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Al Cielo Restaurant

Carr. Cancun - Tulum km 118 | Al Cielo Hotel, Xpuha 77710, Mexico
+52 984 840 9012
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Ranked #2 of 2 restaurants in Xpuha
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $65
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

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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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

We've been there several times, weve paid in the past big bills and never been there without consuming something. but this summer we had a very disappointing and ugly experience. We got there at 5.45pm with no reservation and we told them that if it was ok if we could have just some drinks for the kids and adults and... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

We both enjoyed the food. We both had fish (sorry I can't recall the name), It seemed really fresh and done right; not over or under cooked, The staff were very attentive and the view was of course amazing, but that 's what you get in Canun.

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San Jose, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in a condo nearby so this review is for the restaurant and the beach in front (they supply cabanas for two for 100 pesos). This is a great beach, pretty intimate. The food was great, served on white cloth tables (pretty unusual for an open air beach restaurant). The staff were very nice. We loved it, we spent... More

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Denver, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We have been coming to Akumal each year for over 15 years and our family owns a place in the area. We've been to Al Cielo during the day and have experienced great beach for the family and good food. However, this restaurant should be downgraded to nothing more than a "2" at night. Horrendous service, terrible red wine at... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We decided to have our grooms dinner here, and it was the best decision we ever made. They totally blew it out of the water. Excellent food, even for foodies. The ceviche and crab cakes were our favorites. The food they made for us was the best food we had in all of Playa. And the atmosphere is stunning. Beautiful... More

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Somerset, New Jersey
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67 reviews 67 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We called and made a reservation at the Beach Club and restaurant. The beach club charges 100 peso for access and it is worth it. The drinks were good and lunch Dinner was very good. We had roasted vegetables as an appetizer and they were very good. We both had the catch of the day with tomatoes and Garlic. This... More

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