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“Busy restaurant.”
Review of La Recova Montejo

La Recova Montejo
Ranked #65 of 804 Restaurants in Merida
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Argentinean, Steakhouse
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed April 13, 2013

We had dinner for 4. Very generous portions especially crispy tuna starter. Main courses mostly steaks. Good prime rib. Not so keen on the filet mignon. Unfortunately one of the main courses failed to arrive and had not been ordered. Busy place but table by us was having a powerpoint lecture at the table. Prices reasonable.

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GpoLaParrilla, Marketing at La Recova Montejo, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2015
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Hola, LCH857, muchas gracias por tomarte el tiempo y escribir esta reseña. Saludos y te enviamos un gran saludos hasta Londres.

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

There are a few restaurant groups operating in Merida with multiple restaurants. The owners of La Recova, also have La Parrilla and their La Recova pop-up restaurant for the holidays in Chicxulub. Each of these groups pride themselves on their food, ambience and service.

We had dinner at La Recova on Saturday night. As usual, we arrived around 8 pm (still on Gringo time) and found the restaurant with a few occupied tables, most of which were families with children.

We were warmly greeted by the manager, Juan Carlo, who recognized us from our visits to Trotters where he had worked previously. He showed us to a comfortable table in the front section of the modern glass and aluminum enclosed restaurant. Electro-Tango music played on the well placed speaker system allowing us to enjoy it without it competing with our table conversation.

Juan Carlo graciously suggested a few specialties of the restaurant and handed over our order to Carlos, our polite and efficient waiter. Marlen Krauss, the poised and knowledgeable sommelier, assisted us with our wine order. The glass enclosed refrigerated display, housing the wine collection, was impressive as a central focal point of the restaurant, it also showed the restaurants concern and care for their wines being presented at the proper temperatures.

We had been generally eating a vegetable based diet in recent weeks so we thought it was time for a high-protein steak dinner. We chose to split their large caesar salad and enjoyed the restaurants' famous center-cut ribeye with a side of grilled vegetables. The caesar salad was very good but could have been colder and the dressing a bit tangier. The steak was cooked to perfection by chef Jesus Salgado on one of the restaurants glass-enclosed grills, one dedicated to fish and one for meats.

Our normal experience in good Merida restaurants has been that waiters and waitresses, in their honest attempts to provide "good service" are generally over anxious at times and often begin clearing plates and glasses even before each person at the table has finished their meal. This was, refreshingly, not the case at La Recova and consequently our dining experience was much more pleasant. Our only disappointment was the fact that the special dessert of coconut ice cream and caramel was no longer available at such an early hour.

Muñoz architects open, clean design gives the resturant a true cosmopolitan feel. The large rear section of the restaurant with a long service bar was designed for smokers and the powerful exhaust system seemed to keep the space relatively smoke free. We would have enjoyed an opportunity to have a pre-dinner cocktail at the main bar, located just off the main entrance, but the space is apparently always occupied by a young, fashion-conscious crowd listening to raucous music and competing TV programs.

We are anxious to return to try a number of other specialties on the restaurants expansive menu, but next time we'll be sure to make reservations after 9 pm.

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GpoLaParrilla, Marketing at La Recova Montejo, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2015
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Muchas gracias por tu extensa y concreta reseña acerca de nuestro restaurante. esperamos tenerte de vuelta muy pronto. Saludos.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

This steak house is popular, which means crowded and loud. The waiters move frantically from kitchen to tables often making what seems like unnecessary trips which adds to the clatter--- making dining less than relaxing or pleasant. The steaks are pretty good for Mexico. The parking is free (valet). Despite the number of wait staff, it was often difficult to get the attention of our waiter. Guests often are forced to share steep steps to an upper nonsmoking dining room with bustling waiters who crowd the steps making the area dangerous. Too many parents permit their children to run wild in the restaurant with little regard for diner's quietude. The Cesar salad is good but the food is best served as take out.

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GpoLaParrilla, Marketing at La Recova Montejo, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2015
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Hola, njdadddy, muchas gracias por tus comentarios. Te esperamos pronto de nuevo. Saludos.

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Reviewed March 12, 2013

We wanted to have a special meal for our last night in Merida so we carefully looked through the TripAdvisor reviews and picked this place. Our choices were somewhat limited by the fact it was a Sunday night. It was a big disappointment. First it's far out of the center of the city, in the suburbs. The decor was attractive but cold, with hard seats.We thought to have a drink in the bar first but the TVs were blaring. In the non smoking dining area at 7:30pm there was only one other table occupied, by a big family with children running around. One of our friends had the asparagus, good but cold. The other had an empenada plopped on the plate with no garnish. Scott's appetizer of sweetbreads was main course sized and he enjoyed it (although the sweetbreads were not well trimmed). Our main courses were huge so we didn't complain when the advertised salads accompanying them didn't appear. My rib eye was tasty but not seared and grisly. We weren't happy overall although the service was excellent and the staff very helpful. We wouldn't recommend it.

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GpoLaParrilla, Marketing at La Recova Montejo, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2015
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Hola, ScottFreeVT, muchas gracias por tomarte el tiempo para escribir esta reseña tan detallada. Vamos a revisar todo los puntos que nos mencionas, para corregirlos. Saludos.

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

While househunting, my Realtor was telling me about the wonderful food at La REcova as we drove by...I'm glad I made her turn around!

The restaurant is lovely to look at, the service is impeccable and the food is flawless.

I had a local fish grilled perfectly with just enough flavoring as to not hide the flavor of the fish itself. My Realtor had grilled octopus. I have never been a fan, but she insisted that I sample a bite. It was absolutely wonderful...tender and flavorful!

La REcova is know for it's steak but do nice out on the chance to dine on some of the best prepared seafood you're likely to eat!

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GpoLaParrilla, Marketing at La Recova Montejo, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2015
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Hola, MyRiver, muchas gracias por tu recomendación y muchas gracias por tu reseña. Esperamos verte pronto de nuevo. Saludos.

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