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El Tacoqueto

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Main Road, Tulum, Mexico
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best chicken fried steak in town!!

At first glance most people would pass on coming into this place. A few tables and loaded with locals. The fact that its loaded with locals should give you a clue. Very reasonable food. They offer 5 to 6 "guisados" already prepared. You can go up and check the big pots and select what you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
stewmexico2002
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

At first glance most people would pass on coming into this place. A few tables and loaded with locals. The fact that its loaded with locals should give you a clue. Very reasonable food. They offer 5 to 6 "guisados" already prepared. You can go up and check the big pots and select what you like. My wife sticks to... More 

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Wellington, NZ
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a great family run restaurant. Cheap and super authentic. Please note it's location is NOT the same as the current dot on the TripAdvisor map. It's at the far end of the main street Avenida Tulum, past the ADO Bus terminal as you walk southwest. Near the intersection with Calle Acuario.

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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

As local as you can get. No menus but you choose what to eat from the pans in the kitchen. Great recommendation from hotel. Easy to miss but on south end of the main street

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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This is a very little place , if you see it passing by you might not want to stop in, but let me tell you, you will be making the biggest mistake of your trip. The food is amazing, no menus, you have to walk up to the kitchen and see what the chef has prepared for the day-los guisados... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We came across this place by a recomendation from a local and we came back 4 times during our stay in Tulum! We ate three expensive dinners (Hartwood, Met the Chefs 5 course event, and at La Zebra) by our hotel in the beach and this was still our favorite. It's not fancy at all but what you get here... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Food made by locals - for real. You can look into the kitchen and choose your dish. Eat with locals - this is the least touristy restaurant in Tulum (funny: mentioned in Food & Wine magazine and they've laminated the page.)

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Lyon, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Excellent local cantine located in the main street of Tulum. There is no menu, all is freshly cooked. I warmly recommend the place: (+) Tasty food. (+) The Owner originated from Chiapas is very nice and welcoming (+) Smooth price (+) Amazing agua de piña and pechuga de pollo (-) Nothing, just run there for either breakfast, lunch or diner.

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11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We asked a local guy where he would go to eat and he suggested El Tacoqueto. No menu, pick from the kitchen what you want. The green habanero sauce is so hot it makes the locals loco. There is no alcohol and no tourist. The owner Fidel is proud to show off the write up he received from an American... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Eating at El Tacoqueto was such a fun and delicious experience. The owner takes you in hand and brings you up to the kitchen to see what was cooked for the day. You point to what you want and soon he comes to your table with a plate laden with food. The albondigas that day were especially yummy, as were... More 

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Great place, eat as the locals do. Open kitchen with about 10 items to choose from on display or other things if you can speak some spanish. Feel free to look and point at what looks best to you. I had a great filling soup with plenty of meat on the bone served with rice for 60 pesos. Really tasty!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Main Road, Tulum, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Tulum

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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