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Tulum Restaurant Guide

The Best Places To Eat At Any Budget

Updated June 2024 ⋅ Written by Laura Schulthies ⋅ Edited by Daniel Mode

Tulum Restaurant Guide: The Best Restaurants In Tulum
Tulum Restaurant Guide: The Best Restaurants In Tulum

Welcome to Tulum

Tulum is a spectacular beach getaway on the Caribbean coast located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. This historic port city has vibrant blue waters and a thriving gastronomic scene. Even if you’re staying at a Tulum all inclusive resort, we highly recommend venturing out to sample the local cuisine. Whether you’re looking to just grab a bite or go on a culinary adventure, Tulum has an amazing restaurant just waiting to be discovered. Here is our guide to many of the best places to eat in Tulum!

Tulum is a spectacular beach getaway on the Caribbean coast located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. This historic port city has vibrant blue waters and a thriving gastronomic scene. Even if you’re staying at a Tulum all inclusive resort, we highly recommend venturing out to sample the local cuisine. Whether you’re looking to just grab a bite or go on a culinary adventure, Tulum has an amazing restaurant just waiting to be discovered. Here is our guide to many of the best places to eat in Tulum!

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Contents

Where to Eat

The Top Neighborhoods

  TULUM PUEBLO / CENTRO

Tulum Pueblo has restaurant options for all budgets and holds dozens of authentic restaurants, exciting nightclubs and bars, and often street festivals. On the edges of Centro are a few jungle areas that have some funkier, and more eclectic dining options. You’ll find ambiance, delicious food, and creativity at the eateries in Tulum Pueblo. 

  ZONA HOTELERA / ESMERELDA K

The Zona Hotelera has mostly upscale restaurants, many with private beach fronts and beautiful swimming pools. This area is roughly divided into three different sections. The North, located up near the ruins, is a quiet and romantic area. The chic Middle has beach clubs, restaurants, and nightlife. While the South area is very family-friendly and boasts wide sandy beaches.

  TULUM PUEBLO / CENTRO

Tulum Pueblo has restaurant options for all budgets and holds dozens of authentic restaurants, exciting nightclubs and bars, and often street festivals. On the edges of Centro are a few jungle areas that have some funkier, and more eclectic dining options. You’ll find ambiance, delicious food, and creativity at the eateries in Tulum Pueblo. 

  ZONA HOTELERA / ESMERELDA K

The Zona Hotelera has mostly upscale restaurants, many with private beach fronts and beautiful swimming pools. This area is roughly divided into three different sections. The North, located up near the ruins, is a quiet and romantic area. The chic Middle has beach clubs, restaurants, and nightlife. While the South area is very family-friendly and boasts wide sandy beaches.

Budget Options

Taqueria Honorio in Tulum Pueblo
Taqueria Honorio in Tulum Pueblo

Taqueria Honorio

$, Mexican, Latin, Fast Food

A favorite local breakfast taco spot in the area is Taqueria Honorio in Tulum Pueblo. This divey stand serves up Yucatán favorites such as cochinita pibil on fluffy handmade tortillas. Go early. This eatery closes by 3 pm.

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Fresh Mexican food at Negro Huitlacoxe
Fresh Mexican food at Negro Huitlacoxe

Negro Huitlacoxe

$, Mexican, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

You will love the local flair with dark stained wooden furnishings under conical pendant lights at Negro Huilacoxe. Chefs Alonso Lara and Carolina Noya combine unique flavors with lively colors in their delicious dishes in Zona Hotelera. The vibrant red, blue, and yellow corn tortillas, made from 100 percent nixtamalized corn, are filled with succulent pork ribs and served on artisanal ceramic plates alongside clay bowls of fiery green and red salsa. Try the tamales drowned in rich chile poblano. Don’t miss out on traditional quesabirria (birria-style cooked beef) with adobo-dipped corn tortillas.

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Aroma Cafe Tulum
Aroma Cafe Tulum

Aroma Cafe Tulum

$, Mexican, American, Cafe

Aroma Café Tulum is an oasis in the heart of Tulum Centro. If you believe that every day should start with a cup of the highest quality coffee and a delicious meal, then you need to visit this cafe! The menu includes fluffy pancakes and the local favorite French toast. Try the namesake Avo Toast or the homemade Grilled Cheese Focaccia. Whether you’re looking for a place to enjoy a quiet breakfast, lunch with friends, or a coffee to go, the Aroma Café Tulum is the perfect spot for it!

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Antojitos la Chiapaneca in Tulum Pueblo
Antojitos la Chiapaneca in Tulum Pueblo

Antojitos la Chiapaneca

$, Mexican

For more of a local feel and some truly delicious eats, head to Antojitos la Chiapaneca in Tulum Pueblo. While they do have tacos, they also have mouthwatering Yucatecan snacks, including salbutes and panuchos. Try the tacos al pastor, horchata, and tostadas. Antojoitos is standing room and cash only.

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Campanella Cremerie in Tulum Pueblo
Campanella Cremerie in Tulum Pueblo

Campanella Cremerie

$$ - $$$, Dessert, Italian, Cafe

Suppose you’re looking for great coffee, creamy gelato, scrumptious sundays, tasty waffles, and savory sandwiches in Tulum Pueblo. In that case, Campanella Cremerie is the perfect spot for you. No matter what your palate is, you’ll find something here. If you’re in the mood for ice cream try the banana crunch or the pistachio.

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Midrange Options

Plant based menu at the The Restaurant at Sanará Beach Hotel in Tulum
Plant based menu at the The Restaurant at Sanará Beach Hotel in Tulum

The Restaurant at Sanará Beach Hotel

$$ - $$$, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Formerly The Real Coconut at Sanará, this wellness-centered plant focused breakfast spot’s location is at the Sanará Hotel’s beach bungalow in Zona Hotelera. You’ll find nourishing bowls of coconut yogurt and world-famous coconut-cassava tortilla chips. The Restaurant at Sanará Beach Hotel serves all meals of the day but don’t skip the Mayan Night dinner. Everything is gluten, dairy, and refined sugar-free. 

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Restaurant in the jungle Safari Comedor Zama in Tulum
Restaurant in the jungle Safari Comedor Zama in Tulum

Safari Comedor Zama

$$ - $$$, Mexican, Bar, Cafe

This Tulum staple is at the edge of the jungle just outside of Tulum Pueblo in Aldea Zama. Safari Comedor Zuma combines culture and flavor that you don’t want to miss. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at this eatery. Try their Yucca Truffle Fries or fresh tacos on homemade tortillas

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Italian classics at Posada Margherita in Tulum
Italian classics at Posada Margherita in Tulum

Posada Margherita

$$$$, Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean

Inside the Posada Margherita Hotel in the Zona Hotelera, this restaurant with the same name is Tulum’s most iconic Italian eatery. Features traditional Italian recipes from the owner’s mother and grandmother in Genoa you will love the relaxed and comforting atmosphere. Don’t miss the delicious focaccias and house-made pasta, and gelato with immaculate ocean views. Keep in mind it’s cash only.

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El Tábano

$$ - $$$, Mexican, Latin, Central American

You can seat yourself at any wooden table on this quaint eatery’s patio in Zona Hotelera. The dishes at El Tabono feature a twist on contemporary Mexican food, and the seasonal and local specials change frequently. The eclectic atmosphere will draw you in but the food will keep you coming back for more. Try the moles or the enchiladas.

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Mediterranean style at Loco Tulum
Mediterranean style at Loco Tulum

Loco Tulum

$$ - $$$, Seafood, Mediterranean, Healthy

Visitors love stopping by this eatery when in Tulum’s Zona Hotelara as the food is excellent, and the setting is relaxing. This Mediterranean-style restaurant has seasonal tasting menus created by Chef Idan Lifshitz. The service and staff are famously wonderful as well.

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Delicious seafood at Restaurante Estrada in Tulum
Delicious seafood at Restaurante Estrada in Tulum

Restaurante Estrada

Centauro Sur, $$ - $$$, Caribbean, Latin, Seafood

Restaurant Estrada is known for its fresh seafood, delicious drinks, and fantastic ambiance. Thanks to the excellent service and phenomenal food, this locally owned and family-run restaurant is a favorite of travelers and locals alike. Known for having the freshest fish in town, the fried whole fish is a menu favorite. Start with the out-of-this-world Guacamole or fresh Shrimp Ceviche before dining on favorites such as Octopus
or Tostados Mixtas. Trust us, you will want to eat at Restaurant Estrada multiple times during your visit to Tulum!

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High-End Options

Wood fire cooking at Arca in Tulum
Wood fire cooking at Arca in Tulum

Arca

$$ - $$$, Vegetarian Friendly

This ultra-progressive restaurant led by former Noma chef, Jose Luis Hinostroza, has delicious wood-fired cooking in Zona Hotelera. At Arca, you’ll love the bold and exciting flavors of seasonal flora and fauna. Guests can try tamarind and pastilla marrow and marquesita cheesecake desserts at this elevated jungle eatery. 

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Atmosphere at lounge Gitano in Tulum
Atmosphere at lounge Gitano in Tulum

Gitano

$$ - $$$, Mexican, Latin, Gluten Free Options

If you want some inventive cocktails in a magical outdoor lounge, head to Gitanos in Zone Hotelera. The restaurant has a full menu of modern Mexican cuisine and a wide range of fruity mezcal-laced drinks. You’ll find the perfect combination of ambiance, bold flavors, and friendly staff here. Don’t miss the tuna tostada and the chorizo con queso

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The freshest local ingredients at Hardwood in Tulum
The freshest local ingredients at Hardwood in Tulum

Hartwood

$$$$, Seafood, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly

Just south of Zona Hotelera, you will find Hartwood, where the laid-back, dreamy ambiance is perfectly complemented by the market-fresh dishes that change daily. Most dishes are cooked in a wood-burning oven in a solar-powered kitchen. Although the menu changes daily, you often find local fishermen’s catch of the day and the freshest produce. The bright colors of the natural ingredients at Harwood are alluring for locals and visitors alike. Be prepared for a wait, and make sure to make a reservation well in advance.

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Fresh sushi at Kokoro in Tulum
Fresh sushi at Kokoro in Tulum

Kokoro Tulum

$$$$, Japanese, Seafood, International

You can find Kokoro Tulum at Copal Tulum Hotel, one of the most exclusive properties in Tulum Pueblo. This rooftop Japanese restaurant is considered one of the best sushi bars in Mexico. The uniquely romantic atmosphere offers is perfect for a date night in Tulum. Kokoro receives fresh fish that arrives daily and is prepared for a truly unforgettable dining experience. Menu highlights include flame-seared salmon nigiri, bluefin tuna, and soft shell maki

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Atmosphere at Maratea in Tulum
Atmosphere at Maratea in Tulum

Maratea

$$$$, Seafood, Mediterranean, Healthy

Located in the Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya, Maratea pays tribute to the traditions of Mediterranean cuisine just north of town. The menu features small plates with an innovative cocktail selection. Start with the meze, including baba ganoush and date-stuffed grape leaves. Next, order the perfectly seared striped bass or try the grilled octopus served with a vibrant citrus vinaigrette. Don’t miss out on dessert, and try the tiramisu!

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Christina S. says:

    I am so glad to see Gitano on this list! I went there recently and it was great. If anything, go for the cocktails!

  2. Crawford's Bachelorette Party says:

    My friends and I found this page when looking for breakfast spots in Tulum. We checked out Safari Comedor Zama for their breakfast. It was amazing.

    1. Daniel says:

      Happy you enjoyed it!

  3. Joseph T. says:

    The Real Coconut at Sanará was a very good restaurant. Right on the beach so very nice view. Enjoyed the food as well. We went later in the day and the food hit the spot.

  4. Sharron says:

    I was happy to see Loco Tulum on the list. I went there on our last visit and loved it.

  5. Kim says:

    Great list!

  6. Darcy says:

    El Tabano is so quaint. We really loved it. Thank you for the great recommendations.

  7. Chloe-Louise Shea says:

    Gitanos is probably the most romantic place in Tulum. Great choice.

  8. Doug says:

    Charleys Vegan Tacos! Love that Charleys is on here! Always a favorite.

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