Avenue 10, Corner of 24th Street
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Byblos is a culinary oasis in Playa del Carmen that delivers pitch-perfect French cuisine in what might be the most romantic candlelit dinner you'll have in Mexico. The husband and wife team welcome you in like old friends, and you can taste their passion in every unbelievable bite.
You'll enter through the open-air terrace, which makes for an intimate al fresco dining experience, but couples who prefer a bit of air conditioning won't be disapponted by the warm, cozy dining room, decorated personally by owner and chef Sylvie Goetz. You'll be immediately smitten by the candlelit ambiance. With Louis Armstrong and Ray Charles serenading you and the attentive staff paying mind to every detail, everything is just perfect at Byblos.
From the wines and appetizers to main courses and desserts, everything is prepared absolutely from scratch using the freshest ingredients available. Try the melt-in-your-mouth salmon tartar to get you started, and you'll see that Sylvie's culinary artistry is unmatched. Every dish is so full of rich, mouthwatering flavor, the only downside is that the "gourmet" food at your resort might start to seem bland in comparison after a meal here.
Get there between 3 and 7:30 to take advantage of their special lower-priced menu, but even during other hours the prices are completely reasonable for a meal that's genuinely world class. Chat up the owners and you'll see why warmth seems to radiate from the dining room. Even if you're on a honeymoon trip up in Cancun or a romantic getaway elsewhere in the Riviera Maya, Byblos Restaurant alone makes it well worth the day trip down to Playa del Carmen.
Reservations are a must...Bon apetit!