Traveling involves a lot of experiences that delight your senses. The local culture, architecture, music and people give you a glimpse of a different lifestyle. Playa del Carmen is a cosmopolitan city with hundreds of bars, restaurants and stores. Although Playa started out as a small village, it has grown into a small city while preserving that small town feel.
One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is experiencing a wide variety of delicious cuisines. Below please find our list of the best restaurants in Playa del Carmen to help make your night unforgettable.
Most of the best restaurants are located near 5th Avenue, making almost everything within walking distance.
If you are looking for an unforgettable evening, Oh LaLa is the right place. It is listed as number one recommendation on Trip Advisor.
Remaining true to the original Playa del Carmen Style, Oh LaLa is a small restaurant located on Calle 14 north. It is different from the other more conventional restaurants in every single way.
At first you’ll be greeted by an amazingly friendly and warm staff. This is the first clue that your evening is surely going to be memorable.
The atmosphere is unique. It opened back in 2011 and kept the small European design with outdoor and indoor tables making a total of 9 tables.
Co-owners George and Mikaela offer a personalized experience for their guests, ranging from a laid-back sampling of hors d’oeuvres and wines, to a leisurely look at the full menu. The food is cosmopolitan and diverse but always delicious. Please make a reservation before coming. In high season you may need to book 1 month ahead of time.
The dishes are exquisite and combined with the overall atmosphere the experience of this beautiful restaurant is one of the best in town.
Visit their main website at: http://www.ohlalabygeorge.com
El Taco Mexicano
Yes! Let’s talk about tacos now. El taco Mexicano is simply one of the best places to experience what a real Mexican taco is.
Located on 5th avenue, between 38th and 40th street, this restaurant is simply different from the other places that are usually very commercial or expensive.
El Taco Mexicano offers a very wide variety of tacos that will go from a regular taco order to a huge burrito that will make a hungry man feel very full. They also offer quesadillas, tortas and more.
The staff is very helpful and warm, just as México is. They will assist you in both English and Spanish.
So if you are looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant where to try a real Mexican taco, El Taco Mexicano is the place to go.
Trattoria Pizzeria Romeo is another small restaurant in town that has been here for a while now and has also kept that small Caribbean town feel.
They have some of the best pizza and Italian food in town, and it is highly recommended on trip advisor.
Located on the south end of town, on 4th street close to 5th avenue, this place offers an excellent dining environment away from the noise of the highly populated streets.
The staff is very helpful in both Spanish and English and the overall environment of this place combines the exquisite flavors of Italy with the Mexican Caribbean design.
The menu is extensive with a selection of salads, pastas, pizzas and desserts. There are up to 15 different combinations of thin crust pizzas that will make you love this place.
Axiote is located on 34th Street between 5th and 10the Avenues and combines Mexican and Mayan cuisine in a fusion of deliciousness. The cozy, dimly-lit atmosphere and wooden tables and chairs gives the feeling you are eating in the jungle somewhere in the Yucatan. Axiote uses 100% Mexican products to make some of the most interesting and delicious Mexican/Mayan food around.
The name “Axiote” refers to an ingredient in Mexican cuisine. Achiote is a shrub that produces spiky pods filled with red seeds. These seeds have been used for red body paint and also an ingredient in Mexican cuisine. The name is symbolic of not only an ingredient but part of the culture and history of Mexico.
Try their tacos and guacamole. They also have a divine selection of specialty cocktails using Mezcal.
Talking about pizzas, Don Chendo is a must visit place here in Playa, located on 30th avenue just a few blocks away from 5th avenue.
Don Chendo is Playa’s home for Chicago-Style, deep dish pizza and delicious pasta. This is the only place where you’ll find quasi-authentic Chicago Style deep-dish pizza as well as old school spaghetti and meatballs, shrimp, chicken, salads and more. Don Chendo is all about home cooking.
The menu offers a wide variety of dishes but each dish is named for a reason…. So don’t forget to ask your waiter the story behind the name.
Don Chendo’s owner, Russell, is an experienced chef that learned his recipes from an Italian woman in New York City. He is very involved in the making and preparation of every dish, from the shopping of every tomato to the making of the crust.
This is one of those places in Playa with a beautiful background story that is implicit in every delicious pizza slice.