Review: TaconTenedor in Playa Del Carmen Mexico

Pulpo ceviche at TaconTenedor in Playa del Carmen

Updated in January 2019: It appears that TaconTenedor is now permanently closed.

TaconTenedor is a small local outdoor restaurant serving up seafood and other treats Mexican style. The restaurant is located just off 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen. Serving locals and tourist, it’s a great place to experience high quality seafood prepared Mexican style at affordable prices. While their tacos are quite good, it’s really their ceviche that stands out for us. In addition to the food, they have a great Mexican craft beer selection (about 70 pesos per bottle) and Veronica makes really good margaritas (85 pesos). After trying two other restaurants in Playa del Carmen for ceviche, TaconTenedor is not as good as Los Aguachiles but it’s worth a visit. While we had high hopes for Puerto Cocina Urbana, maybe it was a bad night but it really fell flat for us. 

TaconTenedor in Playa del Carmen

We usually visit TaconTenedor for a late lunch or dinner. While they are supposed to be open from 12:00:00-00:00, they’re not usually ready to take food orders until shortly after 13:00. The salsa bar is not always setup by the time you get your food so best to arrive around 14:00-15:00. While we appreciate that they focus on quality, it can be disappointing when they run out of our favorite menu items or don’t offer them for the day so always ask what is not available when you are seated.

Pulpo ceviche at TaconTenedor in Playa del Carmen
Pulpo ceviche

For a small, light and satisfying meal, we usually share an order of ceviche (140 pesos) and add an aguachiles tostada (40 pesos) or chips and guacamole (85 pesos). They have a really great salsa bar for you to accentuate your food; the carrot habanero sauce is very spicy but very good in small quantities, along with the pickled red onions and green salsa. The aguachiles are very spicy and flavorful so we don’t recommend adding any other sauce and a Sol beer (30 pesos) to dull the heat. “Aguachiles” are “a Mexican dish made of shrimp, submerged in liquid seasoned with chili peppers, lime juice, salt, cilantro, and slices of onion. Fresh vegetables such as cucumber are usually added” (Source: 

Aguachiles tostada at TaconTenedor in Playa del Carmen
Aguachiles tostada
Can of Cancun Cerveza Artesanal Pilsner at TaconTenedor in Playa del Carmen
Can of Cancun Cerveza Artesanal Pilsner

Cash and credit card are accepted and no service charge is added but they recommend 10% here.

  • Rating: 18/20 – We would visit again
  • Quality: 5 – Excellent
  • Quantity: 5 – Excellent
  • Service: 4 – Very Good
  • Location/Atmosphere: 4 – Very Good

We visited in December 2016, 2017,  January 2018, and May 2018. When we stopped in December 2018/January 2019, TaconTenedor appeared to be permanently closed.

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