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La Portena

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American, Argentinean, South American
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Calle 38 between 5 th ave & 10 th ave, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery

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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Portena is Portencious

two sandwiches, Steak & chicken. Both excellent. Grilled slowly over the open grill & coals. Never had a better simple meal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

two sandwiches, Steak & chicken. Both excellent. Grilled slowly over the open grill & coals. Never had a better simple meal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We came here last year after a friend suggested we try it and must say, wonderful food! Great atmosphere also! Love that you can watch them grill food in front of you. Gets super busy, but well worth the wait! Went again last night and Alex (the owner) took care of us. All the food was perfecto! It's a family... More 

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Austin, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This was our favorite place last year. We ate every other night there. This year the our food was terrible. The chicken was dry and tasteless, the choripans were very dry, the fries were awful. Last year the sausage was cooked when ordered, this year the sausage was on the grill when we arrived. There are so many excellent places... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 via mobile

We went after reading the reviews on tripadvisor and we were not disappointed!! Great steak and the chorizo sausages were amazing! Would recommend this to all meat lovers!! Heading back now for more chorizo

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Our son lives in Playa and he has been raving about this place for months. So, on our first day off we went and we were not disappointed. The sandwiches were delicious. There are several types of meat to choose from as well as hamburgers. The meat is either marinated or seasoned perfectly and you can request spicy or not... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

La Portena is one of the best places for food in Playa del Carmen. The food is so tasty. The charcoal grilled meals are perfectly prepared and cooked. The papas fritas (fries) are to die for. Quick, easy, and well prepared fro a great price. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We had a nice sandwich, one with argentinian sausage and one with lemon chicken. Freshly made on the barbecue and very good value for money (150 mxn incl drinks). Very nice and different place for a quick lunch

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Stopped by La Portena 2-3 times during our stay, great place to grab a quick bite. We tried the sausages, short ribs, lemon chicken and fried pork. The sausage was the clear winner, followed by the short ribs. La Portena is a tiny little bbq stall, around 5-6 bar stools in front and 1 small table. Sausages are 60 pesos... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

La Portena is a very unassuming place. It's a street stand type of restaurant with 5-6 stools in front of the counter and 1 table on the side. My first visit here I had the chicken sandwich. My first impression was this is a lot of food with the papa fritas... but after each bite I couldn't stop. It was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is a great little stand, the meat is great and the hamburgers are even better, although I was a bit disappointed the last time I went since they changed meat and it does not taste the same, hope they go back to their previous hamburger meat. Will give it another chance soon.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • 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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Argentinean, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget

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