Passion by Martin Berasategui

Exquisite Basque-French in Playa del Carmen
You might expect fruity, frozen cocktails and endless bowls of zesty guacamole while dining at the all-inclusive Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla, but elegant French-Basque cuisine? Probably not. But that’s just what you’re in for dining at Passion by Martin Berasategui, a superb fine-dining restaurant located within the resort.

Thanks to a partnership with renowned chef Martin Berasategui, the resort offers an elegant dining option for guests and non-guests at Passion, which masterfully blends the fresh ingredients of the area with traditional French techniques and Basque country inspiration.

With white-linen tablecloths, soft lighting and an elegant dress code, Passion by Martin Berasategui provides an ideal background for those looking to rekindle romance and elevate the beach vacation experience.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Passion’s décor subtly reflects the design aesthetic of the entire resort, with simple modern elements, large illuminated lanterns and elegant wall art, with more luxurious additions to give it an almost a Parisian feel, like dangling chandeliers, vintage-inspired end tables and a large European Renaissance painting flanked by long, black curtains.
  • Across from the looming tapestry sit tables that are a little cozier, with leather couches (in lieu of booths) and European-painted columns that accent the stark muted walls.
  • Passion’s dinner menu can best be described as a lovely marriage of French, Mexican and Basque flavors.
  • Although it is the most formal restaurant within the resort, the space still feels comfortable and dining here is an approachable affair.
  • Passion has become a destination restaurant for both guests of the resort and others traveling to Playa del Carmen to get a taste of the chef’s culinary genius.
Things to Know
  • If you’re dining with a group, book the library room, which is covered in painted wallpaper that gives the look and feel of a chef’s private entertaining space.
  • The elegant Playa del Carmen restaurant serves dinner nightly. Reservations are highly recommended, so be sure to book your spot online or with the resort concierge.
  • The official dress code of this fine-dining establishment is resort elegant, so you’ll want to dress to impress. Ladies will feel most comfortable in a cocktail dress, while gentlemen will want to don a jacket, but ties aren’t required.
The Food
  • The defining experience is the indulgent, decadent seven-course tasting menu that showcases the chef’s passion and creativity with plates like smoked tuna tartare with black garlic, tepid lobster salad and Kobe flap meat with liquid Brie cheese spheres.
  • Expect a mix of the chef's signatures, plates from his Restaurante Lasarte in Barcelona and local dishes.
  • Although the menu does feature à la carte meals (like foie gras and mushroom ravioli with rich truffle sauce), the tasting menu paired with the sommelier’s wine recommendations offers a unique dining experience.
The Chef
  • Martin Berasategui is a world-recognized chef from Spain, where he’s best known for his eponymous restaurant in Lasarte-Oria in the province of Gipuzkoa.
  • He’s also heralded for his excellent Restaurante Lasarte and the restaurant M.B in Tenerife, an isle in Spain’s Canary Islands.
  • At Passion by Martin Berasategui, the chef helps to support the local community by sourcing as many ingredients as he can from nearby markets in the Riviera Maya area.
Gluten-free options
Private dining
Reservations recommended
Resort casual
Valet parking
Vegetarian options
Getting There
5A Avenida, Esquina Calle 112, Col. Luis Donaldo Colosio, Playa del Carmen, Solidaridad, C.P. 77719 Quintana Roo, Mexico
Passion by Martin Berasategui
Passion by Martin Berasategui
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