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“Incredible food and service!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pavo Real by the Sea

Pavo Real by the Sea
Carretera 307, km 51, Playa Maroma, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
+52 998 872 8339
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Price range: $30 - $70
Cuisines: Caribbean, French, Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Pavo Real by the Sea is an intimate, magical restaurant at the edge of the best beach in the world. You will come for the gorgeous view, you will come back for the incredible food prepared by Chef Guillaume Raynal and the attentive service and excellent wine list overseen by host Etienne Gondran. Enjoy cocktails in the open-air bar at the edge of the beach, then choose a table in the garden or in the cozy salon decorated with original art, sit back and let us serve you a meal you won't be able to forget. The menu includes fresh foie gras, local fish and seafood, rack of lamb, beef tenderloin, bouillabaisse...and more. For a really special occasion, reserve a private romantic dinner on the beach. We look forward to your visit.
Los Angeles, California, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Incredible food and service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

My husband and I came here for our anniversary in March and enjoyed the majority of our meals at Pavo Real by the Sea. Each and every time was spectacular. The food, the service, the view, everything was wonderful. The beef tenderloin and the risotto with black truffles and morels were among our favorites.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“a whole experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Just the arrival to the restaurant it´s an experience itself. They meet you at an entrance and then pick you up in a van, its a 10 minute drive literally in the middle of the selva tropical, until arrival at a VIlla where the restaurant is located. The food is very good and the service as well.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Jose, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Amazing food in a beautiful setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

We ate here after a snorkeling tour from the marina. The lobster was outstanding and the service was flawless. Great view of the marina.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dayton, Ohio
2 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Wonderful!!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

This was the most amazing place I have ever been to. It was so beautiful. I felt special from the moment we were picked up at out hotel till we were brought back. It was so relaxing. We took a walk on the beautiful beach, came back to the restaurant had an appetizer, took another walk on the beach, then wine, then an amazing surf and turf. The lobster was so very good. Finally, we sat back and finished our wine, looked at the view with the full moon, and enjoyed each others company. The staff was so kind to take our pictures so we could always remember this beautiful place. This was an experience that we will never forget!

  • Visited August 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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Los Angeles
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Very Special!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Very Special!

We had such an amazing experience at this lovely restaurant, I’d give it 6 stars in all categories. The food was delicious, atmosphere beyond words beautiful and the personal attention of the wait staff and chef made us feel very special.

Being on vacation from Los Angeles where we have so many outstanding restaurants - owned by world renowned chefs - I didn’t think we should expect such sophistication in this tropical paradise. But what a pleasant surprise, I was wrong. The menu was so fantastic I had a difficult time choosing so my husband and I returned after our first dinner for a second and third evening before leaving Mexico. My husband and I ordered different dishes so between the two of us we’ve tried these and all were amazing: Appetizers and soups: the leek and scallop soup, sweet potato and saffron soup, foie gras, salad of the sea. Entrees: Fresh of the day Fish (we had both grouper and red snapper), Risotto with black truffles, Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Lobster with mashed yam and butter sauce and rice.

The setting is really beyond words but I’ll try. The outdoor tables sit on a stone terrace overlooking the pristine white sand and the water’s edge about 20 yards away. We were there on three different nights and each night there was this lovely continuous soft breeze. This aspect was important to me and in contrast to the other evenings we had dinner in Playa Del Carmen. Playa’s outdoor restaurants had no breeze, and the food not comparable to Pavo Real by the Sea.

The Pavo staff greeted us with such joyful smiles, remembering our names. Of course they are smiling... they get to be here everyday! Top notch food and really, it’s so beautiful you have to pinch yourself ☺. We can’t wait to return.

  • Visited August 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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