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“Perfection” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Oh Lala!

Oh Lala!
Calle 14 North Bis | Between 10th Avenue and 15th Avenue #147, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Ranked #2 of 1,091 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.
New York
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“Perfection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

My husband and I had the chance to dine here back in May and I wish we could give this more than 5 stars. It is a cozy place, only about 7 tables (outside) so make your reservations in advance! The food is outstanding and service welcoming. We had the mussels to start and both ordered the butter soy tuna steak - both were out of this world. The tuna was cooked to perfection, our plates were clean! This type of a dish in NYC would easily run you $30+. Good wine list. We had a lovely conversation with Mikaela, she made us feel like we knew her for years! We are traveling back to Playa in November and hope to make it there for dinner.

  • Visited May 2013
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“Absolutely incredible at a very good price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Out group of 4 went to this great little cozy restaurant tonight. Everything we had was amazing. We will definitely be back. The waitress mikaela was very nice and accommodating and the food was unreal.

  • Visited October 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Just perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

This is the way restaurants and hospitality should be. Amazing food and perfect service . The kind if place that's so good you don't want to tell anyone!!! Enjoy

  • Visited July 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Oh Lala will blow away your expectations-Best in Playa Del Carmen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

This is bar none the best restaurant in Playa and possibly the best meal I've had in my life. Not only is the food and atmosphere at their new location amazing, it is made with love by a very talented and attentive staff. When you dine here you can't help but feel like family.

We had our very small wedding (family only) in Playa Del Carmen on September, 2nd, 2013 at the Fairmont Mayakoba. Despite the fact that the hotel has great food, we wanted something more intimate and special than a meal at the hotel. After researching and thinking of other restaurants in PDC that we have visited, we decided upon Oh Lala. Having read that it is small and that reservations are a must, I emailed the restaurant a week in advance. I received a prompt reply from them and when it came up that it was for after the wedding, I received both another email and phone call from Mikaela (the wife in the husband and wife team that owns the restaurant). She was as excited as I was and wanted to ensure that everything was perfect. She emailed pictures of the areas we could be seated to ensure it met our expectations and we would not be disappointed when we arrived. She also offered to have a cake made at a nearby bakery and delivered for the event.

We chose to sit outside and George and Mikaela had it set up beautifully when we arrived, even having personally made a wedding bouquet for a centerpiece on our table. (a couple of the photos included on Tripadvisor show the beautiful and intimate setting they created for us) The outside area is amazing and they are growing a small garden to the side that pulls it all together.

To the food...

Our group shared nearly every appetizer on the menu and every bite was delicious. We especially loved the Fungi Trifolati which was a savory mixture of mushrooms sautéed in a white wine cream sauce. The cheese plate had a diverse and excellent selection of international cheeses, and The Antipasti was delicious.

For our main course, several of us had Chef George's Lobster and Grouper special. Each bite was full of flavor, and both the lobster tail and grouper were cooked perfectly. My father had the Filet Mignon in a red wine sauce, and was blown away by it. Big praise coming from a man that's traveled the world and had countless steaks from some of the finest steakhouses in New York, Texas, California, and Europe.

The food was so exquisite and the experience so delightful that my new wife and I returned on the last night of our trip (after the family had left) to sample other offerings and re-live our original experience. I had the Butter Soy Tuna Steak and it was once again full of flavor and cooked to perfection. It was so tender and fresh that it melted in your mouth. My wife had the Lamb Chops and fell in love with them.

They have a great wine list, featuring delicious wines mostly from Mexico and South America, which paired wonderfully with the meal.

(The cost of the meal was VERY reasonable and I would consider it the best value possible. I gave it $$$ because of the TA descriptions, not necessarily the prices. I would consider Oh Lala for any kind of date, nice meal, or special occasion)

I can't thank Mikaela and George enough for a night and a meal that I will NEVER forget for both the food and the atmosphere. You can't find another restaurant that puts as much love and devotion into both their food and service. Our other guests can't stop talking about it weeks later either. We can't wait until we return to PDC and can experience Oh Lala the next time!

  • Visited September 2013
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We have been to Playa several times and have always struggled to find a local spot that was somewhat close to touristy 5th Avenue but last night we finally found it! We went with our 3 year old son and Mikaela and George couldn't be more accommodating to us. The ambiance, service, and most importantly the food was all top notch. Prices are more than reasonable for the very personal (only 5-6 tables) service they offer. This will definitely be on our rotation once or even twice every time we come back to Playa.

  • Visited October 2013
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