Playa del Carmen Bars & Restaurants
Playa has a wide array of restaurants and bars. You don’t have to walk far to find delicious food in a great atmosphere! Most establishments are concentrated around 5th Avenue, the downtown pedestrian boulevard that spans over 20 blocks. You’ll find a variety of cuisine and tastes for every budget. Sometimes the choices can be overwhelming! Here are a few of our favorites.
Imprevist – Resto & Wine
Imprevist, a Catalan word meaning “the unexpected,” is a place where creativity and love meet to bring something truly amazing to your table. This classy restaurant features an International and Asian Fusion gourmet menu with a sweet twist; thus something truly “unexpected”. Imprevist offers 20% off the breakfast and brunch experience Monday through Friday and 20% off on Thursday dining if you pay in cash and bring your Latido de Mexico discount card. Imprevist is located on 1ra Avenida between Calle 14 and 16bis.
Plank offers an upscale dining experience like no other in Playa. Most noteworthy, it focuses on a special cooking technique designed to infuse a delicate touch of flavor by cooking the food directly on Himalayan salt planks or Cedar wood planks. Plank features a gourmet family style menu including USDA certified beef, chicken and fish, grilled vegetables and gourmet flat breads. Be sure to try their signature dishes including Cedar Plank Salmon, Filet Mignon Wellington, and Himalayan plank whole grilled fish. Receive a 20% discount on Tuesday dining (if you pay in cash) and go for one complimentary brunch on Saturday or Sunday. Located on the corner of Calle 16bis and 1ra Avenida.
La Casa del Agua
This beautiful restaurant has been providing casual fine dining in Playa del Carmen since 2001. La Casa del Agua has an international menu specializing in seafood but both the meat-lover and the vegetarian will also find wonderful gourmet cuisine here. In addition, Casa del Agua has an excellent wine cellar with more than 300 labels from 9 countries. Located on the corner of 5th Avenue and Calle 2 – bring your Latido de Mexico discount card and receive a 15% discount.
Restaurante El Jardín (The Garden) is centrally located in a lush tropical garden, surrounded by the sound of waterfalls, birds and classical music or Jazz. The kitchen is a fusion of regional Yucatecan food with a Mediterranean touch of the Czech owner, hence “Comida YucaCheca”. All ingredients are fresh, local and organic when possible. Enjoy traditional handmade corn tortillas! Open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Friday evening 6 to 9 pm is “Noche de Divas”, a fusión of Opera, Boleros, Chanson and Jazz. Located on Calle 20 between Avenida 10 and 15. Bring your Latido de Mexico discount card and get a free beer or coffee with your meal.
Diablito Cha Cha Cha
Diablito Cha Cha Cha serves an exquisite fusion of Asian and Mexican flavors using a variety of meats and seafood. The bar chef recommends and serves cocktails which complement each course throughout the meal. Situated in the heart of Playa del Carmen’s exciting club zone, on the corner of Avenida 1 and Calle 12, Diablito Cha Cha Cha is funky, retro and cool. It’s a great place to see and be seen.
Welcome to Playa’s funkiest beach club, with a 1950’s Brazilian inspired architecture, breathtaking views and a wide selection of eclectic music from around the globe. It’s the perfect location to get a taste of the Caribbean with an unusual touch of class and funkiness. Canibal Royal is the only destination for those who want to have a sophisticated and fun time at the beach enjoying great drinks, food, music and ambiance where the true essence of “beach lifestyle” comes alive! On the beach and terrace they serve light fare all day. The restaurant provides a more intimate yet casual lunch and the Juice Bar has both healthy and naughty beverages all day! Located at Calle 48 and the beach.
This is a trendy, stylish, and chic Mexican restaurant and bar you won’t want to miss. Serving sophisticated, contemporary cuisine with an outstanding menu of regional food, it also has a variety of international dishes. Too, they have the best and most amazing cocktails you’ll find on the strip. In a great location on the corner of 5th Avenue and Calle 30, every night in Almirante Pech is an unforgettable experience.
Como Como Ostería Mediterranea
Open 7am to 11:30pm, this charming restaurant serves up amazing breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a Mediterranean flavor. Not large but well laid-out, that means you’re sure to have an intimate dining experience here; whether you sit street-side or tucked away in the back garden area. The filet with red-wine reduction is outstanding, but we love the brunch here as well. Cocktails here are excellent and the wine list is good. For a romantic meal away from the crowds, Como Como is the spot. It is located on Avenida 10 between Calle 12 and 14, near the Quinta Alegría mall.
Los Aguachiles is one of the best-kept secrets in Playa, serving a variety of tasty seafood tacos and tostadas. It is also known for fresh ceviches and the delicious sauces/salsas that accompany them. There are two different locations in Playa, and both serve the same amazingly fresh seafood tacos. One is located on Avenida Constituyentes between Avenida 1 and 5, and there’s another larger location on the corner of Calle 34 and Avenida 25.
BARS AND NIGHTLIFE
Dirty Martini Lounge
This is a truly unique Playa Bar because of its European feel, excellent drinks, top shelf cocktails, a wide selection of beer, and, of course, a long list of specialty martinis! You’ll want to keep coming back to be a part of the local scene that hangs out there, plus there’s wonderful staff and excellent music. The lounge is located on 1st Avenue between Calle 10 and 12. Bring your Latido de Mexico discount card and you’ll receive a 15% discount (except on Tuesday 2×1 martinis and Thursday when Ladies drink half-price).
Salón Salsanera Raices
For everybody who loves to dance salsa, this is an amazing club! It has a great, live Cuban orchestra, amazing mojitos, and free salsa lessons from 9:30pm to 10:30pm Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Mondays). On Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday there are free Mojitos for the ladies from 10pm to 11pm. It’s located on Calle 12 between Avenida 5 and 10.