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Amate 38 is enclaved in the beautiful 38th Street and close to the beach. It is a restaurant bar with an architectural concept based on regional materials with respect to our nature and in harmony with it, surrounded by local vegetation and trees. We created a new concept, unique and fresh with regional food from the Yucatan peninsula amongst cenotes and water which makes it unparalleled. Amate 38 is a concept with a high quality in all the food and beverage items served. Everything is fresh, everything natural, everything homemade. We use regional products and ancient cooking methods like charcoal and wood oven. All the juices are fresh as well as all our cocktails. The bar includes handcrafted
PRICE RANGE
$3 - $13
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Mexican, Latin, Grill
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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It is always beautiful to visit this place, but today Chef Carlos Ceballos surprised me with a spectacular breakfast on the day, always with something delicious. Excellent service and super good

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Didn't enjoy dinner here. Firstly, tried to sit me at the bar, or inside as I was solo (when will restaurants learn that if you treat solo travellers the same, they'll return). Fish of the day was over cooked with bland boiled rice. To their...credit they deducted it from the bill. There are better places to eat authentic Mexican food in Playa. Shame as the location on 38 is nice.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food is delicious, really nice staff. We came just before close and they seated us with no problem. 9 guests ordered different dishes and all were great. 10/10!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a great find! Would give it 10⭐️ if we could. We ate here multiple times and every dish was amazing from breakfast to dinner. Highlights include the Cochinita Pibil, Chaya dishes, the Shek, amazing fresh juices, creative locally inspired drinks, and the incredibly fresh...tortillas made on site! We loved the regional cuisine and the service was amazing. We all agreed this is the best restaurant in the world, which is a lot!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly service. My wife's charcoaled chicken was a bit dry but she enjoyed most of it. I had the shrimp in red recado and enjoyed the large portions. The accompanying veggies were different but very tasty.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for Christmas Eve with no reservation. The lady at the front was very accommodating and she was right the food was delicious. I had the chicken tacos, guac and chips, and the Mahi Mahi special. We sat at the bar. The staff was...really friendly and the ambiance was perfect. It's off of 5th so you can enjoy your food without interruptions.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 18, 2022 via mobile

Delicious local cuisine, hybrid of Mayan and Mexican. Their choices crafted spices and flavors that took Mayan staples to a whole new level. Handmade tortillas fresh and warm. Loved everything we ordered. Location is on 38th just east of 5th. Take a look at the...cenote they are built on. Dined out front - felt private and no 5th Avenue cray to disturb or meal. Prices much lower than what we’ve been paying at our resort. Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 18, 2022

It was alright. Cute environment and nice people, but there are better places to eat in Playa, in my opinion. It wasn't bad, but was just ok.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 16, 2022 via mobile

We were thrilled to find this cool restaurant with great service and a large selection of fantastic local cuisine. After walking the loud and hectic streets of Playa del Carmen, this spot was a welcome place of calm where we felt like we were in...a real local spot.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 6, 2022 via mobile

Sitting just off 5th Avenue feeling like you are in a jungle beside a small cenote, this hidden gem serves up delicious creative food from the Yucatan region. One of our best meals while in Playa! Excellent friendly service and reasonably priced. Try the surf...and turf for a tasty experience!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed November 20, 2022 via mobile

We were attracted to this place by the tranquil atmosphere and the food was also phenomenal! Trying to find places with excellent veggie and meaty options is always struggle but the lunch menu here (also available when we went for an earlyish dinner) was fantastic!...We were sat right next to the garden area and the service was excellent! I cannot fault this place and would highly recommend to anyone staying in Playa!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 18, 2022

We went to Amate 38 at least three times, to cool off and rest in the middle of the day. We never ate a meal here, but ordered the quacamole several times. The servers also brought chips and three different salsas. My favorite was absolutely...the habanero, which might be too spicey for some people, but goes extremely well with a mojito! By the way, their mojitos are the best I've ever had. I also tried a passionfruit margarita, which was not only flavorful, but powerful. If you like good mixed drinks and a pleasant relaxing atmosphere (with a cenote), check it out.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 19, 2022

We were drawn in by the vibey atmosphere of this chill restaurant that seemed to be tucked into a jungle - like haven. Then the food was amazing. We just stopped for a snack and a drink. Mimosas were small and ok, but the guac,...chips and the array of medium to muy picante sauces that came with, was to die for! If this wasn't so far from where we were staying, we would have loved to come back for a full meal as the menu looked amazing and authentic. Really cool spot!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed August 30, 2022 via mobile

Very good service and nice setting. Nice and romantic place with a cenote inside! the cocktails menu is exotic! very welcoming! I recommend 😎

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 22, 2022

I was there with my cousin on the last day of my trip to Playa del Carmen. It was packed, but the wait was worth it: We had some breakfast let me tell you! Baked goods to begin with: Carrot bread and hand-made tortillas, some...juice made out of peppermint, watermelon, and something else. We both asked for the same omelet...shame on me but I can´t remember the name: it had chaya, plantains, salad, and something else. DE-LI-CI-OUS! Waiters, waitresses, and servers: All awful. A packed restaurant is no reason to provide poor service.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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AFRIEDER, Propietario at Amate 38, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2022

Dear Mesja, Could you please tell us the date, approximate time and section where you sat i to inquire what happened? Service has to be good just as the food. You are totally right. Sorry for the inconvenience and rest assured that it is not...More

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Dear Lorna; You would have to walk to the 5th Avenue to catch a taxi.... about 100 yards. Sorry but you cannot call the taxi over to the restaurant unless you make arrangements beforehand.
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Yes, Amate 38 offers takeout services.

Amate 38 is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5