One of our top picks for lunch- Papa Charly Pasta Factory

Papa Charly Pasta factory Playa Del Carmen

Update: Papa Charly Restaurant is now closed. 

We are always on the lookout for good restaurants in Playa Del Carmen and we have a great place for lunch for you this time! Papa Charly Restaurant is open for all three meals a day but we especially wanted to tell you about the great food and lunch special they have. In Playa Del Carmen you can get some good lunch deals and this place is a true hidden gem.

Papa Charly Restaurant for Lunch

You can order off the menu as well but the main plates are around 80-99 pesos so you are basically getting a free second course, dessert and drink for free in your combo. So you do the math!

The price is either 109 pesos for a limited menu option combo or 119 pesos for a larger selection of menu items. Included in the price is drink of the day, salad or pasta, main course plate and then dessert. Wow! All that for just about $5.40-6.40 USD!

This lunch special is from 12:30pm-4:30pm.

The drink of the day can feature fresh made limeade or other fruit infused drink. Portions are nice and you wont leave feeling overstuffed. So how does that sound to you? Well just look at these combos and tell us what you think.

The first combo is a fettuccini pasta with cilantro cream sauce and broccoli, followed by a chicken in white wine sauce with mash potatoes and vegetables, and then lime pie slice (drink not shown).

Papa Charly Pasta factory pasta dish Playa Del Carmen
Fettuccini with cilantro cream sauce and broccoli.
Papa Charly Pasta factory Playa Del Carmen
Chicken in White wine
Papa Charly Pasta factory Playa Del Carmen pie
Lime Pie

Or how about this combination: Thai noodles, eggplant moussaka, followed by a flan (drink not shown).

Papa Charly Pasta factory Playa Del Carmen
Thai noodles
Papa Charly Pasta factory Playa Del Carmen
Eggplant moussaka
Papa Charly Pasta factory Playa Del Carmen desert

Lets support great restaurants in Playa Del Carmen and tell them you read about them here.  We love supporting good local businesses.

Enjoy this nice open air restaurant with fast and friendly service and make sure you visit for the lunch combos!

If you enjoyed this article be sure to check out our list of Best Lunch Deals in Playa Del Carmen for more great places!

Our Video Presentation of Papa Charly Restaurant

Where is Papa Charly Restaurant

Papa Charly is located on 30th Street between 25th Avenue and 30th Avenue.

It is a little out of the normal tourist area but it is worth the walk or taxi to get there.


Monday-Saturday 8:00am-11:00pm

Closed Sundays

Phone Number


Have you been to Papa Charly Pasta Factory before? Let us know what you thought in the comment box below.


  1. We love this restaurant. The food is good and the atmosphere relaxed. Juan is a good guy and this is a good find in Playa Del Carmen! Thanks for having them on your site. We love all your restaurant recommendations by the way!

    • Hello. Thank you so much for your comment. It is always good to hear back from readers. Papa Charly is a great restaurant and we are happy to have them on our list especially for the lunch special. We hope you have a great time in Playa Del Carmen.

  2. We stopped by Papa Charly the other day for lunch, super good! it was a lot of nice food and that price was great. That was only like $6.50. Back home I would pay abou6 $16 for that meal or more. Such a good find! Thanks for sharing on your website. We look forward to finding more places like this!

    • We are glad you found this place! It is not on the usual tourist area of 5th Avenue but with a little looking around you can get some great deals at restaurants. Lunch here is such a good deal and we love supporting this restaurant. Plus if you get to talk to the owner, who is also bilingual, he is really nice.

  3. I took my parents here and they really enjoyed it. The food was very good. I think we were there at the end of lunch so they were a little backed up. That was the only thing that was not the best. I would suggest coming early so you can have faster service.

  4. We found your lunch specials guide and went to Papa Charly restaurant. Really liked it! Great value and good food. We will go back this week, too bad we are here for just two weeks. We loved eating here, thanks for the share.

  5. Last week we stopped by here and had one of the best lunches in Playa del Carmen for a ridiculous low price. We were amazed at the quality of the food and the value. You certainly picked a good choice. We have to start reading more your site for recommendations, you are spot on and really know Playa del Carmen!

  6. We are a group staying in colonia Hollywood as they call the area where Papa Charly is. We read about them on your lunch guide and went, we all had a great meal and wanted to thank you for pointing us in the right direction. We will be sure to look into your other recommendations since yours have been so good so far.

  7. I love this restaurant! We ate breakfast here and loved the French toast! Juan is a nice manager and good guy at this restaurant.
    Thank you for the post.

  8. I absolutеly love your website! You have great tips and things to do in Playa Del Carmen.

  9. Papa Charly is such a good place! We went for breakfast and had the awesome French toast that was pictured on your site. We loved it!
    Seriously.. thank you for starting this up.
    This site is one thing that’s needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

    • We are so happy you had a good meal here. They really do deserve support of people coming there. We sure remember the French toast! We hoe the rest of your trip goes well.

  10. I definitely recommend Papa Charly for lunch. The food is good and value is great. Just make sure you go during the hours they have it.

  11. Just want to say we had a great lunch at Papa Charly thanks to your website recommendation! We loved it and it was a great value. Good find!

  12. Normally I don’t comment but we ate lunch here following your article. It was such a good value and god gourmet food. We recommend it a lot. Thanks a lot, very nice article.

  13. I really like the things you guys write about. Great tips and places to visit. Keep up the amazing works guys.

  14. I visited Playa del Carmen from San Francisco where we have lots of great Italian restaurants in our North Beach area, but Papa Charly is BY FAR the absolute best pasta I’ve ever had. We visited for dinner twice during our stay in Playa. The pasta is made fresh and you can really tell the difference. The texture is amazing. I tried both a tomato based sauce and a cream based sauce on the two nights and both blew my mind. Especially the bolognese. GET THE BOLOGNESE! Can’t wait to return to playa just to go back to Papa Charly.

  15. We recently purchased a condo at Las Gaviotas 20th Ave con 20th Calle, we have made Papa’s Charley’s our go to place for lunch. Everything we’ve tried has been enjoyable. Daily lunch specials can not be beat. 129 Pesoes includes drink, appetizer, entree, and dessert.
    The breakfast menu offers a variety of omelettes, fruits and pastries. Food presentation and freshness top notch

    • Hello Belinda

      We are glad you found this place. Be sure to visit the cheese shop around the corner and if you like gelato, Amo store also is good there. So much is close to you!

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