Our Top 5 Favorite Restaurants in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

If you ever find yourself in Playa del Carmen, Mexico looking for a good place to eat, then look no further than the list below. We promise you won’t be disappointed with any one of these choices. So, without further ado, here are our Top 5 Favorite Restaurants in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

La Fragata 

  • Address: 26th Street between 5th & 1st Ave
  • Hours: Daily 7:00am – 10:00pm
  • Cuisine: Mexican, French, Seafood
  • Recommended Dishes: Everything
  • Comments: Jacques Pépin named this as his pick for best restaurant, period. It’s truly delicious.

Yaxche

  • Address: 5th Ave & 22nd Street
  • Hours: Daily noon-midnight
  • Cuisine: Mayan
  • Recommended Dishes: Papadzul, Euxiquia, and Cochinita Pibil
  • Comments: Popular choice for delicious regional food in temple-inspired décor.

La Cueva del Chango

  • Address: 38th Street & 5th Ave
  • Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sunday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Recommended Dishes: Fresh made juices and smoothies, Chilaquiles
  • Comments: Breakfast is a must at this out-of-the-way spot with a lush garden setting. Rick Bayless and Jacques Pepin eat here.

La Bodeguita del Medio 

  • Address: 5th Ave & 34th Street
  • Hours: Daily 1:00pm – late
  • Cuisine: Cuban
  • Recommended Dishes: Ropa Veja, Mojito(s)
  • Comments: This franchise was founded in 1942 in Havana, Cuba. They are famous for creating the mojito and for being one of Ernest Hemingway’s hangouts. In order to open a new Bodeguita under the chain, the chef, lead bartender, and all the musicians must be Cuban.

Carboncitos

  • Address: 4th Street & 5th Ave
  • Hours: Everyday 7:30 am – 11:00 pm
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Italian, American
  • Recommended Dishes: Tacos al Pastor, Pepita salsa, Pozole, Enfrijoladas, and Chilaquiles
  • Comments: Although they’ve begun catering more toward American tourists, the food is still quite good, particularly if you stick with some of the recommended items.