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“Amazing food, service. Natural beauty.”

Blue Venado Beach Club
Ranked #253 of 1,279 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $200
Cuisines: Italian, International
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Amazing food, service. Natural beauty.”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

We had our wedding ceremony and reception with about 40 guests at Blue Venado Feb. 2014. Wonderful experience!

The location is breath taking. We visited a few days before the wedding and when my husband walked down to the beach he was literally speechless. It is 100% private (hard to find in the area), surrounded by lush jungle on one side, and blue ocean on the other. The bar is big, with fun swings. There are clean restroom facilities on site. It has a cool "rustic" and natural feel, very secluded away from the hustle and bustle of town. Yes, the floor is all sand (except for the wooden dance floor), and yes it is a bumpy dirt road trip through the jungle. But to me, this gives it charm and adds to the rustic, beachy fun! My 81 yr old grandfather was telling everyone back home how great it was to not even have to wear shoes!

The food, oh the food. WOW! We chose to have a buffet, and we were blown away. My step-dad was impressed with the ribs, and this is a man who is serious about meat. The pasta is homemade and you can really tell how fresh it is! The ceviche was the best we had on our entire trip. Every item on the menu was put together and served with great care and pride. I was so impressed with Angel, the chef. The service was fantastic, too. The event went seamlessly and the bartenders kept glasses full all night with delicious concoctions! In fact, we could hardly keep up with how fast the service was at clearing our drinks.

I am very happy we chose Blue Venado and I'd highly recommend it to others for a private event or a day time excursion. Next time I visit the area, I will be certain to return for the day to enjoy the natural beauty and awesome food.

  • Visited February 2014
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2 Thank Heidi G
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bluevenado, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Blue Venado Beach Club, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
Dear Customer,
thank you for your review.
It's very important your opinion for us, we work every day to gift a good memory at our customers.

You are welcome when you want to visit us again.
Thank you

Kind Regards
Blue Venado Staff
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Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“My New Favorite Beach Club!”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

What a treat to discover Blue Venado Beach Club. The view can't be beat, I am still relaxed! What a beautiful beach. Our shrimp was delicious and the drinks refreshing. Every staff member we met today (Alex, Jose, Gabriel) went out of their way to make sure we had a perfect afternoon. Thumbs up!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Jill123439
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bluevenado, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Blue Venado Beach Club, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
Dear Customer,
thank you for your review.

Your opinion is the best reward for our work.
You are welcome when you come back to visit the Mayan Riviera.

Kind Regards

Blue Venado staff
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Awesome !!!!!!!”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

Best food I had down here in a long time. Thank you chef Angel for saying hello.
I wish we could take dogs. This will be my new beach club to go to.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank DJ7784
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bluevenado, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Blue Venado Beach Club, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
Dear customer,
thank you for your review.
We work every day to satisfy our customers and your words are the best reward.

You are welcome when you come back to visit Mayan Riviera.
Thank you

Kind Regards
Blue Venado Staff
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Morton Grove, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Lovely setting but not a good wedding venue”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

We came here for our niece's wedding in a group of about 70 people of all ages. The ride down the heavily rutted dirt road was uncomfortable for members of our party with back problems. Once we arrived it was apparent that there were no floors just sand throughout. While this adds to a fun casual atmosphere it made it almost impossible for those with wheelchairs and walkers to move around independently.
No one came around to take drink orders but the bar was open during dinner and the drinks were good. Unfortunately, the food was awful. The basket of bread they brought to our table was burnt on the bottom. The salad greens were wilted, probably dressed and plated too early. The shrimp bisque was too fishy for many of the guests and worst of all the main course white fish was so dry it was inedible - and served with mashed potatoes instead of the rice listed. This was very disappointing as the food sounded good on the menu. Maybe the kitchen was just incapable of feeding so many people at once.

  • Visited February 2014
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3 Thank BobbyVicki
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bluevenado, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Blue Venado Beach Club, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Thank you for your review.
honestly we are very surprised by this opinion, we celebrate hundreds of weddings in our private beach club and the reviews are always excellent.
We are very surprised because the bride and groom were very happy and have written a good review in our social networks.
The path of entry, unfortunately, being natural, is affected by weather conditions.
We would like to clarify that Blue Venado is a private beach club in a natural park, we are not a 5 star resort and also having a very good service, our facilities and our philosophy are a place of natural, pristine, very different from a resort.
The food is always of a high standard, the bride and groom and most of the guests were very happy and have recommended our beach club.
In any case we accept compliments and criticisms always unconditionally to improve service already at optimum levels.

Best Regards
Blue Venado Staff
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Blue Venado, the Best”
Reviewed February 21, 2014

We thought we had a secret, Blue Venado, S. of our home in Playa del Carmen. It's not a secret anymore that the restaurant is simply super... ask for the catch of the day, along with any pasta dish it must be one of the best within our 50 mile/an hour travel on weekends. Now add to that one of the bost spectacular sites in our neighborhood. The individual palapas invite to sun or shade, the sea... turquesa. Food, sun, watersports, knowledgable staff. Great Fun. Thanks!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Hanni666
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marco e, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Blue Venado Beach Club, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Thank you very much to write your review about us.
We work each day to offer the best at our clients.
You are welcome when you want.
Thank you

Bests
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