I have been living in Playa del Carmen for the last 9 months, and I have been finding the best bars and the best restaurants in town. You can find many of my tips for tacos, brunch, and restaurants in Playa del Carmen in my other videos But these are the four bars and restaurants that have become my favorites and that I go to the most often.
Las Hijas de la Tostada
Although they have tacos, ceviche, and many other dishes on the menu, the seafood tostadas are the star of the show here. The sandia tostada (watermelon and tuna) is one of my favorite foods in town, followed by the tuna carnitas tostada. With a full bar, this is a great spot to stop in for an afternoon beer and snack. I typically go to the one on 38th St and 5th Ave, but they have also opened a location on the beach at the end of Ave CTM
Osteria de Roma
There is no shortage of great Italian restaurants in Playa del Carmen due to the large Italian population throughout Riviera Maya. But Osteria de Roma is at the top of my list. It isn’t in a fancy resort and is far enough off the main tourist drag of 5th Ave that you have to seek this place out to find it. But when you do, you’ll typically see every table taken and likely a wait. The menu is simple pastas and Roman style pizza, but Federica (the owner) and her partner Fabrizio (the chef) show their Italian pride through the food. There’s a reason why this is a top rated restaurant on Tripadvisor as well as here.
When I asked about the concept here, the chef told me he describes Primo as “craft Mexican.” The premise is that every entree is cooked with wood or charcoal, and they even have an underground pit to cook things like duck pibil and the short rib. You can pair these with the ceviche or the catch of the day tostadas to create your own surf ‘n turf. They also have a great cocktail list.
Off the Vine
Off the Vine is a local wine distributor for many bars and restaurants in the region as well as a retail store. They have also created a small food menu and an outdoor dining area so you can buy a bottle to take home, or have it opened and enjoy it on site. What makes this place especially great though is the inventory of Mexican wines they keep in stock. Although Mexican wine making is still in its infancy, its vineyards are the oldest in North America. Come here to give some of it a try.
I’m Stu. And I’m on a mission to find all the best bars, restaurants, and food in every city that I travel to.