Jim's Top Places to Eat
Inspired on a former port area, spectacular views over the lagoon and a cozy atmosphere, El Puerto Restaurant becomes a place for fresh Caribbean lobster, shellfish platters, clams, oysters, white shrimps and daily fisher market delicacies prepared with recipes that will make your dining experience at El Puerto an occasion to remember.
Casa del Lago
An elegant signature restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Banyan Tree Hotel
Banyan Tree’s signature restaurant serves contemporary Thai cuisine. Overlooking the lagoon and the mangroves, the restaurant’s three pavilions provide an intimate romantic setting. Dishes featured on our menu are served family style and prepared with a modern approach, while still preserving traditional Thai cooking techniques.
John Gray’s Place
After the success of his restaurant in nearby Puerto Morelos, former Ritz-Carlton chef, John Gray opened this small place in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Stop in for a drink at the well-stocked downstairs bar here or go upstairs to the enjoy some of the finest dining in the city. The pasta in rich cheese sauce with grilled shrimp and truffle oil is an excellent option, but the menu is constantly changing, so ask about the daily special.
The Glass Bar
Downtown Playa del Carmen
A place to enjoy the best of the gourmet world with a wine cellar of over 500 wines. The restaurant now offers over 30 tapas and some dishes of the classic Italian cuisine with Mexican and Oriental influences.