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El Pirata

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Calle 40 Norte Entre Av 5 10, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
10:00 - 22:00
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Calgary, Canada
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228 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is very tiny and off the beaten path of Fifth Avenue. They only serve seafood and at very reasonable prices. Also their dishes are very tasty. The shrimp cocktail and ceviche portions are huge and can be shared. They have a fish market adjacent to the restaurant and you can pick the fish you want them to cook.... More 

Thank yelowdaisy
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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50 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We sat down and waited for a waiter which eventually came and gave us a menu. We waited awhile a finally figured out you needed to go inside and pick your fish out of a top load refrigerator. we pointed to some kind if fish for me and friend while the wives chase the lobster. You then pay for the... More 

Thank Jesse H
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First off bring cash ..Place is greasy and dirty..Food is horrible if you like a greasy cold over seasoned garlic lobster if anyone can ruin a lobster for dinner that is this place I ate the lobster which was small and expensive made my stomach turn in the bathroom all night they fried it gross they charge so much for... More 

1 Thank Virginia O
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The mixed ceviche was to die for! It is affordable and absolutely exquisite. It is made with the freshest sea food (the restaurant actually also has a fresh seafood counter). I cannot recommend it enough!! We had the ceviche 3 times in 4 days.

Thank Travelling1309
Montreal, Canada
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Ordered a grilled fish for 3 person. Fish was badly 'over-grilled' with almost burned skin and very dry interior. The sides (rice, vegetables) were hardly enough for one person. Service was not attentive, spending most time chatting with his co-workers. We had to insist on getting our change back, he expected a large tip on the very overpriced food.

1 Thank Roman M
Mexico City, Mexico
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We went expecting to find one of the best seafood places in Playa, the venue has an unique style and it's good but the service was awful, the waiters keep on evading us until I stopped one of them, anyway it's not expensive but the food is no great either.

2 Thank Carlos R
Wheaton, Illinois
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Ignore the plastic chairs and tables. This is sea to table at its best. Great food but only open from like 4-8 pm. Ceviche was fantastic as was octopus and shrimp with garlic.

Thank genemadigan
kildeer, IL
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

I don't usually leave a 1 for a place but this place didn't deserve anything more the night we were there. We arrived at 7:30 and 10 mins later our server told us they close at 8.... Ok, we ordered quickly. The shrimp was mealy and not even sure it was cooked properly. There was a big garbage can sitting... More 

2 Thank runandgolf
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Busy place for lunch, get their early and if you have no Spanish bring your phrase book. Best cerviche in town and best whole fish cooked for you. Choose your fish from the fridge and they will bring it to your table delicious.

Thank Richard K
Las Vegas
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

I was very disappointed first the server never gave us a table we went to open table still hadn't been cleaned. We order the large shrimp as served cold still in shells. We had to peal the shrimp our self and the butter sauce had no flavor. This was second time we were here and they are known for their... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Mexican, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 40 Norte Entre Av 5 10, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Playa del Carmen

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?