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La Portena - CLOSED

Calle 38 between 5 th ave & 10 th ave, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lemon chicken” (15 reviews)
“ribeye” (18 reviews)
“arrachera” (15 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
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Argentinian, Barbecue, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
Calle 38 between 5 th ave & 10 th ave, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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11 - 20 of 226 reviews

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...More

Thank Sander C
Reviewed 11 December 2015

The Portena is a fun place. It's not really a restaurant more a grill with a few chairs in front of a counter. Very simple. The menu is very limited but I liked my steak sandwich (I can't remember the name). The place does not...More

Thank DrNeko
Reviewed 9 December 2015

Food is good and prepared at the moment of ordering. Prices are somehow still "Quinta Avenida" (6€ for a burger), but still more reasonable that going to a real restaurant there.

Thank Fledermaus g
Reviewed 28 November 2015

Alex simply prepares delicious food. We were disappointed he was only open for dinner during our trip. Everyone likes to say that certain restaurants are the best. Well, I've eaten at a lot of places in Playa Del Carmen over the years and nobody serves...More

1  Thank CLDBW
Reviewed 17 November 2015 via mobile

La portena is an interesting dining experience as it is a single table at the side of a wooden shack. The food was very tasty and the dutch owner/chef was very friendly. However, the food seemed slightly overpriced for the setting and for the size...More

Thank Jebbie1982
Reviewed 2 October 2015

Ate her many times. This is one of my must haves when I go to Playa. Charcoal grilled fresh and hot.

Thank farmer000000
Reviewed 16 September 2015

When we arrived (4 in my party), we were a little put back by the appearance of the place. It's more a take-away stand than a restaurant. But I persisted and we ended up enjoying the best Choripans made in Playa. The pork sandwiches were...More

Thank Kardesin
Reviewed 11 September 2015

La Portena is one of the best places in Playa Del Carmen to get an Argentinian Steak! It is chargrilled and custom made on the coals for a delicious smokey flavor. Both the Ribeye and Arrachera are excellent and one of the best values in...More

1  Thank Jordan A
Reviewed 1 September 2015

two sandwiches, Steak & chicken. Both excellent. Grilled slowly over the open grill & coals. Never had a better simple meal.

2  Thank 519mom
Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

We came here last year after a friend suggested we try it and must say, wonderful food! Great atmosphere also! Love that you can watch them grill food in front of you. Gets super busy, but well worth the wait! Went again last night and...More

1  Thank Lacey W
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Restaurant Details

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Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 02:00
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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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