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Calle 38 between 5 th ave & 10 th ave, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Argentinean
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Delivery, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Delivery, Late Night

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We havent been back to Playa in two years but when we arrived we were so excited to eat at La Porteña! Our friends wanted to eat steak and they chose another restaurant here that charged us 500 pesos for ribeye.... Subpar. Next day we ate here and the steak are so much better tasting and affordable and totally kick... More 

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11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Alex still cooks some of the best grilled food in playa! The limon chicken sandwich is awesome and reasonably priced!! The empanadas are awesome too!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We went to "La Porteña" and since we arrived, Alex that is the owner of the restaurant treat us awesome. We had arrachera al plato that is the arrachera over salad with a delicious vinaigrette and baked potatoes on the side. The chimichurri and the habanero sauce are delicious...!!! And we tried the empanadas and cheeseburger too. Everything has very... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We were craving steaks after a few days of exploring all the excellent seafood options in Playa and this is certainly a good place for some grilled meat. Not a whole lot of options but what they do they do well - steaks, chorizo, burgers and empanadas, all excellent. Also there is chicken but I wasn't interested in that at... More 

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Durango, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

Ok I have a condo in Playa and am here about a week every month. I have passed this place many times. I read all the amazing reviews on this place so I finally tried it. I have no idea who is writing these high rated reviews. I tried the lemon chicken and it sucked. My husband had a fried... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Had a delicious lemon chicken burger one night, and a locally produced sausage burger the next. Both amazing, and the fries were also very tasty. Really helpful staff too, helped us out with what to do in playa, very much appreciated. We'll go back when we can!

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Watertown, New York
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Just to start, a few highly rated restaurants on TripAdvisor are no longer open. I ran into that issue, so based on a quick map recon and reviews scrub on TripAdvisor, la Portena was nearby. It is essentially a food shack with only bar seating for 5 or so people. My bar table was nicely situated right in front of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Note: as of this date the address is correct but the directions are not. Also the owners operate two restaurants from the same location. In the mornings you will find tacos with two cooks and from 5 pm to 1 am you will find La Porteña! If you want argentinean asado then go after 5 pm. We ate 3 times... More 

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Quebec, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Cheap, fast, and good $30 including tips for 4 persons. We had hamburger fries argentin sausage and 2 milangas. The milanga, its a grill steak and after that they fried it.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Ironically one of the earlier reviews which typo'd "open until 1pm" sums up the hours of La Portena, they can be quite erratic. However it's well worth it when you can find them open. Everything they sell is excellent, I've never had a bad meal there (and I've had quite a few!). I highly recommend eating here if you get... More 

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Address: Calle 38 between 5 th ave & 10 th ave, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Playa del Carmen
Cuisine: Argentinean

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