Playa del Carmen has an abundance of restaurants to choose from and ranging in all different types of cuisine and prices. As locals, we like eating out a lot and have a few favourites that we would love to share with you and think you shouldn’t miss out on!
This Mexican tropical tavern offers excellent cocktails, a very extensive and varied menu, and a great atmosphere.The dishes are meant to be shared and some of our favourites include the high seas ceviche, fresh tuna aguachile, barbacoa panuchos, octopus kastakan, tzatziki tuna and the relleno negro.
Located on 5th corner of 30th open from 6pm – 2am.
Catch – The Thompson
This rooftop restaurant adds a contemporary and sophisticated twist to traditional seafood dishes. Catch offers spectacular views of Playa and an excellent atmosphere. Try their sashimi trio, whole fish, sushi.
Open Thursday to Saturday from 6 pm – 1am and Sunday to Wednesday from 6 pm – 11pm.
La Cueva del Chango
Located on 38th between 5th and the beach in a unique and natural setting. Open from 8 am until 11 pm they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner offering an array of traditional Mexican dishes, fresh juices with some vegan and vegetarian options as well.
Los Hijos de la Tostada
Gourmet seafood tostadas made with fresh ingredients. Their flavourful dishes are reasonably priced and the ambiance is casual and laid back with excellent service. They started off with just a few tables and have now expanded to their brand new location on 30th between 24th and 26th.
This local favourite is popular for their wood fire pizza. There is a large patio with a large seating area perfect for a casual meal with friends or family. Got any food restrictions? Try their gluten free, vegan Zuchetti. Open daily from 1 pm to 1 am, located on 38th right off of 5th.
I only recently discovered this restaurant and it has quickly become one of my favourites. This is a small family-owned restaurant located on 10th corner of 14. They are open from 4pm until 11pm. We loved their green coconut curry, pad thai and their tom yam soup all made by thai chef Jo.
Another popular seafood restaurant amongst locals, aguachiles are similar to ceviche made with fresh seafood, lime, chilli and cucumber. Try their aguachile with avocado sauce and their fresh tuna figurines which are tacos wrapped in lettuce instead of a tortilla. They have two locations, one on Constituyentes between 1st and 5th open from 12 pm to 10 pm, and a second location on 34th corner of 25th open from 12 pm to 7 pm.
Because we’re big sushi lovers over here at PDC Condo Rentals we couldn’t choose only one sushi place. If we we feel like eating outside and want to see a bit of the action on 5th we like to go to Kampai between 30 and 32. Monday through Thursday they have 2×1 rolls (conditions apply). They also have 2 vegetarian rolls. They are open daily from 2pm to 12am.
If we want to stay more “local” and eat in the air conditioning, we like going to Nikkori, another favourite for sushi because of their reasonable prices and specials. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they have 2×1 rolls and Friday’s are ladies night.They even have a few vegan options as well! They are open daily from 1 pm to 11:30 pm and are located on10th corner of 32nd street.
Both sushi places are excellent and have a big variety to choose from.