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El Tabano

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, South American, Central American
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Beach Road Tulum Km. 7, Tulum 77766, Mexico
+52 984 134 2706
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We turned up on a Saturday night but the restaurant was closed for a wedding - it looked beautiful with fairylights. We went the following night and weren't disappointed. There aren't any menus as the choices are all written on chalk boards. The food was delicious, fresh and home made - the kitchen was open plan, so you could watch... More 

Thank aquarian66
Milano, Italia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

We had dinner here the first evening in Tulum. Without a lot of expectations we walked in. We discovered one of the best places you can eat at while here. The guacamole salad is just delicious and also the shrimps are tasty and fresh. The waiters are friendly and walk you through the menu if any doubts. Don't miss it!!!

Thank GiorgiaMat
Tulum, Mexico
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95 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 426 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

Charming restaurant with great authentic food. Their menu is solid, with the shrimp in spicy sauce being a personal favorite. The wine list is spectacular, with a truly great selection of Mexican vintners and broad enough to satisfy varied preferences. During the weekend they also have a band playing live music. Service at El Tabano is very good and the... More 

5 Thank Tony A
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

It was our first night in Tulum and we were just wandering around, checking things out. My girlfriend had read something on Pintrest about El Tabano, so we decided to pop in for a drink when we came upon it, as we were getting really hot. We sat down and, without us asking, the waiter retrieved a large fan and... More 

Thank bbiggsSF
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

I tried to go there for dinner with my Husband, the place was completely empty, we walked in, they told us we needed a reservation, we walked away. My husband has lived in Tulum since there were noone, he just hates to go to the beach since now they all become so pretencious, snoby and expensive. I guess we won't... More 

2 Thank CDM81
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

I'm not the most touchy-feely person in the world but the food at El Tabano genuinely made me want to hug everyone who made it. The old Mexican lady chefs would have probably banged me on the head with a saucepan if I tried but I'm sure you will feel the need to compliment them on their work in your... More 

Thank Martin D
New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

On the Tulum "tourist strip" if I may call the road along the coast that. Open layout. Since it's not on the beach side, it tends not to get the sea breeze and stays humid. Spray on your insect repellent.. they had some at the bar as well. The mosquitos got us inspite of it! They do have a number... More 

1 Thank KANewYork
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

The food in the Tabano is real ! No fancy expensive dishes - just good food with super sweet service .. I have been heresy many times over the years and it s still fantastic ..

Thank Melanie-schoene
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

Food was great,staff were nice, was fairly quiet but still lovely. Casual dining which was fairly expensive but still worth it. We ate quite late so a few dishes were sold out, but everything we had was delicious

Thank trendiesttravellers
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17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

Omg, the roast chicken dish here is to die for, so much so I came back here twice just to get the chicken, very reasonable price of 170 pesos, but honestly, one of the most tastiest dishes I have ever had, I don't know how they do it, also, don't be put of by the lack of atmosphere, the food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $50
Mexican, South American, Central American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Beach Road Tulum Km. 7, Tulum 77766, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Tulum
  • Phone Number: +52 984 134 2706
Inmersed in a lushious garden in the jungle side, El Tábano is a favorite amongst neighbors and visitors alike. Serving homemade flavor infused with regional character, and a touch of the chefs personality into each dish- it is a true experience of all senses.Family warmth, exquisite taste, fresh and creative food prepared right in front of you . And if you like to take the recepies, just come into our kitchen and live the joy of cooking with us.The staff is always happy to share the secrets in exchange of a smile.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?