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El Carboncito

Avenue Tulum at Acuario, Tulum, Mexico
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Ranked #81 of 205 Restaurants in Tulum
Tue - Sun 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Late Night
Most recent review
- May 11, 2014
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Dining options: Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
Portland, Oregon, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Four of us ate there on this past Saturday night. A total of 13 tacos for 123 pesos, less than $10 US. I had stopped at the Cervefrio a few blocks north and bought some beer to take back to the hotel. They let us drink a beer with our meal, wrapping the cans in napkins. I have been eating... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

really good breakfasts...and they are consistent with quality year after year! good value! I'm a huevos ranchos fan!!!

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Harlan, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We had the El Pastor and Pollo tacos and they where the best tacos we had ever eaten. The place is somewhat hard to find as it is located at the south end of the strip. The staff doesn't seem to understand English but still easy to order. The green sauce is amazing as well. Only cost 40 pesos for... More

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7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Walked past this place with the plastic chairs and spotted the pastor - meat spit rotating over coals - and knew we had to eat here. Under 200 peso ($18 AUD) to feed 3 people with tasty grub. I don't eat meat so ordered the vegetarian plate (50 peso) and was happy with my tasty mix of onions, capsicum and... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Accidentally found this local spot only the night before we were heading back home. I was trying to find a local spot in Tulum and after driving around 30 mins and not able to find it I parked my car and decided to walk. Instead of finding the original restaurant I was looking for I stumbled in front of this... More

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Spokane, WA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

It's all about the Al Pastor here! It's a rustic taqueria that specializes in charcoal fired al pastor. The al pastor is the best I've ever had! The service...not so much. They will get to you when the get to you...it's almost as if they know they have great food so who cares about the service. One other knock...no cervezas... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

This place is so good and so cheap. We went on waht started as a quite night just myself, hubby and our best friend who lives in Akumal. After an hour or so the place was full and Mariachis were strolling around with a 9 year old. We called him Mit.(Mariachi-in-training). Crowd started to dance and older woman were in... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

I'm not sure if it's still called "El Carboncito" however the red painted storefront and inside is still a dead giveaway to the restaurant. The place was packed, we had to wait about 5 mintues for a seat. We both had Tacos Al Pastor, they came fast, and there were 4 different salsas and additions you could use to top... More

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12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

This place is amazing! I found it on a blog when I was researching eating in Tulum. It has everything I wanted - local clients, meat on a grill, plastic tables and chairs, non-English speaking waiters, and DELICIOUS incredibly awesome food. My boyfriend and I ate here - almost nightly for about a week. Even if we did not eat... More

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New York City, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2011

This is one of those local places that you'll never forget. They make a variety of dishes, but the greatest thing is the "pastor" - pork, slow-cooked on an upright spit like the greeks do with lamb for gyros. Then they put a slice of pineapple with fantastic guacamole, salsa, and hot pepper sauce. You'll order more than you think... More

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