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El Tabano

Beach Road Tulum, Boca Paila Km.7, Tulum, Mexico
984.134.2706
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Ranked #74 of 204 Restaurants in Tulum
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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New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I was here for dinner and it was fantastic. The atmosphere was so dreamy. The garden dining area is rustic and romantic. I loved the open kitchen where you could see the meals being prepared. My girlfriend and I had the most delicious stuffed poblano pepper. We also had a delicious Mediterranean sea bass and stuffed crepes. Everything was wonderful.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Such a great tulum experience. The restaurant has a fun home kitchen feel. Staff was casual, but attentive. It was definitely really hot being on the jungle side of the main road, but such a neat restaurant. Food was great! Try the cactus!

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Danville, Kentucky
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

AMAZING food, service, and cocktails. We went here twice because the first time was so amazing. The menu is written on a chalkboard and was different both times we went. I'm a vegetarian and they had plenty of options. I had this amazing poblano dish that I still think about/crave to this day. Not to mention the cocktails are amazing,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Don't miss the pollo rojo or the chile ancho. The staff is friendly and the place has a great atmosphere. The location is also great

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San Francisco
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Cute place on the jungle side of beach road- it was close to our resort, so we came in for dinner one night. The service was absolutely terrible, which really marred the experience. Not totally the fault of our waiter, but more the owners, as there was one waiter serving everyone in the restaurant. After we sat, it took quite... More

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Nyack, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

One of the best restaurants my husband and I have ever been to! You have to try the avocado/cucumber/mint soup, the stuffed poblano with cashew cream sauce was absolutely out of this world as were the meatballs! The staff was warm & friendly, the atmosphere perfect...and of course the cocktails were also delicious. I can't wait to go back to... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

These places on the opposite side of the road from the beach are really unique and quaint. To us anyway it is a very Tulum experience with local flair but typically high-end food and beverages. El Tabano was the best of those places we tried. The atmosphere in the evening was great, the service was steady, the drinks were delicious... More

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Lakewood, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

had a great lunch there. A very interesting menu, although they were out of the one dish I wanted, mole shrimp. This outdoor eating spot is really worth the trip. Very friendly relaxed staff.

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San Diego, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Our appetizer, tomato asado with goat cheese, was terrible. My meal, 2 meatballs in a thin red sauce with potato chips was weird. My husband got pulled pork and he thought it was decent. The man & woman who run the restaurant (I think) were very friendly, however, our server was disinterested and less than helpful. They were also out... More

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Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We have been to El Tabano for dinner a few times and it never disappoints us! Great mojitos! Some of our favorite dishes were the lavender shrimp and the mole shrimp. The menu is huge! The furniture & decor was absolutely unique! We will definitely return!

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