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La Buena Vida

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US$8 - US$24
Mexican, American, Bar, Seafood, Central American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed yesterday

Franco gave us fantastic service! Beautiful views and fantastic food! Came on a full moon and ate the seafood platter!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Water front seating and good food. Enjoyed the decor. I had the nachos and margaritas. A friend ordered the crispy fish and it was quite interesting.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 16 September 2021

If you are in Tulum, Playa del Carmen or even Cancun, visit this spot. Right in the pretty little town of Akumal. It is directly on the beach, with a pool, treehouse dining, bar swings and tables directly on the cliff overlooking the beach. We...have been several times, but this last trip, we visited three times. The first night was my son's 8th birthday. They made his night special. Virgin daquiri, homemade tres leches cake designed as a beach and banana dolphin. The food was fantastic an they sang Happy Birthday to him. Thank you to Erik Lopez for making this night so special for our boy. The next day we went for lunch while our son swam. Then, we fished at the end of our trip, caught two barracudas, and we brought to La Buena Vida and they cooked both so perfectly, I would argue to say it was one of the best seafood meals I have ever had. Thank you so much to the chef for this! I can't recommend this place enough. We tell everyone to visit. Good food, good view, WONDERFUL staff, great drinks and just overall a super cool spot!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 16 September 2021 via mobile

My family came to visit for a birthday celebration!We couldn’t have ask for a better time than our time spent at La Buena Vida. The service is amazing and the food is excellent! Out of 6 nites 4 were spent at LBV❤️ The pictures attached...are just of the beautiful cake decorations made by Erik Lopez our waiter. One afternoon we took the catch from a wonderful day on the water. The fish were fried and grilled - served with fresh vegetables. Amazing!! From the Managers to the bartender to the entire wait staff we owe you so much thanks for a wonderful week!!!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 15 September 2021

The food was excellent and the service too. Kery was our server and took great care of us! We would recommend this restaurant to anyone! The vendors across the street are friendly and super cool. We loved their shops too.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 15 September 2021

This restaurant is absolutely perfect. It is beautiful and fun, not to mention SO friendly. Every employee here is happy to see you and provides you with exceptional service. Kery is an excellent server and is very helpful. Juan and Roel are two more equally...great servers at La Buena Vida. Juan taught me how to say swing in Spanish- they have those here by way, AND hammocks on the beach!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 11 September 2021 via mobile

La Buena Vida is the greatest place! Amazing views, great food, and even better service! We sat at the bar on the swings with Reyes serving us. He is amazing! So attentive and so knowledgeable, so nice! We finally found the coldest beer In Mexico!...And had the best Margaritas we have had yet in Mexico! We Purchased shirts and all from La Buena Vida. Our favorite place in Akumal! Way better than any bar or restaurant at our five star all inclusive resort.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 10 September 2021 via mobile

This was an amazing restaurant, food was really good and large potions. Price was more than fair. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 1 August 2021 via mobile

Very friendly and helpful service my Franco and Enrique. They were so pleasant and helpful, also the place is really awesome right by the beach, with beautiful lights and cool swings!

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 29 July 2021

franco was adorable and had incredible service! despite the language barrier, he gave us excellent service and made us feel right at home. we got the pasta buena vida (amazing) and shrimp tacos (also amazing). the ceviche is incredible, everything. was perfect!!!! ask for franco,...you won’t regret it!!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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20 May 2021|
Response from MCH65 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t recall seeing any dogs when we were there. Sorry that doesn’t answer your question
6 March 2021|
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Response from BenM3782 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but only cash tips.
25 October 2020|
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Response from Heidi C | Property representative |
La Buena Vida plans to re-open on November 15th!
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Yes, La Buena Vida is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

La Buena Vida is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5