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“One of the best dining experiences we have ever had!”

Cocina de Autor - Grand Velas Rivera Maya
Ranked #196 of 1,481 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 1,500 - US$ 2,000
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: "Cooking with thoughts, eating with feelings" Through a constant search of tastes, smells and textures in our environment, we offer a sensorial, playful and creative experience, in which we draw a single route to demonstrate the purity and essence of new flavors, created based on our experiences. The Author Cuisine requires thoroughness research and imagination to capture our environment and translate it into each dish. The restaurant Cocina de Autor offers a free and relaxed gastronomic tour that reflects the culture and the life around us.
Reviewed 12 January 2018

This is one of the best dining experience my husband and I have ever had! It is a "tasting" restaurant meaning that there is no menu. They have a preset menu consisting of 10 courses of bite sized portions. It was absolutely amazing. We had no idea what was coming next for each course and we were so glad! I tried things that I never would have ordered off of a menu and found that I liked many more things that I thought I did. Manuel and Nicolas attended to us both times we were there and did an excellent job. We had a wine paring with each course and Manuel was very knowledgable about every wine he served us. On our second visit to the restaurant, the chef prepared something completely different for us so that we wouldn't have the same thing two different nights. Both nights were truly exceptional! Not only was the food amazing but the presentations were stunning. The attention to detail was amazing. We were invited into the kitchen on the second night which was a wonderful treat. We spoke briefly with the chef and were able to see where they put the wonderful dishes together. Camille was our hostess both evenings and we were incredibly impressed that she remembered us and welcomed us back. It is truly a must do if you are visiting the Grand Velas. We will definitely be back!

Thank MPRH11
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ExecAccount, EXECUTIVE CHEF at Cocina de Autor - Grand Velas Rivera Maya, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

We appreciate very much your kind comments regarding your visit to Cocina de Autor at Gran Velas Riviera Maya.

We are absolutely thrilled to know you enjoyed “one of the best dining experiences you and your husband have ever had”. It is a complete honor for Camille, Manuel, and Nicolás to read your mention of them in your review. And we are very pleased that the Chef was able to satisfy your expectations and that he had the inspiration to invite you into his kitchen.

Thank you very much. All of us are very excited with anticipation for your next visit to be granted the opportunity of serving you again.

MARIO LÓPEZ
EXECUTIVE CHEF
GRAND VELAS RIVIERA MAYA

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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Amazing food for a resort...would definitely come back 100 times more. There is also a wine pairing and mojito pairing!! Prepare to eat a lot 12 courses... Worth it

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ExecAccount, EXECUTIVE CHEF at Cocina de Autor - Grand Velas Rivera Maya, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Valentina, I wish to express my appreciation for sharing with us your kind comments regarding your visit the Riviera Maya and our “Amazing” cuisine. I am especially pleased to know you consider our food “incredible”, and that you perceive it all to be “worth it”.

We will be looking forward to serving you again soon. Thank you!

MARIO LÓPEZ
EXECUTIVE CHEF
GRAND VELAS RIVIERA MAYA

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Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

We went for the tasting menu with the tasting wines. I’m not really a foodie and wasn’t sure about it but all of the courses were unusual and tasty.

Quite a lot of alcohol but nobody was forcing us to drain every glass! The wines were interesting including some good Mexican reds.

We also are at Piaf, Sen Lin and Lucca which were all excellent. Overall the food at Grand Velas was probably the best we’ve had at a resort.

Thank Aghinagh1966
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ExecAccount, EXECUTIVE CHEF at Cocina de Autor - Grand Velas Rivera Maya, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Your comments regarding your culinary experience at Cocina de Autor, Grand Velas Riviera Maya, tell us there is some detail we may have missed. However, we are very grateful for your time invested in reviewing your visit to our restaurant. We hope to count on your preference during your next visit to Riviera Maya.

Thank you for choosing us for your dining preferences. We send you our best wishes all the way to Cork, Ireland.

MARIO LÓPEZ
EXECUTIVE CHEF
GRAND VELAS RIVIERA MAYA

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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

I don’t drink wine and also don’t eat mushrooms but I did tonight. And it was great. You don’t place an order they serve you eleven course’s. They explain what they are serving and pair it with wine. A great experience,

Thank kelleysea
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ExecAccount, EXECUTIVE CHEF at Cocina de Autor - Grand Velas Rivera Maya, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2017

Thank you, so much, for such a splendid rating and for sharing your experience with us. It definitely sounds like this was a unique and memorable occasion.

We are proud to have been instrumental in adding to your culinary experience, the treats that we so much enjoy preparing. We plan every meal to achieve just that and a bit more.

We look forward to thrilling your taste buds even further. Until next time, bon appetit!.

MARIO LÓPEZ
EXECUTIVE CHEF
GRAND VELAS RIVIERA MAYA

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Very Interesting food can see why they have won so many prize's out standing your taste buds will be wowed

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ExecAccount, EXECUTIVE CHEF at Cocina de Autor - Grand Velas Rivera Maya, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

It was a real honor to have served you, providing you a “very interesting” culinary experience in Cocina de Autor, our AAA certified, 5 Diamond, dining venue. And I wish to thank you for sharing with us your kind opinion and special mention of our achievements.

In behalf of our entire team, I look forward to your next visit to the beautiful beaches of Riviera Maya, where we will pamper you with our extraordinary dining, and the detailed service that characterize us. Best wishes.

MARIO LÓPEZ
EXECUTIVE CHEF
GRAND VELAS RIVIERA MAYA

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