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“Culinary highlight of my Mexico trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cetli

Cetli
Polar Norte St | one block north of Avenida Tulum, Tulum, Mexico
984-108-0681
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Ranked #19 of 242 Restaurants in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Culinary highlight of my Mexico trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Amazing food, amazing atmosphere. The chef's energy and enthusiasm are so fantastic, and the food is stellar by any standards. Try the tamarind margarita and the black mole.

Visited November 2012
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Must Try!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We were in Tulum in the offseason and ended up being the only two people at the restaurant. The food, service, and personal attention of the owner (Claudia) were hallmarks of a memorable meal. It feels very much like you have been invited in to share a meal at Claudia's home. She brought out multiple mole options for us to sample and obviously is very committed to her craft. Far and away the best meal we had in Mexico.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Ignore the negative reviews, this place is awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

My wife and I had a very enjoyable dinner last night at Cetli. The food was awesome, the atmosphere was enchanting, the hospitality was genuine, and the wine was out of this world. We had the chiles en nogada and a sampling of different moles after staring with soup and the spinach salad. Claudia recommended a tempranillo from Mexico that blew us away. The wine was very reasonable (~$40). I would have gladly paid $120 for the wine...it was that good. Ignore all the haters and try this place when you visit Tulum!!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Winthrop, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Excellent service and tasty food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

This great little spot is a bit more expensive than other restaurants in town, but comparable to the beach eateries and MUCH, MUCH better! First off, the owner is fantastic. She greets you, takes your order, offers suggestions and presents the food whenever possible. It is apparant that she is proud of her craft and really helps create an experience rather then just a meal. The atmosphere is perfect. The complimentary hors d'ouevres platter was a nice suprise, large and delicious. Both of our meals were beautiful and tasted great. Wonderful sauces. My one minor complaint would be that mine was served just warm, and I would have preferred in hotter. Absolutely worth spending a few extra dollars!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“The best meal we had in our trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We just came back from spending 2.5 weeks in Mexico and our best meal was at Cetli. The food is traditional Mexican but with a really nice twist in the recipes. The ambiance is great as it is also the decoration. The chef/owner comes out to your table and talks you through the menu. You can tell she is really passionate about her food and this come across on each of the dishes that she serves. Is not dirt cheap, but it is great value for money as the food that you are eating is top notch. I had the chicken with Macho banana and it was just perfect!
We would have love to go back again but we tried on our last night in Tulum. If we ever come back we will go again!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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