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El Camello

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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Avenida Tulum & Luna Sur, Tulum, Mexico
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Delicious Food

The best sea food in Tulum. Super good and very inexpensive 😉👍 Fresh sea food and very nice servers. Go before 1 pm because it gets super busy and you have to wait in line.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Janett T
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Tasted like average Mexican at home, but had an authentic feel to it being in Mexico. Picante green Salsa was not very good. People were nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The best sea food in Tulum. Super good and very inexpensive 😉👍 Fresh sea food and very nice servers. Go before 1 pm because it gets super busy and you have to wait in line.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Recommended by a local, delicious, my only problem was that they don't take credit cards, otherwise it would have been 5 stars

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Dalat, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We had a delicious meal here. Very generous portions, including bringing a top-up of nachos. We had the seafood soup, grilled snapper, and the octopus a la mexicana. The octopus was the best I have ever eaten, not chewy at all, just melt in your mouth, and everything else was top quality. The prices are reasonable too, and the service... More 

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Parker, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This place is wayyyyyyyyy at the southern end of the town of Tulum. Just when you think you're there, keep going....the place is nothing special, no air conditioning, loud music, TVs blasting, FANS running ...so not so bad! The menu is FABULOUS, especially if you like Fish or Seafood. We had the SMALL ceviche (mixed)...and it was LARGE. Nachos are... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Do not understand HOW this place is getting so much good publicity. Granted, we are discerning "foodies" from Chicago, but just can't get over how much this place disappointed. First of all, really really hot, outdoors, with fans but still super hot in August. Second of all the service was pathetic, took forever to even get the server to TAKE... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Very nice meal. Good service as well. Up the quiet end of town which is nice also. Would definitely eat here again.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I first visited El Camelo a couple of seasons ago, prior to the renovations. It was largely serving local residents and expats then. The smell of freshly fried fish wafted across the street. The food was delicious, and the service blazingly fast. The free appetizers were a great touch. One could see the kitchen were the fish and other seafood... More 

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Monterrey, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Everytime I eat here I always leave with a smile on my face. Even though this place is a hole in the wall, and always full of people, I have never waited more than 5 minutes for a table and food always arrives right and fast. Taste is always great and consistent, super fresh. Careful with the ceviches, they are... More 

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Albany, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

My family and I tried el camello on the recommendation of hartwood chef Eric. It did not disappoint! I had the butter grilled lobster. It was the best I have ever eaten. Everything we ate was superb with the charming atmosphere of downtown tulum. We will be back!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida Tulum & Luna Sur, Tulum, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Tulum

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Chowder, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget

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