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“Seared Tuna, YUM!”
Review of Carboncitos

Carboncitos
Ranked #37 of 1,279 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: ****** We Do Not Accept Credit Cards ******Carboncitos serves authentic Mexican, Mayan, Charcoal Grilled Steaks & Seafood at an attractive price. Be it breakfast, lunch, happy hour, or dinner; it's the consistently delicious meals served that keeps guests returning again and again.
New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
193 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
“Seared Tuna, YUM!”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

I wanted a special meal to celebrate my 30th year in sobriety, so I had perused the posted menu for Carboncito's that afternoon and decided to return that evening. There was a short wait before being seated at a small table. I ordered the tuna fillet rare, and it came that way, deliciously seared and coated with sesame. There were other entrees that caught my eye, like grilled grouper (almost every restaurant in Playa was offering grouper) and sizzling shrimps, but for me, tuna is special and even heart healthy. It came as 2 pieces of maybe 4 oz. each, and I enjoyed every bite. One peculiarity of this restaurant is that when customers order drinks, the waiter brings them out balanced on his head, making for numerous photo ops. He didn't have much trouble balancing my can of diet coke, but it was still fun.

Visited March 2014
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Thank Robert S
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HotelCielo, Owner at Carboncitos, responded to this review, April 1, 2014
Thank you Evanbob for taking the time to write your review

First I would like to take a moment to say congratulations & we are delighted that you chose to celebrate with Carboncitos

Glad you enjoyed your tuna, its really is a delicious dish

We really appreciate the kind words & we are delighted that we were able to help create a great vacation & dining experience for you.

Thank you for the recommendations

Evanbob, we know there are many restaurants in Playa del Carmen, so thank you for choosing Carboncitos & we look forward to seeing you when you return to the beautiful Mayan Riviera
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Steven Krisztin
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Ferndale, Washington
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best bang for your peso”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

We had our best meal in Playa at Carboncitos. The menu has a great variety and well priced, but more importantly - the food and service were excellent We had the pleasure to be seated at Paswal Miguel's table and our next favorite staff guy there turns out to be his father (who has the ability to manage FOUR stemmed drinks delivered hands free on top of his head). I asked Paswal how they came by this talent and he says it involves many hours of practice on the beach where spills don't really matter much and the heavy glass doesn't break. Casual, fun atmosphere for all ages.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Theresa W
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HotelCielo, Owner at Carboncitos, responded to this review, April 1, 2014
Thank you Theresa for taking the time to write your review

We really appreciate the kind words, we are delighted that you enjoyed your self & had a great dining experience

Thank you for mentioning the staff, they really are a large part of our success


Theresa, we know there are many restaurants in Playa del Carmen, so thank you for choosing Carboncitos & we look forward to seeing you when you return to the beautiful Mayan Riviera
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Steven Krisztin
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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Very good food, great atmosphere, don't be in a rush”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

The restaurant itself is located just off of the jostle of 5th avenue. It's pretty apparent that Tripadvisor reviews are drawing a crowd, because this place was packed. The initial wait was rather long, but as long as you're in "vacation mode" it's not terribly painful. I'd suggest sticking it out because the food is worth the wait. Pretty average drinks but the food is very good.

I took a shot and ordered the Mayan Platter for two so that I could try a wide variety of food. The Tikin Xic was light and well prepared. The pork, both the smoked tenderloin and the shredded pork (poc chuc) were worth the flight to mexico alone.

I couldn't have possibly eaten dessert but I'd love to come back and try. Lastly, one of the owners came out and had a really nice chat. I could tel that she was passionate about the food and perhaps a little mistified by this Tripadvisor thing bringing so much business. She explained that she was from Uruguay, and there "people just talked to each other to find good places to eat" :) Her passion and her love of people was clear in how well the patrons were treated.

Go here, the reviews don't lie. Just don't be in a huge rush - you're on vacation.

Visited March 2014
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Thank Aaron W
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HotelCielo, Owner at Carboncitos, responded to this review, April 1, 2014
Thank you Aaron for taking the time to write your review

Well, we too are happy you thought Carboncitos was worth the wait.

We really appreciate the kind words, we are delighted that you enjoyed your self & had a great dining experience. our Mayan menu is really becoming quite a hit

Thank you for the recommedations

Aaron, we know there are many restaurants in Playa del Carmen, so thank you for choosing Carboncitos & we look forward to seeing you when you return to the beautiful Mayan Riviera
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Steven Krisztin
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Long Branch, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Always a great meal”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

I have never been disappointed with the food or service in this restaurant. We were 5 people and all enjoyed great food. If you have a large group make a reservation and enjoy.

  • Visited March 2014
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HotelCielo, Owner at Carboncitos, responded to this review, April 1, 2014
Thank you Dfraticelli for taking the time to write your review

We really appreciate the kind words, we are delighted that you enjoyed your self & had a great dining experience

Thank you for the recommendations

Dfraticelli, we know there are many restaurants in Playa del Carmen, so thank you for choosing Carboncitos & we look forward to seeing you when you return to the beautiful Mayan Riviera
Owner
Steven Krisztin
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Brandon, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Exceeded Expectations!”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

There was a group of us that stopped to eat as this place was recommended by fellow friends, so we thought we'd give it a go. Being just of 5th we figured it would be over priced, smaller portions, etc. Well that wasn't so at all!! It was absolutely fantastic! I like spicy so ordered the Mexican Devilled Shrimp and it was the best Shrimp Dish I have ever had at a restaurant. The rest of the group had calamari appetizers, shrimp tacos (my hubby said they were the best he's ever had taco wise), burritos, and salmon. Lots of different dishes were ordered and they were all hot. We all had beer, a few of those bigger margaritas, and our bill was not overpriced at all. The staff was excellent, our waiter was fantastic. I had his name to mention as I asked for it, but of course lost the paper. He was efficient and super friendly! I highly recommend this restaurant. The atmosphere itself is warm and cozy and it was just great. We will be back for sure!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank beachnut81
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HotelCielo, Owner at Carboncitos, responded to this review, April 1, 2014
Thank you Beachnut for taking the time to write your review

Yes... I will have to agree....our Devil Shrimp are awesome.....one of my favorites as well

We really appreciate the kind words, we are delighted that you enjoyed your self & had a great dining experience


Beachnut, we know there are many restaurants in Playa del Carmen, so thank you for choosing Carboncitos & we look forward to seeing you when you return to the beautiful Mayan Riviera
Owner
Steven Krisztin
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