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“It's About The Only Thing Around”
Review of Don Muchos

Don Muchos
Ranked #5 of 64 Restaurants in Palenque
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed March 15, 2014

Average food, average service. It will do, just take it for what it is, or you will be disappointed. Late night bar and live music too. It's just outside the main entrance to the preserve and ruins.

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Reviewed February 21, 2014

The food here is abundant and good. The pizzas are excellent thin crust. Fish was good, breakfast was HUGE! Service was very friendly. Went one night and they were packed and we still had our meal in 20 minutes, freshly made and hot. They really know what they are doing here.

Thank V V
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

We arrived to the screaming terrible noise of floor renovation. They were not able to find a table for us away from the noise, but promised it will only last for 10 min. Right… Of course it lasted until we were done eating. The most absurd thing is that they let the band play for 30 min while the noisy renovation was still going 3 steps from it… Perhaps it was a bad night (but they acted like it is a usual thing for them). So you should not expect good sound quality for the live music. In fact, I would not recommend that you come here for the live music experience, even if there is no renovation going on.

The food is mostly Italian. The server claimed that they use parmesan cheese. Unfortunately, in most of Chiapas, the cheese is not parmesan, but rather some cheap local substitute which we do not like. So we asked the server to taste the cheese before ordering the pizza. He did not like the request. After we insisted on it for a while, he finally let us taste it and discover that it is not parmesan as we suspected.

The food is pre-made and most of the pizzas are frozen and they simply heat them in their oven. So unfortunately, they could not change the cheese or even remove the cheese completely. Similarly, most pastas are pre-made with the same cheap cheese that they cannot remove. (It's a bit weird, but the server insisted that even the pesto pasta is pre-made with the same cheese).
So the point is that if you do not like the local cheese, you have very few choices on the menu.

Another example of the type of service you should expect: On our way out we discovered that they take $50 pesos as a deposit before they call a taxi. (You cannot get here without a $50 taxi each way). We only had a $200 bill, and they claimed they do not have change. We reminded them that we just paid $350 bill 30 seconds ago, and we asked them to use the $50 bills that we just paid. They just rudely refused to do that and insisted on keeping the entire $200 as a taxi deposit. Not that it is a big issue, but it just shows the type of rude service that you should expect here.

In general, the service made me feel like I'm in a tourist factory/machine, were I should not ask too many questions or have any special requests, but rather just shut up and pay.

I would not come back, and I highly recommend that you avoid this place.

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1  Thank eado351
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

When we arrived in the late afternoon of Dec 29, after visiting the gorgeous archaeological Maya site of Palenque, we were greeted with a nice band playing relaxing island-type music. We were seated pretty quickly and happy to find out that they had a wood-burning pizza oven in which they make pretty darn good pizzas. They have a good selection of pastas (although we didn't try any of them). They also have traditional Mexican food.
Don Mucho is definitely a place will we go back to if we are given the opportunity to return to Palenque!

Thank Helene C
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Good atmosphere and the place looks great but it is really for those of a hippie mentality who frequent Palenque with their rasta hair and their clowns trousers. The place was very busy which meant the service was terrible. We waited 20 minutes just to get a drink. The pasta was bland and the pizza was sent back. Advertised as a Serrano ham pizza it had no Serrano ham on it but bacon. The waiter argued with us when we told him. If you want to see nearby campers come in to use some light, nod their heads to some music and steal the wifi without ordering anything or enjoy watching people massage each other while you are eating, then come right in but if you are not if that type then keep away. Oh, the prices are ridiculously cheap, though.

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