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La Portena

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Calle 38 between 5 th ave & 10 th ave, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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17:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 02:00
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High River, Canada
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went by Alex's little spot the other day, looking for one of his great burgers and fries. Everything closed down, but was obvious he left in haste. All of his belongings still inside, along with ketchup etc., sitting on the counter wasting away in the Suns heat. Lots of new establishments close by, which would have left this once simple... More 

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2 Thank RCM1
New York
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66 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

No way!!! My favorite place to eat in Playa...and it's closed (and it looks like for good). We were in Playa last August and it was closed. Just went in mid-January and it was still closed. Ahhhh! Where is Alex? I need my chroripan!!! I sincerely hope that everyone is OK and that the business will reopen. Too bad.

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1 Thank Kardesin
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Went to see Alex and was very disappointed When I arrived to see it was locked up and everything gone from the fridge outside A visit to Playa was never complete till I went to his restaurant at least 3 times Sorry to see they are gone I had been coming the last three years and he was always ready... More 

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Plano, Texas, United States
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

The sausage and burgers are awesome! Next I'm going to try a steak. The owner is very friendly and is easy to visit with while he's preparing your food. Excellent!

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Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

We keep coming back because it's good and a very well priced. Stop there late at night for a sausage on bun, watching the action and the steaks coming out of that tiny kitchen. Told my wife tomorrow I am trying the flank and was delicious and went 2 or three times in the same week. Can't add anything else... More 

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Washington
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

I went here twice and steak was good. Has about 6 stools and one small table with four tables but that was enough for me and you'll like the food. Portions are big. They don't sell beer but there is a grocery store next door for BYOB.

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Victoria, Canada
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

We were here 2 years ago and ate here due to the great reviews on trip advisor. We were happy to find that it is still open & Alex is still grilling delicious rib eye steaks! If you like an authentic experience, great food at a great price come check it out. It's just a "hole in the wall" but... More 

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1 Thank Sweetshoes
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

Formerly managed and opened by two argentinians, has been managed for a long time by a friendly couple and another couple of beloved dogs. It is really worth the visit ! Meat is good.

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Thank MuyResidente
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

I love this place. Was here at least a twice a week when I lived here three years ago, and will probably end up doing that now. They might not have an extensive menu, but that is for the better. The choices they have are fantastic and perfected over 6-7 years or so! Alex, the owner knows his stuff!

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Thank Tom B
Playa del Secreto, Mexico
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

La Portena is a little gem in the heart of Playa. Friendly and honest parilla or grill with an amazing lemon chicken and rib eye, among others. Order it as a plate or on bread. Don't forget the fries. As a local I come here at least once a week. Alex and Nadia (the owners) are always there for a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Barbecue, Argentinian, South American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Delivery, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 02:00
Monday
17:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 02:00
Thursday
17:00 - 02:00
Friday
17:00 - 02:00
Saturday
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 38 between 5 th ave & 10 th ave, Playa del Carmen, 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?