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“Sumptuous flavors, friendly service”

Passion by Martin Berasategui
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Ranked #6 of 1,579 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $70
Cuisines: French, Spanish
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Passion by Martin Berasategui is listed as one of the best restaurants in the Riviera Maya and Mexico. It is a true reflection of the unique cuisine of chef Spanish with 7 Michelin stars It features the prestigious recognition awarded 5 Diamonds by AAA. Also has the recognition of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine for its large selection of wines.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am not a rich guy nor even a foodie. But when traveling, I like to seek out highly acclaimed restaurants at which to splurge (Pujol in Mexico City; Maido and Astrid y Gaston in Lima; Picasso in Las Vegas, etc.).

Based on its AAA 5-diamond rating, Passion by Martin Berasategui was my choice in Playa del Carmen (all my other food was at an all-inclusive resort, not the one containing Passion).

With splendid flavors and friendly service, primarily by a waiter named Juan, Passion satisfied on par with my other splurge dinners. I can't compare exactly, other than bite-by-bite--and I don't think the dishes here were routinely as inventive as at Maido--but I loved everything I tasted. And with a 7-course tasting menu for $98, it was a relative bargain compared with other prix fixe meals elsewhere.

Keep in mind, it's mostly a series of small plates; you may well long for some tacos afterward. But places like Passion serve to remind that flavors exist far beyond the norm, and in that way, my visit was top notch.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A MUST!!!! Go for the experiece! Great food with AMAZING service! For a fancy place with tasting menu dinner, it is quite inexpensive!! expect dinner to be 2.5 to 3 hours long. An unforgettable experience!

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank nucRanchoCucamonga
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A mixed group including vegetarians had a good experience, we all had the tasting menu. One guest requested lamb which the waiter discussed was a good option and to be told later they had run out, at this point the chef should have come out and discussed the options available. The dessert was disappointing, just seemed average. The wine pairing wasn't good even enough, we gave back feedback it didn't seem to register and even some glasses had just been sipped on, alternatives should have been suggested.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Thank Naresh M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As we had discovered his fantastic cuisine in San Sebastian (Spain), we were very excited to discover that he has also a restaurant here in Playa del Carmen. We spent a really perfect evening. Everything was just incredible, starting from the modernity of the restaurant, the kindness and professionalism of the staff (thanks Juan), the perfection of the 7 course tasting menu and ending with a short meet & great with the cooking chef from Argentinia.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank 715nicolew
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Reviewed March 16, 2019

This was such a great experience. Something to be remembered for along time. The hostess literally met our taxi to walk us through the resort to the restaurant. The waiters wore white gloves, even our camera was given its own little table to sit on. Anytime you needed something, someone was there, I am pretty sure that sometimes I just thought I needed something and someone appeared. I went to the restroom and they literally ran to open doors and ensure I got there and back in one piece LOL. I felt like a Queen. The food was an experience. I had the tasting menu and it was amazing a melody of flavors that take you on a journey. My boyfriend had food from the a La Carte menu and it was equally good. Yes expensive depending on your definition (about $100 per person), but worth it for a special occasion as they do make you feel special and it is a memory that will last. My only regret is the wine I ordered. I got a cheaper glass of California Zinfandel blend, it wasn't a wine I had tried before, it wasn't good. I should have stuck with the Champagne. The evening ended with our waiter walking us to the area where we could get a taxi.....literally walked us from the table to the taxi....BEST EXPERIENCE EVER!!!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Devon124
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