Playa Del Carmen | $$$$
With three restaurants in Mexico, John Gray’s Place in Playa Del Carmen is arguably his flagship restaurant. Tucked away just off 5th Avenue between 12th and 14th the restaurant is located in a private cove like setting. There’s a main restaurant, outdoor seating and across John Grays’ Place the bar which has been labeled as “The Den”.
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One of the best restaurants in Playa Del Carmen
Although the current pictures I took don’t do John Gray’s Place justice, this is one of the better restaurants in Playa Del Carmen. Actually, I’m going to come out and say it, John Gray’s Place is one of the best restaurants I’ve tried in the last few years.
Every week for several weeks I would stop by to “The Den” which is the bar across the street from where the restaurant is located. I would watch my favorite hockey team (Montreal Canadians) battle it out in the playoffs while tasting the many dishes offered. It didn’t matter if I tried the sushi, fish, grilled asparagus, everything was delicious! More often than not I would end it with their chocolate brownie and vanilla ice cream. The service was great, the bar has air conditioning but be careful when sitting at the bar…..you don’t want the seats near the small bathroom.
Chef John Gray once sat beside me and we chatted about how he got started etc. Very friendly guy, worked in NY and Vegas and is now in Mexico where he’s opened 3 restaurants. Take your family or lady to John Gray’s Place for a good dinner and I’m willing to bet you’ll come walking out all smiles :)