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Tulum Restaurant Guide

From the Sea to the Jungle

January 2021

Tulum Restaurant Guide. Beach Restaurant Tulum
Tulum Restaurant Guide

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What to Eat in Tulum!

Tulum, located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, is a spectacular beach getaway on the Caribbean coast. Famous for the nearby Mayan ruins of the same name, the historic port city has crystal-clear turquoise waters and a thriving gastronomic scene. Tulum’s eateries are generally in the beachside Zona Hotelera (hotel zone) and the Tulum Pueblo (town center).

Whether you’re looking to just grab a bite or go on a culinary adventure, here are some great recommendations for where to eat in Tulum.

Budget Options

Taqueria Don Beto

Taqueria Don Beto. One of the best restaurants in Tulum
Taqueria Don Beto

If you’re looking for no-frills tasty tacos and tortas, this is your spot. This local joint serves up succulent slow-roasted cochinita pibil dishes that will melt in your mouth.

Located just outside Tulum Pueblo (town center).

Charly’s Vegan Tacos

Charly’s Vegan Tacos. One of the best restaurants in Tulum
Charly’s Vegan Tacos

This charming taco spot located right on the beach serves up some non-traditional vegan treats. Some of their most popular dishes include Guaca-Mango (sweet guacamole) and mock-meat tacos. Cash only.

Located in the South Beach Zone.

Antojitos la Chiapaneca

Antojitos la Chiapaneca. One of the best restaurants in Tulum
Antojitos la Chiapaneca

For some truly cheap and delicious eats, head to Antojitos la Chiapaneca. While they do have tacos, they also have mouthwatering Yucatecan snacks, including salbutes and panuchos. Standing room and cash only.

Located in Tulum Pueblo.

Campanella Cremerie

Campanella Cremerie. One of the best restaurants in Tulum
Campanella Cremerie

Suppose you’re looking for great coffee, creamy gelato, scrumptious sundays, tasty waffles, and savory sandwiches. In that case, Campanella Cremerie is the perfect spot. No matter what your palate is, you’ll find something here.

Located in Tulum Pueblo.

Midrange Options

The Real Coconut at Sanará

The Real Coconut at Sanará. Best Beach Restaurant in Tulum.
The Real Coconut at Sanará

This wellness-centered breakfast spot’s location is at the Sanará Hotel’s beach bungalow. You can find nourishing bowls of coconut yogurt and world-famous coconut-cassava tortilla chips. Everything is gluten, dairy, and refined-sugar-free.

Located in the Zona Hotelera (hotel zone)

Safari Comedor Zama

Safari Comedor Zama. Best Beach Restaurant in Tulum.
Safari Comedor Zama

This Tulum staple is at the edge of the jungle. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at this eatery. Try their “Mexican avocado toast” with grilled avocados on tortillas and homemade salsa.

Located just outside Tulum Pueblo in Aldea Zama.

Posada Margherita

Posada Margherita. Best Beach Restaurant in Tulum.
Posada Margherita

Located at the Posada Margherita Hotel, this restaurant with the same name is Tulum’s most iconic Italian eatery. This spot serves up delicious focaccias and house-made pasta with immaculate ocean views. Cash only.

Located in Zona Hotelera.

El Tábano

El Tábano. Where to eat in Tulum
El Tábano

You can seat yourself at any wooden table in this quaint eatery’s patio. Its dishes are a twist on contemporary Mexican food, and the seasonal and local specials change frequently.

Located in Zona Hotelera.

High End Options

Arca

Arca. Best Beach Restaurant in Tulum.
Arca

This ultra-progressive restaurant led by former Noma chef, Jose Luis Hinostroza, has delicious wood-fired cooking. Guests can try tamarind and pastilla marrow and stuffed cacao pod desserts at this jungle eatery.

Located in Zona Hotelera.

Gitano

Gitano. A top restaurant in tulum
Gitano

If you want some inventive cocktails in a magical outdoor lounge, head to Gitanos. The restaurant has a full menu of modern Mexican cuisine and a wide range of fruity mezcal-laced drinks.

Located in Zona Hotelera.

Verdant

Verdant. The best restaurants in Tulum
Verdant

This sustainability-focused restaurant is located within its own herb and vegetable garden. The restaurant serves up modern Mexican food prepared with French techniques using only the freshest of local ingredients.

Located just outside Tulum Pueblo.

Staff Picks

Loco Tulum

Loco Tulum
Loco Tulum

Staff Pick – I love stopping by this eatery when I’m in Tulum because the food is excellent, and the setting is relaxing. This Mediterranean-style restaurant has seasonal tasting menus created by Chef Idan Lifshitz.

Located in Zona Hotelera.

Taqueria Honorio

Taqueria Honorio
Taqueria Honorio

Staff Pick – My favorite local breakfast taco spot in the area is Taqueria Honorio. This divey stand serves up Yucatán favorites such as cochinita pibil on fluffy handmade tortillas. Go early. This eatery closes by 1:30 pm.

Located in Tulum Pueblo.

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