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“Perfect Food, Service and Price”

PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar
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Ranked #38 of 1,257 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $35
Cuisines: American, Seafood, International, Grill
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Washington, Dc
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Perfect Food, Service and Price”
Reviewed July 19, 2014

We stayed in Playa del Carmen for one night on our trip to Cozumel. After much research on TA we decided to give Plank the shot to impress us and they did nothing less. The restaurant sits on a side street just off the main strip, so it's both centrally located but also a bit more subdued. The place is less than a year old so the decor is modern and classy. Our waiter was Mexican American, from California, so everyone in our party enjoyed the bilingual conversation and getting to know him a little. He presented the menu on an iPad so you could see what your choices looked like. The chef asked the server ta selection of spreads to try with the flat bread. We could have stopped there. It was amazing. But we ordered a few appetizers including the cambebert with red pepper relish. The best we have ever had. The chicken pot pie was also, hands down, the best I have ever had. Once the main dishes came we were already full, but the stage had been so perfectly set that we couldn't take it to go. They presented our meals on a variety of cedar and salt planks...hence the name Plank. I had the seared tuna roll, and again was treated to the best I've ever had. Keep in mind we live in DC which touts some pretty fine restaurants. To top off the entire meal, the bill only came out to be about $50 per person. Unreal. Our experience at Plank was better than anyone could expect and if we ever get back to Play del Carmen we will definitely be going back to Plank.

  • Visited July 2014
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PlayaAssoc, Guest Relations Manager at PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
Dear Guest,
It is so wonderful to receive such an outstanding review from a Senior Contributor such as yourself. We are truly delighted that you had a top notch enjoyable experience at Plank. Premier service and amazing food is our passion and we are so happy that you have seen the result of that. Your comments are such a huge compliment to us and we really appreciate you sharing it with the world on Trip Advisor. We hope to see you again soon in the future at Plank.

Best Regards,
Shauna Giuliano
Guest Relations Manager
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“another fantastic visit”
Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

a great looking bunch and service to match. stopped by for dessert, coffee and espresso. the host, very accommodating. i sat at the bar and julio was wonderful. it was a nice treat to have david(my server back in april) remember me and say hello. total package dining experience and the staff is top notch!

Visited July 2014
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PlayaAssoc, Guest Relations Manager at PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful review with us on Trip Advisor. We are thrilled that you had a fantastic experience with us more than once! You are right! We have a great bar which is very comfortable to enjoy a cocktail, a fine espresso or a couple of nice bar appetizers. At Plank we provide an experience for every preference, either be it causal or a formal night out! Thank you again and we hope to see you again soon at Plank.

Best Regards,
Shauna Giuliano
Guest Relations Manager
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Scottsdale, AZ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best meal of the trip”
Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

We saved this dinner for the last night of our trip. If we had dined there earlier we would probably have eaten out there every night. The menu is approachable for the whole family. They offer special pricing if more than one at the table order the same thing. They had a great wine list(which is hard to find). Service was attentive but not overbearing.

Love it.

Visited July 2014
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Thank sannecs
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PlayaAssoc, Guest Relations Manager at PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Dear Guest,
We are so happy to hear you had an outstanding experience with us at Plank! Thank you for the wonderful compliments! Surely hearing from our happy guests insures we are doing a great job at achieving stellar service and bring the best food to the table! Thank you again and we hope to see you again soon in the future.

Best Regards,
Shauna Giuliano
Guest Relations Manager
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“Fantastic and Unique Foodie Experience in Playa”
Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

We had dinner at Plank the second night of our trip- and the experience was literally a Top 5 of restaurants on vacation so far!
Plank's unique approach to cooking on either cedar planks or Himalayan salt blocks brings to the table dishes so exquisite and perfect, we will have to work really hard to surpass.
The seafood sampler appetizer was a gorgeous array of seafood, in perfect amount, on a huge pink Himalayan salt block.
We opted for the lobster entree- e perfectly grilled tails, and the beef Wellington, a specialty. Unusually good beef filet for Mexico, nested into a perfect pastry latticed with 5 star finesse- this was an unbelievable meal in paradise.
Our waiter, Miguel, was also an amazing find- very knowledgable about the food and the area-
This is a DO NOT MISS dining option here in Playa Del Carmen!

Visited July 2014
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Thank Spinbird
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PlayaAssoc, Guest Relations Manager at PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Dear Guest,
We are very happy to hear your kind words and to know you had a superb experience with us during your vacation! There is no doubt that our unique method of Plank Style cooking brings a new flare to the region. As you mentioned about the beef filet - we use only USDA certified meats and carefully choose the best cuts. Everything we serve is fresh and of the finest quality. Thank you again and we do hope to see you again soon in the future.

Best Regards,
Shauna Giuliano
Guest Relations Manager
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Burlington, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Perfection!”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

This restaurant is a must if you are visiting Playa del Carmen. The food is amazing and the service was outstanding! If you are a tuna lover......order the tuna. You will not be disappointed! We will return and have recommended this restaurant to friends going to the area in September. A meal to remember!

  • Visited July 2014
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PlayaAssoc, Guest Relations Manager at PLANK Gourmet grill & patio bar, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Dear Guest,
Wow! Thank you so much for your glowing review! We are so happy that you had a great experience with us at Plank and we also appreciate your willingness to share your experience and recommend to others! We work hard every day to provide the best service and serve the highest quality food selections that you should expect. Thank you again and we hope to see you again soon at Plank.

Best Regards,
Shauna Giuliano
Guest Relations Manager
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