El Primer Plato / Italian on a budget

On the south end of Playa Del Carmen there is a little Italian restaurant that is winning the hearts and stomachs of locals and visitors. The name is El Primer Plato. This restaurant is bringing good Italian food  within a budget price.

This restaurant is below Juarez Avenue on 15th Avenue.

The restaurant/café is small and just has counter seating tables with stools. Primer Plato Restaurant makes for a great lunch spot. Take out is also available.


The people behind Primer Plato Restaurant

The people are super nice and friendly and you can tell they have a passion for food. A husband and wife team run this restaurant with just one employee.


Menu at Primer Plato

On the menu here you can find raviolis, gnocchi, spaghetti and lasagna.  Prices are very reasonable and being hand made Italian food makes it really rather a good deal. Spaghettis are 60-80 pesos, raviolis are 80-100 pesos, lasagna 80-100 pesos gnocchi 80 pesos. They have desserts like tiramisu. Drinks are very reasonably priced also. Make sure you come early as some of the items will be sold out later in the day.


The food is  fresh made and we love the fact they roll out the semolina dough for the pasta, then cut it and right into the pot it goes, fresh for your dish. This is not a full on high cuisine Italian restaurant but rather café with very good value. This restaurant could triple the prices and still be considered a good value.

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Hours at Primer Plato

Open Monday-Saturday. 10:00am-4:00 pm-ish. Closed Sundays.

Where is it?

Primer Plato is located on 15th Avenue between Juarez Avenue and Calle 1 sur. It is on the west side of the street in the middle of the block. It is a one story white building.

Have you been to Primer Plato Restaurant? What did you think? Let us know in the comment box below.

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