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El Pirata

Calle 40 Entre Av 5 & 10, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Ranked #118 of 736 restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It's nice to get away from the 5th Ave strip and find somewhere more local. The food is simple and fresh, staff friendly and an overall good vibe. We didn't figure out the whole fish thing until it was too late though - choose from the market nextdoor

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San Diego
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I Remembered this place being really good for seafood a couple years ago and was craving some pescado entero (whole fish) it was so delicious and fresh. You go next door and pick your fish and they weigh it and prepare it for you. We also had the camarones in mojo de ajo and a couple rounds of cuba libres.... More

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

doesn't get fresher then this. next store is a little market of fresh fish caught that morning where you select your fish that they prepare for you. this is my favorite seafood place in playa. don't expect fancy, expect quality food and plastic chairs. my kind of place. side note, i believe it's only open for lunch.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Nice Lil spot good service excellent mariscos.. is the best ..!!! We have civiche and shrimp cocktail w/ carocaol it was good .

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Galveston, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The fried butterflied shrimp are some of the best we have eaten & we get great shrimp here in the gulf near Houston. Their combo ceviche of fish & shrimp was amazing...very traditionally made with lime juice. So refreshing on a hot day! Super friendly staff who have worked there for years...says a lot! EZ to walk to & prices... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We have traveled the world eating while fried fish. Cab driver suggested truly a great find in Playa

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

On the advice of a cabby, I went to El Pirata for dinner one night. He said it was where the locals went for the best seafood. It was a fantastic recommendation. I had the garlic shrimp, which was the best seafood dish I had during the entire week I was in PDC. On the night I was there they... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We came to this cocteleria, because of the ratings here on trip advisor. My husband and I had the shrimp cocktails and they were very good, my son had the tuna empanada and he was happy with it, not bad, they also have ice cream, we tried the rompope flavor and omg it was yummy.

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Winnipeg
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Shark empanadas, shrimp...I'm sure everything on the menu is amazing! Excellent service, small place away from most tourists.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Absolutely the best place to eat fresh seafood. All the locals come here and the prices are unbeatable anywhere else. It's away from all the noise and over crowded restaurant zone. Try this place I'd you get a chance.

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