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La Tarraya Restaurant/Bar

Calle 2 norte entre 5a Av. y Zona Federal Maritima, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Ranked #217 of 744 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 am
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: The grouper with garlic and butter for 90 pesos can't be beat anywhere. Service was good, portions are huge , drinks are large and excellent, and the location is right on the beach (feet in the sand if you choose). A great value.
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Oh yes! Fresh is the order here on one of Playas oldest restaurants,right on the perfect beach. Here fishermen bring very early catches straight to the kitchen,where great Mexican favs are whipped up just for us,and believe me,it's that darn good! Fresh fresh fresh!!

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

One of the few "true" Mexican restaurants still located by the beach of Playa del Carmen. It mainly serves fish in all its variations: the quality is overall very good, but you need to accept some compromises, such as sitting on plastic chair, poor illumination and closing time at 9pm.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We heard about this place from a US expat of sixteen years. Very accessible, just walk down Calle 2 and you can't miss it on the left at the beach. We paid 60 pesos a meal, which was sizeable and delicious. Make sure to show up before 8pm because they close up pretty early. Definitely a world away from Quinta,... More

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Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

we love La Tarraya, ur very favorite place to eat in Playa, great food, inexpensive, great staff, local place, and did I mention it is right on the beach, toes in the sand, big margarita, amazing fresh seafood. we eat here multiple times every trip, we were just here the end of May 2014 for a short 4 day trip... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

During my first visit to Playa del Carmen with a group of friends and family back in the mid 1980's we "stumbled" into this little beach bar/restaurant and had one of the best afternoons ever spent eating and drinking oceanfront right on the sand under the palm trees. For 30 years I have told the story to friends and all... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

At the end of Calle 2, right on the beach, Tarraya is THE original restaurant and bar on the beach in Playa. It serves mostly fish and seafood simply prepared in traditional styles. The fish is fresh, well prepared and inexpensive (about $5 US for the smaller portion). On a Sunday afternoon, we were the only non-Mexicans in this bustling... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This is our favorite place to eat in Playa. Toes in the sand and cheap fresh seafood and drinks. The views are awesome. We always meet up with friends that live in Playa at La Tarraya. They close at 9 pm, and they will hurry you to leave, so go early! Can't wait to go back in November!

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Cancun, Mexico
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Why pay more ? This is it! Great variety of seafood, very casual , nothing fancy... but it has a great view of the caribbean sea and super prices ! Want to have a great meal and a peacefull view while eating delicious shrimps, enjoying a cold beer and playing your toes in the white sand... This place is an... More

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Oxon Hill, Maryland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Someone suggested this place and we tried it because it was on the beach. My husband had the Ceviche, which he loved and I don't even recall what I had. The service was incredibly slow and our waiter seemed like he was having a very bad day. I can't say that it's somewhere we would go back to.

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San Diego, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This place is old school! Fresh ceviche, fish tikinxic, chicken mole, etc. Outstanding Mexican food, usual selection of beer and drinks. Seating on the beach, patio, or inside. We sat on the beach but closer to the restaurant. Great service, great food, good value. APPX price Small ceviche + 1 entree + 1 beer = 140 pesos ($12 USD or... More

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