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El Pirata

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Chowder, Seafood
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Calle 40 Entre Av 5 & 10, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast

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  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Hotel La Semilla has recommended this great Restaurant. Food is exceptional great. Fresh Seafood in various combinations. We had to go twice and we had to wait for a table. It's worth it!!! They only take cash. We paid incl tips USD 36.00 for Guacamole, shrimp ceviche, battered shrimps, whole Fish... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
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Bodrum
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Hotel La Semilla has recommended this great Restaurant. Food is exceptional great. Fresh Seafood in various combinations. We had to go twice and we had to wait for a table. It's worth it!!! They only take cash. We paid incl tips USD 36.00 for Guacamole, shrimp ceviche, battered shrimps, whole Fish, two Corona's and a bottle of water. Tacos and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We first came here in 2009, a taxi driver mentioned it to us. We love the octopus, ceviche and any of the fresh fish they have. It is small, lots of locals and probably hot. Street musicians or mariachis are usually around. This time (June 4)they had additional seating on the sidewalk with umbrellas. We arrived later in the day... More 

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Peterborough, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

very reasonable , great fish and seafood, fast , good service. basic, not fancy busy local restaurant

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

El Pirata is a local, hole-in-the-wall type of establishment. It's small and mismatched, they only accept cash, and their menus are all in Spanish. This is a no frills, no bells and whistles type of place, and it's absolutely amazing. They offer a wide variety of fresh seafood dishes and even raw fish by the pound to go. I tried... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We were the only gringos in the place so we knew it had to be good. The mixed seafood cocktail was delicious, just beware that some of its raw. The garlic fish was amazing as well!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The prices are really okay for this place. The service takes forever and the staff is not so friendly. But I will come again cause the place is noce

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Duluth, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

During my trip to PDC we hunted this place down to try it out. Although it was a hike from the main drag section of 5th Ave, it was definitely worth it. You can order from the menu, but the locals know to visit the counter of the fish market located right next door and request to have the restaurant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I almost hesitate to post a review about El Pirata.. I don't want to show up there next winter only to be waiting in a hour lineup! This place is amazing, fresh fish market on 1 side, other side is a restaurant. You can pick from the menu, or have a look at the fish market and have it cooked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Great seafood ceviche, worth queuing in the sun to get a table! I think they close at 5pm or at least that's what I was told. So really recommend trying it for lunch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a little local spot with mostly locals--no English spoken here! We had about a 15 minute wait, arriving around 1p.m. We wanted fried fish and ordered it from the waiter along with some beer. After waiting awhile, another guest told us that for fried fish you had to go to the window and order and pick out your... More 

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Additional Information about El Pirata

Address: Calle 40 Entre Av 5 & 10, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Playa del Carmen
Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood

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  • Address: Calle 40 Entre Av 5 & 10, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Playa del Carmen

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood

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