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“Amazing Flavors & Diverse Menu”
Review of Oh Lala!

Oh Lala!
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Ranked #1 of 1,279 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The cuisine at Oh Lala! Is a refreshing change from that of other, more conventional restaurants. Guests are treated like good old friends in a relaxing atmosphere coupled with personalized service and good food. Opened in January, 2011, by co-owners George and Mikaela, Oh Lala! Offers personalized experiences for its guests, ranging from a laidback sampling of hors d'oeuvres and wines, to a leisurely look at the full menu. With a total of 9 tables divided between the indoor and outdoors seating, and an open kitchen, Chef George, Mikaela, and their staff, make sure that every visit to Oh Lala, International Cuisine by George, Is a unique and a delicious one.
Kirkland
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Amazing Flavors & Diverse Menu”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

After reading the glowing reviews of Oh Lala on Trip Advisor, I had to make a reservation to experience the dining experience during a recent trip to the Playa del Carmen area. We had 5 in our party with varying tastes so we sampled a wide variety of items on the menu. The menu was very diverse with all items perfectly prepared - from seafood to India and Thai curries. The wine list offered selections that paired well wtih the food and was well-priced for the quality. Finally the staff was attentive to our every need. All of this is what you would expect of a big established restaurant and is even more of a statement when you know this is a very small establishment with a little kitchen and 7 tables. I suspect that won't be the case for long - so be sure to enjoy the experience now before this talented group takes off!

  • Visited February 2013
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St.Albert
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“Awesome food and service”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

On reviewing tripadvisor we decided to give Oh Lala a try and and we are sure glad we did. The food and service was fantastic. George and Mikaela really get it when it comes to food and service. The mussels, salads and main courses and especially the tuna were all well prepared and presented beautifully. They have limited seating so make sure you reserve well in advance. It is a must while visiting Playa del Carmen.

  • Visited February 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Lives up to the hype”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

It's small. Know that going in, but its heart is bigger than any restaurant in PDC. Michaela was our lovely server for the evening. We were a group of 6, and it was tough to get that reservation, even with 4 days' notice, but glad we got in. The experience was as terrfic as the appetizers and entrees. A good reminder to look beyond 5th Ave. for good eats. Not to be missed. You won't be disappointed.

  • Visited February 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“The Butter Tuna - Oh la la”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

Make reservations! This is the best restaurant in all of playa! We went on a Monday and could not get a reservation until Friday! We went with a group of 6 and everyone enjoyed their food. We started with the mushrooms and mussels - you have to try these mushrooms! We also had the Butter Tuna, Rack of Lamb, Thai curry and our son had the Filet Mignon. Everyone loved their food. Everything was just so good we wanted to go back again but could not get reservations again.

Visited January 2013
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Ohlala254, Owner at Oh Lala!, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your valuable comment.

It was a pleasure for us to have you and your party at Oh Lala and be able to offer you a wonderful dining experience.
Our restaurant is very small, and we wish we could receive more guests than we do, but in order to offer you and all our guests a great meal and personalized service, we have to be very careful with our seatings and number of people arriving at the same time.
We were delighted to prepare the Filet Mignon for your little baby.

We are at your service and will certainly be happy to have you back in a future stay in Playa.

Our Kindest Regards,
Mikaela & George.
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Lords Valley
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“Outstanding and worth the price”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

Went for dinner and that's what I suggest others do. There was a posting that it was not a nice view during the day when the hair salon is open. After dining when the hair salon is closed, it is not a bad view. Not a great view but perfectly acceptable.
Firstly, the hostess was beautiful and charming. Made all of us at ease and willing to take her suggestions. Theydidn't have the chardonay on the menu but did have a very nice Mexican chardoney, Casa Mondero which we have had before. It's a little pricey, $40, but very nice.
For starters, I had the salmon salad nicoise, very very good and my daughter had tuna carpaccio. It wasn't the usual thinly slice but she said it was delicious.
My wife had the mussels appetizer as a main course and said she has never had better. She's had it often in many places so when she said it's the best that's going some.
My daughter had the lamb chops which I tasted. Outstanding.
My grandson and I both had the tuna, warm but still rare in balsamic vinegar. Delicious. All in all a fabulous meal and I recommend highly for a special dinner. Need to make reservations ahead, there are only 7 tables.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank ronlandau
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Ohlala254, Owner at Oh Lala!, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

It was a pleasure for us to have you and your family at our restaurant.

We appreciate your valuable comment about your experience at Oh Lala and are really glad to know that we were able to offer you and your family a great dinning experience.

We are at your service and will be more than glad to have you back in a future visit to Playa.

Our kindest Regards,
Mikaela & George.
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