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El Tabano

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Beach Road Tulum, Boca Paila Km.7, Tulum, Mexico
+52 984 134 2706
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9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Inmersed in a lushious garden in the jungle side, El Tábano is a favorite...
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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  • 377
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    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 33
    Poor
  • 35
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Tasty food and friendly service

The place itself is really nice - laidback, feet in the sand Tulum vibe. We were greeted from the moment we walked in, helped through the menu and checked on and chatted to heaps of times - the head waiter (or owner, not entirely sure) was really friendly and seemed to want to make sure everything... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
Bridget d
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Kansas City, Missouri
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We didn't care for the food or drinks at El Tabano. Food was bland and quite expensive compared to similar dishes elsewhere. The drinks seemed watered down.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Found this place by accident what a little oasis. Great food and such a great atmosphere .The staff are very helpful , the food is very good and I can recommend the cactus and fresh bread. Also the waitress that served us told us about the lagoon that was about half an hour away amazing. Such lovely people and cheap... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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100 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Someone in Tulum Pueblo recommended this nice restaurant so we came down, the place and the atmosphere is very relaxed. They have a very varied menu of Mexican food and also the place has a beautiful jungle garden...our dinners were very tasty,we had fresh caribbean catch in xcatic pepper and apple. Family warmth, exquisite taste, fresh and creative food prepared... More 

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Jericoacoara
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Visited El Tábano at the recommendation of a friend - outstanding food and a very interesting and varied menu! Definitely go - and definitely bring cash. No credit cards.

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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My family (40 y/o and preteen girls) visited 2 years ago and loved this restaurant. Food was excellent. Service was relaxed, but we did not come with American expectations regarding timing. We revisited this week with a second similar family and had a wonderful meal. Both times it was lunch. Both times we were in the restaurant with very few... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The place itself is really nice - laidback, feet in the sand Tulum vibe. We were greeted from the moment we walked in, helped through the menu and checked on and chatted to heaps of times - the head waiter (or owner, not entirely sure) was really friendly and seemed to want to make sure everything was spot on. We... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

A gem. If you go to Tulum, be sure to have dinner at this place. The food is fresh and authentic and the setting amazing! Will definitely come back!

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Los Angeles, California
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

My husband and I were looking for a restaurants with vegetarian options (for me) near our hotel, Coral Tulum. We were actually going to Restaurare - but it was closed (on Wednesdays) so we stopped in at El Tobano, a few doors down. The hostess made some suggestions from the extensive blackboard menu. I had a wonderful, cold cream of... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Best meal I had at the beach. Great atmosphere, and even better ceviche. Take bug spray if you'll be there after dark.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My wife and I went to El Tabano for the 4th time today since coming here our first time in 2010. The food is always delicious and never disappoints. Today we have the avocado salad, tomato caramel shrimp and veggie tamales and each was worth it. I've heard they're coconut shrimp was amazing but it was the only item not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Beach Road Tulum, Boca Paila Km.7, Tulum, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Tulum
  • Phone Number: +52 984 134 2706

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 50
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?