El Pirata

/ Seafood, Mexican, Restaurant
#171 of 4241 places to eat in Playa del Carmen
Open now 10:00 - 20:00
$$$$ Average price: MXN 153 - 303
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Calle 40 5, Zazil-ha
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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If you happen to be near Galeria Luis Sottil, you can visit this restaurant. Try good garlic shrimps, shrimp ceviche and fried fish. Based on the reviewers' opinions, waiters serve nicely cooked pudding here. When visiting El Pirata, it's a must to try delicious beer, margaritas or wine. Get your meal started with great lime juice, lemonade or coffee.

This place is famous for its great service and friendly staff, that is always ready to help you. Prices are average for the quality you get. The homey decor and enjoyable atmosphere let visitors feel relaxed here. TripAdvisor users rated this spot 4 out of 5.

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Wow! Fish, shrimp, and octopus were soooooo fresh! This was exactly what I was looking for. Not a fancy restaurant but yet extraordinary food. Yesssss!
Skip the super touristy spots along the avenue and head here for amazing fresh seafood. We stopped by mid-afternoon to grab a couple of dishes to share. Fried Fish - flaky and delicious, the fried outside did not take away from any of the flavor of the fish. It fell right off the bone. Before we ordered, the waiter brought out a tray with three different sizes of fresh fish to choose from for the day. They looked really fresh - impossible to beat. Shrimp Cocktail - delicious, but definitely was overshadowed by the other dishes we ordered. Pretty standard shrimp cocktail in a mild sauce. Garlic Shrimp - if you like shrimp, definitely recommend this over the shrimp cocktail! Grilled to perfection, and flavorful sauce without being greasy. The rice, beans & veggies were a great addition. Paired with a cold beer, the seafood was amazing. El Pirata is a gem!
While we found El Pirata on Yelp, we still felt it was a hidden gem (from the main tourist spots)! The waiter presented the fresh fish selection on a tray- snapper, dogfish, etc. I opted for the lighter grilled filet of grouper and my boyfriend had what he continues to praise- the deep friend whole dogfish. Both dishes were excellent- definitely fresh and seasoned just right and served with plenty of lime...As we sat eating, we saw men returning with coolers of iced fresh catches, while others were ordering dozens of the fresh catch to take away in coolers and huge bags. Ambiance and service were both okay- definitely sit outside at one of a few available tables and watch the streets goings-on, but the food was spot on!
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Calle 40 5, Zazil-ha, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Outdoor seating Takeaway TV Wheelchair accessible Cash only No delivery No Wi-Fi Parking No booking
Opening hours
SundaySun 10:00-20:00
MondayMon 10:00-20:00
TuesdayTue 10:00-20:00
WednesdayWed 10:00-20:00
ThursdayThu 10:00-20:00
FridayFri 10:00-20:00
SaturdaySat 10:00-20:00
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