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#1 Woodsylou

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    Posted 11 December 2009 - 01:30 PM

    Hey Ladies

    i've got some info from some wedding reviews, but i've never been to the MP before, so i thought if anyone has any comments/tips/advice about the restaurants, they can post in here and we can keep it updated, to help other brides deciding on a venue for a welcome dinner or thier wedding reception etc.

    Nizuc Side

    El Manglar - Italian
    buffet
    casual dress code

    Arrecifes - Brazillian
    buffet
    casual dress code

    I've heard mostly great reviews about this restaurant. there is an outside terrace which is semi private. they have a mariachi band. the meat is served on a big skewer which makes it a fun experience. the only bad things i've heard is the service can be slightly slow

    Los Caporales - Mexican a la carte
    dinner service
    Casual elegance dress code

    I've heard good things about this, there is a mariachi band

    El Caribeno -
    dinner a la carte
    casual dress code


    Sunrise Side

    La Gondola - Italian
    Buffet
    casual dress code

    Mo Mo No Ha Na - Oriental A la Carte
    Dinner
    Casual Elegance

    I've heard good things about this restaurant

    Bugambilias - Mexican
    Buffet
    casual dress code


    Grand Side

    Los Tacos - Italian
    Buffet
    casual dress code

    El Caribeno - Oriental a la carte
    Dinner
    Casual Elegance


    Club House

    La Trattoria - Italian
    A La Carte
    Casual Elegance

    Bambu - Oriental
    Buffet
    Casual Elegance



    Feel free to add your own comments/reviews. I've also heard there is a seafood restaurant on the Nizuc side, something like 'Palapa Fragata?' anyone know of this?

    I've never been to the MP, so any advice would be great!

    a UK bride :)

    35 fabulous people booked! 31 at The Moon Palace, 4 offsite! YAY!

    My planning thread! http://bestdestinati....k-bride-61178/

    #2 Woodsylou

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      Posted 15 December 2009 - 11:40 AM

      hey ladies, does no-one have any tips/details/suggestions to restaurants at the MP? even if you've been there before and not for a wedding, just an idea on the food served, the ambience, the service etc?

      thank you!! xx
      a UK bride :)

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      #3 snoopAsh

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        Posted 16 December 2009 - 11:52 AM

        Hey Woods. I will help you out. :)

        See my comments in pink

        Nizuc Side

        El Manglar - Italian
        buffet
        casual dress code
        I have not been here

        Arrecifes - Brazillian
        buffet
        casual dress code
        This was okay. I LOVE salad bars and this one was no bueno. It is supposed to be a "brazilian" restaurant. The meat was okay...not my favorite place.

        I've heard mostly great reviews about this restaurant. there is an outside terrace which is semi private. they have a mariachi band. the meat is served on a big skewer which makes it a fun experience. the only bad things i've heard is the service can be slightly slow

        Los Caporales - Mexican a la carte
        dinner service
        Casual elegance dress code

        I LOVE this place! This is #2 on my list! :) The atmosphere is wonderful and FUN! They make you dress up in sombrero's and the guys wear a belt thing with bullets and fake guns and take pictures. :) Truley love this place! AND the food is SOOOO good!

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        I've heard good things about this, there is a mariachi band

        El Caribeno -
        dinner a la carte
        casual dress code
        Okay. Where is this place? LOL. If it is by the pool, then it is awesome! There is a little area with a white post cover by the beach/pool. This is our #3 place to go! We always order sushi and wine and sit there for hours. Music plays and the beach is beautiful. Sometimes we just eat sushi and not go to dinner. :)

        Also, on this side they have a cafe. They serve great coffee and coffee drinks (for starbucks lovers) and muffins and bagels. yum!

        Sunrise Side

        La Gondola - Italian
        Buffet
        casual dress code
        okay. the only time that I have eaten here...was for breakfast. This place is a HUGE room. I dont really like the atmoshere. just my opionon though.

        Mo Mo No Ha Na - Oriental A la Carte
        Dinner
        Casual Elegance
        THis is my #1 FAVORITE! :) but you already know that! :)
        The food is amazing and I love the atmosphere!

        I've heard good things about this restaurant

        Bugambilias - Mexican
        Buffet
        casual dress code
        I LOVE eating here for Breakfast!

        Grand Side

        Los Tacos - Italian
        Buffet
        casual dress code
        I had breakfast here last year. It was yummy too! The place is beautiful!
        They have this HUGE wine cellar made out of glass. I love wine, so I loved this! This place is more modern. I like it, but didnt have time to go back for dinner


        El Caribeno - Oriental a la carte
        Dinner
        Casual Elegance
        I haven't been here.


        Club House

        La Trattoria - Italian
        A La Carte
        Casual Elegance
        We always eat here after we play golf or get a massage. I love it! They have more "spa" food. Like sandwhiches and lite food. love it!

        Bambu - Oriental
        Buffet
        Casual Elegance
        I have not been here.

        I hope that helps!
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        #4 Woodsylou

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          Posted 16 December 2009 - 01:01 PM

          that helps sooooooo much! I was all for Arrecifes for our wedding meal but now im thinking of Los Caporales! Argh decisions!
          a UK bride :)

          35 fabulous people booked! 31 at The Moon Palace, 4 offsite! YAY!

          My planning thread! http://bestdestinati....k-bride-61178/

          #5 snoopAsh

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            Posted 16 December 2009 - 01:06 PM

            I think that you should go to Arrecifies if you want the patio. Los Caporales doesn't have a patio (I think)...

            BUT Los Caporales is fun. a BUNCH of fun!

            ugh. I can't wait to go back!
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            #6 j081717

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              Posted 16 December 2009 - 01:13 PM

              SnoopAsh, you know so much about Moon Palace! I'll be asking you tons of questions in the next few months :)

              #7 Woodsylou

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                Posted 16 December 2009 - 01:54 PM

                i like the idea of the patio, because it's semi private, but there's no point having that if the food isn't all that. argh i can't decide! if i win the lotto i'll fly over for a visit!
                a UK bride :)

                35 fabulous people booked! 31 at The Moon Palace, 4 offsite! YAY!

                My planning thread! http://bestdestinati....k-bride-61178/

                #8 snoopAsh

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                  Posted 16 December 2009 - 01:59 PM

                  I was looking through my pictures!

                  Here is a picture of my friend WAITING at Arrecifies (Brazillian place).

                  They do take a long time.

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                  HE IS HUNGRY! LOL
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                  #9 Woodsylou

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                    Posted 17 December 2009 - 10:38 AM

                    hahaha! do you think they'd be so slow if it was a wedding booking?

                    this thread is really helping me! i hope more people can give advice/opinions!
                    a UK bride :)

                    35 fabulous people booked! 31 at The Moon Palace, 4 offsite! YAY!

                    My planning thread! http://bestdestinati....k-bride-61178/

                    #10 evtalbot

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                      Posted 02 January 2010 - 12:58 AM

                      We were there for a week but didn't get to try all of the restaurants. However, see below for my comments!

                      El Manglar - Italian
                      buffet
                      casual dress code
                      *We ate breakfast here daily because it was convenient. Not the place you would want to have your wedding dinner, but a place you would go when you want a fast meal with no wait!! Great coffee, for breakfast they have tortillas with pulled pork and chicken (yum!) Otherwise the best things to eat here are the ones you put in a bowl and ask them to cook (the fish is to die for!). Regular buffet food was hit or miss.

                      Arrecifes - Brazillian
                      buffet
                      casual dress code
                      * Most people love this place. We thought it was average. If you know what Fogo de Chao is and have been there, do not have your wedding dinner here or you will be disappointed. I agree, the salad bar is NOT good. Some of the meat is yummy, others are dry. The concept of the brazilian food being served off a skewer is cool though and service was fast when we were there. Just an FYI, this is the restaurant your "romantic honeymoon dinner" will be, which is set up at the honeymoon desk when you arrive.

                      Los Caporales - Mexican a la carte
                      dinner service
                      Casual elegance dress code
                      *Everyone raved about this place, but we never got to try it!

                      Sunrise Side

                      La Gondola - Italian
                      Buffet
                      casual dress code
                      * This place is huge, and it has staind glass windows on the ceiling which are pretty. We loved the food (all buffet) and the desserts were good here. It is very busy and kind of loud & echoey. We had our welcome dinner there and were happy with it, but wouldn't have our wedding dinner there. They had a band coming around and playing songs, which was cool.

                      Mo Mo No Ha Na - Oriental A la Carte
                      Dinner
                      Casual Elegance

                      *This was the favorite restaurant for many in our group, esp. the sushi lovers! The sushi was best here, and service was wonderful! They also have other Asian dishes and deep fried ice cream or deep fried bananas for dessert!

                      Grand Side

                      Los Tacos - Italian
                      Buffet
                      casual dress code
                      *We looked for this place and couldn't find it. Oh well!

                      El Caribeno - Oriental a la carte
                      Dinner
                      Casual Elegance
                      * We had our wedding dinner here. It was amazing! The menu serves mainly seafood ala cart but also has steak and chicken for non seafood lovers. Ambience is elegant, and there is an outside terrace that overlooks the grand infinity pool. We would have had our wedding dinner there but the mosquitos were too bad that night. When they bring out the main dishes, they place them in front of each person at the same time, and present them in a special way (you'll see if you go there). It was pretty cool! Great service, everyone raved about the food. Highly recommend it.

                      Club House

                      La Trattoria - Italian
                      A La Carte
                      Casual Elegance
                      *This place is always SUPER BUSY. Plan to wait 45 minutes or more. We gave up and went to Bambu. Others in our group went there and said it was good. Definitely a fancy restaurant.

                      Bambu - Oriental
                      Buffet
                      Casual Elegance
                      * This place was ok. We thought the sushi was good til we went to Mo Mo No Hana. The waiters were very attentive here, it is a smaller restaurant with a soloist musician usually playing. We enjoyed the food but for Asian would go to the other restaurant!




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