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“Expensive, great atmosphere and service, Food?” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Madre Tierra

Madre Tierra
Quinta Avenida | esp. calle 14 Nte, Playa del Carmen 77710 , Mexico
984-8030333
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Ranked #124 of 768 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, International, Pasta
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Good for: Families with children, Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Toronto
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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Expensive, great atmosphere and service, Food?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We went to this restaurant with a couple that had eaten there on several occasions before.
This time, though, they were not impressed.
A glass of wine is really a 1/4 glass, the steak is with veins and more like a steak "shaving".
The pasta was very good, but the final tally of our table : three of us will never come back, one liked it.
The service is excellent and attentive, the atmosphere is great.
The food and drinks are not on real standard. They need to improve,
A lot of flavors and taste goes to waste with sub-standard meat quality and quantity.
A Wine glass should be a glass not a 1/4 glass.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Kindersley, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“An excellent dining experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

We chose Madre Tierra as the spot for our final meal in Our five week Yucatan vacation. We each had the steak and lobster special. We had scarcely had a few sips of our margaritas, and had not finished the fresh bread, when our meals arrived. The New York strip was a bit tough, but otherwise tasty. The lobster was equally good. There was an excellent wine list to chose from, and we finished with a flambé which was prepared at outer table. It was a little buttery, but the presentation was excellent.
The service was excellent. The staff were professional, personable, and very helpful. We made sure to take a card so we could come back when we were in the area. It was an oasis of calm in the midst of Calle 5.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Amazing dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

My boyfriend and I went to Madre Tierra because a friend recommended it. We are so glad we went! We were in Playa for a week and this place was the best dinner we had all week. We both ordered the NY strip steak and lobster meal. The steak was a bit tough but it had amazing flavor. The lobster was delightful! Our waiter's name was Rodrigo del Angel and he was the best I've ever had! He made caeser dressing at our table and also made an amazing strawberry flambe dessert at our table that was incredible. I can't wait to go back there!

  • Visited January 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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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Outstanding!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

A wonderful dining experience in the middle of Playa. Although it is on the famous 5th Ave. the second level location gets you up and away from the noise and all the foot traffic, while still taking in the views. The staff is especially friendly and gracious and the food amazing. I dined with my sister and one of her good friends and we could not have been more pleased. The steak and lobster "special" was prepared to perfection and the cost was very reasonable at $310 pesos or about $25 USD. I will definitely be back to this great restaurant.

  • Visited January 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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Nebraska
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61 reviews 61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Nice location, preferred steaks to seafood.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

The location is on the second level and does get you above the fifth avenue foot traffic which can grow tiresome at times. Prices are reasonable for the area, our kids ordered a variety of seafood items which I thought were all average at best. My spouse and I both ordered the filet which was better than most of the other beef offerings we had elsewhere. The cuts were brought on sizzling plates like at a Ruths Chris, I am not as fond of that approach as it seems to overcook a little. I would not go out of my way to go back here unless for the steak and salad.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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