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El Pirata

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Calle 40 Entre Av 5 10, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
10:00 - 22:00
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Montreal, Canada
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ordered a grilled fish for 3 person. Fish was badly 'over-grilled' with almost burned skin and very dry interior. The sides (rice, vegetables) were hardly enough for one person. Service was not attentive, spending most time chatting with his co-workers. We had to insist on getting our change back, he expected a large tip on the very overpriced food.

Thank Roman M
Mexico City, Mexico
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went expecting to find one of the best seafood places in Playa, the venue has an unique style and it's good but the service was awful, the waiters keep on evading us until I stopped one of them, anyway it's not expensive but the food is no great either.

1 Thank Carlos R
Wheaton, Illinois
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ignore the plastic chairs and tables. This is sea to table at its best. Great food but only open from like 4-8 pm. Ceviche was fantastic as was octopus and shrimp with garlic.

Thank genemadigan
kildeer, IL
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58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't usually leave a 1 for a place but this place didn't deserve anything more the night we were there. We arrived at 7:30 and 10 mins later our server told us they close at 8.... Ok, we ordered quickly. The shrimp was mealy and not even sure it was cooked properly. There was a big garbage can sitting... More 

1 Thank runandgolf
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Busy place for lunch, get their early and if you have no Spanish bring your phrase book. Best cerviche in town and best whole fish cooked for you. Choose your fish from the fridge and they will bring it to your table delicious.

Thank Richard K
Las Vegas
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was very disappointed first the server never gave us a table we went to open table still hadn't been cleaned. We order the large shrimp as served cold still in shells. We had to peal the shrimp our self and the butter sauce had no flavor. This was second time we were here and they are known for their... More 

2 Thank suite-tools
Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Start by saying the fish saved the day. Just deep fried whole fish. Hassled servers,bad service, crude food. It is basically a hole in the wall. Gets busy but is not for finer tastes.

1 Thank irenejohnson
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best seafood in town, as fresh as you can get! The ceviches are out of this world and the fried fish is a must!

Thank Victoria H
Minnetonka, Minnesota
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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate dinner here three times over the past two weeks. I always get the breaded fish filets. There are 2 or 3 depending on the size. Always very good. My wife had the breaded shrimp. Several large butterflied pieces which were also very tasty. We always get a small shrimp cervichi which is excellent! There's always some to take... More 

Thank Fedman73
Swan Hill
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

-Terrible service from the start, we stood and waited at their menu board to be looked at and ignored for 5 minutes and then signalled to a table without any verbal interaction at all. -Ordered a large seafood platter to share, good price. However the meal was less than impressive, drowned in garlic, the octopus was slimy, the crumbled fish... More 

1 Thank bethguerin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Mexican, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 40 Entre Av 5 10, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Playa del Carmen

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?