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Polar Norte St | one block north of Avenida Tulum, Tulum, Mexico
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Thu - Tue 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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Ambiance and a wonderfully authentic menu

The food and service were outstanding! We had the house special and a chicken breast stuffed with chaya in a red peanut mole. Both were delicious.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The food and service were outstanding! We had the house special and a chicken breast stuffed with chaya in a red peanut mole. Both were delicious.

Thank roger368
Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was one of our favorite dinners! Very eclectic décor, and romantic setting. The appetizer that is "on the house" is a great taste of so many different items. I had the stuffed squash which was simple and flavorful, and my husband had the stuffed poblano pepper (which was my favorite). Such an experience here, I can't wait to return... More 

Thank diana l
Brooklyn, New York
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place was recommended to us by the place we stayed at in Aldea Zama. We tried without a reservation the first night but there wasn't room so we made a reservation for the next day. The service was nice and I felt very comfortable immediately. The food was delicious and plated beautifully. A great meal and experience from start... More 

Thank Devon M
Chelsea, Michigan
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cetli has added fascinating decor to their specialties from central Mexico, many of Aztecan flavor and presentation. It is one of the few Tulum restaurants that is indoors. We had made reservations online, with the comment that this would be my 79th birthday. Serenaded by "Happy Birthday" I was amazed and delighted to receive a bouquet of flowers and a... More 

1 Thank TankahTres
Brooklyn, New York
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71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's necessary to make a reservation here because the place is not so big. They give their diners a lot of space, and it's lovely to not see that it's crammed. The feeling of dining here is like dining in someone's very lovely and charmingly decorated home. You start with the house appetizers of cheeses breads and grasshoppers. Very interesting... More 

Thank templeroad
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a true gem of a restaurant. From the moment you sit, the staff take excellent care of you. The food is incredible, and the moles are the deserving star of the show. We ate here twice just so we could try them all!

Thank Brian L
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely little place right in the heart of Tulum. You don't need to go some fancy place on the beach for really, REALLY fantastic food. Definitely a bit more pricey than other local fare but still, considering how amazing the food was, a terrific bargain. My girlfriend and I both agreed that a comparable meal in Salt Lake City (believe... More 

Thank Eric C
London, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mexican food doesn't have to be all taco's and buritto's This local kitchen run single handedly by a woman showed us something genuinely different we hadn't previously experienced on our Mexican tour. Where else are you going to get a grasshopper amuse buche. Stuffed pepper with beef mince and raisins or fish with chocolate. A very humble and honestly run... More 

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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is hard to get a table but not impossible. The reputation of this boutique restaurant is well deserved. Everything is down with care and a lot of love. Claudia, the chef, Lalo and the rest of the team are simply great with guests. Attentive, helpful and warm. The menu is excellent. They will bring you home baked bread and... More 

Thank Davincicode
San Francisco
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Cetli. The food was absolutely delicious and we loved the use of local ingredients and flavors. We live in the Bay Area which has several excellent restaurants and we felt Cetli is on par or better! It was the most memorable meal we had while visiting Tulum. I highly recommend trying... 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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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