Top 10 Restaurants Playa del Carmen

Many guests ask us for recommendations of good restaurants. And honestly, given the sheer number of great eateries Playa del Carmen has to offer, narrowing it down to the 10 best restaurants wasn’t an easy task. But here you have it, a guide to the best restaurants in Playa del Carmen. If you’re planning on spending your vacation here, you’re going to want to bookmark this one.


1 Imprevist


This small, comfortable place around the corner from Playa Palms Beach Hotel, serves an international and Asian Fusion gourmet menu. Their daily Sunday style breakfast and brunch is outstanding and they manage to make dining a whole experience.

Type of food: International and Asian Fusion
Recommended for: Breakfast and Brunch
Where: 1st Avenue between streets 14 and 16
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2 Aldea Corazón


Discover this hidden secret right on the 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen! Their rather unspectacular front hides a spacious outdoor place with a cenote and even a little waterfall. Once you step through Aldea Corazon’s entrance door, you enter an oasis of calm, with a relaxed atmosphere and superb food. The serve delicious breakfast (try the Chilaquiles!) and make for a romantic dinner.

Type of food: Mexican
Recommended for: Breakfast
Where: 5th Avenue between Streets 14 and 16
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3 Los Hijos de la Tostada

hijos de la tostada

This cool hipster restaurant serves mainly seafood tostadas with delicious sauces. For those who don’t know what tostadas are, it’s fried tortillas topped with a seasoned mixture, in this case of seafood. They also have several other seafood platters.

Type of food: seafood
Recommended for: Lunch
Where: 5th Avenue between Streets 38 y 40
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4 Bio Natural

bio natural

If you’re looking for delicious vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free food, this is your place. They carefully choose their products to be organic and local, and also offer a wide range of cold pressed juices and superfoods.

Type of food: vegetarian and vegan
Recommended for: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Where: 10th Avenue between Constituyentes and 16th Street.
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5 Axiote


Don’t miss out on this gem for a truly Mexican culinary experience. Their award-winning chef Javier Perez Stone serves 100% Mexican food, with nearly all of their ingredients being regional or at least national. Besides of dinner, the modern restaurant serves a daily lunch special and a variety of Mezcal.

Type of food: Mexican
Recommended for: Lunch / dinner
Where: 34th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue
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6 Plank


At Plank a delightful gastronomic experience awaits you, unique in its kind in the Riviera Maya. Using the highest quality of certified meats, prime seafood, fresh vegetables and herbs, a special twist is given by cooking and serving every dish on Himalayan Salt Blocks, Cedar, Maple, Hickory and Mesquite wood planks to infuse each meal with its intricate flavors.

Type of food: international
Recommended for: dinner
Where: 16th Street between 1st and 5th Avenue
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7 Casa Sofia


This place is very popular among locals – for a reason. They probably serve the best Italian food in town. Although rather casual, the crystal chandelier in the inside seating section gives it an elegant atmosphere. We recommend reserving a table, especially on weekends.

Type of food: Italian
Recommended for: dinner
Where: Avenida Aviación
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8 Madre Tierra


Enjoy selected steak, fish, and seafood, accompanied by an extended selection of Mexican and international wine. This is one of those places, where everything on the menu is a good pick. Plus, while eating you have a nice view over the 5th Avenue.

Type of food: surf and turf
Recommended for: dinner
Where: 5th Avenue with 14th Street
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9 Bovinos Churrascaría


This Brazilian Steakhouse won’t only seduce your palate with their delicious meat cuts, but also with their abundant buffet with vegetables, seafood, cheese, salads and different types of bread. For a fixed price this is an all-you-can-eat restaurant, where you get served from skewers of meat cuts.

Type of food: Meat
Recommended for: Dinner
Where: 10th Avenue with 12th Street
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10 Don Chendo


Don Chendo is Playa del Carmen’s home for Chicago-Style, Deep Dish Pizza and delicious pasta. Russell, the New Yorker owner and chef, shares his passion and love for cooking and is all about home cooking. If you are a Pizza lover you really should plan a dinner at this small restaurant!

Type of food: Chicago-Style Pizza and pasta
Recommended for: dinner
Where: 30th Avenue between the Streets 24 and 26.
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