Let me break it down for you. If you are expecting to eat cheaply in Tulum then you might have to redirect your car and head back to Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Restaurants in Tulum are not the cheapest but they are REALLY good! Don’t despair though, we’ve done the research so you can nosh on delicious meals rather than mediocore ones. Here’s a round-up categorized by the best of… buen apetito!
Best steak: Rib Eye at Casa Banana
This Argentinian resto is popular for their meats—the rib eye and filet mignon was grilled to perfection in their very own wood fire oven. We also recommend the chorizo and rosemary focaccia. The wait can be rather long, but there is a foostable and a fully stocked bar to keep you pre-occupied. If you don’t mind sharing a table it will cut your waiting time by half. The atmosphere is buzzy and fun.
Best Taco: Al Pastor and Pineapple Taco at Taqueria La Eufemia
Grab a seat inside or on the beach (if you can!), this hipster/hippie shack hang out is a popular lunch spot by the water. There is a self-service counter with homemade sauces, all very tasty but can be super spicy, so be sure to ask which salsas are milder. We tried most of the tacos served here but our best by far was the flavours and combination of pork and pineapple. The ceviche and guacamole are also good here.
Al pastor and pineapple taco and fish taco
Best Dish: Pork Ribs with Green Tomatoes at El Tabeno!
This Mexican fare, family style home cooking is on the “experimental” side mixing new with the old. The massive chalkboard as you enter lists the wine and dishes on offer. It did seem a little disorganized but we still got our food in a timely manner. The pork ribs covered in a tangy sauce was incredibly tender and just came off the bone. Another stand out dish was the crispy crunchy coconut shrimp.
Best Ceviche: Shrimp and Fish Ceviche at Don Cafeto
Ceviche is a staple in every local Mexican restaurant but by far one of our best is found in the town centre. We like ours more on the limey side so this was perfect. The free bowl of pickled veggies for the table is a bonus, flavored with a cinnamon bark, yummy!
The interior of La Eufermia
Ceviche at Don Cafeto in the centre of town
Runner-up: Mixed Seafood Cerviche at La Fonda Chiquita
Almost equally as good but by personal preference a little extra lime and it would've been a tie! Hidden down a narrow alley, snag the only table by the cliff that looks out to the sea.
Best Meal: Casa Jaguar
Our favorite (overall) of all the restaurants we visited—great ambiance, food and cocktails! An outdoor jungle-side experience—the feel of it reminded me of the rustic chic restautrants in Bali. To kick off our evening we had the Temazcal cocktail, the combination of tamarind, pineapple and basil with mezcal. I wanted a cocktail on the sweeter side so this hit the spot. The Jaguar salad was minty fresh, followed by the red snapper wrapped in leaf cooked delicately and the fish fluffy. Another entree we couldn’t resist was the tamale conchita pibil (pork), incredibly tasty and tender. For dessert, the chocolate fondant lava cake with nectarine on the side sent us off content and satiated.
Ceviche at La Fonda Chiquita
On our next visit we hope to try Hartwood and Restaurare.
The fish and pork pibil
If you're intrested in a more definitive guide on Tulum, you can check out our Getaway Guide to Tulum
and 5 Shops Not To Miss in Tulum.
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