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La Panza es Primero

Mexican, Steakhouse
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Av. Rafael Melgar, 4, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico
+(52)(998) 252 0776
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 126
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    Very good
  • 15
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  • 10
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Our favorite place

We love the variety of Mexican food served here. We've loved everything we've tried, well, except the flan.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jamie T
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We love the variety of Mexican food served here. We've loved everything we've tried, well, except the flan.

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Thank Jamie T
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed ourselves and the food was very good with large portions. Most of us couldn't finish our food. The cartoons on the wall were funny and they sell some specialty liquor.

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Thank Theresa R
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Okanagan Valley, Canada
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the shrimp taco, sopa de Marisco, and the shrimp ceviche. Every dish was plentiful and had so much shrimp! Janelle was our server and she was friendly and efficient with her care. We are already trying to fit in another meal there.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a hidden gem. Wonderful food, great location, good service. The fajitas are the best in town and the complimentary bean dip is wonderful. Prices are very reasonable, too.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been here a few times, and when in Mexico, I'll make a special trip to Puerto Morelos just to dine here. Amazing food and incredible location. My only wish is that there was an English version of the menu, as I would then likely be much more adventurous with my orders. Really great restaurant, I can't wait to go... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the 2nd time we end up having lunch at this restaurant, and once again, this is a sure-bet in Puerto Morelos. Food selection is typical Mexican, prices are good, plates are plentiful, service is fast and nice. Okay beer selection. Nice place to eat, facing the sea with a nice breeze from the large windows being open. Nice... More 

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New York
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fun place to eat Mexican food with a classic menu of dishes. We snorkeled at a place just downstairs. The tactics are very good and ask for a bowl of their black bean and shrimp soup. Watch out for the chile sauce they have on the table. It's nuclear!

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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service was ehh. Get a table right by the beach. The food was 'ok' nothing special. The liter jar of jamaica juice is definitely recommended, very refreshing. Slightly overpriced mediocre beach-front lunch is about what we expected, no major complaints.

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Trumbull, Connecticut, United States
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Do go here if you want AUTHENTIC Quintana Roo cuisine. Do not go here if you want crunchy tacos. This is a great big rambling open air beachfront place and a truly glorious dive. Cheap beer, fun, loud and loving people and amazingly good REAL MEXICAN FOOD. Pink and blue décor is themed to La Panza himself (Mexican pro wrestling... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I have been to this restaurant several times and have always been pleased. The service is fantastic and the tacos are fresh and plentiful. Can't beat a taco with a warm smile!!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Av. Rafael Melgar, 4, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Puerto Morelos
  • Phone Number: +(52)(998) 252 0776

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups

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