Taste of Playa 2010 Restaurants
Photo by S. Hollows

Renowned for its archeological sites, sugar white sand beaches and mystical cenotes, the Riviera Maya is just as famous for its multi-cultural community, embracing travelers and their distinctive cuisines from all over the world. Nowhere is the affect of these diverse influences more evident than in the kitchens of our talented local chefs.

Taste of Playa promotes the unique cultural perspectives that fuel the passions and creativity of chefs in the Riviera Maya and offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sample their signature dishes. Taste of Playa is a fresh approach to community oriented events, one that brings positive exposure to local area restaurants and promotes Riviera Maya tourism. In its first year, 25 participating local restaurants, beverage vendors, a specialty food Marketplace and live music and is reported as an event is not to be missed!

2010 is sure to bring over 40 participants to the event to make this a bigger and more successful event than 2009. Watch for the new attendees July 1 as we begin the planning for 2010.

For those who can not make it to the Taste of Playa 2010 event, all restaurants are participating in a discount program so that you can have your own Taste Adventure while in the Riviera Maya throughout the year. Click here to review and print the discount coupons for 2010 Restaurant Participants. To take advantage of these discounts, please present your coupon to the participating restaurant when you order. Enjoy!



We are unable to accept any additional restaurant participants for Taste of Playa 2010.
Please email restaurants@tasteof playa.com to reserve your spot for Taste of Playa 2011.

List of Participants


Lol-Ha Restaurant (meaning water lily in Mayan) on Akumal Beach has three dining areas, the Palapa Bar, the Pizzeria, and the main dining room. Specialties include lobster, steak and an ever changing nightly buffet that showcases the culinary diversity of the chef. Lol-Ha also presents two dinner shows weekly, a folkloric show and a flamenco show.

On the Beach
Akumal Bay


Dirty Martini Lounge is a stylish cocktail lounge and popular gathering spot in the heart of Playa del Carmen that offers a mature and relaxing atmosphere. The Martini list is impressive and mixologist Karen Lange has developed some unique signature cocktails, always surprising guests with new ingredients and clever twists on the old classics.
1st Ave. between
Calles 10 and 12,
located next to
Hotel Tropical CasaBlanca


People come from far corners of the world to come to Bar Ranita to enjoy a cool draft with the locals, which creates an incredibly fun and enjoyable atmosphere. So whether you live here in Playa del Carmen or are visiting from another part of the world come to Bar Ranita and you will create memories for a lifetime
Calle 10
between 5th and 10th
984 873 0389


Tequila Barrel Bar and Grill - Over 10 years in Playa del Carmen. The largest selection of tequila in town, Tex-Mex menu, Live Sports Betting, 18 big screen TVs and 1 jumbo screen, airconditioned. Open daily 9am - 2am. Come join us!
Avenue 5 between
Calles 10 and 12



Luna Blue Hotel and Bar - A traditional Caribbean-style bar with thatched palapa roof and swings. Our spacious deck overlooks a tropical garden where guests can sit or stroll. Our drink menu specializes in margaritas, from classic to creative. Open daily 3pm - 11pm.
Calle 26
between 5th and 10th


Fusion is a funky beachside restaurant that serves Mexican fusion food with a focus on fresh local ingredients. Fresh caught fish, traditional Mexican specialties and tasty sandwiches are some clients’ favorites from their menu.
Calle 6 and the Beach
984 873 0372


Located on the shores of the Caribbean, Wicky´s Restaurant and Beach Club brings a sophisticated and elegant dining experience to the beach with a focus on fresh seafood and prime USDA steaks.

Calle 10 at the Beach


Featuring hundreds of hand-selected local and imported wines, Off the Vine wine store is certain to have a wine to fit your tastes. Whether you're pairing wine with a meal, celebrating a special occasion or just looking for something different, our Playa del Carmen wine store is here to make sure you find just what you're looking for. Don't miss our weekly tastings and special wine dinners!

1st Ave between

Calles 26 and 28
984 807 8101


Babe's Noodles and Bar is a Swedish owned Restaurant and Bar with specialty Thai noodles and a mixed European kitchen. Their home made sauces and eclectic menu is one of the more famous choices in Playa del Carmen.
Calle 10
Between 5th and 10th


La Casa del Agua - Since 2001 offering a select menu of international dishes, specializing in seafood. In a cool atmosphere enjoy European flavors with Caribbean flair. Select from over 140 wine labels from 12 countries.

5th Ave. and Calle 2


Ula Gula Bar & Restaurant with a Twist offers a delicious combination of Asian and Mexican cuisine, served in a casual atmosphere. The bar boasts an extensive drink menu, specializing in Martinis. Daily specials include 2x1 Sushi, 2x1 Martinis, Ladies' Night and more. Live DJ every Friday night.
5th Ave and Calle 10


La Casona de los Vinos - Located in the glamorous InFashion Hotel surrounded by ultamodern style, guests will enjoy world class service and cuisine. The restaurant offers a variety of unique seafood dishes, an open salad bar and the house specialty, "100% Angus Beef" steaks grilled to perfection.
Hotel InFashion
Calle 12
Between 5th and 10th


Zabor Restaurant located in the Alhambra Hotel on the beach in Playa del Carmen is a spectacular place to have a delicious breakfast, lunch or a moonlit dinner overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Come and discover "Aztec fusion" cuisine, cook your favorite meats and seafood on hot volcanic rocks, or simply enjoy a wide selection of classic Mexican dishes.
In the Alhambra Hotel
Calle 8 and the Beach


This beach club with many faces and flavors serves beach lovers from morning to night, serving up a variety of cool and catchy meals. The theme at Zenzi Beach Club and Restaurant is beach but beautiful beach, delicious beach with ceviches, fresh fish and unique presentations for the ‘foodie’ in all of us.
Calle 10 and the Beach
984 876 2191
984 125 3074


Turtle Bay Café and Bakery offers a large selection of fresh baked goods each morning and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Using the freshest ingredients available, everybody can find something that pleases their appetite. Come in and chill with an espresso or smoothy, check your email on the free Wi Fi, order food to go or relax in this “one size fits all” restaurant.

In the center of Akumal
Plaza Ukana 1


John Gray’s Place, a sophisticated, yet welcoming bistro, encourages the curious passerby to stop in and discover the rich interior and even more tempting cuisine. Part of the reknowned John Gray Restaurant Group, this elegant eatery was recently named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot Tables". Gray’s signature dishes may be perfectly paired with any one of the vintages from the restaurant's extensive wine list.
Calle Corazon off 5th
Between Calles 12 & 14


Diablito Cha Cha Cha serves an exquisite fusion of Asian and Mexican flavors using a variety of meats and seafood. The bar chef recommends and serves cocktails which compliment each course throughout the meal. Situated in the heart of Playa del Carmen's exciting club zone, just one block from the beach, Diablito Cha Cha Cha is funky, retro and cool and is a great place to see and be seen.
1st Ave and Calle 12
984 803 3416


Located well off the tourist path, Los Aguachiles is one of the best kept secrets in Playa. Serving a variety of seafood tacos and tostadas, Los Aguachiles is known for their fresh ceviches and the delicious sauces and salsas that accompany them. Watching your figure? Try the healthy “Figurines”, fresh seafood wrapped in lettuce leaves.

Calle 34 and Ave. 25
984 142 7380


Located on the beautiful beach of Coco Bay in Playa del Carmen, Canibal Royal is a place to enjoy a retro styled beach club, with an unusual touch of class and funk! The eclectic menu features dishes that are the favorites of coastal regions from around the world. Mediterranean, Brazilian, Peruvian Caribbean, African and of course Mexican. Canibal Royal is where the true essence of "La vida de la playa" comes alive!
On the beach
Calle 48 and Ave. Flamingo
984 859 1443



Locals and visitors know that Carboncitos al Hotel El Cielo serves some of the tastiest, most authentic Mexican cuisine in town. Every tantalizing morsel is prepared from scratch; and Carboncito's passion for service, quality and value are evident in every meal it serves. Open daily 7:30am - 11:00pm.

Calle 4
Between 5th and 10th
984 873 1382


The head chef at El Bistro, originally from Veracruz, draws upon his international influences and travels for the French focused menu and restaurant. Located in Hotel La Tortuga, the restaurant has carefully and with intention picked their menu and wine list to provide a positive experience for all their customers.
La Tortuga Hotel
Ave. 10 at Calle 14
984 803 3475


The Chef at Season Bistro proudly celebrates the slow cooking concept and creates a new menu for each season. Homegrown herbs are featured in the preparation of each dish. Homemade bread served with gourmet infused butter is a daily treat! Open daily 4pm - 11pm.
Calle 8 between
5th & the Beach


Juan Diego, the head chef and owner of  Cocina 38 has travelled the world learning to cook and create. His blending of flavors is some of the best in the world and he is  continually creating more recipes that utilize the ingredients in the area. Their food is beyond words and only your palate can really explain the incredible fusion this chef and his team  are sharing with their clients.

5th Ave at Calle 38
in the Via 38 Building


Café Tropical's motto is ‘A different way to eat.’ and whether you arrive for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you are sure to find bold flavors created with the freshest of ingredients. Take a seat downstairs on the terrace and take in all the excitement on 5th Avenue or watch the talented Chefs at work in the open kitchen. Upstairs, the tropical palapa covered dining room is perfect for large groups or parties.
5th Ave
Between Calles 8 & 10


Chez Celine Panaderia - Pasteleria is an authentic French bakery and cafe using 100% natural ingredients in each of their artisanal bread and pastry products. Enjoy homemade French cuisine for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Savor a coffee on the open air patio and watch the world go by. Just be sure to save room for dessert. Sweets are their specialty!
5th Ave Between
Calles 32 & 34


Xocolatier is an elegant cafe offering exclusive high quality products at affordable prices. Enjoy breakfast, paninis, desserts and salads. At night, try the delicious Mexican tapas which can be paired with a selection from the extensive list which highlights Mexican wineries.
5th Ave. Between
Calles 38 & 40


In the heart of Playa del Carmen, Byblos has been delighting destination diners with authentic French dishes for over a decade. A perennial favorite for holidays and special occassion dinners, Byblos now makes haute cuisine affordable everyday with incredible prix fix menus for both lunch and dinner. An extensive wine list with offerings from around the world makes Byblos a must for all gourmands.

Calle 14 Between
5th & 10th



Excellent food at a local price! Chef Gynna's daily creations featuring her specialty, Thai-Mexican fusion cuisine, excellent tacos and real 100% beef burgers. Gynn'AK Restaurant is an excellent place for lunch, early dinners or a quick bite to eat. A menu for the whole family at the best prices in Akumal!

Halfmoon Bay

North Akumal

Mom's Bar

Mom's Bar is a casual and unique place offering a fully stocked bar and daily dinner specials. Mom's is a great place to relax and meet friends, enjoy a game of pool and a satisfying home cooked meal, just like Mom used to make. Open Monday - Friday 4pm - 11pm. Come and join the fun at Mom's Bar: Where something good is always cooking!

Ave. 30 and Calle 4


SWEco - The Swedish Company Bar and Bistro is a sleek new eatery located in the heart of Playa's exicting club zone. A laid back place where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner, chat with friends at the fully stocked bar or have fun watching current sports games on the projection TV. Locals and visitors alike are in love with the curry dishes and Chef Lourdes' daily specials!
1st Ave. Between
Calles 12 and 14


Era Ora, your home away from home in Playa del Carmen. Owners Anna-Lie and Mario, from Sweden and Italy respectively, have created a place where friends will meet to have a quiet drink and enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner, like part of the family. Don't miss the famous wood oven fired pizzas! The restaurant boasts a large open air terrace as well as a big private room for groups up to 30 people. Open every day except Tuesday.


Ave. 1 Between
Calles 12 and 14


Mahekal Beach Resort


Aventura Restaurant by Mahékal Beach Resort is a thatched roof palapa restaurant located in front of the Caribbean Sea offering a daily varied buffet-style breakfast and a delicious a la carte menu for lunch with Mexican and International dishes. Open daily from 10 am - 2 pm

Mahekal Beach Resort
Calle 38 on the Beach


T he menu at El Puerto Restaurant at the Fairmont Mayakoba captures all the rich, seasonal and surprising flavors of Mexico alongside international favorites. Distinguished with the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award, El Puerto Restaurant is the place to enjoy succulent Caribbean lobster fresh from the Sian Ka'an biosphere, steaks grilled to perfection, pasta dishes and daily fish market delicacies will make your dining experience at El Puerto an occasion to remember.

Fairmont Mayakoba
Carr. Fed. km 298
Playa del Carmen




Baremar offers delicious seafood cuisine using ingredients of only the highest quality at competitive prices. The original concept of Baremar makes our restaurant the perfect place to bring together all your senses of the sea. Here, you can enjoy anything from a light snack to a gourmet seafood meal while enjoying a cocktail from our extensive bar.

Plaza VIA 38
5th Ave. & Calle 38

Cava Veinte 33

Cava Veinte 33 is a restaurant and wine shop. The wine shop specializes in the promotion of Mexican wines, many of which come from boutique wine houses and small producers and are virtually unknown. The restaurant celebrates the gastronomic traditions of Mexico and features elements such as artisanal cheeses, huitlacoche and peanuts. Open 12:30pm - midnight.

Plaza VIA 38
Calle 38 Locale #4