, lobster, lobster and scallop risotto, tuna, salmon, fresh fish and shrimp in dishes.

But for you meat lovers there is a selection of things to choose from  Angus Rib Steak, Portuguese steak sandwich or roasted  chicken breast.

The Food

Each dish is created and presented by their chef. There is a focus on a gourmet meal for customers with nice presentation.  Quality ingredients and fresh seafood. Their fresh fish is bought from Puerto Morelos, which is just north of Playa Del Carmen. See the food photos below!

Nau Restaurant

Prices at NAU Restaurant

  • Appetizers run about 80-250 pesos.
  • Side dishes are 40 pesos.
  • Fish dishes start at about 180 pesos and up with some costing market price.
  • Meat dishes range from about 190-310 pesos.
  • Desserts range from about 95-250 pesos.
  • Drinks and cocktails range about 135-240 pesos.

The atmosphere of Nau Restaurant

This fresh open air restaurant is decorated nicely. It is not overly loud and nice place to actually have a dinner conversation and actually hear each other. It is a more calm atmosphere then eating at most places on 5th Avenue.


Open daily from 1:00pm-12:00 midnight.

Now for the food photos!!

Nau Mediterranean Seafood Restaurant Playa Del Carmen

Yucca chips black pepper and lemon with olives.

Nau Restaurant

Nau Restaurant Playa Del Carmen

Pork Shank in port wine sauce with carrot puree and scalloped potatoes.


Nau Mediterranean Seafood Restaurant Playa Del Carmen

Chocolate temptation dessert.

Our recommendations for Nau Restaurant

This is a very good gourmet restaurant that is seafood and more. Both seafood lovers and meat lovers will find the menu ample and those that appreciate fine food will really like the value. You will get much better quality here, service and value than most other similar restaurants on 5th Avenue. Definitely take the time to check out this restaurant. Walk the one and a half blocks off 5th to enjoy the food here and gain so much more.  For a fine dinning experience in Playa Del Carmen this should be in your top picks.

Why eat at a restaurant off 5th Avenue?

Many tourist come to Playa Del Carmen and walk the pedestrian street of 5th Avenue. There is about 22 blocks of shops and restaurants to look at. Many of the restaurants on 5th Avenue count on tourist walking by to stop and fill the seats up. After these people leave more arrive.

When you are a restaurant off of 5th Avenue you have to work hard to have repeat customers and have word of mouth spread. Since these restaurants tend to be more small scale, they often can focus more on the service and food and offer a more special occasion to guest. This is true of  NAU Restaurant and you should be pleasantly pleased with both food quality and service.

Our video of NAU Restaurant

How best to make reservations

Since this restaurant has gotten popular, it is best to make reservations at least one day in advance. The best way to make a reservation is by emailing them at  This is better that calling so they will have a written record of your reservation and it does go direct to the person in charge

Where is Nau Restaurant?

Nau is on 15th Avenue between 8th Street and 10th Street facing the park. There is street parking available nearby but they also offer free 2hr parking on the garage on the same block as them. You enter from 10th Avenue between 8th Street and 10th Street. The entrance will be on your left just before 10th Street.

Have you been to this NAU Restaurant? What did you think? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.

2 Comments on NAU Mediterranean Seafood Restaurant

  1. Millie Debay // June 12, 2016 at 7:21 AM // Reply

    We had dinner the other night at Nau restaurant and were very pleased with both the presentation do the food and the service. This is a great find of a restaurant in Playa Del Carmen and one of the best seafood places we have been to in a while that is not just fish in butter or typically prepared food. YOu should try this if you have not been here, that my recommendations to other tourist!

  2. I trie d NAu on your recomendations. It was very good! I will be going back. The service was good and food gourmet with great cocktails. One of the best seafood restaurants in Playa for sure!

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