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Karen's Seafood Steak House & Pizza

5TH Ave. between 2ND & 4TH ST., Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
984 1121427
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Ranked #280 of 699 restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $8 - $50
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: KARENS is one of the very firts restaurants to open on the famous 5th. avenue. Since 1992 KARENS has conquest the palates of the locals and visitors of Playa del Carmen. The incomparable service and atmosphere, versatile cuisine with its famous PARRILLADAS AND LIVE MUSIC makes KARENS the place to visit by tradition.
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Andover, Minnesota
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We just got back from Playa while we were there we stopped at Karen's for guac and beer. Good time would recommend for quick beer and lunch. Seems like when we go to playa we end up there

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Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We felt pressured when we went to Karen's as we just stopped for a couple beers. The menu was constantly pushed on us. The special said 2 beers for 60 pesos. Unfortunately that was just for certain beers so we ended up paying too much.

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KarenPizza, staff at Karen's Seafood Steak House & Pizza, responded to this review

We really appreciate your comments. They are very useful for us to strengthen the good aspects and eliminate the negative ones. We hope you could come back soon to give you the best service! Sincerely: Karen´s Staff More

Arnprior, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

In Playa Del Carmen mid March '14. Hotel food did not look very good so we headed off to 5th Ave. for our last night in Mexico. We passed Karen's and thought why not. We ordered the "Battered Karen's Shrimp". Wow, we were served about 8 very large shrimp with fries and coleslaw. It was excellent I would go back... More

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KarenPizza, STAFF at Karen's Seafood Steak House & Pizza, responded to this review

We hope with our hearts you enjoyed your visit to Mexico and we really appreciate your nice comments about our restaurant, That strengthens us and enables us to improve. We hope to see you again on your next visit to Playa del carmen ... Karen's Staff More

Seattle, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

After our massages, we wanted through town to find dinner. They had a good menu and offered 10% discount cards. My son really enjoyed his mojito's; my daughter-in-law enjoyed her fajitas; I had ribs - they were just ok...wouldn't order them again. Thought their drinks were over priced and not that great. Enjoyed the music and sitting outside, watching all... More

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Agradecemos mucho sus comentarios, nos son de gran utilidad para mejorar nuestros servicios. Tomaremos muy en cuenta sus observaciones para... More

Roseville, Mn
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Remembered this place from previous vacation here. Its a fun place with attentive staff, a large menu, good drinks, and coffee. (We found that not many restaurants have coffee ready-they usually have to brew it one cup at a time). Strange thing on this visit, all six of us ordered fajitas, so I can't report on other foods here. However,... More

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KarenPizza, Staff at Karen's Seafood Steak House & Pizza, responded to this review

We hope to welcome you again gladly. Thank you very much for your comments, they are very useful to improve our services. Come back soon! ... Karen´s Staff. More

Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Ended up eating here multiple times on our trip to PDC. They have a large variety of food, and everything that we tried was pretty good. It is an open air restaurant right on Quinta Avenida, and usually has live music playing (when we went it was Peruvian music which we thought was cool). Definitely worth checking out if looking... More

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We greatly appreciate your comments. We are glad that the food and service have been satisfactory. We hope you to visit us again soon ... Karen´s Staff. More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We where there and ate lunch. I ordered chicken breast and my husband ordered fillet minion and both dishes were too oily that made me sick. It should be a grilled dishes so I don't know why it need to be oily..

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We greatly appreciate your comments, they are very useful to improve our services. We will take your comments into account to make your next visit a better experience. ...Karen´s staff More

Jacksonville, Florida
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

We just ate, or shall I say barely ate because the food was so horrible at Karens this week. The margaritas were a mix, the chips came out of an old bag, salsa a jar, fajitas were salty and tasteless, tortillas were over heated and not soft...etc. no one at our table had a good meal and to add insult... More

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KarenPizza, Propietario at Karen's Seafood Steak House & Pizza, responded to this review

I apologize for the bad experience in Karens, but in the other hand i thank you for your comments, because i need to work on my service and kitchen. Thank you. Karen More

Muskegon, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I have never had such awful food. The chips were soggy, the chicken had no flavor, the salsa tasted like tomatoes with tomato paste added to it, to make it more bland. It didn't have any authentic mexican flavors. I had to request tabasco sauce just to make it edible. I would not recommend eating here to anyone! Don't let... More

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KarenPizza, Propietario at Karen's Seafood Steak House & Pizza, responded to this review

I apologize for the sad experience but we will work on it, and i thank you for the comments. Only with this kind of email i can work for make it better. Thanks Karen More

Minnesota
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I've walked by Karen's many times when I've been in Playa del Carmen, but I had never eaten there until my latest visit. My husband and I split the seafood platter for two, and it was excellent. The seafood was all grilled, and it was a combination of lobster tail, shrimp, mussels, fish, octopus and squid served with butter and... More

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Muchas gracias por su visita a Karens, para nosotros sus comentarios son muy valiosos. Un gusto que hayan comido rico... More

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