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June 9, 2023

Last updated on November 26th, 2023 at 05:30 pm

Welcome to Playa del Carmen, a sun-kissed ocean paradise nestled on the Yucatán Peninsula in the Mexican Caribbean. Prepare to embark on a culinary journey like no other, as this vibrant city is teeming with delectable delights at every turn.

The heart of the city’s culinary scene lies in Centro and the North End, where an array of outstanding restaurants awaits. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with the best that Playa del Carmen has to offer. Join us as we uncover the top restaurants in this food lover’s haven.

Playa del Carmen’s Top Neighborhoods for Dining

CENTRO: Immerse Yourself in Culinary Delights

Step into Centro, the bustling heart of Playa del Carmen, where a vibrant tapestry of shops, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs await. The best part? Everything is within walking distance! Wander along La Quinta 5th Ave, adorned with vendors, tour shops, talented performers, and inviting tequila tasting rooms. From Ave. Constituyentes to Calle 1 (1st Street), Centro is the go-to spot for fantastic food and endless fun.

THE NORTH END: Discover Serenity with Easy Access

As you continue your journey along the beach from Centro, you’ll find yourself in the tranquil North End after passing Ave. Constituyentes. This residential area is peppered with Airbnb rentals and condos, offering a quieter ambiance while still providing convenient walking access to Centro. If you’re seeking a villa rental for a large group, this up-and-coming area is sure to pique your interest.

PLAYACAR: Embrace a Laid-Back Vibe

For a more relaxed atmosphere, venture south of Centro to Playacar, a sprawling residential development. Here, you’ll find pristine beaches, a handful of hotels and restaurants, and an overall serene ambiance. Golf courses, parks, and shopping centers define this charming “suburb” of Playa del Carmen, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a laid-back and leisurely dining experience.

Indulge in the diverse flavors of Playa del Carmen as you explore these top neighborhoods, each offering its own unique culinary delights.

Restaurante Patanegra

$$ – $$$, Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly

If you want to change it up and try some Spanish food, head for a unique dining experience at Patanegra, in the North End. This restaurant serves up delicious tapas and more Spanish favorites. You can’t go wrong with the paella and croquetas. On Saturdays, you can even catch a live flamenco show with your meal!

Restaurante Patanegra

Los Aguachiles

$$ – $$$, Mexican, Caribbean, Latin

Los Aguachiles is an excellent spot for seafood and upscale Mexican cuisine in the North End. This open-air restaurant serves delicious classic dishes such as grilled octopus, seafood tacos, and tostadas. The seafood at Los Aguachiles is fresh, well prepared, and incredibly flavorful. Don’t miss the aguachiles camarón (shrimp), delicious ceviche, or fish tacos.


$$$$, Mexican, Seafood, International

Dining at Alux is a unique and unforgettable culinary experience right in Centro. The dining room of this restaurant is in a spectacular underground cave/cenote and its food is a mix of Mayan, Mexican, and international upscale cuisine. For a tasty appetizer try the octopus, and for an entree don’t skip the venison or lobster tails.
Alux$$$$, Mexican, Seafood, International


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The Traveler’s Table

$$$$, Mexican, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

Traveler’s Table is not a restaurant; it’s a 5-course, interactive culinary learning adventure, seated under a thatch roof around a few seaside long tables. This is a can’t miss dining experience at the Punta Venado Beach Club. Guests thoroughly enjoy learning about Mexican food’s Spanish, African, and Middle Eastern cultural influences through every bite.
The Traveler’s Table

The Traveler’s Table

The Grill at 1-26

$$$$, Steakhouse, Seafood, International

This restaurant at the Grand Hyatt in Centro celebrates seasonal menus, which revolve around the organic produce, meat, and fresh seafood options the chef has access to daily. When you dine here, you can expect exceptional preparations of the highest quality. The impeccable talents of the chef, kitchen, and wait staff will ensure you have an unforgettable experience. From a perfectly grilled steak to a delightfully seasoned salmon, you will not leave hungry or unsatisfied. The atmosphere in this curated space is charming and fun.

The Grill at 1-26

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