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“Pavo Real is "Real ly" fantastic!”

Pavo Real by the Sea
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$85
Cuisines: Caribbean, French, Seafood
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Pavo Real by the Sea is an intimate, magical restaurant at the edge of the best beach in the world. You will come for the gorgeous view, you will come back for the incredible food prepared by Chef Alfonso Gonzalez and the attentive service and excellent wine list. Enjoy cocktails in the open-air bar at the edge of the beach, then choose a table in the garden or in the cozy salon decorated with original art, sit back and let us serve you a meal you won't be able to forget. The menu includes fresh foie gras, local fish and seafood, rack of lamb, beef tenderloin, bouillabaisse...And more. For a really special occasion, reserve a private romantic dinner on the beach. We look forward to your visit.
Hull, Massachusetts
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157 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Pavo Real is "Real ly" fantastic!”
Reviewed 5 January 2014

One of my all time favorite experiences while on vacation anywhere! This was my 4th trip to Cancun and I cannot wait to go back to Pavo Real later this month. The menu is impressive. The food, drinks and service are impeccable! You will not be disappointed. When you leave the main road you feel as though you're in the jungle when all of a sudden You see a spectacular view of the pristine secluded beach and intimate villa. You will be greeted royally and feel like your the only ones they care about. This hospitality began with being picked up at our resort and driven back after dinner....although we hated to leave!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Joyce M
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maromero, Owner at Pavo Real by the Sea, responded to this review, 7 January 2014
Thank you so much for appreciating the unique qualities of Pavo Real by the Sea. We agree, our setting couldn't be better, our staff strives to make each diner feel pampered, and Chef Guillaume's menus are full of real treats. We are looking forward to welcoming you again on your upcoming visit.

Sally Shaw Moreno
Owner
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northfield, il
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Pavo Real is UnReal!”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

We peaked early this vacation. On our second night in Playa Del Carmen we ventured out to Pavo Real in Maroma Bay, north of PDC. Good friends who vacation here often recommended it to us as 'our favorite restaurant!' and they did not overpromise. Despite arriving 10 minutes late, our driver was waiting for us to take us through the jungle to get to this hidden gem. The ride was free but very entertaining. And they were right, we would never have found it on our own!

Pavo Real is an intimate restaurant on the ocean, open-aired under a large palapa - more romantic than rustic. We were treated to a wonderful evening by our waiter, Josue, who could not have been more delightful. His English was much better than our Spanish, and he really seemed to enjoy serving us. We relied on several of his recommendations, such as the grilled rack of lamb and the grouper special which were both superb! The soups and salads we ordered for starters were all composed with the freshest, seasonal ingredients.

This is one restaurant we will make a point of returning to on our next visit to PDC.

Visited December 2013
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Thank likethsoup
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maromero, Owner at Pavo Real by the Sea, responded to this review, 7 January 2014
Thank you for all of your compliments about the food, service and setting of Pavo Real by the Sea. We have tried to create an intimate, warm and delicious dining experience for our guests and we are pleased to know that it even exceeded your friends' recommendation. See you next time.

Sally Shaw Moreno
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Pavo Real is for REAL! The entire event was incredible!”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

I'm not sure where to start, but the entire evening was one for the books. Despite it being winter and dark at 5:30 so no view of the ocean...despite the TORRENTIAL rains...it was fabulous. Nothing could dampen the evening. We arrived about 6:15 and by sheer luck, got in without a reservation (perhaps a benefit of the rain) The place is small, so I would highly recommend a reservation. We were dropped off at the entrance of the "compound" and when they couldn't locate our reservation (because we didn't have one), they had room and were happy to seat us. However, the restaurant is another 3 miles on down the jungle, tree covered, green path. They took us and another party of 4 via van to the entrance of the restaurant. We were greeted immediately and walked along the path under umbrellas provided by the staff. The place was warm, intimate and very relaxing. The ocean could be heard through the darkness and I could barely make out the white of the crashing waves as they hit the sandy shore. Not to worry, the courtyard has a pool that is romantically lit, palm trees wrapped in lights. Even in the dark it's quite beautiful and peaceful. The service is extraordinary. Our waiter had the best demeanor. It's quite obvious he loves his job. The food and cocktails....AMAZING! I had the grilled lobster w/ vanilla bean. I mean, I've never seen that on a menu, I rarely order lobster because the cost is so high, but have to say it was under priced for what you got. My lobster was appox $45 USD! So while it's on the high end, it is very reasonably priced for what you get. My husband told me the entire meal, with starter, two cocktails each was under $200 USD. I thought it was worth every penny. A little bit of a drive from Playa, but very worth the effort.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank WYSOKC
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maromero, Owner at Pavo Real by the Sea, responded to this review, 7 January 2014
Thank you for visiting Pavo Real by the Sea during your recent trip to the Riviera Maya. We are so pleased that you appreciated the atmosphere we have created, the service and most of all the food of Chef Guillaume. We hope to see you on your next trip.

Sally Shaw Moreno
Owner
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New York City, New York
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“fantastic sea food, right on the beach”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

right on the beach, though there is no lighting so you cannot see the water ... also, you have to ask for a table close to the water, or else they stick you behind the pool

food and service are great

very affordbale

a little werid that the restuarant is in the middle of a hotel lobby

Visited December 2013
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Thank DQC_76
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maromero, Owner at Pavo Real by the Sea, responded to this review, 2 January 2014
Thank you for your comments and for your excellent rating of our food and service. We would like to clarify that we are not allowed by law to light the beach for ecological reasons. Some of our clients choose to arrive around sunset to enjoy the view and a cocktail at the beach bar before dinner. We do offer romantic dinners right on the sand and we have tables in the garden with a fine view of the beach. However, the tables "behind the pool" are the ones most people prefer because they overlook the spectacular lighted pool, the garden and the beach.
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houston
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231 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Elegant”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

refined, tasteful and delicious. What a great evening for my family( us and my 16-17 yr old daughter who knows a good restaurant), otherwise I would recommend for adults only. Only four or five tables right at the beach. The service was spot on and the food was great with wonderful presentation. I have to also say that the dessert was a disappointment. We had the chocolate mousse and I had the Tiramisu. It was an uneventful ending to what was a great evening.

If they delivered on the desserts and the coffee service was up to the rest of the meal, I'd give the place a 100. Dinner, drinks and a bottle of wine for three was 245.00USD, so I do expect it all. We stayed at the Grand Mayan and they did have a car come and pick us up and return us to the resort gratis. We dined for 3.5 hours with no concern

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank VIEQUESBEACHBUM
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