Although they have a couple of locations, all the locals go to El Fogon on Constituyentes in Playa del Carmen. Be prepared – the menus are in Spanish only but the wait staff will help you. There’s a line waiting to get in from 7pm till closing. Food is really good, atmosphere is authentic and thijere’s usually a singer or a band that will pass the hat for tips. It’s a Playa experience and one that I recommend. #PlayadelCarmen #LaurasBeachfrontCondos #PlayadelCarmenBeachfrontCondos.com
Located on First street, 1 block north of Constituyentes, Caguameria is the best new restaurant in Playa. It’s got great food, is fun and quirky. Great ambiance. Order the pulled pork served on a bread that’s half pizza dough, half taco shell. Save room for dessert!
Babe’s Noodles and Bar, just off 5th Ave. between Calle 5 and 10 is open for lunch and dinner. Babe’s is a Swedish owned Restaurant and Bar with speciality Thai noodles and an Asian European kitchen. The bar makes the best mojitos, blueberry daiquiris, margaritas, smoothies and juices. Everthing is freshly prepared at the time you order.
Los Aguachiles is located on the corner of Avenida 25 and Calle 34. Hands down the best taco place in the Mayan Riviera. It’s fresh, healthy, and where the well-to-do locals go. It closes around 5 and don’t be surprised if there’s a short wait for a table – it’s worth it! Tacos are all made with fresh ingredients that have either been sauteed in olive oil or cooked ceviche style in fresh lime juice.
Fusion on the beach is south of Porto Playa a couple of blocks and has great bruschetta and ceviche. It’s great for lunch and beautiful for dinner on the beach. The menu is limited, but grilled fish, and calamari are good. They put torches in the sand and if it’s a nice night you can see the lights at Cozumel. Read the Trip Advisor reviews.
Wicky’s is a restaurant that opened at El Faro’s, right on the beach. Terrific ambience, fabulous steaks ($30-$35), too pricey wine (California wine is $16 a glass), beach band during the day. More than one person has told us it’s the best steak they’ve had in their lives. Folks that run Wicky’s are from Colorado and they ship in their own beef. Great place to have a drink and sun bathe during the day. Read the Trip Advisor reviews.
Alux (pronounced “a-loosh”) is a restaurant and nightclub located in a cenote (a cave formed by underground rivers). The entrance is impressive; you descend a great rock staircase surrounded by tiki torches to the reception area. (It looks a lot like the “Tribal Council” area on Survivor.) Candelabras, coloured lights, and flowing water adorn places throughout the cave.