We've been to Charlie's twice now, once a year ago, just for dessert, and a few weeks ago for dinner. Both times, we've found very high quality food and enjoyed the kind of latter day hippie atmosphere and entertainment, so that now we'd say that Charlie's and Cetli are our two favorites in the town so far. My grilled fish was fresh and delicious, and my husband, who's fussy about rellenos, loved Charlie's version.Honestly I don't remember if the service was slow or not. We weren't ravenous when we got there, so we weren't too impatient for the food, plus there's almost always something to watch on the stage or among your fellow diners. Other reviews have called the place touristy, and I guess it is, but my impression is that it's also a community center, maybe especially for ex-pats living in Tulum. For example, when we got there for an early dinner this year, two young girls were getting a dancing lesson (Latin? Belly? Can't remember) on the stage for half an hour or so, then gave a little demonstration of what they learned. Although the entertainment is kind of fun, I personally prefer sitting where we sat a year ago, back in a corner away from the stage. It's not as noisy, and those tables have more of a courtyard feel.
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