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Tulum Restaurant Guide

The Best Places To Eat At Any Budget

Updated May 2021

Tulum restaurant guide. The best things to eat in tulum. Best tulum Restaurants.
Tulum restaurant guide. The best things to eat in tulum. Best tulum Restaurants.

Welcome to Tulum

Tulum is a spectacular beach getaway on the Caribbean coast located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. 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.

Tulum is a spectacular beach getaway on the Caribbean coast located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. 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.

Where to Eat

The Top Neighborhoods

  TULUM PUEBLO / CENTRO

The town center or Tulum Pueblo has restaurant options for all budgets and almost all of them have air conditioning. The pueblo holds dozens of authentic restaurants, exciting night clubs and bars, and often street festivals. On the edges of Centro are a few jungle areas that have some funkier more eclectic dining options.

  ZONA HOTELERA / ESMERELDA K

The Zona Hotelera and Esmerelda K beach areas are about 10-20 minutes south of town (by car) right on the ocean. The Zona Hotelera has mostly upscale restaurants, many with private beachfronts and beautiful swimming pools. The Zona Hotelera itself is roughly divided into three different areas. The North, located up near the ruins, is the quiet, romantic area. The chic Middle has the beach clubs, restaurants and most of the nightlife. And the South and “Esmerelda K ” areas are very family-friendly and boast wide sandy beaches.

Budget Options

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

Taqueria Honorio

Taqueria Honorio

  Staff Favorite – Our 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

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. 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. 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

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. 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. 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

Loco Tulum

Loco Tulum

  Staff Favorite – We love stopping by this eatery when we’re 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

High-End Options

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. 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. 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

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