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“Eat what you catch - You eat the barracuda, we'll take the wahoo.”

La Cueva del Pescador
Ranked #5 of 38 Restaurants in Akumal
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 8, 2014

Cueva del pescador advertises "a you hook it, we cook it" policy on the menu. After a great day of fishing my girlfriend and I caught about an 8 pound barracuda and a 20 pound wahoo. As wahoo is a great tasting prize catch we decided to just have some wahoo at the restaurant and pick up a small filet for lunch the next day. Our guides were happy to take the barracuda home for themselves.

Long story short we were served barracuda at the restaurant, told it was wahoo, and had to insist we take a small filet home. Our waiter sneaked a filet onto a chair next to us as we paid the bill. One quick look at the filet and it was obvious that they were trying to scam us.

After paying 170$ US dollars for a package deal of fishing that included dinner at the cueva del pescador we forked out another 36$ total on drinks and an extra order of octopus. We didn't want to be cheap and always tip exorbitantly while on vacation.

Service - 0/5 If you want to flag down your waiter in between his shots of tequila to get another drink this place is for you.

That being said, the place has the best ajillo octopus ever, is cheap, and has an extra laid back vibe. Unfortunately we were left with a sour taste in our mouths and we wanted to let others know about the "you hook it, we cook it" policy of the restaurant beforehand.

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Reviewed July 30, 2014

Went there on the recommandation of the taxi driver, it was excellent, service was good and it was cheap!

Thank Chantal L
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

I was out in Akumal early July with some friends. After a long day of Cenote swimming we decided to pop by. Ive been here before and was happy to recomended to my friends. The restaurant is lovely very pescador style. Our feet were on the sand, and this makes it so relaxing. The wodden table, the decor, we ordered Pulpo al ajillo, langostinos and Caldo de mariscos. Everything was delicious and fresh. The staff was great, very helpful and they kept jocking with us, which made the lunch, a lovely lunch.
Definely try it, if you are in Akumal.

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Thank SergioLeon33
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was our favorite restaurant during our recent trip to Akumal. The food was very good, the prices very reasonable, and the service was excellent. The meals came with complimentary chips and salsa. The margaritas by the pitcher ($200 pesos) were very good and strong. The mixed ceviche (large portion for $200 pesos) was the best that we have ever had. The garlic and butter fillet and shrimp were very good. Most of the restaurants in Akumal offer the same basic dishes. The difference is in the quality, service and prices. This restaurant excelled in all three. For example, the fish fillet was only $100 pesos here while it was $160 pesos at La Buena Vida. La Cueva del Pescador also offers fishing trips for $150 US for three hours. They will cook your catch.

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1  Thank MIHorseman
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

They have the best Lime Soup here I have ever tried. I'm a foodie, I've had it a number of times and tried to make it myself as good as they do. Can't do it. Margaritas are also good (and strong). I've also had grouper, shrimp, and chicken fajitas (which are traditional, no sizzle plate). All good. Don't make eye contact with the mariachis if you don't want to be serenaded (and pay for it) :-)

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1  Thank electra369
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