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Al Cielo Restaurant

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Carretera Federal Cancun-Tulum Km. 118 | Al Cielo Hotel, Xpu-Ha 77710, Mexico
+52 984 840 9012
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Description: Al Cielo Restaurant is located right next to our hotel. The dining room is...
Al Cielo Restaurant is located right next to our hotel. The dining room is a large thatch roof palapa set on the beach with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Our aim is to present at your table fresh seafood, fish and shellfish, as we seek for excellence in local and international dishes.Here is where you will be able to taste and enjoy our exquisite fish and shellfish dishes prepared by Juan Carlos Mendez who is a renowned chef in the Riviera Maya. Juan Carlos was trained and practiced some of his wonderful cooking skills in all around the world.Al Cielo Restaurant is located on Xpu-Ha Beach, close to Playa del Carmen and Tulum, in the heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya. This romantic beachfront restaurant is perfect for enjoying gourmet cuisine in a Caribbean atmosphere.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Beautiful location, expensive food

We were trying to find a public acces beach for XpuHa beach and this was the only place we could find access. We were there early in the day, before the restaurant was open but they went ahead and let use the loungers on the beach. They were going to charge us $10 per couple but after we spent a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 10, 2013
Lynn M
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Hartford, Ar
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St. Albert, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

You can see both sides of beautiful Xup-Ha beach from here. Just walk and look for the colourful palapas and you'll be in the right place for an excellent diner and view

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Atlanta Ga
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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

what a gorgeous beach, i mean, it is next to esencia! we drove up and were "cleared for entrance" by a lackadaisical security guard. the owner's son/manager, resplendent with facial piercings, took no notice of us, future guests. we ordered the paella for two, and had high hopes as to it's quality, having been to Spain several times. Everything we... More 

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Algonquin, Illinois
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47 reviews 47 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

what a special dining experience, elegant table set on the beach. We ate off the regular menu. Paella was excellent and sea bass was too. They had great music in the main restaurant which added to the festive atmosphere. Great for a special occasion in our case two birthdays.

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Livermore, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Perfect location. Breathtaking restaurant on the beach.Amazing food experience!!! Very romantic!!! It's not cheap but it is worthy!

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Dallas, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My husband treated ourselves to dinner alone, breaking from our family of 13. This was the perfect location for a romantic dinner for two. A long trek down a dirt road ends at the Al Cielo hotel. Walk forward through a beautiful jungle setting to the most stunning open restaurant. Set in a large thatched roof hut, the restaurant sits... More 

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California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were staying at an all inclusive down the beach and stumbled on this little 8 room hotel and food spot. We had a small lunch here with cold drinks. Food was excellent and nice open air patio with on of the most beautiful beaches. We will be staying here next visit. One thing is it rather pricey! I was... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We had visited a few beaches and beach restaurants during our month stay(self catering) in Playa del Carmen. All were so so, some less so! One or two more so! Then we found THIS! It is quite beautiful. One of the best beaches ever and this restaurant is amazing! Positioned right on the beach, we had Sunday lunch! Wonderful! Difficult... More 

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Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I said I would go back and I did and again was very disappointed. I had called three times make a reservation, ending up leaving a message. We turned up and I had to plead, as a many time customer, for them to give us a table for lunch as they said they were fully booked . We were the... More 

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Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

This started off as the most fabulous beach restaurant… I have been coming 4 times a year for the last 7 years. The food has always been amazing, the view , of course, is spectacular, the service, quirky/attentive. Now it is more sophisticated and going downhill. The attitude of the Management is not good: take a palapa but not those... More 

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Hartford, Ar
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We were trying to find a public acces beach for XpuHa beach and this was the only place we could find access. We were there early in the day, before the restaurant was open but they went ahead and let use the loungers on the beach. They were going to charge us $10 per couple but after we spent a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Carretera Federal Cancun-Tulum Km. 118 | Al Cielo Hotel, Xpu-Ha 77710, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Xpu-Ha
  • Phone Number: +52 984 840 9012

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 65
  • Cuisine: International

Description

Al Cielo Restaurant is located right next to our hotel. The dining room is a large thatch roof palapa set on the beach with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Our aim is to present at your table fresh seafood, fish and shellfish, as we seek for excellence in local and international dishes.Here is where you will be able to taste and enjoy our exquisite fish and shellfish dishes prepared by Juan Carlos Mendez who is a renowned chef in the Riviera Maya. Juan Carlos was trained and practiced some of his wonderful cooking skills in all around the world.Al Cielo Restaurant is located on Xpu-Ha Beach, close to Playa del Carmen and Tulum, in the heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya. This romantic beachfront restaurant is perfect for enjoying gourmet cuisine in a Caribbean atmosphere.

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