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To me eating in Tulum has always meant one thing.  Red Chicken in the Pueblo.  Of course Tulum has much more to offer than that very special local delicacy, but if I have been diving at one of the local cenotes or in town to pay the power bill, then I will often stop for that delicious and inexpensive bar-b-que chicken that I have termed 'Red Chicken' after the distinctive color the chipolte sauce gives it.   

Dining in Tulum is really broken up into four areas.  The PUEBLO (town), down at TULUM BEACH or on one of the bays (TANKAH  or SOLIMAN).  All 4 areas have some good options and offer a very different ambience from each other. 

The TULUM BEACHES are of course as beautiful as you would expect.  There has been a culinary movement happening here with numerous award winning chefs opening restaurants that follow a philosophy of farm to table while preparing their food in a less technical way then is the normal convention of a higher end restaurant.  Supporting local farmers and fishermen who practice sustainable harvesting, and of course the seasonal availability, all go into the consideration of what they purchase and prepare.  Taking the best local ingredients and traditional recipes, then elevating them in a new way, plus exotic signature cocktails, is what you will find at these exciting new venues.  This new wave of restaurants are chic, hip, trending, and expensive by most people's standards.   Follow this link to learn "How Tulum Has Become Mexico's Hottest Culinary Destination" and 10 of the restaurants leading this trend.  The Jungle side of the beach area has become a hugely popular place for big name and up and coming chefs to open a 'pop up' restaurant.  Here is Conde Naste's take on which ones are hot https://www.cntraveler.com/story/where-to-eat-in-tulum-mexico-this-year

The PUEBLO is great for people watching with a mix of locals, eco tourists, the backpacking 'travelers' who make this a 'must stop' on their route through this part of Mexico and trendy urbanites who have 'discovered' the magic of Tulum. This is where the locals live and where you will find more traditional fare, simpler restaurants, street stands, and much lower prices.  Here too the popular eating spots are practicing farm and sea to table, adjusting for seasons and using the freshest ingredients.  Just as they have been doing for several generations.

TANKAH Bay and SOLIMAN Bay are two stunningly beautiful areas of private beach homes.  There is very little commercial activity on the bays including restaurants, which is why there are so few on the list.  However those that are there, are worth a visit.  With the bays being close to Tulum, numerous great food and beverage options are close by.

 This is FAR from a comprehensive list of Tulum and area restaurants.  There are so many new restaurants popping up and dropping off nearly as frequently as the changing tide, that it would be impossible to keep up.  This is just my list of some that have either been here for a while and proven themselves to have what it takes to remain OR some of the rather new ones that are making a big impact.
 

Restaurants in the Pueblo

Antojitos la Chiapaneca: $        located on the west side of  main street 'Avenida Tulum' between Calle Jupiter Norte and Chemuyil.    Tacos de pastor are a must try.  Cheap and tasty.  Available only in the evening.

Charlies: $               located in the pueblo on the west side of main street Avenida Tulum between Jupiter and Alpha streets.   Telephone 984 871-2573.   I discovered the margaritas here while waiting for friends to shop in the attached boutique. (which by the way has a great selection of Mexican handicrafts)  It turned into an all afternoon stop which has been repeated on more than one occasion.  The drinks and the vibe are both chilled to perfection.

Del Cielo: $$-$$$               located in the pueblo just east of Avenida Tulum on Calle Satelite. (near Scotiabank)   Telephone 984 160-0770.   LA and NY hip has come to town.  This popular cafe is usually busy for breakfasts and lunch.  Service and food can be hit and miss.  

Don Cafeto: $$             located on main street 'Avenida Tulum' between Calle Beta Sur & Avenida Satelite.  Telephone 800 505-1713.      This long standing favorite of locals and tourists alike, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but it is the breakfast that has provided its reputation.  I often stop by to pick up some Escabeche (pickled peppers and other veggies) to go. 

Dona Tina: $             located in the pueblo on the west side of main street Avenida Tulum with the corner of Acuario Norte.    You are unlikely to find this restaurant mentioned on any foodies list of where to eat in Tulum but.. it is still a favorite of ours for their pollo adobado.  Established in 1962 (and likely not been updated since) this certainly must be one if not the.. first restaurant opened in Tulum.  Don't get frustrated if the order for your table doesn't all come out together.  If they put something in front of you.. eat it.  It might get cold before the next plate is served.

El  Asadero: $$          located in the pueblo on Avenida Satelite between Calles Sagitario & Calle 2 Ote.  Telephone 984 157-8998.  Delicious steaks at reasonable prices.  

El  Camello Jr: $-$$          located in the pueblo on the far south end of main street Avenida Tulum between Calles Kukulkan & Palenque.  Telephone 984 871-2036.  You won't find any camels here but you will find delicious fresh Mexican seafood at reasonable prices at this popular restaurant.  While this location was considered way off the beaten track not too long ago.  Major development at this end of Tulum is making this location more and more mainstream all the time.

El  Mariachi  Loco: $          located in the pueblo on the west side of main street Avenida Tulum on the corner with Calle Orion Norte.  Telephone 984 140-9810.  I haven't eaten here but hear that they serve good inexpensive authentic Mexican food.

El  Pollo  Bronco: $        located in the pueblo on the east side of main street Avenida Tulum near Calle Beta Sur. watch on your left for a small hole in the wall restaurant likely with a crowd.  Telephone 984 871-2656.   They are no longer cooking over 45 gallon drums on the side of the street, but the chicken is still delicious.  The menu is simple.  Do you want a half or whole bar-b-que chicken?  Served with tortillas, rice and slaw.  Soft drinks usually available or do what I do and run across the street to the beer store and get yourself a cold one.  They don't mind if you B.Y.O.B. 

La  Nave: $$             located in the pueblo on Jupiter street between Sol Oriente and Tulum Avenidas.  Telephone 984 871-2592.      Owners Fernando and Arianna serve up delicious wood fired thin crust pizza and genuine handmade Italian dishes with a good selection of fresh seafood. 

Sabor de Mar: $-$$   located on Avenida Tulum between Calle Alta Sur and Calle Juipiter Sur.  Telephone 984 116-3187.    Well priced and delicious seafood tacos.

Taqueria Don Beto: $        located on the west side of the hiway just south of the entrance to the ruins.    A favorite of locals for delicious cochinita pibil (slow roasted pork marinated in orange juice and spices) tacos.

Taqueria Honario: $        located on the Satelite Sur just east of main street 'Tulum Avenida' .  (just a short way past Scotiabank)   This is the place for a breakfast taco.

Unico: $$-$$$      located in the pueblo on the main street just north of Scotiabank .  Telephone 984 804-3836 OR 984 802-5782.  website http://unicotulum.com/        When you get tired of tacos you might want to try something from this chef inspired eclectic menu.

Uno Japanese Noodles: $      located in the pueblo on Jupiter street between Sol Oriente and Tulum Avenidas.  Telephone 984 234-4394.       A Mexican version of Raman, Sushi and other Japanese dishes.  Try the Kushages.

 

Restaurants on/near the beach

Anna y Jose: $$$-$$$$          located on the beach at Km 7.  As you are driving to the beach from hiway 307, turn right at the T intersection and you will find the restaurant a short way down on your left.  Telephone 998 880-5629.  website  https://www.anayjose.com/restaurant/   A casual chic resort on a fabulous beach with a jaw dropping view, serving delicious fresh food and tasteful drinks.  Isn't that what you came here for?  This is one of the original higher end resorts and restaurants on the beach.

Arca: $$$$          located just off the beach at Km 7.6  As you are driving to the beach from hiway 307, turn right at the T intersection and you will find the restaurant on the right.  Telephone 984 115-3993.  website http://arcatulum.com/     Part of the new wave of trendy restaurants that has made their way to Tulum.   Open Tuesday through Sunday from 6:00 PM.

Casa Banana: $$$-$$$$          located off the beach at Km 8.5.  As you are driving to the beach from hiway 307, turn right at the T intersection and follow it down watching on the right.  Telephone 998 806-2871. web site http://www.casabananatulum.com/home   A real Argentine grill in the jungle. 

Casa Jaguar Tulum: $$$-$$$$          located on the beach at Km 7.5.  As you are driving to the beach from hiway 307, turn right at the T intersection and follow it down watching on the left.  Telephone 984 202-2464. web site http://casajaguartulum.com/   This is a hip and happening place especially on party night Thursdays.  Open every day 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Coco Beach Club: $$-$$$          located on the beach at Km 7.  As you are driving to the beach from hiway 307, turn right at the T intersection and follow it down watching on the left.  Telephone 984 688-8592. web site https://cocotulum.com/en/    This is a great spot to chill on the beach. 

Diamante K: $$-$$$          located on the beach at Km 1.2.  From the highway head toward the Tulum beach.  At the T intersection turn left and you will find the cabanas and restaurant down a short way on your right.  If you get to Mezzanine you went too far.   Telephone 984 876-2115.  web site http://www.diamantek.com/en/restaurant/   Wood fired pizza by the sea and so much more all cooked over charcoal.  An idyllic setting on the beach for meal or just a drink. 

 El Tabano: $$-$$$          located near the beach at Km 7.  From the highway head toward the Tulum beach.  At the T intersection turn right and watch for the restaurant on your right.   Telephone 984 134-8725.     If you are looking for Mexican food, this is a good choice.  Numerous vegetarian options too.

Gitano: $$$-$$$$          located near the beach at Km 7.  From the highway head toward the Tulum beach.  At the T intersection turn right.  Telephone 984 745-9068.  website https://grupogitano.com/gitanotulum-about/    This NY City pop up is making quite a name for itself as one of the places to be in the evenings in Tulum.

Hartwood: $$$$          located just off the beach on the jungle side at Km 7.6.  From the highway head toward the Tulum beach.  At the T intersection turn  right.   Reservations email only reservations@hartwoodtulum.com   website http://www.hartwoodtulum.com/     Reserve a long time in advance and don't let anyone in your party be late or they will give your table to one of the many who are waiting and hopeful for a no show.  This off the grid (open fire cooking and solar powered lighting and music), zero carbon footprint, farm to table, restaurant has won rave reviews in many international publications. Mya Werner chef at Peasant and Vinegar Hill House in Brooklyn and Jack Henry from the Soho Grand Hotel, visited Tulum and stayed.  Dinner only served Wednesday to Sunday.  Menu changes based on what is available at communal Mayan farms and from fishermen using sustainable methods. 

Kitchen Table$$$$          located just off the beach on the jungle side at Km 1.5 across from Mezzanine.   From the highway head toward the Tulum beach.  At the T intersection turn  right.   Telephone 984 188-4924.  website https://www.kitchentabletulum.com/     Following a similar ideology as Hartwood and enjoying equal success.  The Kitchen Table is an eco friendly restaurant built with re-cycled materials, cooking on wood, using ice boxes to cool and solar panels to light and provide soothing music.  Reservations HIGHLY recommended and taken up to 1 week in advance for sittings between 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM every night of the week.

La Zebra Beach Club: $$          located on the beach at Km 8.2.  From the highway head toward the Tulum beach.  At the T intersection turn  right.   Telephone 984 115-4726.  website https://www.lazebratulum.com/     This beach club/bar/restaurant is a great place to spend an afternoon chilling.  Sundays are Salsa night with free lessons from 6:00 - 8:00

Loco Tulum: $$-$$$          located near the beach at Km 9.3  From the highway head toward the Tulum beach.  At the T intersection turn right watch for the restaurant on your right.   Telephone 998 205-3945.  website http://locotulum.com/     Mediterranean inspired dishes lovingly prepared, friendly staff and chill atmosphere.

Mateo's Mexican Grill: $$        located just off the beach on the jungle side of road at Km 5.2   As you are driving to the beach from hiway 307, turn right at the T intersection and you will find the restaurant a short way down on your right past a few shops and new cabinas/resorts.  Telephone 984 179-4160. OR 984 114-2676.   Website http://www.mateosmexicangrill.us/   Casual dining atmosphere, great fresh food and bar out back have made this a very popular place to dine in Tulum especially during Happy Hour beginning at 6:00 PM to watch the sunset over the jungle from the upper deck. 

Mezzanine: $$-$$$         located on the beach at Km 1.5.  As you are driving to the beach from Hiway 307, turn left at the T intersection and you will find the restaurant on your right about a mile down.  Telephone 984 131-1596.   web site  Mezzanine   Mezzanine is one of the early examples of how the Tulum beach scene has headed up market.  A postcard setting with a zillion dollar view is only the beginning.  A Thai chef, New York style martinis, and Mexican Pacific design are very tastefully blended together and served up with the casual Mexican-Caribbean ambiance that I love so much.   This is a must stop for all day breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a drink.  Friday nights they have a dance party with guest DJ's flown in. 

Mina Cocina de Fuego: $$$$         located on the beach within the  "Maria del Mar' boutique hotel at Km 4.  As you are driving to the beach from Hiway 307, turn right at the T intersection and follow watching for restaurant on your left.  Telephone 984 143-0808.  website https://minatulum.com/home   Argentinean food served in a most impressive location.

Mur Mur: $$$         located on the beach at Km 7.5.  As you are driving to the beach from Hiway 307, turn right at the T intersection and follow watching for restaurant on your right.  Telephone 984 .  website  http://www.murmurtulum.com/   Working with a philosophy of sustainability and creativity.  Award winning chef Diego Hernandez Baquedano brings his success from Baja to Tulum. 

Posado Margherita: $$-$$$         located on the beach at Km 4.5.  As you are driving to the beach from Hiway 307, turn right at the T intersection and watch for the restaurant on your left.  Telephone 984 801-8493.   web site  http://www.posadamargherita.com/index.php?lang=en    This Italian restaurant has been popular for a long time.  It is likely due to the delicious handmade pastas, fresh seafood and comfortable beach front vibe.

Raw Love Cafe: $-$$         located on the beach at Km 7.5 inside of the Ahau Hotel.  As you are driving to the beach from Hiway 307, turn right at the T intersection and watch for the hotel on your left.   web site  https://www.rawlovekitchen.com/    This is a delicious vegan option. See their web site for more details.

Safari Campfire Food: $$        located near the beach at Km 8 across from Lirios resort.  Telephone 984 134-8322.  website https://www.safaritulum.com.mx/       With a vintage Airstream trailer as the kitchen and everything cooked outdoors over a fire pit.  This is not your average dining experience but perfectly at home in Tulum where being normal is odd.  The menu could be described as Mexican fusion.  Open late afternoon into the evening.

Villa las Estrellas: $$-$$$      on the beach in Tulum past Ana y Jose's:  Don't be confused by 'Restaurant las Estrellas' which is a different place altogether.  Drive right past and keep looking on your left as you head toward the entrance to Sian Kaan.  Telephone 984 879-0772.  website http://villalasestrellas.mx/    What started as a small 6 room hotel and unassuming restaurant.  Has blossomed into a hip destination to chill, enjoy the view and some refreshing food and beverages. 

Zamas: $-$$                located on the beach at Km 5.  As you are driving to the beach from hiway 307, turn right at the T intersection and you will find the restaurant a short way down on your left past a few shops and new cabinas/resorts.  Telephone 984 145-2602 OR 984 877-8523.  website https://www.zamas.com/    Another wonderful location to enjoy a meal or just a drink.  Eclectic menu with vegetarian, seafood and pasta dishes. This is a long time favorite of locals.

 

Restaurants on Tankah Bay

Blue Sky: $$          located on Tankah Bay.  Telephone 984 202-2185.  website http://www.blueskytulum.com.mx/     We go for the pizza but other good choices are available on the menu.

Casa  Cenote: $          located on Tankah Bay.     Another well loved local hangout.  Owner Gary does a mean Texas bar-b-que lunch on Sundays.  Often accompanied by live music.  Burgers are always good and beer cold.  Bring your mask and snorkel with you and spend an hour exploring Cenote Manate in Gary's back yard.

 

Restaurants on Soliman Bay

Chamicos: $$            located on Soliman Bay. On the highway at the sign for Oscar y Lalos, turn onto the gravel road and head to the beach.  When you get to the security gate, tell them you are going to the restaurant which is down at the very end of the bay.   This undiscovered gem of how things used to be here, has been discovered in a big way but maintains a wonderful laid back vibe.  We always have the 'pescado entero' and recommend boquinete (hogfish) if they have it.

Oscar y Lalos: $$$        not on the bay but close by.  Located on the highway across from entrance to Soliman Bay.  Telephone 984-115-9965. web site http://www.oscarandlalo.com/      Indoor and outdoor dining in a pleasant jungle setting, specializes in seafood and Mexican dishes.    

Pandando: $$$$       located on Soliman Bay in the Jashita Boutique Hotel. On the highway at the sign for Oscar y Lalos, turn onto the gravel road and head to the beach.  When you get to the security gate, tell them you are going to the restaurant which is the first entrance on your left.  Telephone 984 875-4158.  Website https://www.jashitahotel.com/html_en/restaurant.html     Tasteful decor, great location right on the beach and upscale menu with a focus on seafood and pastas. 

 

 



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