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El Pirata

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Calle 40 Entre Av 5 & 10, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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  • 120
    Excellent
  • 71
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
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The food (especially my fresh catch garlic grouper) and staff were terrific. But my wife was very specific when she ordered a SMALL lobster tail. (There were two choices and the bigger tail predictably came with a bigger price.) The waiter presented a tail beforehand and asked for her approval. How... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Dave K
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The food (especially my fresh catch garlic grouper) and staff were terrific. But my wife was very specific when she ordered a SMALL lobster tail. (There were two choices and the bigger tail predictably came with a bigger price.) The waiter presented a tail beforehand and asked for her approval. How was she to know if the one she was... More 

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Morelia, Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

There's noting special about this place. The menu, and the ambiance is a common " mexican street food" place, even the staff is a little rude to take your order, but thats also the greatest here, it's a genuine experience, don't come if you expect impeccable service and a great menu. Its just fried fish, shrimp salad (cocktails) and a... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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151 reviews 151 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Great beach bar with chairs to rent. Cold buckets of beer, great service, the seafood platter is the BEST! Swings at the bar, and margaritas with mas tequila in them!! Breakfast is good too, can't beat the view!!!

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Mansfield, Ohio
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59 reviews 59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

In a town with lots of choices for seafood this is a must stop. Not fancy but excellent fresh seafood at reasonable prices . Suggest you arrive early as sometimes you have to wait for a table. Portions are generous and they have wine,beer and some alcohol .

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Their strange arrangement is that the fish store and the restaurant are separate. You can choose your fish from the fish store on the left, and you pay for it there. Then the restaurant cooks it. We ordered a lobster tail and a whole red snapper. The lobster came out overcooked and tasteless, and very well could have been frozen... More 

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

They always seem to be very busy. But, to us the food is just okay, the service is slow and the bathrooms are dirty.

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Cuernavaca, Mexico
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71 reviews 71 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This place was near my hotel and I noticed it was packed with locals. I tried the garlic fillet and it was VERY garlic-y. I heard the fish tacos were good, and wish I would've tried those. Good price. Try the JAMAICA juice! Its my favorite thing to drink while in Mexico, and they give you a jumbo cup of... More 

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Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Eat where the locals eat.Cold cheap beer.Go next store and pick out your fish the grouper or snook great choices.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Trip advisor directions are wrong. It's actually on calle 40. Which is the other end of the strip. Arrived after several times trying to find it. Food was good. Portions were fairly decent. Place was packed. Wasn't as impressed as all the reviews we read. But for a local place it was a fun adventure to try and locate.

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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Very good mixed ceviche, basic but delicious! The grouper was delicious. Rude service at first but they warned up after a bit. A very local place and bit off the beaten path of Avienda Quinza but so worth the time.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • 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: Seafood

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