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“Best kept secret in Cancun” 5 of 5 stars
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Aioli
Le Meridien, Retorno Del Rey, Lote 37-1 . Km 14 Zona Hotelera, Quintana, Cancun, Mexico
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Ranked #336 of 649 Restaurants in Cancun
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
St. Louis
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Best kept secret in Cancun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2010

This is our third dinner here, and it's never crowded. Maybe it's the cost or maybe it's in a hotel...for whatever reason though, I'm stumped. My wife and I think this is the best restaurant in Cancun. The service is impeccable and the food is imaginative and delicious (and expensive). I had the creamed onion soup and she had the caesar salad. The salad had a beautiful presentation with a parmesean crisp wrapped around it and both were very delicious. For entrees, she had the red snapper and I had the sea bass. Again, the presentaion of the dishes was like artwork and the tastes were even better. We were both surprised that the portions seemed larger than our earlier visits, we were each only able to eat about half (saving room for dessert). And dessert was truly wonderful, the name escapes me, but it is their signature chocolate dessert and it also has pear cactus in it (I think). In any event, very good stuff. We had nice bottle of Fume Blanc which complmented everything very well.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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El Cerrito, California
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Don't Bother!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2010

We were steered there by a concierge at the Westin Lagunamar (they are both Starwood properties). We were to get points and a 20% discount which sounded enticing. When we got there were taken through an empty restaurant to a section with about 8 tables. That is all the customers they had! The prices were very high, soup for $9 (cream of squash, which was delicious), grilled seafood platter for $50. The fish in the seafood platter had an off, not fresh flavor, the duck breast was gamey. The portion sizes were skimpy and while the presentation was nice to look at, the other problems with the meal did not tip the scale much in their favor. After our discount, the meal was $110.00 with 1 glass of wine and 1 bottle of sparkling water only. They were short staffed and the waiter never came by to ask how we liked the meal, so that we were unable to give feedback until the meal was nearly over (dessert was being served by another staff member). They made a big deal of having us write down our feedback, which we did, then did not want to give us the starwood points. The only nice thing we can say is that they had two amazing guitar players who really did a great job of keeping us entertained through what was a very slow meal (almost 2.5 hours). We complained to the concierge back at our hotel and they called and we were offered a complementary bottle of wine if we ate there again or one free breakfast for one, if we paid for another. We did not take them up on their paltry gesture. Having other places we could recommend without reservations, such as the Thai Lounge at the Isla Shopping Center, la Habichuela Sunset on Blvd. Kukulkan or Jugo de Limon (great breakfast and very good coffee), also in the Isla Shopping Center, we cannot let others fall for the hype on this place.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Tecumseh
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Wow! Truly delightful dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2009

Executive Chef Jose Mejia with his excellent staff prepare the most wonderful cousine
at Aioli. His tasteful style of fusion and beatiful presentation demonstrates his passion
for culinary art. The wait staff at Aioli is one of the best we have ever experienced.
Our favourite restaurant in Cncun.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Impeccable service, if not a little too obtrusive at times. Meal however, was excellent. Went with the waiters...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2008

Impeccable service, if not a little too obtrusive at times. Meal however, was excellent. Went with the waiters suggestion for appetizer and was not disappointed. Beef and lobster carpaccio was sublime. A real masterpiece. A recommendation for a special meal in Cancun!

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