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“What a Gem!”

La Panza es Primero
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Ranked #30 of 138 Restaurants in Puerto Morelos
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Long Island, NY
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13 reviews
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“What a Gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

Wow! We had walked down the beach about an hour from our resort and stumbled upon this beachside surprise in Puerto Morelos. It definitely does not stand out from either the beach or road but is well worth seeking out. Just ask for the "wrestling" restaraunt. A lot of local flavor in both decor and food with the mentioned professional wrestling decor mixed in. It may seem like an odd marriage but it works. Our group of 8 sampled from all sections of the menu. Portions. flavors, and service were all much better than received at our resort, OCT (and we were extremely happy there). If you want to experience some excellent true mexician food with a beachside veiw that can be beat, dont miss out on La Panza.

  • Visited February 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Fraud Alert!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

I just got back from Puerto Morelos and unfortunately the only bad experience I has was at "La Panza es primero" I went with my wife on the night of February 7th and after finishing our meal I proceeded to pay with my Visa card.

The payment went through and as we finished our drinks the waitress came back with her "manager" saying that although the payment had gone through, they couldn't process the charge in US dollars so we had to do the transaction again to pay in pesos this time. They passed my card supposedly to credit the previous charge and made the charge this time in pesos. Once home i went through the charges in my card and noticed that they made the charge twice. I just got off the phone with the credit card company and they couldn't reverse the charge since the transaction was pinned twice and said I was in fact been robbed. Beware! and never accept to pass your card twice!

  • Visited February 2013
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Modesto, CA
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Quite good.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

We have eaten here in past trips and it didn't disappoint this time either. Friendly staff. I highly recommend the Cilantro Chicken. My mom had enchiladas that were barely warm. It's too bad, because they could have been really good.

  • Visited January 2013
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london
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“Great food right on the beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

The ‘Panza’ is lucky to have a terrific chef and while the menu is basic Yucatan/Mexican style everything is done to a consistently good standard, and there are a few exceptional gems offered. The best of these is the tuna shushimi, thinly sliced fresh tuna marinaded in lime juice infused with honey and a touch of habanero, served with fresh lime and black sesame seeds. It really is outstanding. The postres or puddings are also excellent.

This is the best Mexican restaurant in town by a long way

PS, this review is based on many visits over a period of 2 years.

  • Visited January 2013
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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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“Don't wrestle with the idea of going there. Just go.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

Have eaten there several times. Both small and large groups. Wait staff was very good and a lot of food for the price. The view is nice. A lot of space inside as well as outside seating. Valentines night was a blast with about 12 of us.

  • Visited February 2012
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LaPanzaesPrimero, Director de Relaciones Públicas at La Panza es Primero, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
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