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Taberna de los Frailes

Calle 49 #235 | Next to the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, Valladolid 97780, Mexico
+52 985 856 0689
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Ranked #6 of 42 restaurants in Valladolid
Price range: $7 - $16
Cuisines: Mexican, Seafood, Vegetarian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Calzada de los Frailes y el Convento de San Bernardino de Siena
Description:    Overlooking the ancient stonework of the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena dating to 1552, one of the most important structures of colonial Mexico, Taberna de los Frailes sits exactly above Cenote SisHa, the most historic Cenote of Yucatan.   It is precisely this truly privileged location which forms the basis for a exceptional culinary and cultural experience.   Rare ingredients of traditional Maya cuisine and secret recipes of Yucatecan Colonial origin form the heart of our contemporary fusion dishes. We invite you to come and give us a try, because after all, it will be your palate, your sense of beauty and your appreciation of history that will decide. No Pets. Non smoking area.
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91% Recommend
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washington, dc
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

I say "high end" considering that Valladolid seems to be a tiny little town with a small amount of tourism, and not much to attract the big spending crowd. The restaurant is lovely and elegant, food was terrific, a very varied menu that included traditional Mayan dishes, and some more trendy dishes as well. Beautiful atmosphere - it was the... More

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Essex, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Perhaps our expectations were too high, maybe it was an off night. There were not many other diners at the 6-7pm dinner hour on Thursday night. First of all, it was the first and only very weak and overly sweet margarita that my girlfriend in all of her many experiences in Mexico. I had to take myself to the bar... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Its a very beautiful and nice place, the service is good. The food was good, and tasty. Very recommended...............

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We had a wonderful relaxing dining experience at the Taberna de Los Frailes. All of our meals were well prepared with fresh tasting ingredients. The service was very professional, allowing us plenty of time to enjoy the lovely evening in their garden.

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Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Came for dinner as just up the road from our hotel. The dining area in a palapa was very attractive, but it was very quiet with only two other diners. The staff were attentive and the food beautifully presented. Chris had Dzotobichay, vegetarian tamales or dumplings made with chay, the Yucatan spinach, filled with egg and served with a tomato... More

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Lakeland, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We ate here once for lunch and once for dinner. It is a beautiful spot, off the beaten path, in the shadow of the Convent de San Bernadino. When we arrived shortly before noon, we couldn't tell if it was open but heard noises behind the impressive doors, so we knocked. Turned out we were early, but they welcomed us... More

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Esher, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Our guide book said this was the best restaurant in the whole of Yucatan and we were not disappointed. Yes, it’s more expensive than most others in the area but we’re from London and are used to higher prices. The food was truly spectacular and the service was good. If only this was local…

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Fort Collins
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

What a beautiful setting in the garden across from the historic nunnery. Very high class place but inexpensive. Service is perfect. Food delicious. Lovely place. Wish I would have discovered it sooner because I wouldn't have eaten anywhere else.

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

I've eaten a lot of unusual foods from far flung places but Mayan cuisine is very new to me and a very different experience than typical Mexican fare. If you want to give it a try, come to this pretty little city and enjoy a great experience at this intimate restaurant next to a very old convent. When your meal... More

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Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This restaurant should be listed either # 1 or # 2 by tripadvisor. I am not sure how the ratings are balanced, but having Taberna de los Frailes not at the top is not right. If you like Mexican sausage, chorizo, or other linked beef and pork, you should try the one offered at this place. Absolutely excellent, smoked and... More

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