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El Pirata

Calle 40 Entre Av 5 & 10, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Ranked #104 of 744 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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English first
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by the bartender at our hotel and it did not disappoint. We chose the fish next door and got seated in the restaurant for our meal. The ceviche mixto and guacamole were good but the fried fish was simple, yet fresh and delicious. We were a few tourists among the locals. I would definitely come back... More

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Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This little local restaurant offers a unique Mexican experience. Clientele are mainly locals. Go early.... They turn people away for sitting in the restaurant at approx 7:45 pm. Their specialty is whole fish. One goes next door to select their freshly caught fish, then have it made to order and brought to your table , accompanied with rice, salad and... More

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New York City, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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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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Senior Reviewer
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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