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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
Closed now
All hours
Sun 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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New York
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345 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 

Thank KANewYork
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank holidayguuuru
Portland, Oregon
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First dinner out in Tulum was here - and it was amazing. Excellent ceviche, fish tacos and cocktails. Warm, relaxed service and great music / ambience. We'll definitely be back!

Thank soste2
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

The bad review below made me laugh a lot, people need to lighten up!! The whole charm about this place is that there isn't a hostess in a tight dress and no bra showing you to your seat or a large, leather clad menu to thumb through! It is an cool, authentic restaurant with a great menu to boot! We... More 

Thank Hatz182
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We went to Tulum and ate at many of the top restaurants: Posada Margarita, Hartwood, Arca, and this was by far our favorite. The food was fresh, unique, but still felt authentic. It wasn't overpriced and you felt like you were getting your money's worth. The bartender made the best spicy margarita and was so accommodating. Fair warning - since... More 

Thank Sophie G
Okinawa, Japan (citizen of USA)
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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Let me first say – we TRIED to eat at El Tabano TWICE during our week long trip to Tulum. I had heard the food was pretty good and that it had cute décor (I’m an Interior Designer, so I appreciate good décor as well as food in restaurants). So, this place doesn’t really have a proper entry with a... More 

Thank clmokinawa
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We visit El Tabano ever year that we visit Tulum. I am pleased that the food is every bit as good as it always has been. I love that there is now a small bar, and the selection of Mexican wines is good. I love the intimate garden setting and the Mayan "fusion" cuisine. Don't miss this restaurant when in... More 

Thank KSBatch
Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

We had a really exceptional Milhill and a fun night we really enjoyed the wall-mounted menu the rustic setting and funny staff. The food was exceptional especially the cochinita pibil and the coconut shrimp. And the drinks were spot on also! Can see us coming back🍻🍻

Thank amoult20

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
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
Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
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?