Best Restaurants in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

There are SO many amazing places to eat here, so I put together this list of the best restaurants in Playa del Carmen to share some with you! We have spent most of the last year here, exploring the food scene. Naturally, we have come across several amazing places to dine. Typically we can be found frequenting food carts, little local places and fairly low-budget friendly places, but every now and then we splurge on more of a sit-down experience.

This list offers a number of great options in Playa that step away from traditional Mexican fare, so hopefully you can find something here to satisfy whatever you’re craving!

 

Best Restaurants in Playa del Carmen

BROchetas, Calle 28 between beach y Calle Cozumel

Selfie!

Brocheta translates to ‘skewer’ in English, so it’s not hard to guess what these guys specialize in! We stopped in for lunch on a rainy day and it was the perfect place to watch the storm. The actual bar and kitchen is inside a strip mall of sorts but the seating area is out front on the patio. It is well covered, so a popular spot to enjoy the heat with protection from sun and rain.

We ordered a combo to share, and somehow managed to order an extra 2 skewers by accident… Bound to happen when you’re living somewhere and don’t know the language very well! Not a big deal, because they were delicious and well worth the $40mx each! Our combo included 2 skewers, fries and a beer for $110mx, and was fantastic. Seth was thrilled to have fries for the first time in over 2 months, and he will quickly vouch that they were worth the wait! We tried BBQ and teriyaki on the skewers. Both were good, but BBQ was the best.

 

If you ask Seth, BROchetas is not just one of the best restaurants in Playa del Carmen, it’s THE best!

See my full review

Chips and salsa come free as an appetizer

$110mx for all of this

 

Perche No & Carmen Brewery, Av Balamcanché Mz 30 Lt2

Bruschetta at Perche No. Tasty, but bland as it was literally diced tomatoes on croustinis.

These two sit side-by-side, in a plaza just south of Sam’s Club. We arrived at 3, an hour after it opened, but found a sign on the door explaining thatthey would open at 4 that day. So we headed into Perche No for some appies and drinks. I had heard that the brewery brought in their pizzas from this Italian eatery, so we saved that order to enjoy with their beer. The service was great, prices were fair, and the bruschetta I had was tasty, if a little bland.

Moving to the Brewery

The brewery only opened early October 2016, so it’s very new to the area. When we visited, they had 4 beers on tap, though the empty kilns in the back looked like they’d have more eventually. I was visiting with friends, and we all opted to go for the sampler, with one of each beer for $20mx each. I actually ended up trading my Negro for someone else’s Radler, as I’m not a stout fan. Each of the beers was really good, but I stuck with the Clara after my sampler was gone.

Carmen Brewery, next door to Perche No

The brewery menu features 4 different pizza’s from the restaurant next door. We ordered a couple to share and they were delicious! Hand stretched dough with fresh toppings, cooked in a wood burning oven. Absolutely my favourite way to cook pizza. And at $160, it was a great deal for how big it was.

We brought our kids and they had a blast playing with the foosball table and bean bag toss. The tasting room is set up very well for families and groups. We got there around 4, and were the only people in there, but by the time we left around 7 the tables were full, and there were a few people sitting at the bar. Clearly a popular place!

I don’t know if a brewery qualifies as one of the best restaurants in Playa del Carmen, but it’s worth a visit either way!

The sampler… From left to right: Clara, Negro, Radler, Black & Tan

 

Amazing pizza delivered to Carmen Brewery by Perche No

 

Falafel Nessya, Calle 4 between Av 10 y Av 15

The is one that definitely can’t be missed!!! Easily the best falafels I’ve ever had. (side note.. they’re vegan!) They’re made fresh when you order, as are the chips. The hummus is delicious, and the tzatziki sauce is the perfect accompaniment. Everything is made fresh in store, and it shows! We’ve gone back frequently for snacks on our way home in the evening.

The prices here are great too. Not ‘taco stand on the corner’ cheap, but definitely low considering the restaurant setting, and made-to-order style. That plate below was $95mx, and more than I could eat myself (good thing Seth helped by polishing off the chips for me ;)).  At $5mx per falafel, this plate is a fantastic deal for a meal, but I often swing by for half a dozen falafel balls and some chips to take home. And do try the fresh lemonade!

$95mx for this whole plate!

Eye catching store front, so you cant miss it!

 

Kaxapa Factory, Calle 10 N y Av 20 

Kaxapa Factory features home-cooked Venezuelan dishes. I met a couple friends and fellow bloggers for lunch here one day. I had never been but they promised it was delicious. They definitely weren’t wrong!

As soon as we sat down, our server offered a choice of their juices, Since I had never been, he actually brought out a sample of each so I could taste them before deciding. I opted for their lemonade blend, which was delicious.

Taquenos. ALMOST like mozza sticks.. but not really

For lunch I ordered the Taquenos, which are similar to a mozza sticks, though every time I say that I’m reminded by my friend over at FinallyElaine that they’re really not ;). They were delicious! And at only $50mx, they are a great price for an appetizer. The sauces were quite good, though I’m not sure what they were!

Since I’m currently on an empanada kick, I had to try a Venezuelan one. They are $35mx each, so a tad more than my $8mx street snacks, but it was worth the splurge. I tried the empanada de pollo, and it was great. The filling reminded me very much of a dish I make in Canada that features sow cooked chicken, tomatoes and salsa. Not spicy at all, but great flavour. All in all, I highly recommend!

An incredibly filling empanada

 

 

Serendipity, 28 de Julio, between Av Sian Ka’an & Av Paseo de Toledo

The picture honestly doesn’t do this justice! HUGE glass of fresh lemonade

I passed by the restaurant every day for 2 weeks, and never stopped in. It wasn’t until we stayed with a friend and her daughter’s wanted to eat breakfast there that we went in. I’m actually kicking myself that I didn’t stop in sooner, because it was amazing!

Service was excellent. They bring you delicious fresh pastries and buns with butter and chili sauce as an appetizer.

My giant lemonade was only $32, and they make fresh juices and fancy coffees as well. The food was delicious, and presented in a very appealing way. Entrees were only $50-100 each.

It’s now one of my favourite places to eat, and most definitely one of the best restaurants in Playa del Carmen. Definitely worth a stop in!

 

Fresh herbed buns with hot sauce and butter

 

French toast

Eggs with chips and beans

 

Grilled chicken sandwich with chips

Omelette with chips and beans, and a latte

 

Sushi Club, Avenida 10 norte y Calle 26

One of the most popular sushi places in Playa, we visited for a girl’s night during happy hour (Sunday and Tuesday). They offer a different concept than most happy hours: choose 2 for 1 sushi OR drinks. We opted to share a few items, and everything was delicious! Prices seem a bit high on the regular menu, at 120 pesos per drink (2 for 120 during happy hour) and around 200 per meal. But excellent prices during happy hour, so I’d aim to visit then!. There are many somewhat cheaper options on the appetizer menu if you’d just like a snack!

Something one of my friends ordered, I'm not sure what it was. Looks delicious though!

Something one of my friends ordered, I’m not sure what it was. Looks delicious though!

Combination Plate. 9 different kinds of Sushi, made to order

Combination Plate. 9 different kinds of Sushi, made to order

A different combination plate with 6 different kinds of sushi

A different combination plate with 6 different kinds of sushi

 

La Mision, Avenida 10 between Juarez y Calle 2 norte

This unassuming little restaurant is only one block off of 5th ave from Parque Fundadores. We happened upon it one night by chance when looking for a cheap place to eat with some fellow Canadians. It easily qualifies as one of the best restaurants in Playa del Carmen!

You may miss the large sign out front advertising their ‘specials’ menu, and they won’t bring you that menu unless you ask. Easily the best deal in Playa centro, so be sure to take a look! For 75 pesos you can choose from one of 15+ meals (vegetarian options included). That meal will include a soup to start (Lime soup– to die for!!), your entree (chicken fajitas were my favourite), Hibiscus water (or their juice of the day) and ice cream for dessert. If one of your party orders something off the regular menu (my son always opted for nachos) you’ll also get a starter of chips with pico de gallo and guacamole.

The rest of the menu seems to be priced on par with the rest of 5th Ave. There is a nice little courtyard in the back of the restaurant that you can choose to sit in. During one meal we had the pleasure of sitting right next to the grill and they were turning out some amazing looking seafood dishes!

Sopa de Lima (Lime Soup)

Sopa de Lima (Lime Soup)

Pico de Gallo y Guacamole

Pico de Gallo y Guacamole

Fajitas de Pollo con Frijoles Refritos y Arroz (Chicken Fajitas with Refried Beans and Rice)

Fajitas de Pollo con Frijoles Refritos y Arroz (Chicken Fajitas with Refried Beans and Rice)

 

Manne’s Biergarten, Calle 4 between 10 Av y 15 Av

Manne’s is most definately a must-try place, and easily one of the best restaurants in Playa del Carmen. Whether your in the mood for a good beer, some tasty apps, or a filling dinner.. Manne’s has you covered!

The menu features a mix of Mexican, American and German dishes. But the German ones are really where it’s at!! From saurkraut to bratwurst.. and schnitzel to bratkartoffeln.. You inner German will walk away beyond satisfied

I started with their fresh guacamole (naturally-this IS Mexico, after all). At $49mx, it’s quite cheap for the centro-Playa restaurant scene, and easily the best guac in Playa! Having grown up in a half-German home, I have enjoyed quite a number of my mom’s version of items on the menu. Here, I opted for a couple simple, but favourite things.. Bratwurst and bratkartoffeln, or fried potatoes. Let me tell you.. they definitely did not disappoint!! And at $70mx for the plate, I was thrilled.

On a followup visit I caved and splurged on the Rouladen. This is a family favourite, and one of my favourite meals ever, so there were big shoes to fill for Manne’s.. Let me tell you, they did not disappoint!! It was absolutely delicious! (Though, my Oma would be heartbroken if I said it beat hers, so I can’t go that far!) HIGHLY recommend this dish, though!

Save room for your free shot of tequila that comes with your bill!

Make sure you head in early on Sunday to get the mega-popular Prime Rib dinner before it runs out 😉

Artwork on their gate

The guacamole was delicious!!

Check out the ‘side’ of saurkraut!

Bratwurst and bratkatofeln (fried potatoes)

Cheers!

 

Curry Omm, Av Aviacion y Av 3 Sur

Curry Omm is the only Indian restaurant in Playa, and it took me a full month of wandering to come across it! It’s been open for 7 years, and in that time has built a loyal following from both tourists and locals alike. The owner is a fellow world traveller, and shared with me that he has already visited 135 countries! So not only did I get a delicious meal, I had the pleasure of great conversation while I waited. Since Seth isn’t a big fan I just grabbed an order each of samosas and parokas for takeout, so I didn’t try too much on their menu. And at $60 and $65mx respectively, they were a great choice for an afternoon snack, though a touch on the pricey side for my budget self.

Definitely add this to your ‘must try’ list if you’re a fan of Indian food! They also offer delivery, so you can call your order in if you’d rather!

Great options, and great prices

Part 2 of the menu

Pakoras

Samosas

I hope these suggestions have given you ideas of where to eat at the best restaurants in Playa del Carmen! Do you have a favourite location that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments so I can check it out!!

Craving something else? Check out my recommendations for best taco places, best street carts and best chicken places in Playa del Carmen!

About the author

A. Blizzard

I'm a former teen mom, a career chef and an entrepreneur with a life-long wanderlust. My son and I recently became unschoolers and world-schoolers! This means we travel full-time and use our real-life experiences as a basis for his education. It's a blast, and we're both learning so much as we go! Follow us to keep up with our nomadic adventure!

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