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El Tabano

Beach Road Tulum, Boca Paila Km.7, Tulum, Mexico
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Ranked #63 of 190 restaurants in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Inmersed in a lushious garden in the jungle side, El Tábano is a favorite amongst neighbors and visitors alike. Serving homemade flavor infused with regional character, and a touch of the chefs personality into each dish- it is a true experience of all senses.Family warmth, exquisite taste, fresh and creative food prepared right in front of you . And if you like to take the recepies, just come into our kitchen and live the joy of cooking with us.The staff is always happy to share the secrets in exchange of a smile.
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Shanghai, China
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Dinner earlier this week. If you are the owner of El Tabano and read these reviews then you should be concerned with the behaviour and attitude of your waiting and bar staff (not kitchen). Out of all the places we ate in Tulum, El Tabano was the only restaurant where we were on the receiving end of attitude. Starting with... More

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Agoura Hills, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I wish we had gone here earlier in our visit so we could've hit it a view more times. Amazing fresh food cooked in an open kitchen next to the tables. Menu changes and varies greatly. All the food is garden fresh, locally sourced. Stands up against some of the more famous places in Tulum easily. Would suggest breakfast and... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Really good home cooked Mexican food in a fun and hip atmosphere. The menu is full of recipes by locals that are women form the town that cook the food as well.The menu is creative, natural and very tasty.The cocktails are excellent using local fresh fruit and served by a young international group of people. It's a slice of what... More

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Tulum, Mexico
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I have been living in Tulum for about two years and have tried most of the restaurants. I tried this one on the recommendation of an acquaintance who said it was popular. My first impression was that the personnel all looked very sad. This worried me at first but I tried to stay positive. The food was very expensive with... More

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Southampton, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Had the fish tacos... Yum. Everyone in my group enjoyed their food. Not a unhappy belly at our table of 12.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This is THE MOST AWESOME restaurant in Tulum - truly! My husband had eaten here 2 years ago and this was his best dining experience; as such, he was eager to take me there. We ended up eating here twice in the 3 days that we spent in Tulum, which is saying a lot! We had a bunch of their... More

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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This place was very convenient for an evening cocktail and so we forgave the first couple of evenings of attitude from the staff here but finally decided to take our dollars elsewhere (posada marguerita) where we had to walk a bit further but were welcome Also they arent very accurate with the bill (extra drinks on the bill on more... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Been here few times. This time the last. Attractive enough candlelit place for a seemingly cozy jungle atmosphere at night right across from Amansala. BUT--Don't let the handsome, cute waiters fool you...They are pretty slow, not very bright and always have a really bad attitude! Ruins the spirit and they just don't care! Downright obnoxious at times and I'm not... More

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Very recommended by all and by me, Great food to experience traditional Mexican food. Good knowledge on wine as well.

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Jackson, Mississippi
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

My husband and I just returned from our wedding in Tulum, and we had our rehearsal dinner at El Tabano. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this restaurant! The meal was 7 courses, family style, and our guests were amazed and thrilled with all the dishes! Most of our guests commented that they got to try dishes they never... More

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