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Tulum Avenue between Alpha and Jupiter Street, Tulum, Mexico
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1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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    Very good
  • 22
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  • 13
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  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
great seafood

great food for a early dinner, had some ceviches and some shrimp cocktails, and was fresh and amazing, will be coming back, small and good service, all staff english speaking and friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
davidmac57
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Park Ridge, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I heard of this place from reading various blogs that said the place had the "best" fish tacos, which granted, is a common claim. We came here for an early lunch, it was dead, but we were welcomed by the sweetest young waiter. We got the fried fish tacos, the pirate shrimp tacos, and the mixed ceviche, and of course... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The probably locally made sea theamed decor gives you a hint at the menu. Nothing fancy, very casual. Locals & tourists present. We ordered shrimp salad for my 8 yr old picky eater because he will eat plain shrimp. The plate came & looked like a mountain of shrimp! It did have chopped onion tomatoes & cilantro but no sauce... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

great food for a early dinner, had some ceviches and some shrimp cocktails, and was fresh and amazing, will be coming back, small and good service, all staff english speaking and friendly.

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Devon, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Returning to Tulum from an excursion past Coba to the authentic Mayan village of San Pedro everyone in the family was very hungry. Driving down the feeder road next to 307 in Tulum we spotted several obvious locals dining al fresco at El Capitan. We parked and walked up. The waitress spoke very broken English but could have not been... More 

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Novosibirsk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Definitely best grilled fish and seafood in Tulum and around... And absolutely freakin' best seafood soup I have ever encountered!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Authentic Mexican family run business that specializes in seafood. Delicious food, ceviche was sensational as were all the seafood dishes. Situated on the main street of Tulum, so a good place to watch the passing walkers.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

lovely clean well cooked great food You wont see the cats thin and hungry a good sign its Always busy a very good sign

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Cedar Rapids
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Very good fresh sea food. Drinks were very good and inexpensive. Meal and drinks were about 1/3 the price of the restaurants in Playa Del Carmen.

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kerrville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

Dennis our server was amazing with excellent English. We had coconut shrimp & rellAno Marisco . Both were great

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Urbandale, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We really enjoyed dinner at El Capitan. We rated the fish fajitas (roll your own fish tacos) and the ceviche as the best we enjoyed during our week in Tulum. We would not recommend their fish tacos (high ratio of batter to fish). The drinks were also good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Tulum Avenue between Alpha and Jupiter Street, Tulum, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Tulum

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?