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“Nice margaritas and good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carboncitos

Carboncitos
4th Street | Between 5th and 10th Avenues, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
+52 984 873 1382
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Takeout
Description: ****** We Do Not Accept Credit Cards ******Carboncitos serves authentic Mexican, Mayan, Charcoal Grilled Steaks & Seafood at an attractive price. Be it breakfast, lunch, happy hour, or dinner; it's the consistently delicious meals served that keeps guests returning again and again.
Prague, Czech Republic
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“Nice margaritas and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

After reading reviews on Tripadvisor I decided to give Carboncitos a go. We were a group of four friends for dinner and we got a seat close to the street. Having read about drinks being served on the heads of the waiters we decided to start the evening with a few margaritas of different flavors. They were indeed festively served in nice glasses on the head of the waiter and they tasted good enough for the recreational drinker. There was a mix up with the flavors of the margaritas and the waiter first refused to change it, but he later came back with an extra margarita of the right flavor on the house to rectify the problem. This hence delivered on the promise of the management posting here on Tripadvisor stating that problems would be fixed if mentioned to the staff, although it would have looked better without the initial refusal.

I had the cabeza de chancho from the Mayan section of the menu and I liked the dish a lot. I asked for a glass of house wine (Chilean) to go with it and it was excellent. One of my friends had a chicken burrito, but was less impressed with it having had quite a few during the week in Playa. Being quite fuzzy about restaurant, we were torn between rating the restaurant as a 3 or a 4, but I will go with the 4 representing my own experience. It is my impression that there is a lot of inflation in Tripadvisor scores in Playa with everyone giving 5 everywhere, but I decide to reserve this grade for something that stands out exceptionally and I have had other equally nice meal experiences in Playa for a similar price.

Overall, I recommend anyone spending a week in Playa to eat here at some point, it will be a nice experience.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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HotelCielo, Owner at Carboncitos, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Thank you Benny for taking the time to write your review

We see that you traveled a great distance & we are delighted that we were able to add to your experience

Thank you for mentioning the staff, they are part of our extended family & they are a large part of our success

We appreciate the kind words & the recommendations

Benny, we know there are many restaurants in Playa del Carmen, so thank you for choosing Carboncitos & we look forward to seeing you when you return to the beautiful Mayan Riviera
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Steven Krisztin
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“Really good food and service!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

This is one of the best places to go for a good authentic Mexican meal. The service was excellent and the food was great. It was also entertaining to see how they served the various beverages. This place is a must for any visit to Playa Del Carmen.

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HotelCielo, Owner at Carboncitos, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Thank you Sunny Beach for taking the time to write your review

.We really appreciate the kind words, we are delighted that you enjoyed your self & had a great dining experience

Thank you for the recommendations

Sunny Beach, we know there are many restaurants in Playa del Carmen, so thank you for choosing Carboncitos & we look forward to seeing you when you return to the beautiful Mayan Riviera
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Steven Krisztin
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“Two thumbs up!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

This was just amazing food and really fun service. All the servers bring our all your drinks stacked on top of their heads. It was so cool! It can we scary if you inadvertently move your hand knock into one of them passing by, but still really cool! We ordered the buttery garlic shrimp which was literally the best i've ever tried. The main course was just as wonderful. We were so full, we couldnt try any dessert which rarely happens! We loved it and would definitely recommend it. Special mention to Pascuel Miguel, our server who was very attentive and gave us excellent recommendations.

Visited December 2013
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HotelCielo, Owner at Carboncitos, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Thank you Start up Traveler for taking the time to write your review

We really appreciate the kind words, we are delighted that you enjoyed your self & had a great dining experience

Thank you for mentioning the staff, they are part of our extended family & they are a large part of our success.

I love the garlic shrimp as well, its one of my favorites....we just wish you hadn't missed dessert, all are made in house.......maybe next time.

Thank you for the recommendations

.Start up Traveler, we know there are many restaurants in Playa del Carmen, so thank you for choosing Carboncitos & we look forward to seeing you when you return to the beautiful Mayan Riviera
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Steven Krisztin
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“Amazing food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

We are staying at hotel Cielo and decided to try Carboncitos. We fell in love with the amazing service, great drinks and food! Breakfast is delicious! The staff makes you feel at home with warm smiles and attentive service. Make sure to meet Jorge and Raul...great guys!! Definitely our favorite place in Playa Del Carmen. Don't miss it!

Visited January 2014
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HotelCielo, Owner at Carboncitos, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Thank you Ksiqueira for taking the time to write your review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your selves enough to try us several times....we do have a killer breakfast, no one in Playa has the variety we have & its delicious as well

Thank you for mentioning the staff, they are part of our extended family & they are a large part of our success & we couldn't do it with out them

Ksiqueira, we know there are many hotels & restaurants in Playa del Carmen, so thank you for choosing Hotel Cielo & Carboncitos & we look forward to seeing you when you return to the beautiful Mayan Riviera
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“El Pastor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Made the hike from 38th down 5th for the el pastor and it was well worth the trip. We split an order of el pastor and guacamole and we were both full. A couple of good margaritas helped too. Staff is very friendly and there is a great vibe here. And did I mention that it is very reasonably priced too.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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HotelCielo, Owner at Carboncitos, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Thank you Okatie for taking the time to write your review

Well we are glad you made the hike..& just so you know we were rated Top 5 Mexican restaurant in Playa as well as top 5 for Taco El Pastor

We really appreciate the kind words, we are delighted that you enjoyed your self & had a great dining experience

Thank you for the recommendations

Okatie, we know there are many restaurants in Playa del Carmen, so thank you for choosing Carboncitos & we look forward to seeing you when you return to the beautiful Mayan Riviera
Owner
Steven Krisztin
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