Where to Eat in Playa Paraiso: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 31, 2017 Toi Mattera

Most visitors to Playa Paraiso stay at one of the five huge Iberostar-branded resorts in town. Judging from the TripAdvisor reviews, everyone from honeymooners to families with kids can have a blast at the properties’ beaches and pools. Two excellent golf courses are also located in town.

1. Asadero el Pollo

Calle 2, Playa del Carmen, Mexico Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Fast Food, Barbecue Lunch
Excellent
79%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 126 reviews

Asadero el Pollo

Reviewed By Bruce280

my comments are basically the same as almost all of the others
they provide an incredibly tasty roasted chicken dinner for 60 Pesos (1/2 chicken) to 110 Pesos (whole chicken) - this includes tortilla shells, rice, and salsa style sides
this place is a must visit for anyone
closes early (6 pm) - we typically do take out as it is a very busy spot, and Seating is often full up
and to say again, this chicken is very tasty

2. Kaxapa Factory

Calle 10 Norte | and 15-20 Avenida, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico Takeout, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Latin, Venezuelan, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch HK$39 - HK$71 +52 984 803 5023
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Kaxapa Factory

The flavors of the Venezuelan family in Playa del Carmen, come and enjoy the Venezuelan food dishes, with vegetarian and gluten free options.

Reviewed By Philippe B - Belgium

Me and my girlfriend visited this place in February 2018. We went there because of the high reviews on tripadvisor.
The juices were delicious although my girlfriend wanted a beer which they do not have.
Everyone was very friendly and there was a good atmosphere.
Unfortunately the food is (in my and my girlfriend’s opinion) very bland. No seasoning at all, the ingredients of my first course and main course were exactly the same (and looked like cat food) and the toast was way too hard. To be honest the food made me want to throw up.
For the first time ever I left a restaurant after eating only one bite of the main course. The staff saw something was wrong and I felt so sorry for them. I still feel sorry for them because of this negative review, but I had to write it.

3. Oh Lala!

Calle 14 North Bis | Between 10th Avenue and 15th Avenue #147, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Seafood, International, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +52 1 984 127 4844
Excellent
86%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 2 reviews

Oh Lala!

The cuisine at Oh Lala! Is a refreshing change from that of other, more conventional restaurants. Guests are treated like good old friends in a relaxing atmosphere coupled with personalized service and good food. Opened in January, 2011, by co-owners George and Mikaela, Oh Lala! Offers personalized experiences for its guests, ranging from a laidback sampling of hors d'oeuvres and wines, to a leisurely look at the full menu. With a total of 9 tables divided between the indoor and outdoors Seating, and an open kitchen, Chef George, Mikaela, and their staff, make sure that every visit to Oh Lala, International Cuisine by George, Is a unique and a delicious one.

Reviewed By Dan N - St Paul

This is a quiet,little romantic restaurant with a full dinner menu. The food is excellent in quality and the staff works very, very hard to make your experience a mamorable one.
If you eat here, you will want to come back for another visit. The menu can be found online and prices are very modest compared to the quality of the food. The presentation of the plating is pure artwork.
This restaurant is not on 5th Avenue and that makes it a quiet, romantic spot. If you are vacationing in Playa Del Carmen, this is a must visit!

4. Passion by Martin Berasategui

5th Avenue Esquina Street 112 | Colonia Luis Donaldo Colosio, Playa del Carmen 77719, Mexico Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$549 +52 984 877 3900
Excellent
89%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 587 reviews

Passion by Martin Berasategui

Passion by Martin Berasategui is listed as one of the best restaurants in the Riviera Maya and Mexico. It is a true reflection of the unique cuisine of chef Spanish with 7 Michelin stars It features the prestigious recognition awarded 5 Diamonds by AAA. Also has the recognition of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine for its large selection of wines.

Reviewed By Mike S - Portland, Oregon

Top shelf in every respect. We were not guests at the hotel but were ushered by designated staff to the restaurant. Great service, tasty food, marvelous setting We dined al la cart and brought a bottles of 21 year old grand cru burgundy which was handled with the care it merited.

5. Coffee Stop

Calle 10 North | Between Av. 10 and Av. 15, Playa del Carmen CP 77710, Mexico Takeout, Seating, Free Wifi, Delivery Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast HK$24 - HK$47 +52 984 211 2272
Excellent
85%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 317 reviews

Coffee Stop

We're a small independent coffee shop selling Mexican coffee. The beans are from Chiapas and toasted and blended here in Playa. We have light food to accompany your hot or cold coffees and teas. From filled bagels and croissants to light salads and delicious cakes and cookies. Sanctuary just a block and half from the busy 5th Avenue and right in the centre of town. You can pop in for your coffee fix and a chat or grab one and run. We have a Delivery service too if you need us! Free wi-fi and a smile. Hope to see you soon!

Reviewed By lovemylife0305 - Tokyo, Japan

The owner of this place is very welcoming and nice. High-speed wifi and not as crowded as Starbucks. Therefore, I was able to finish my work by fully concentrating without any disturbs.
My drink was ice chocolate and it was reasonable price and tasty enough :)
Will definitely come back here again !

6. Imprevist

Avenida Norte | between Calle 14 Norte and 16 Norte Bis 1, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$157 - HK$314 +52 984 168 7025
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Imprevist

Imprevist is a Catalan word which means the “Unexpected“. Dining here is experiencing these wonderful dishes that leaves you surprisingly unexpected everytime. The restaurant is situated in a quaint magical street in the Heart of a Playa del Carmen that will make the night, a night to wish would never end. After several years of experience and learning from European chefs; Chef Juan Diego Solombrino is well known for his incredible combination of Mediterranean and Asian inspired cuisine. Preparing dishes of unique flavor, creating art with in each presentation. He personally hand select the products focusing on the menu to provide a wide variety so that everyone can enjoy their meal, from vegetarian options to oriental, excellent seabass or steak ending with the delight of a chocolate fondant berry sorbet. “Cooking is an art, and for me it is the only art that stimulates all senses. The moment when you take your first bite, all your senses comes together to experience a delightful aroma, flavor and textures of food” - Chef Juan Diego Solombrino.

Reviewed By wstonum - Charlotte, North Carolina

We came for breakfast and had a wonderful meal and the service was amazing! Would definitely come back!

7. Pavo Real by the Sea

Pavo Real by the Sea Highway 307-Cancun-ChetumalKM51, Playa Maroma, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$235 - HK$667 +52 998 872 8339
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 518 reviews

Pavo Real by the Sea

Pavo Real by the Sea is an intimate, magical restaurant at the edge of the best beach in the world. You will come for the gorgeous view, you will come back for the incredible food prepared by Chef Alfonso Gonzalez and the attentive service and excellent wine list. Enjoy cocktails in the open-air bar at the edge of the beach, then choose a table in the garden or in the cozy salon decorated with original art, sit back and let us serve you a meal you won't be able to forget. The menu includes fresh foie gras, local fish and seafood, rack of lamb, beef tenderloin, bouillabaisse...And more. For a really special occasion, reserve a private romantic dinner on the beach. We look forward to your visit.

Reviewed By BigJim67 - Los Angeles, California

About a fifteen-minute cab ride from our Fairmont Mayakoba resort, we discovered a wonderful little restaurant situated right on the water.
(Be advised that to get there, you first cab to the Hotel Amarte (the outside of which doesn’t look very promising; you turn in right beside the Burger Stop sign. You then wait in the hotel lobby for the restaurant’s shuttle driver to fetch you and drive you another ten minutes through dense jungle to finally reach the restaurant. This little gem is absolutely worth the time it takes to reach it!)
The restaurant has both inside and outside seating; both very attractive. It was quite windy when we arrived and we changed tables from sitting outside to sitting in a very romantic little outside, but well protected, free standing structure that housed one table. We were completely sheltered when the rains blew in.
The food was delicious. My wife had lamb one night and I had fish. Salad entrees were both tasty. As was dessert.
The staff was attentive, friendly and professional.
Our dinner was also reasonably priced.
How much did we enjoy our Pava Real experience? Before we left, we booked a res for the following night. And our second evening there was as special as our first!
If you’re staying anywhere nearby, this culinary delight is a must. Enjoy!!!

8. Restaurante Benazuza

Km 19.5 Blvd Kukulcan, Cancun 77500, Mexico Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +52 998 891 5007
Excellent
90%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Restaurante Benazuza

At Benazuza Restaurant we look to innovate through original recipes. We intend to surprise you with a different style throughout the large restaurant options in Cancun. Therefore, our Chef has developed a unique menu that allows you to experience "molecular" cuisine in an environment where the food becomes the protagonist of the evening. In Benazuza you will find a modern cuisine with Mexican influences. Pure and refined flavors offered in a degustation menu that consists of a series of dishes that will give you a broad overview of this original and fun cuisine.

Reviewed By Jordyn R

We stayed at Grand Oasis Sens from 2/21-2/28. We made Reservations at Benazuza, as we had not experienced it the year before. The decor was modern and elegant. The bartender spoke English very well (having studied in the states). Every dish was such a surprise and a delectable treat! There were about 30 courses. I don’t want to ruin the surprises that come when dining at Benazuza but I will say the staff, the atmosphere and the food is amazing!

9. Sr. Dan's Margarita and Sports Bar

5th Ave | Corner 3 Sur, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Pub Late Night, Drinks +52 984 803 3013
Excellent
87%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 247 reviews

Sr. Dan's Margarita and Sports Bar

Reviewed By thetripmaster - Mexico city

Just a few steps from Cozumel ferry very nice sports bar amazing drinks try the cucumber margarita .... the owner is always there to make you feel home definitely will give 5 stars to the level of service and drinks in this place.

10. MI Kfe Sabor Venezolano

Av. 10 North Between 6th St. And 8th St | Colonia Centro a 20 Metros de Plaza Pelikanos, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Caribbean, Latin, Venezuelan, South American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 +52 987 871 2238
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 135 reviews

MI Kfe Sabor Venezolano

Reviewed By Alane F

This is my first visit to Playa Del Carmen and on the first day here we got tacos across the street from Mi Kfé. They were advertising Arepas which I always wanted to try. On our last day, after eating all over the town, we decided to try the Arepas at this place. They are amazing!! I truly wish we had eaten there sooner because I would have gone to this place like once a day! They are also a great price. If you have never had an arepa or love good food for a good price and are in playa, this is a must go to.

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