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Restaurant Parrilla El Criollo

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5a Ave entre calle 38 y 40 | Colonia Zazil-Ha, Playa del Carmen 77720, Mexico
+52 984 859 0666
17:00 - 23:45
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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Don't overlook this tiny eatery. The steaks with chimichurri sauce is pure ambrosia. The open kitchen lends a homey feel to your dining experience. The staff and service are great. If you're a vegetarian, I would highly recommend the veggie pizza. Takes a little longer to make than many of the entrees, but worth the wait. This little restaurant is... More 

1 Thank Patty54572
Ontario, Canada
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2016

Nice afternoon stop, to an excellent lunch. Large margarita's great for hot afternoon. Wait staff was helpful with meal selections. Beware of photo opp. They present you with the photo after the meal. We did purchase one, with a frame. Very enjoyable afternoon.

1 Thank sunnytales
Sacramento, California, United States
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118 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Parrilla El Criollo is an Argentinian restaurant specializing in South American style grilled meats and the typical fare you'd expect to find after riding for days on the high desert pampas: empanadas, chorizo, papas fritas (OK, fried potatoes). We stayed nearby and stopped in to try out. The restaurant is new and is elegantly themed and decorated. The meats are... More 

1 Thank John H
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160 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2013

Finally stopped in here while staying in a condo up North and was surprised at how bad it was. Seemed as though it was simply heated up frozen items and I would not return.

2 Thank RastamanInKansas
Calgary, Canada
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2013

El Criollo is just around the corner from the condo we rented. After a long walk back down 5th - we were ready for dinner. Pedro enticed us in with 2 for 1 drinks. Thirsty as we were, this seemed like a good idea. We ordered the meat platter - it was a sample of chicken, pork, 2 kinds of... More 

3 Thank itsamewen
Halifax, Canada
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2013

Since it was raining it was a quiet night in the restaurant. Our waiter Pedro provided terrific service. The grilled vegetables which came with our steak were amazing. With an order of fries on the side we were very satisfied and that was sharing the steak. The dessert was a wonderful ending to our meal. My only regret...should have skipped... More 

2 Thank omasview
New England
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155 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2013

Good service, great steaks, reasonably priced for just about everything. However it was the delicious dessert of ice cream chantilly cream, meringue and fruit. My only reservation was their decision to include a 15% service charge which no other restaurant in Playa added on our visit. It prompted us not to increase that to the 20% we usually leave.

1 Thank DuncanH
Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2013

We stayed in Playa for Christmas and New Years this year. El Criollo was a greatest discovery. This restaurant has such a great atmosphere and food - you'll just want to keep coming back. The services can be better, that's for sure, but the food overshadows this flaw. Empanadas, pizzas and the chicken - everything we tried there - are... More 

3 Thank Valentyna O
Montreal, Canada
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69 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2012

We were walking down 5th avenue looking for a place to eat. We walked by this Argentinian and took a mental note as we like Argentina beef. The sky was threatening major thunderstorms, we kept walking looking and being petitioned by eager employees to eat at their establishments. When it started to rain, we quickly walked back to this spot... More 

1 Thank Bravo_deals
Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2011

My partner and I spent a month in the newer north end of Playa and enjoyed the great restaurants in the area. One we particularly enjoyed was El Facon. We thought the beef entrees exceptional and the rest of dinners and presentation were of similar quality. We happened to meet one of the owners who talked of his goals for... More 

1 Thank RedRath

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$27
Mexican, Steakhouse, Latin, Spanish, Argentinian, South American
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating
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Open Hours
17:00 - 23:45
17:00 - 23:45
17:00 - 23:45
17:00 - 23:45
17:00 - 23:45
17:00 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5a Ave entre calle 38 y 40 | Colonia Zazil-Ha, Playa del Carmen 77720, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Playa del Carmen
  • Phone Number: +52 984 859 0666
Restaurant Parrilla Argentina, argentinian empanadas, home made pizzas, grilled argentinian steak, lomo sandwich with french fries, chorizos, variety of salads, special desserts, argentinian wines. Cozy place with excellent prices.

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