We had the pleasure to run across the Solea Restaurant while in Playa Del Carmen visiting some friends from Michigan who were staying at the Playa Maya about a 5 minute walk to the Restaurant. When we got to Playa Maya there was none of our gang there so we were directed to Solea by one of the massage people. We walked up calle 8 from the beach and we could see the tables outside with umbrellas and people eating. Of course inside were about 15 of our friends from Michigan at the bar and at tables with buckets of beers and some mixed drinks.
Martina greeted us at the entrance and we told her we were with the gang inside and she offered us a table inside or in the garden, we opted for the garden but we ended up mingling with the group and having a couple of draughts before we ordered. All of the men were recommending the Hot Open Roast Beef sandwich for lunch but the ladies were pushing snacks and coming back at night for the Surf and Turf special which they were all raving about. Turns out they took over Solea everyday from afternoon til closing with just a couple hour intermission for showering and changing between courses.
Sandy (one of the ladies from the group) just kept saying how clean everything was from the bathrooms to the garden.
We decided to eat lunch and I did order the Hot Open Roast Beef Sandwich with Mashed Potatos (a recommendation from Larry) and another draught this time a dark beer (negro modelo). The Roast Beef was out of this world and the mashed potatos that everyone said to order were so tasty. Wayne (Sandys old man) was having Pasta with meat sauce but he ordered a side of the mashed potatos.
Now we did go back for dinner which I ordered Filet Mignon which was without a doubt the best I have had in Mexico and maybe the best I have had. The wife ordered the Surf and Turf (filet mignon and lobster tail) which was the special of the day and came with a nice glass of wine. I think the surf and turf cost us $40 US and the Filet Mignon was $30 US.
We were surprised at the incredible food / price value. Draught Beer $20 pesos, bucket of 5 bottles of beer $100 pesos. Great wine selection and anything you want to drink.
On the down side they did not have espresso for after dinner but Dionesio and Alfredo (waiter and bartender) did Mayan Coffee for us, the one you light on fire.
At night the garden is lighted by Tiki Torches and in the front of the restaurant they have the old style lamp posts and there is a fat manequin holding a sign and bucket of beers in front.
Dining is casual but everything looks really nice, the design lacks a little something but the owners told us they are working on it still as they only opened on December 24th.
Ah, worth mentioning, they have a rooftop dining area available by reservation only for an incredible romantic candle light dinner under the stars with a view of Cozumel island.
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