Kartaba Restaurant and Lounge

Although the concept was created in Rhode Island, Kartabar really thrives in Playa del Carmen. A hookah bar and Mediterranean restaurant that often offers entertainment in the form of belly dancing, this restaurant is a trendy nightspot.


Common Mediterranean dishes like hummus, falafel, and stuffed grape leaves grace the menu at Kartabar, along with other lesser known crowd pleasers like poached pear salad, libanese taco, and tabouli.

Kartaba Restaurant and Lounge is a popular bar and grill that happens to specialize in Mediterranean cuisine. The style of dining and service here is considered to be informal. This location is open for dinner only, so make sure to plan your visit around the limited hours they are open.


Kartabar is not just a restaurant, it is an experience. The atmosphere is that of the Mediterannean, with exotic decor and even music. Most guests looks forward to the nights when belly dancers are on hand, and others come to smoke the Narguila pipe.


This restaurant is part of Hotel Cohiba, which can be found toward the center of Playa del Carmen.

This part of Mexico has plenty of cultural and natural attractions, all comprising this vivacious destination. Two of the closest points of interest from this establishment include El Faro Lighthouse and Plaza 28 De Julio Park, both of which are just a quick trip away from the restaurant.

Energetic travelers also tend to love the selection of outdoor pursuits in the area. Any golfers ready to take to the greens might wish to arrange an afternoon at the neighborhood golf facility, Playacar Golf Course, which is within traveling distance of Kartaba Restaurant and Lounge. After a long, hot day on the links, refresh at El Faro, which you will find to be the closest beach and is only about three quarters of a mile away. Also in the area, you will get to visit other beaches and at least one more golf course, for sunny days that beg for non-stop time outdoors.

Nearby Restaurants

For guests in the mood for a restaurant with similar menu items or a similar ambiance, there is no shortage of nearby dining spots to consider, including La Cueva del Chango.

However, if you want something different, this region of Mexico provides an impressive selection of food and drink venues that will satisfy nearly every type of diner. For instance, you could also consider some other menu items at El Truinfo Bakery.

Credit Cards and Other Info

Most appetizers cost less than 100 pesos, and main dishes range from 115 to 280 pesos. Various cocktails and adult beverages are usually around 80 to 85 pesos, and use of the hookah is 195 pesos.

Kartaba Restaurant and Lounge accepts all major credit cards.

Kartabar opens daily at 11:30 a.m. While closing time is typically 1:00 a.m., on Friday and Saturday the doors remain open until 2:00 a.m.

Contact Info

Location: 1st Avenue and 12th Street, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Phone: (984) 873-2228

Secondary Phone: (877) 557-5761


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