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Cocina 38, Playa del Carmen

Avenida 5 between calles 38 and 40
Playa del Carmen
Mexico 77710
Tel: 52 984 873 0655's insider take:

Chef Juan Diego Solombrino's infectious grin and playfulness shine through his creations: Risotto with fennel, chorizo, and calamari; tuna tartare with mescal foam; sticky toffee pudding. Stellar wines from Mexico's Casa Grande vineyard accompany the wide selection, though one wishes for more choices by the glass. The simple, stylish dining room only seats 50 and feels intimate and secluded—though it faces busy Fifth Avenue.—Maribeth Mellin

Open Mondays through Saturdays 6 to 11 pm.

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