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“Most fantastic restaurant in Playa” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Oh Lala!

Oh Lala!
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Ranked #1 of 1,217 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
South Park, Pa
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Most fantastic restaurant in Playa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

6 of us went to Oh Lala this past Thursday (4/18/13) I had very high expectations after all the reviews that I have read about this place. Let me say that the experience was even better than I could have expected. The service was unbelievable. From appetizer, salad, main course to desert, we could not have expected a more delicious meal and fantastic experience. 2 of us had the ahi tuna, which was excellent, 1 had the lamb chops, which he couldnt say enough about, 1 had the lobster and red snapper, had 2 had the filets. All of the dishes were served on a generous bed of mashed potatoes which were the best any of had ever tasted. The salad with goat cheese and the most unbelievable tasting cooked mushrooms was to die for. The antipasta was fabulous as was capri salad. Deserts were delightful. At the end of the meal the entire staff came out to our table and received an nice ovation from the 6 of us. My wife had asked if she could get the lobster prepared a little differently and when our wonderful waitress went to check, he personally came out and explained an alternative way he could prepare it. I have read where some people say this place is to pricey. I dont know where they eat but the meal we had here along with the 3 bottles of wine we consumed would have easily cost 150 a couple plus a tip. Our bill was around $90.00 per couple plus the tip. We dont return for 2 years but when we do I guarantee we will visit this wonderful place more than once. It was a dining experience none of us will soon
forget.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Dean S
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Ohlala254, Owner at Oh Lala!, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your time and sharing your experience with other travelers.

We thank you for the kind words and are really glad to have been able to offer you a great experience while dining at our restaurant.

We will be happy to have you back whenever you visit Playa del Carmen again.

Our kindest Regards,

Mikaela & George
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

This place is absolutely amazing. George the Chef makes this a very personal dining experience as the restaurant only seats 18 people...hence make your reservations early. The food was definitely the best I have had in Playa during my 5 night stay (not at an all inclusive place so ate out with every meal for the local culture/food). This is a must try, will not be the best restaurant ever, but the food/menu has a variety of cultural influences (thai, indian) and the personalized service makes it well worth it.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Janish7
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Ohlala254, Owner at Oh Lala!, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for being sincere and sharing your experience with other travelers.

We are all really pleased that you enjoyed your meal and our level of service. We really hope to have you back on a future visit to Playa del Carmen.

Our kindest Regards,

Mikaela & George
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Mexico City, Mexico
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Wonderful place in Playa del Carmen!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

We went there on a Saturday, and made a reservation a week before. We were there for a special occasion and it totally met our expectations. We were greeted by Mikaela who is a wonderful host, she made us feel welcome and made our experience extra-special. The restaurant is set on a patio with 7 tables, the kitchen is tiny, but George the Chef makes wonders. Every dish we ordered was great. We shared 2 appetizers, a mushroom dish and the tuna focaccia which was delicious. We then had an entree, and we ordered the lobster special, two tuna dishes a with balsamic glaze and a Thai curry which was superb. George served us all the dished and made sure everything was just what we wanted. For dessert, Mikaela surprised us with a very nice touch. She had over heard us say we were there celebrating and brought us a delicious chocolate cake with a candle.
Mikaela and George have a wonderful place, not only is the food delicious, the service is very friendly and attentive, but they are definitely two wonderful people.
Thank you.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ohlala254, Owner at Oh Lala!, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your beautiful comment!

What a pleasure for us to receive you and your family and be part of such a special moment. We appreciate you for sharing this special date with us and are very glad to know that you enjoyed the food and service at our restaurant.

We are at your service and will be glad to have you back whenever you visit Playa del Carmen.

Our kindest thoughts,

Mikaela & George
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A must-do meal and experience in Playa!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

We made reservations for 6 while in Playa last week, based on TripAdvisor reviews. The good reviews are spot on, and the experience met our expectations. The food was superb, and we thought it was a great value. Having eaten most of our meals at the resort we were staying at, this was an incredible, quaint treat... And the prices are incredibly reasonable. Every dish we had was great... both tuna plates, steak, lobster, all appetizers, chocolate mousse, etc. Michaela introduced herself, welcomed us, went over the menu choices and was so delightful. George served us and made sure our meal was everything we expected it to be. We only entered the building to use the restroom, and were blown away when we saw the size of the kitchen they use to put out this incredible menu. Incredible, attentive staff, and superb food. Will highly recommend and re-visit when in Playa again.

Visited April 2013
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Thank DQBinTexas
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Ohlala254, Owner at Oh Lala!, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review and taking the time to right it:).

We would like to thank you for the kind words and for choosing our restaurant for your night out of the resort. We are very glad to know that your experience at our Oh Lala was worth it and that you enjoyed your evening with us.

It will be a pleasure to have you back and receive anyone recommended by you at our restaurant .

Our kindest Regards,

Mikaela & George
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Relaxed and Well Executed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

We got a last minute reservation for the last night of our recent trip to Playa based on other tripadvisor raves. It's as good as people say (and restores some faith in tripadvisor itself).

The menu and vibe felt as though it were the French Riviera as opposed to the Riviera Maya. NIce, fresh flavors of a good bistro given a big wet kiss from some Thai, Indian and Continental influences. We started from the Oh LaLa salad with savory warm mushrooms, to the Thai curry red snapper with the fluffiest basmati we've had in a while. TO. DIE. Really nice heat to it, too. Finished with an ice cream with Bailey's and Grand Mariner. Other highlight? The staff and owners who work to make your meal special. Nice staff that let's you enjoy your experience without bothering you and being there at the right times - European in the that regard as well. It was a delight to chat and laugh with Michaela. Made for a fantastic last evening for us.

We get to PDC often and we'll dine again there for sure. If you find yourself in this vibrant, rapidly growing city seek Oh LaLa out.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tunneltravler
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Ohlala254, Owner at Oh Lala!, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for sharing your experience with other travelers.

Your kind words are very much appreciated. We are all really pleased that you enjoyed your meal, the wine and our service and will be more than pleased to have you back next time you travel to Playa del Carmen.

Kindest Regards,

Mikaela & George
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