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Cetli

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Polar Norte St | one block north of Avenida Tulum, Tulum, Mexico
984-108-0681
Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Thu - Tue 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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  • 204
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  • 36
    Very good
  • 16
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  • 5
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  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Cute restaurant, bland food

While the restaurant is very cute and cozy, the food was surprisingly bland. Their menu isn't very extensive -- most of the entrees are some sort of a chicken roll, which wasn't particularly impressive. I would recommend other places instead, like La Malquerida.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Max R
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

While the restaurant is very cute and cozy, the food was surprisingly bland. Their menu isn't very extensive -- most of the entrees are some sort of a chicken roll, which wasn't particularly impressive. I would recommend other places instead, like La Malquerida.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Amazing food with only the freshest vegetables and fruits. Never had better zucchini!! The cook is woman from Mexico City who always adds something special to her authentic Mexican dishes. The place has a great atmosphere as well, very cozy with beautiful plants and decorations! Its a bit pricier than other restaurants in town but its well worth it!!!

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Sayulita, Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

If they're going to microwave it you think it would take less time. The restaurant was cute and heard great things, so I was very disappointed.

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We visited Cetli twice in six days. It's located tucked in the center of town, two blocks off the main road. It could very well be your aunt and uncle's home, all candlelit, very charming, few tables...you must call in for reservations. The food was amazing. They brought a sampling of breads that included empanadas and tostadas with a couple... More 

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This restaurant is just a block off of the main street in Tulum, but WOW what a find! We went looking for it because it is in BOTH of the guide books that we had used to research the area. It was a great place for a dinner, the food was absolutely amazing. I had the restaurants specialty, and i... More 

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

Not only is the food perfect but the home made refreshments are also innovative and delicious. Try the cucumber/mint drink. The service is fast and efficient. The atmoshere is romantic, quiet, candlelit with an "old hacienda" feel and the background music is perfect for the mood ....Particularly love Lila Downs ' sad old spanish ballads

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

Nice atmosphere, very good service, food is bland. By bland I mean nearly tasteless. Shrimp served entirely in their shell which just makes for a messy experience. The Tamarind frozen margarita is superb.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I have to visit Cetli every time I go to Tulum. Every time I've been there is something new on the menu I've never had and it always blows me away. The atmosphere is so calming and enjoyable. They have definitely considered every part of the experience from the moment you walk into the door to the extreme care they... More 

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San Francisco, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

My friend and I had several delicious meals in Tulum, but this was by far the most disappointing (and definitely the most hyped up). The best part of the meal was the free appetizers: mini empanadas and fresh cheese with beets. However, it was downhill from there. My friend ordered a tamarind fish dish that was extremely sweet. We called... More 

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Scotland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We phoned in advance to book a table for the Friday night but they were booked up, but they managed to get a table for us on the Saturday and this happened to be Valentines night :) Even though we had a booking we had to wait about 15 minutes at the front of the restaurant until the waiter was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Polar Norte St | one block north of Avenida Tulum, Tulum, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Tulum
  • Phone Number: 984-108-0681

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?