This beachfront restaurant was the first one to be built along Playa de los Muertos, long before the Cuale River could be easily crossed. This ... More
This beachfront restaurant was the first one to be built along Playa de los Muertos, long before the Cuale River could be easily crossed. This restaurant is an international favorite and the big palapa (thatched) roof is a landmark. Jumbo shrimp in a tequila sauce is a favorite, as is the red snapper in a sauce flavored with pibil chiles. Live music competes with the sound of the nearby waves crashing on the beach. The dress code is resort-casual; change out of the bathing suits and flip-flops before dining.
La Palapa Restaurant is by far known as the best in town. If you are looking for a phenomenal fine dining experience during your next visit, this is the place. Aside from unmatched ambiance, they also have a unique live band every night- say hello to Memo, Raul and Bob who will not forget your name, no matter how long it is before you return. If you come on Monday or Tuesday night, the owner, Mr. Perez, may be leading the group himself, including a number of songs from his most recent album. If you are looking for a truly romantic experience, they have a "romantic table" that can be reserved ahead of time where a beautiful white table is set out in the spotlight, just farther out on the beach than the other tables and lined with tiki torches and candles. Many a proposal have taken place here and twice as many perfect anniversaries from those who return. The neighboring restaurant, The Lazy Lizard Restaurant and Beach Bar, is known as a pre-emptive experience to La Palapa, with their phenomenal breakfast and bargain margaritas and beer. Lounge by day, and fine dine by night without walking more than a few steps!
We had dinner here in June/05. We were a party of 10, and the food and servce were good but not great. Prices very high and we had better food elsewhere in town for less money. But it was a good meal, good drinks right on the beach, so we enjoyed it.
The only meal I have eaten here has been breakfast and I wholeheartedly enjoyed mine-zucchini blossom and huitlacoche omelet, something that's very hard to find in the states.
Much of the food, other than my omlet, was rather Americanized unfortunatly. Not much else to chose from for the adventurous eater. The service was quite good, and it was great fun to sit under a palapa in the sand to eat breakfast.
Bottom line: pricy but the Bloody Marys are very good.
My wife and I, along with another couple we vacationed with, had the pleasure of a wonderful dining experience at La Palapa during the week of September 4, 2005.
This place has it all, from high quality gourmet food to top notch service - all in a luxurious beachside setting with an incomparable sunset. The staff is very attentive and the service was great. All of our appetizers and entrees were very tasty and nicely presented. Dessert and "sexy" coffee were superb.
What really sets this place apart is getting to enjoy all of the perks of a 5 star place in such a casual, romatic setting. You can literally sit at a table dressed with candles, white linens and fine tableware with your feet right in the sand while witnessing a spectacular sunset.
Compared to some other nice dining options in PV, La Palapa is a little pricey, although you could get out of there relatively cheap if you didn't go overboard with appetizers, drinks and dessert. This place is so special though, that you really shouldn't cut corners here if you can avoid it.
I would recommend La Palapa for even the most special of occasions. You can even request a special table out on the beach, away from the other guests - very romantic!
WE spend a lot of winters in PV having lived in Mexico for many years. Our favorite time is going down about 10 AM having breakfast and then getting a beach chair with umbrella and spending a good part of the day there. In the first part of the year we know many people to come down and do the same thing we do. If we miss period the next time they all want to know where we have been. Manago collads are out of this world, watching the short term tourists sun burn, get drunk on the local drinks and beer. Going back to the house for a nap and then going out to the wonderful places to eat including eht La Palapa
Very Romantic. Wonderful view - literally on the beach. Service not the best. My husband and I waited 20 minutes just to receive a menu and another 20 for water (which came warm without ice). We ending up just having a appetizer and went elsewhere for dinner. Considering we had been there for TWO hours already.
Would diffently recommend it for the view if you don't mind not too good service. The appetizer we had (coconut shrimp) was very good!
This is not the restuarant if your looking for good service; however, if service doesn't matter the view alone is worth going for - very beautiful and romantic place.
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