Looking for some good Playa Del Carmen restaurants? There are so many restaurants 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 2020 on it.
Playa Del Carmen Restaurants 2021
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See also our guides on our website also where we compare categories of restaurants and make it easier for you to choose the best restaurants while you are here. Below are a few guides for you to check out.
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- The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen Guide
- The Taco Restaurant Guide to Playa Del Carmen
- Cheap Eats in Playa Del Carmen-Under 100 Pesos!
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- The Best Bakeries and Sweet Treat Guide to Playa Del Carmen
- The Coffee and Tea Lovers Guide to Playa Del Carmen
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: Fun and casual place with tasty food and good frozen drinks. Very close to the action on 5th and a long time favorite of locals and tourist.
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.
- Location: 30th Avenue on the corner of 22nd Street. Hours: Monday-Sunday 1:00pm-11:00pm. Description: Sushi restaurant with average sushi.
Yum Yum Restaurant
- Location: On the corner of 10th Avenue and 6th Street. Hours: Daily from 7:00am-11:00pm Description: Upscale yet casual with great authentic flavors of Asia all fused together for a good menu. There are also good cocktails here. It is not surprising this restaurant is so good, it is from the same owners as Oh Lala Restaurant.
Out top picks for the best Asian restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
Yum Yum is great for a good dinner out with cocktails.
Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Location: 40th Avenue between 4th and 6th Street. Hours: Open daily from 5:00pm-midnight. Description: Trendy and in more of a locals area, you have a choice of 9 burgers here plus artisanal beer. This makes for a youthful and fashionable place to grab a burger.
- 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.
- Location: The Rustic is on 10th Avenue between 44th Street and Calle 46 (AKA Avenida CTM). Hours: Open everyday Monday-Sunday 7:30am-10:30pm. Description: Hamburger and sandwich restaurant on the north end of downtown. Very good burgers with casual atmosphere.
- 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.
- 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 dining International restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
- 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.
- 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.
Ambasciata D’Italia Restaurant
- Location: 5th Avenue and the corner of 24th Street. Hours: Open daily from noon until 11:00pm. Description: Italian restaurant that has been popular with tourist and locals for years. Medium to upper end but still casual feeling. It is a good place to eat on 5th Avenue and watch people go by.
- Location: 34th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. Hours: Daily from 1:30pm.11:00pm. Description: Authentic Mexican cuisine with modern evolving recipe’s. Casual atmosphere with very good meals.
- 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.
- Location: 25th Avenue between 26th Street and 28th Street. Hours: Monday-Frida 8:00am-5:00pm. Saturday 8:00pm-3:00pm. Closed Sundays. Description: Very well presented food and a great place for lunch with good value.
- Location: 38th Street in side of Mahekal Beach Resort. Hours: Breakfast 7:30am-10:30am. Lunch 11:30am-4:30pm. Dinner 7:30pm-9:00pm. Description: Gourmet restaurant that offers beach dinning in relaxed manner.
- Location: Keel Restaurant is in the Carmen Hotel on 8th Street and the beach. Hours: Daily from 7:00am-11:00pm. Description: This is a beachfront restaurant in the Carmen Hotel. Gourmet food with casual atmosphere. Some times you can catch live music and dine by the sea.
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.
- Location: On top of The Fives Downtown Hotel on the corner of 10th Avenue and 2nd Street. Hours: Daily for dinner and lunch service at the rooftop pool. Description: Great views and upscale international cuisine. Chill vibe with lounge music.
Our recommendations in this category of finer International restaurants
Elemento can be a nice chic but casual lunch spot. Axiote has great tasting Mexican cuisine that is fine dinning yet still a little casual atmosphere. For pure atmosphere, Alux is in a cave, so you have a really interesting restaurant in Playa Del Carmen to dine in if you go here. The rooftop restaurant of Purobeach will be great views and lounge atmosphere. For a quiet intimate restaurant take a look at Imprevist.
Casual international restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Location: 34th Street and the corner of 40th Avenue. Hours: Monday -Sunday 8:30am-10:30pm. Description: Healthy option for light eating and juices.
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.
- Location: 38th Street between 5th Avenue and the beach. Hours: Open daily from 7:00-10:00pm. Description: A good place for breakfast and French pastries.
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.
- Location:8th Street between 5th Avenue and the beach. Hours: Open everyday 8:00am-12:00 midnight. Description: Small restaurant with middle eastern taste.
- 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.
Salade (formerly named Barra Light )
- Location: Corner of 15th Avenue and 10th St. also 10th Ave. with 24th Street. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Mama Mia Pizzeria
- Location: Constituyentes Avenue between 25th and 30th. There are other locations around town. Hours: open all day. Description: Street side pizza stall where you can get inexpensive pizza by the slice.
- Location: 10th Avenue and 2nd Street. Hours: Dinner is served between 6:00pm-10:30pm. Description: Higher end trendy and modern restaurant that is good for upscale dinner with finer Italian food.
- 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.
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.
- Location: 34th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. Hours: Daily from 1:30pm.11:00pm. Description: Authentic Mexican cuisine with modern evolving recipe’s. Plates are prepared by chef and not cook. Casual atmosphere with very good meals.
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.
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: 38th St between 5th Avenue and the beach. 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.
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.
- 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.
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. For a step up from La Perla and a more complex cuisine, Axiote Restaurant is great.
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, Axiote and La No. 20 Cantina are good choices.
Seafood Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
Local seafood restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
- 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.
- 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 Calamar de la 10
- Location: Corner of CTM Avenue and 10th Avenue. Hours: Open Tuesdays through Sundays 8:30am-9:00pm. closed Mondays. Description: Casual seafood restaurant with gourmet combinations and good value.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
Midrange and popular for tourist seafood restaurants
- 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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
Bio Natural & Organic Store
- Location: There are two locations in Playa. One is on 10th Avenue between 16th and Constituyentes Avenue. The other is on 5th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. Hours: Open daily from 8:00am-11:00pm. Description: One of the first to give restaurants in Playa Del Carmen to offer vegetarian food. It has a large menu and large selection of products in the stores.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
- 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.
Love, love, love your site. We visit PDC as often as possible and I have clearly got some new places to try. I have printed this list for future reference.
I noticed Oh Lala, Plank and Imprevist did not make your list. (We just returned and had great higher end meals at Oh Lala and Plank.) If you have not tried them Oh Lala is NOT TO BE MISSED. It is a very special place.
Hello and thanks for checking out our list. We do have Plank on for brunch and also for fine dinning for dinner. I know we have so many restaurants, it is hard to categorize them. We have tried to contact Improvist but they never got back to us. Oh La La is on our list as well, last time we went by they were booked for a while and when we had a chance to go, they were full. We have a long list of places to try and add, so we promise to keep adding more and the ones you mentioned as well. Thanks.
I think this is the best list of restaurants in Playa Del Carmen. This attest to all the work you do and things you do for the community. Thanks
Hello again! I love to see your guides because you don’t have all the tourist traps that are restaurants in Playa del Carmen. I love the small independent ones and the fact that you eat at each one. This give me confidence that you know what you are talking about. Keep up the good work.
Have you reviewed Lima 12 05?? I won’t go to a restaurant unless it’s recommended here. Haha. 🙂
Thank you Casey! We wrote to someone there before they opened but we never heard back from them. We have been passing by this restaurant often and notice that there is usually just one table. We predict this restaurant will not make it. With the expense of being on 5th Avenue you really need to bring your A game and have a good marketing strategy. When we don’t hear from restaurants, it usually tells us that they don’t have a great plan for getting out the word.
Ⅰthank you for this comprehensive list of restaurants. It seems to change all the time in Playa del Carmen and we are always looking to see what is new and what has closed. We love your website and use it all the time. Keep up the good work.
Please try out Restaurang Babes noodles and bar Calle 10 y ls Quinta
We see it is re-opened. Is this your restaurant? We had taken it off our list because it was closed. We like to keep all our guides up-to-date.
I am quite surprised you didn’t mention The Pitted Daye in your article. I have tried all the vegan restaurants in your article and in my opinion The Pitted Dated is by far better!! Amazing vegan dishes that are presented as a gourmet meal and ousting customer service. And no words to describe the smoothies that would not do them justice. Check them out you won’t be disappointed.
You will be happy to note that we have to go to their new location and we are looking foreward to writing more about them. When we initially went they only were a bakery.
Your restaurant guide has guided us during our trip and we found some great restaurants in Playa del Carmen thanks to you! Well done!
Thanks for using the website. We love helping people find things and recommending good businesses.
I love the suggestions you have for restaurants. We’re always looking for a new place to go. I think you should check out La Parrilla Mexican Grill, on the corner of 5th Ave and Constituyentes. It has been our favorite place to go on our last night of our vacation for the past 4 years. from the 5th ave Shrimp or Filet Mignon, being prepared table side, to the Mariachi band, that comes in to play, to seeing the lights of 5th Ave at night it is an amazing night We’ve never been disappointed with the food or the atmosphere.