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“Excellent experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ajua Maya - CLOSED

Ajua Maya
5a Avenida entre Ave 38 y Calle 40 | Via 5a en Playa by the Sea, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
+52 984 873 2523
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Price range: $7 - $50
Cuisines: Mexican, Seafood, Steakhouse, International
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Fine dining in a casual sophisticated atmosphere with live Latin jazz and salsa every night. Specializing in Flambes at your table, Lobster, Steaks, authentic Mayan and Mexican cuisines, Mestizo recipes and, of course, our fabulous staff and excellent service. Perfect for a romantic dinner or a group event, wedding receptions or rehearsal dinners.
Rapid City, South Dakota
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We helped to host our daughter's wedding reception at the Ajua Maya. We were so pleased and everything was great. Brenda and her staff were easy to work with in planning the party. Everything was set up beautifully and they even incorporated some decorations we had brought down. The food and service were both excellent. The staff made it a very fun and enjoyable experience. Thanks to Brenda, Jorge and all the staff who helped us make an important day even more memorable.

  • Visited April 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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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“I loved the old Ajua.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We have been to Playa del Carmen 8 times in 13 years. We love this destination. We first came upon Ajua by accident, and became fan favorites. each year we would come back and bring new friends along to experience the wonderful, fun staff and the quaintness of the resaurant. It was rustic and so very mexican. The waiters were so much fun. They would bring your drinks to you on their heads and pretend to drop them in your lap. They even had a pillow sort of thing that they would place on your shoulders.. It was a funny stuffed mexican figure that brought much laughter and a perfect picture moment. The food was always good and reasonable. We always ordered the lobster and never disappointed. We loved this place. I have many scrapbooks with our visits to Ajua.

This year we took a cab to the old location only to find that it is closed and now located on 5th Avenida and Via 38. Way up North from the previous location! We decided to walk the distance and had to ask several times how much longer. It gave us an oppuritunity see how much Play del Carmen has grown since our last visit. I saw lots of shops with glass doors and windows. Much has changed from the quaint fun town to more upscale shops along with several new American shops and fast food joints. Sad. We finally arrive to Ajua and find that it is like the new stores along 5th Avenida. Glass doors with a few tables outside. It was much smaller that the last location. I noticed the heavy leather menu's and said Oh Oh. Big changes. This place has become pretentious We noticed that the prices have increased considerably from our last visit. The waiters were attentive but subdued. We ordered the ceaser salad made tableside and it was such a long presentation that I got bored. The salad was just OK. We ordered the 10oz lobster tail and it was on the dry side. We spent 2,155 pesos for four and felt so disappointed. I dont like to write bad reviews as I try to see the positive in all, but this was a hit that hurt. We went back to Play del Carmen and went to another fan favorite restaurant and enjoyed it much better than Ajua.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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St. Helena, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Expensive but good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We ate there one fine evening and had great service except we were behind a couple of large parties so the service was off a lot. They brought the salad with the mains and we sent it back. No problems with it being taken off the bill and they comped some after dinner drinks as a token of thier regrets. Overall great food and very nice wait staff. The owners came by and we super nice. Tableside service is fun.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Luis Obispo
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61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Ajua, Ajua”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

I celebrated my 75th birthday dinner here and it was a treat. The menu satisfied everyone's palette. The waiters are the entertainment. They bring you your drinks stacked on their heads. They laugh and tease and make dining a pleasant experience. Courses are prepared tableside which is always fun. I would suggest that you stick to the Mayan dishes as these were definitely the winners at our table. The soup was exquisite. One good thing was that they served the children first which we appreciated.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, Ontario, Canada
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Amazing food experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Restaurant was recommended to us - service top notch from beginning to end - you have to try the ceasar salads made table side - no bacon but very delicious. 2 of our entree's were also made tableside - amazing. To wrap up the evening i highly recommend you order one of the specialty coffees - this too made table side with an awesome display by staff. A bit pricey but not too bad - would highly recommend

  • Visited March 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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