How to Score a Great Christmas Dinner in the Riviera Maya

Whether you have been naughty or nice this year, the Riviera Maya is brimming with options for Christmas dinner.

The Riviera Maya has lots of options to suit your celebratory style, needs, and budget. Here’s what’s on the menu this year at some of our favorite restaurants in Akumal, Playa del Carmen and Tulum to make your Christmas dinner in the Riviera Maya the start of a new holiday tradition.

Dine Out

Many restaurants throughout the Riviera Maya are featuring a special Christmas menu. Here are a few of our favorites.

Akumal

La Taverna Restaurant, also in Plaza Ukana, offers a three-course, prix-fixe dinner to include appetizer, main course, and dessert for $1,000 MXN per person. Taverna’s arugula salad, rich risotto, succulent beef tenderloin, and espresso creme brulee are perennial favorites. Seating starts at 6 p.m. Reserve your seat by calling +52 1 984 875 9009 or email at [email protected].

Lol-Ha Restaurant, a beachfront restaurant on Akumal Bay, is hosting a Christmas Eve celebration. The menu includes appetizers ranging from panko-crusted crab cakes to smoked provolone and gouda empanadas. Main courses include prime rib, pork tenderloin, pan-sautéed sea bass, and vegetarian chiles en nogada.

Prices range from $150 MXN for appetizers to $600 MXN for main courses. A deposit of $10 USD is required to reserve your spot. The deposit will be deducted from your dinner bill. Reserve your spot by sending an email to [email protected] or with Miguel or Carlos at LoHa.

Playa Del Carmen

Plank Restaurant, located off 5th Avenue on 16th Street in Playa del Carmen, is offering its traditional Christmas dinner featuring roast turkey, brussel sprouts, smoked pork and rosemary potatoes for $700 MXN per person. Seating is from 6:00pm until 11:00pm. Reserve your table at Plank by email [email protected] or call +52 1 (984) 803-0108 or +52 1 (984) 168-7025.

Imprevist Resto & Wine, Plank’s sister restaurant is featuring a Christmas menu of traditional turkey with all the trimmings for $250 MXN per person. It is located at 1st Ave. North between 14 and 16 Streets at the Maya Villa Hotel in Playa del Carmen. Secure your spot at Imprevist by email [email protected] or call +52 1 (984) 168-7025.

The Tiny Tiki Hut is hosting a “Home Alone” party from 8 p.m. to midnight with a D.J. spinning all your favorite party songs. Drink specials include house cocktails for $50 MXN, beer buckets for $125 MXN, and tequila shots. It’s located on Avenida 20 between Calles 4 and 6. Pop in after dinner. You might make a new friend.

Tulum

Cetli Mexican Gourmet Cuisine in Tulum is offering a special Christmas menu at $1,200 MXN per person. Christmas dinner includes an array of artisanal cheeses, selection of spinach salads, pork or turkey, and eggnog gelatin or bread pudding. Cetli is located on Carretera Tulum – Coba at km 2.5. Make a reservation by sending a message on their Facebook page or call +52 1 (984) 108-0681.

PASHA Turkish and Middle Eastern Cuisine located in the Tulum Pueblo on Calle Saturno is offering a special Christmas Eve dinner, starting at 8:30 p.m. The menu includes bacalao, couscous salad, roast baked lamb, or sweet potato ravioli. Desserts include baklava, panque de Tahini or vegan chocolate cake. The price is $700 MXN per person. Reserve your spot by calling +52 1 (998) 168-9933.

Kitchen Table Tulum is a great option for night-owls who like dining in the jungle. Tables are still available at 9:30 p.m. only on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Dinner will include the regular menu, a mix of Portuguese dishes with Mayan influences such as pan-seared octopus, pork ribs, grilled deviled avocado, and lobster, depending on season and availability.

Reservations only by calling +52 1 (984) 188-4924. The restaurant is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and located on the jungle side of Tulum’s Beach Road at km 1.5. Cash and cryptocurrencies only.

Dine In

Why “people” on Christmas if you don’t have to? Celebrate Christmas by hosting a dinner in your vacation rental by ordering take-out or having your meal catered.

Turtle Bay Café and Bakery in Akumal is offering its annual Christmas Breakfast and Dinner Feast. A local tradition, the holiday menus include all of your home-cooked favorites.

The breakfast take-out menu features homemade quiche (roasted vegetable, crab and shrimp, bacon, mushroom, and onion, and spinach, feta, and mushroom); breakfast casserole, assorted baked items like their world-famous sticky buns and cinnamon rolls, and a fruit plate with granola and yogurt.

Christmas dinner includes home-cooked favorites like turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, slow-cooked green beans, mac-and-cheese, corn pudding, and cinnamon roasted apples. Take-out and pre-order options are also available.

Pibil-roasted turkeys and smoked turkeys will be available for sale – cooked and ready to go. Pre-order only.

If you want to skip after-dinner dishes and clean-up, you can also stop in Turtle Bay, located in Plaza Ukana in Akumal, for a plate. Seasonal specials and the regular menu are also available at the restaurant.

Christmas Feast pick-up orders are available Christmas Eve from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Turtle Bay will be open on Christmas from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Contact Turtle Bay at [email protected] or call for more information.

Excited about all the delicious possibilities? Paulina, our world-class concierge, can help you sort through the options, make reservations, or plan a lovely meal at your vacation rental home.

 

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