We just returned from 4 fabulous days in Tulum. This was our first time there, so I did a quick Tripadvisor search for good restaurants.
If you have never been to Tulum, here is a quick overview. Most of the cabanas and hotels are on a stretch of road parallel to the beach. There are some restaurants in that stretch, but most can be touristy. A lot of people might not venture out of the area, because it is very deep in. If you do, you can take a left onto 307, and go into Tulum town center. It's about a 70 pesos cab ride.
I read about Altamar on Tripadvisor so we decided to give it a try. When we were dropped off by the cab, nobody was in the restaurant. So we walked around a bit thinking Tripadvisor led us astray. After a bit of look around, we decided to go with our first instinct and give it a shot. Boy, I am so glad we did. The place is very romantic and open. It doesn't face the main street, but it's right off of it. They didn't have someone trying to lure tourists in at the door, which is probably why nobody was in there. Our waiter was very friendly and explained everything they served. My favorite part was the authentic platter of little dishes they brought out for every table. The salsas were sooo good! Their guacamole was probably the best I have ever had. I had the grilled fish and my boyfriend had a steak dish. Everything was amazing, even the wine. We almost signed up for their cooking class, if we had an extra day in Tulum. Something we plan on doing next time we visit.
Overall, this place is a gem. It might not be the most flashy and loud, but it is definitely authentic and delicious. While we were there, lots of locals came in and the place filled up quickly. Go there and you will not regret it!
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