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All 221 Tulum Restaurants

El Tabano

Beach Road Tulum, Boca Paila Km.7, Tulum, Mexico
+52 984 134 2706
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Ranked #70 of 221 Restaurants in Tulum
Price range: $15 - $50
Sun 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Good beach food on the forest side of the road. Big list of wine. Lots of choices to eat as well. Safe bet at reasonable price.

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Victoria, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This is the type of place you would normally think to drop into.. on the side of a busy road.. across from a mini mart ( think 7/11) .. but we are so glad our guide from a private tour( Avatar) took us here. Seriously.. the BEST margarita and Ceviche EVER... and the platter of ceviche was so large that... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I loved everything about this place, from the handcarved wooden bar and funky eclectic furniture, to the local artwork, to the music playlist...The bartenders and wait staff are very friendly and accommodating, everything is made fresh, and they have some of the most interesting Mexican cocktail recipes I've ever tried. Try the cucumber margarita! I felt totally at home and... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

First, whoever writes the menu & drink items on the large chalkboards...great handwriting!! We have all heard about the NY Times article slobbering praise on Hartwood, which is down the street from El Tabano. I am sure they are the "it" place to go; however, we wanted our food cooked by people who are from the area. Besides, who wants... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Odd reception from waitstaff, almost as if they weren't interested in serving customers... Waitress smoked two cigs and had a drink at bar and never came back to take our order, we had to ask someone else to take order... They were NOT friendly and the food was mediocre, the drinks, horrible... It's a shame, the space is cute, but... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Stumbled upon this restaurant after the vegan restaurant next door just didn't sound good to us after reading their menu. It is a small restaurant on the jungle side of the road and pretty similar looking to many other restaurants in Tulum's beach hotel area. But the food was really really great. Even though we were considering Vegan, my husband... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Place was recomended by the hotel concierge. They told us it was mexican food but it was not the common food you know, so we liked it, to try different things. Place is very casual, you choose from the menu which is writen on a board on the wall without a descrption of the dishes so it took a little... More 

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New York City, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Having been to Mexico many times I would have not expected to find an amazing culinary experience in. Tulum and in a relatively small to medium sized restaurant by the road. I was mistaken. Every plate that my friends and I tried were exquisite and it could be complimented by their great selection of Mexican wines. Another plus is that... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We were recommended to eat here but when we arrived the staff ignored us so much that even after being seated and we asked some questions about the food we had to stand up and leave. We were so ignored by our waiter it felt he didn't want neither our company nor our money. We took it to the vegan... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The food was good and the drinks were strong, not much not to like! Had a nice buzz, but not overly noisy. Priced on the higher end of things, but so is a lot of other places this end of Tulum.

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Additional Information about El Tabano

Address: Beach Road Tulum, Boca Paila Km.7, Tulum, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 984 134 2706
Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Tulum
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 50
Cuisine: Mexican

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