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“Not as good as I remembered”

La Buena Vida Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 38 Restaurants in Akumal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $24
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: On the beautiful beachfront of Half Moon Bay in North Akumal is a one-of-a-kind restaurant and bar: La Buena Vida - The Good Life. La Buena Vida always has a festive atmosphere with great music, cold beer, scenic ocean views, and good fresh food. Meals are served on the beach under shady palapas with a casual atmosphere and an appetizing menu, ranging from fresh ceviche to tasty hamburgers. La Buena Vida is a popular restaurant venue for weddings. The rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and reception can all be planned by the team at Akumal Weddings. Reservations Not Required! Reservations are accepted for groups of ten or more. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Pesos, and US Dollars.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
257 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“Not as good as I remembered”
Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

First, the atmosphere is great - right on the beach and a casual, entertaining variety of seating. If you're new to Akumal, you need to see this restaurant; it's a fun place. We were disappointed in the tasteless house Margaritas however, (Lo Ha's are much better), and the service was very slow. Waiters work hard, but there are just too few of them. We had coconut shrimp and thought it very good.

Visited January 2014
Thank Ann W
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great location”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

The location of this restaurant is fantastic,right on the beach. The food is inexpensive and ok as beach bar food but not fine dining. Happy hour between 5&7 is best,watching the daylight disappear over the sea whilst sipping a cocktail, and all for about £1-50 can't be bad!

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank LoopySnoopy
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Montreal, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
612 reviews
418 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
“Great New Years Party”
Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

A local tipped us off on a great local choice for new years celebrations. This place had no cover charge, very cheap drinks, and a good variety off tunes. You could tell the crowd was a mix of expats, tourist, and locals. We enjoyed the laidback, chilled environment, outlooking half moon bay.

Thank Nicq
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Kotzebue, Alaska, United States
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Miss the old LBV”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

In October 2010 we went here and it quickly became a favorite. Location, food, service and drinks, it was fantastic in all respects.

But our trip in November of 2013 was a completely different experience. Service was off, no one really cared to seat us, didn't really want to come back and check us. Food? not the tasty place we loved before… Drinks? made better in my room, and that is saying something, because I'm no bartender.

Still has location going for it, but that is a stretch as prices have really gone up from our last visit. My wife, who loved this restaurant the most when given the choice of going here or cooking in the condo, decided to cook on vacation.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Eirik M
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Fullerton, California
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great location, mediocre expensive food.”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

Location on the beach is great! Beautiful and enjoyable. The service was friendly and fine. The food was hit and miss, we ate there twice because we loved the location so much. I did really enjoy the pescaro frito, but the rest of the food was just okay. Cocktails were pretty bad, I would stick to shots or beer. Decent choice for a tourist restaurant in Akumal.

Visited January 2014
Thank pian0player1982
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