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. As far as the style of dining and food goes, the setting is informal. Diners are welcome to come by to enjoy 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.


Positioned in Playa del Carmen, north of downtown Playa del Carmen, Kartaba Restaurant and Lounge is located at Hotel Cohiba.

This part of Mexico has plentiful attractions and activities, which makes it quite a vivacious area of town. Some of the closest places of interest from this business include Plaza 28 De Julio Park and El Faro Lighthouse, both of which are within a reasonable driving distance of the Kartaba Restaurant and Lounge.

Patrons of this restaurant also tend to love the selection of fun activities located around this district. Guests who come to town can improve their games at this restaurant's closest golf facility, Playacar Golf Course, which is within traveling distance of Kartaba Restaurant and Lounge. Or sometime during your visit you might want to chill out at El Faro, which you will find to be the most convenient beach and is only about three quarters of a mile away. In addition to these nearby options, you'll have a chance to visit at least one other beach and another golf course, for those extra hours of downtime.

Nearby Restaurants

If you and your group are looking for another area restaurant that has some similar types of food and/or similar prices, there are several nearby options to consider, including La Cueva del Chango.

Of course, if you're looking for a change of pace, this section of Mexico features an excellent list of restaurants, where you'll find cuisine styles ranging from the familiar to the exotic. For example, you might also consider trying some different fare 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 most 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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