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La Portena

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Calle 38 between 5 th ave & 10 th ave, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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17:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 02:00
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Plano, Texas, United States
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

The sausage and burgers are awesome! Next I'm going to try a steak. The owner is very friendly and is easy to visit with while he's preparing your food. Excellent!

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Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

We keep coming back because it's good and a very well priced. Stop there late at night for a sausage on bun, watching the action and the steaks coming out of that tiny kitchen. Told my wife tomorrow I am trying the flank and was delicious and went 2 or three times in the same week. Can't add anything else... More 

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Thank coops847
Washington
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

I went here twice and steak was good. Has about 6 stools and one small table with four tables but that was enough for me and you'll like the food. Portions are big. They don't sell beer but there is a grocery store next door for BYOB.

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Victoria, Canada
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

We were here 2 years ago and ate here due to the great reviews on trip advisor. We were happy to find that it is still open & Alex is still grilling delicious rib eye steaks! If you like an authentic experience, great food at a great price come check it out. It's just a "hole in the wall" but... More 

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Thank Sweetshoes
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

Formerly managed and opened by two argentinians, has been managed for a long time by a friendly couple and another couple of beloved dogs. It is really worth the visit ! Meat is good.

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Thank MuyResidente
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

I love this place. Was here at least a twice a week when I lived here three years ago, and will probably end up doing that now. They might not have an extensive menu, but that is for the better. The choices they have are fantastic and perfected over 6-7 years or so! Alex, the owner knows his stuff!

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Thank Tom B
Playa del Secreto, Mexico
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

La Portena is a little gem in the heart of Playa. Friendly and honest parilla or grill with an amazing lemon chicken and rib eye, among others. Order it as a plate or on bread. Don't forget the fries. As a local I come here at least once a week. Alex and Nadia (the owners) are always there for a... More 

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Thank Sander C
Dusseldorf, Germany
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184 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015

The Portena is a fun place. It's not really a restaurant more a grill with a few chairs in front of a counter. Very simple. The menu is very limited but I liked my steak sandwich (I can't remember the name). The place does not have a license to sell alcohol but you can get a beer at the convenience... More 

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Zaragoza, Spain
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96 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2015

Food is good and prepared at the moment of ordering. Prices are somehow still "Quinta Avenida" (6€ for a burger), but still more reasonable that going to a real restaurant there.

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Thank Fledermaus g
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015

Alex simply prepares delicious food. We were disappointed he was only open for dinner during our trip. Everyone likes to say that certain restaurants are the best. Well, I've eaten at a lot of places in Playa Del Carmen over the years and nobody serves better arrachera, ribeye or sausage sandwiches than Alex does at La Portena. This is a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Argentinian, Barbecue, South American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 02:00
Monday
17:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 02:00
Thursday
17:00 - 02:00
Friday
17:00 - 02:00
Saturday
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 38 between 5 th ave & 10 th ave, Playa del Carmen, 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?