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“Don't miss this place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Portena

La Portena
Calle 38 between 5 th ave & 10 th ave, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Cuisines: Argentinean
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Delivery, Late Night
Burlington,
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Don't miss this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

A little out of the way but SO worth it. We read some reviews and thought we'd give it a try....very glad we did and actually ate here twice, and met people that were eating there a third time on their one week holiday. That's how good it is. Alex and his wife are extremely gracious and make their meals with only top quality food and it's all done right in front of you. A must on your visit to Playa.

  • Visited June 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Outstanding Food near the overpriced mediocre 5th Ave Strip Restaurants”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

This little grill/stand setup at the end of the North end of the 5th Ave strip had some of the best tasting food I had the entire time I was in Playa del Carmen. Since they're not paying ridiculous rents on 5th avenue they can buy and sell quality meats without gouging you on the price. Everything is prepared extremely well and simply so you really taste the fresh deliciousness of the food. We found this place on our last day and kicked ourselves for not finding it sooner as we would've been back regularly. Very inexpensive and very very good food. Try the sausages, burgers and ribeye as well as the baked potatoes with chimmichurri. Empanadas were only available at lunch so we missed those. I was bummed cause I love empanadas.Real nice people there as well. Dont expect a sit down restaurant, do expect an excellent satisfactory meal at a very low price. (Cash Only)

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles
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15 restaurant reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great people, great food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Delicious empanadas, tasty burgers and savory steaks. But what makes this place great is the people making and serving the food it is a food stand so there is only room for about 6 or so but well worth the wait. A must eat in playa. Muchas gracias a todos

Visited July 2013
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brandon
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“size isnt everything”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

its hard to believe the excellent food that comes out of this little place. been going there the last 3 years we have been in playa and have enjoyed it every time we have been there.grab a cool one from the store next door with a go cup and enjoy. The owner is waiting for permission to put his barrel tables back on the street which would make for more seating. Try it youll like it

  • 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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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“So much fun and delicious food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We refer to this as the stools place. That's because it has no tables, only stools. TA reviewers were right on the money in ranking this place so positively. It's not fancy by any means, but it was delicious food in a fun environment for a reasonable price. We will definitely be coming back.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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