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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Playa del Carmen / Riviera Maya

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Playa del Carmen / Riviera Maya? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Nektar at Vidanta Riviera Maya restaurant
4.8
4.8 (528)
MXN310 to MXN500
Regional Mexican
Playa del Carmen / Riviera Maya
About the restaurant
Nektar is a restaurant that serves specialties of the region. Located in the Vidanta - Cirque du Soleil Theater Complex, it offers typical dishes from the State of Yucatan and spectacular cocktails
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Salbutes are great, tamales and cheese with longaniza
A photo of Toro at The St. Regis Kanai Resort, Riviera Maya restaurant
4.8
4.8 (26)
MXN500 and over
Contemporary Latin
Playa del Carmen / Riviera Maya
About the restaurant
TORO by Chef Richard Sandoval aims to create an elevated but approachable, contemporary, and global expression of Latin cooking without borders. The menus use ingredients from Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela – the whole spread of both Central and South America.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Good food, great vibes, amazing service from Victor!
A photo of YUM YUM by GEORGE restaurant
4.7
4.7 (134)
MXN300 and under
Thai
Playa del Carmen / Riviera Maya
About the restaurant
Yum Yum by George es un restaurante contemporáneo/internacional con acentos de comida Tailandesa & Hindu.
El menú retrata un mundo culinario, expresando la fusión de las recetas tradicionales de forma artesanal y artística, con nuevos conceptos, técnicas innovadoras, colores, texturas y sabores. Nos enfocados en promover experiencias culinarias en un ambiente relajado, vibrante y amigable.
Yum Yum by George es el espacio perfecto para pasar un buen rato entre amigos, disfrutando de buena música, platillos llenos de sabor y cócteles exóticos.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
The Red Thai Curry with chicken, medium spice level, was delicious.
A photo of Zapote Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (25)
MXN500 and over
Mediterranean
Playa del Carmen / Riviera Maya
About the restaurant
Showcasing hand-crafted spirits, Zapote celebrates artisanal producers and sources from local small-scale farms to create cocktails that are at once familiar and nuanced for both casual and discerning drinkers. The food reflects the diverse culinary heritage of the Yucatán Peninsula including Middle Eastern flavors with a special focus on live-fire cooking. Zapote Bar is a love letter to the Yucatán, its products, culture and people. Created and operated by Rosewood Mayakoba under the leadership of Director of Mixology, Joshua Monaghan, Zapote Bar is an internationally recognized destination for Yucatan-inspired craft cocktails and a celebration of hacienda culture and Mexican hospitality. It is located at Rosewood Mayakoba, 12 minutes north of Playa del Carmen.
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AdrianLvip
Dined on May 13, 2024
Fernando was amazing. His drinks were exceptional but his professionalism and knowledge was beyond expectations. The bar had a cool vibe but it’s because of Fernando that we’d come back.
A photo of Ilios - Playa del Carmen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (616)
MXN500 and over
Greek
Playa del Carmen / Riviera Maya
About the restaurant
Ilios honra los diferentes matices de la gastronomía tradicional griega al llevar la cocina de todas las regiones de Grecia a un nuevo nivel de elegancia y sofisticación en medio de una decoración inspirada en el paisaje conspicuo y la belleza escarpada de la península griega.

Un oasis de cocina mediterránea moderna influenciado por la comida y la cultura griega, un lugar donde la gastronomía mediterránea converge con el buen gusto, representando lo mejor que la cultura griega tiene para ofrecer.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
First time going for a birthday celebration and it did not disappoint! Entertainment and service was phenomenal if going to celebrate an occasion. Can’t wait to bring a larger group next time!
A photo of Porfirio's - Playa del Carmen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (891)
MXN500 and over
Mexican
Playa del Carmen / Riviera Maya
About the restaurant
PORFIRIO’S es pasión, orgullo y excelencia. Un restaurante que elogia lo mejor de México, transformando sus tradicionales sabores, texturas y aromas en los más exquisitos platillos de la alta cocina mexicana. Un sitio que renueva el concepto de cocina urbana contemporánea, equilibrando recetas caseras con acentos tomados de cada rincón de México, que se traducen en audaces sabores resultado de una cuidadosa selección de ingredientes y un ambiente donde música, decoración y sazón se entrelazan armoniosamente.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
This place is a must go to. You won’t get better food or service. Awesome chill background vibes with the music. It’s not loud and it’s worth the money you pay. Tables have a great view for people watching.
A photo of Harry's - Playa del Carmen restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1159)
MXN500 and over
Steakhouse
Playa del Carmen / Riviera Maya
About the restaurant
This beautiful, upscale restaurant is one of the establishments that will surely meet and exceed the expectations of a discerning public seeking a truly exceptional dining experience.

However what really characterizes Harry's beyond its beauty and location, is the extraordinary high quality of its gastronomic offer. The kitchen specializes in the very reduced use of condiments, the purpose is to allow the natural flavors of the ingredients to be used flourish.

Harry's Prime Steakhouse & Raw Bar is the best place to enjoy that special occasion. From its beautiful architecture, sophisticated ambience and artistic cuisine to the extensive wine list and impeccable service will make it memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Food was incredible and the service was impeccable. Jonatan was our server it felt like there were 3 people serving us at all times. Expensive, but worth it!
A photo of Fuego Restaurante y Cantina @ Mahekal restaurant
4.4
4.4 (132)
MXN500 and over
Fine cuts
Playa del Carmen / Riviera Maya
About the restaurant
FUEGO Restaurante y Cantina ofrece un romántico y relajado ambiente eco-chic estilo “Tulum” rodeado de jardines de arena blanca y una densa vegetación de palmeras que se alinean perfectamente frente a las cristalinas aguas del Caribe Mexicano. Nuestro exclusivo restaurante frente al mar cuenta con cocina en vivo, un horno de piedra con cocción 100% a la leña y se especializa en finos cortes de carne, mariscos y pescados frescos y exquisitas pizzas artesanales preparadas con ingredientes orgánicos de producción local. / FUEGO Restaurant and Cantina offers a relaxed and romantic vibe in a simple, laid-back atmosphere surrounded by beautiful gardens, plamtrees and a spectacular view to the Caribbean ocean. Our exclusive restaurant features a selection of Premium meat cuts, fresh seafood, organic salads and delicious artisan pizzas. All our meals are prepared over the open flames of the wood-fired oven grill.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 26, 2024
Beautiful view of beach. Great service and food. Enjoyed!
A photo of Prime Steak House Playa del Carmen restaurant
4.4
4.4 (480)
MXN500 and over
Fine cuts
Playa del Carmen / Riviera Maya
About the restaurant
On the famous Fifth Avenue of Playa del Carmen steps from the beach and near Coco Bongo and Coralina Daylight Club. Indulge yourself with its delicate selection of ingredients and prime quality cuts such as New York, Rib Eye, Porterhouse, Tomahawk, Cowboy, and exclusive Kobe cuts with a high level of marbling, tenderness, juiciness, unique texture, and flavor that guarantees an unparalleled sensory delight. Every day, enjoy double drinks and signature mixology. If you prefer wine, discover Punto Medio, the house wine that offers Malbec, Selection, Rosé Malbec, and White Chardonnay; designed to achieve exceptional pairing.

Fascinate yourself with our signature mixology, elegant, innovative, and refreshing blends of aromas and flavors that will surprise your senses.

At Prime Steak House Playa del Carmen, the experience is for everyone. The youngest ones are welcome with a kids' menu while they enjoy recreational activities with educational carts or have fun in the playroom.

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Michelle
Dined on May 9, 2024
Dined here on our last night in Playa Del Carmen, and our experience blew our expectations! Our server was outstanding, and the food was fantastic! Great atmosphere and vibe, and since it’s upstairs, it’s comfortable compared to the hot street of 5th Avenue. Will definitely dine here again when I visit next.
A photo of Sotavento restaurant
4.4
4.4 (73)
MXN500 and over
Mediterranean
Playa del Carmen / Riviera Maya
About the restaurant
Casual ocean front lunch and dinner venue featuring fresh seafood and salads. Regionally releval menus will offer Mediterranean themed grilled items including fish, lobster, octopus, oysters, shrimp and meat. Beverage offerings will include draft beers, signature cocktails, wine and Champagne
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LeslieSvip
Dined on May 13, 2024
Cute resto on the beach with feet on the sand. The food was delicious. It’s overly expensive for what it is. Dinner for two with 1 app, muscles, chicken, 1 dessert, water. No alcohol, $150 before tip.
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