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“Good food, great vibe.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mateo's Mexican Grill

Mateo's Mexican Grill
Tulum Beach Road-Boca Paila KM 5.2 | Zona hotelera Tulum, Tulum 77505, Mexico
+52 984 114 2676
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Ranked #59 of 202 restaurants in Tulum
Price range: $6 - $35
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Good food, great vibe.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Nice relaxing spot, with good food. Of all the overpriced restaurants on the beach this is probably one of the better ones. The laid back vibe makes for a nice place t relax and enjoy a slow meal. The service is not fast, nor should it be. We found it to be plenty sufficient. The fresh produce and open kitchen make you feel like you are getting super fresh food, it tasted as such as well. I would defiantly return.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great place to watch the sunset over the jungle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Mateos is the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the jungle in Tulum. it's right on the beach front so if you climb to the top of the tree house structure you can see the ocean as well. The food here was deeeeelicious! And the green smoothie is the best I've ever had. Definitely worth a visit!

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Fajitas for 2 Yummm!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

My wife and I kicked back here for her B-Day! Really enjoyed the environment, we watched the cars, bikers, and walkers passing by, enjoyed the breeze from the sea..

We ordered the chicken fajitas and my wife and I split it and we ended up satisfied! The plate had a really great presentation and we appreciated that the sides were served on seperate dishes. The service was great, laid back feel.

Drinks are a bit pricy but aside from that - great experience.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Minneapolis, MN
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“We spent too much time here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Great food and service. Maybe the reason we heard is the best---'managers Matt and Mike treat us as friends, not just as employees'. The price for food here is aligned with other places along Tulum beach, which is of course higher than in Tulum Pueblo, but the portions are large. It is useful to see what portions other people are being served before ordering and you may find that one entree is enough for two people to share, and they're happy to let you do this. We'd never watched the sunset from this side of Mexico before, except for on Isla Mujeres, and the sunset deck is a great place to do this. Now, if they just had some Carlos Santana music to add to the mix, things would be perfect. Oh, one other perfect addition would be to open Malika's coffee bar at sunrise for us early risers.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Tasty food and drinks, great atmosphere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Dont forget to go up the stairs to get a view of the sunset on the top deck patio...Absolutely amazing. The food and drinks are good, the wait staff is super friendly...live music, great vibe. Prices are set for the tourists and this is definitely a place that caters to the tourists but it is a good time every time.

Visited November 2013
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