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“Very unique concept - you have to try it to get it - Planking and Salt Rock cooking”

PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar
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Ranked #38 of 1,279 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $35
Cuisines: International, Grill
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: PLANK offers a unique & fine dining experience like no other in the region. We're located on a quaint street right off 5th ave with an upscale sophisticated atmosphere Our concept focuses on a special cooking technique designed to delicately infuse natural flavor by cooking our food directly on Himalayan salt stones and wooden planks! We feature a gourmet family style menu including USDA certified beef, prime seafood selections, gourmet flatbreads and large shareable side dishes. Be sure to try our signature creations including Cedar Plank Salmon or our Famous Beef Wellington or our tender Twin Baby Lobster Tails! We're also the perfect venue if your celebrating a special occasion (let us know). For reservations click on our web site.
Langley City, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Very unique concept - you have to try it to get it - Planking and Salt Rock cooking”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Well, we have been to Playa Del Carmen many times - we have always enjoyed ourselves and the unique restaurant offerings. PLANK outdoes itself. The service is bar none exceptional. The food is very good - we recommend on Himalayan salt rock - the scallops wrapped in bacon - Not a huge portion but then - really they shouldn't be.
We took client / friends and believe me they have experienced it all and the Beef Wellington - he said - may be the very best steak he has had - and he's been to Ramsey's....THANK YOU for the great experience, and very good wine selection to boot.

  • Visited March 2014
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Condohotels, Guest Relations Manager at PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar, responded to this review, March 16, 2014
Dear Guest,
We genuinely appreciate you taking the time to share your wonderful experience with us on Trip Advisor. We are beyond delighted that we were able to create such a memorable lasting impression for you and your guests. I must say that it is an incredible honor to be compared to such a talented world renowned chef as Chef Ramsey. This is surely a compliment that our own amazing Chef, Juan Diego Solombrino, as well as our our entire team will take to heart! Thank you again and we sincerely hope you will return back with us at Plank in the future.

Best Regards,
Shauna Giuliano
Guest Relations Manager
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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“A New York standard in a Caribbean setting.”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

I'm not sure which attribute of this restaurant left the biggest impression on me. Getting attentive, caring service in Playa del Carmen is hard to come by, and this establishment does it naturally, almost effortlessly. As for the dishes, Plank restaurant clearly sets itself apart from nearly every other restaurant in Playa in terms of the quality and selection of their ingredients right through to their attention to presentation detail.
I personally would recommend this restaurant to anyone accustomed to a fine dining experience.

  • Visited January 2014
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Condohotels, Guest Relations Manager at PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar, responded to this review, March 16, 2014
Dear Guest,
We are extremely pleased to hear that your experience at Plank was exceptional. When creating the entire concept of Plank our mindset was to introduce and upscale New York City style feeling, which includes a contemporary fashion combined with the highest quality food and service standards. We have paid very close attention to every detail and also highly consider all feedback from our guests. We have continued to receive outstanding comments personally, and on Trip Advisor, which insures that we are succeeding to create the kind of outstanding and memorable experiences for our guests that we strive for everyday. Thank you again for taking the time to share your review and we do hope you will return back to Plank in the future.

Best,
Shauna Giuliano
Guest Relations Manager
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Paamul, Mexico
1 review
“A great dining experience at Plank”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

Wow!!! Dinner at Plank was AMAZING! From the smokey Mojito & extensive wine list, to the flatbread appetizers with artichoke dip & hummus. Then the scallops, prawns, & salmon carpaccio were a sheer delight. The entrée's of the beef fillet, and the salmon with béarnaise sauce, with a side of grilled asparagus really was to die for. Then to top it off....the dessert sampler with cheesecake, chocolate mouse, key lime pie, and apple pie....all my favorites:) The service from your staff was flawless. It was an incredible evening of great food and great ambiance. It is located on Calle16, which is nice and quiet, with only pedestrian traffic walking by. I would recommend this to anyone that appreciates a great dining experience.

  • Visited March 2014
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Condohotels, Guest Relations Manager at PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar, responded to this review, March 16, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for your outstanding review of Plank! We are delighted to hear that everything from the incredible food (including dessert) to the excellent service made for an exceptional night out! All of our menu items are prepared with the freshest and highest quality ingredients using a unique cooking method on Planks and Himalayan Salt blocks to infuse the perfect amount of flavor into your meal. We are happy that this newly introduced style has quickly become such a hit in Playa. We do thank you again for taking the time to share and we hope that you will return back with us again in the future.

Best,
Shauna Giuliano
Guest Relations Manager
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Seattle
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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“Love this place!”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

Very nice restaurant, downtown in the vibrant area of 5th Avenue.
Nice layout of the restaurant with a patio to offer indoor and outdoor seating. Appealing design and décor, more on the modern side than being traditional.
Great menu, loved the presentation of the food on rocks of salt and some menu items actually being smoked in-house. Restaurant manager and chef are out and touching the tables (which is not common these days), the bar offered a good selection of wines and cocktails,
Friendly service, food presentation is on small ipads to better illustrate menu items. Good idea!

  • Visited February 2014
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Condohotels, Guest Relations Manager at PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Dear Guest,
We appreciate you taking the time to share your review on Trip Advisor. We love when we receive this kind of positive feedback as we are working hard with our entire team every day to make sure everything we do is in line to create the best experience. While Plank is not located directly on the 5th Avenue we are located just around the corner between 5th and the beach. We feel it is the perfect location to provide a more intimate dining experience away from crowds, while still being perfectly accessible from the 5th Ave. The restaurant is comprised of contemporary decor and custom lighting to enhance the upscale ambiance. This is one of our biggest compliments, aside from the food of course! As you mentioned, our food is prepared and served in a very unique fashion. Depending on your selection you may receive your food on either Himalayan salt blocks or flavor infusing wooden Planks! After you have tried you will have understood how this cooking method takes food from being traditional to exceptional. I am happy that you mentioned about the tablets as well. We thought it would be a great idea explain the Plank concept and to show our guests exactly what they can expect. We do sincerely thank you for your wonderful comments and hope that you will return back to dine with us on future trips to Playa.

Best Regards,
Shauna Giuliano
Guest Relations Manager
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Wilmington, Delaware
Level 3 Contributor
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“Family friendly and delicious”
Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

Read such wonderful reviews about the Plank decided it was time to check it out. A little more of a casual atmosphere compared to its sister restaurant Imprevist. Loved the complimentary flatbread and dips and the family style pricing and presentation. We had the salmon family style served on a plank with a wonderful mustard sauce. The grilled beets and asparagus were done just right. The dessert samples were obviously not made on site due to they didn't measure up to the rest of the meal hence the very good and not excellent.

Visited March 2014
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Condohotels, Guest Relations Manager at PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar, responded to this review, March 9, 2014
Dear Guest,
We are certainly happy that the excellent reviews on Trip Advisor lead you to Plank! We are a new restaurant in Playa and so far we have gotten outstanding feedback from locals and tourists. After doing so well in our sister restaurant Imprevist we are proud that our second venture, Plank, which adds a new flavor of atmosphere and a creative menu, has done just as well. The family style concept turned out to be a huge success for us, as people love the idea of sharing and getting to try different selections in one sitting. We also have a great tasting menu that also offers that option of variety! Another huge hit! I would like to point out that all of our deserts are made on site, as is everything on our menu, but we are still perfecting the ingredients as we are brand new restaurant. This is why customer feedback is so important to us so that we know what we can improve on to make our guests even more delighted. Thank you for taking the time to share your review and your experience about Plank. We do hope that you will continue to dine with us again in the future.

Best Regards,
Shauna Giuliano
Guest Relations Manager
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