We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Details

PRICE RANGE
$15 - $50
CUISINES
Mexican, Latin, Central American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
View all details
meals, features, about

Location and contact

3.6 miles from Tulum Archaeological Site
Improve this listing
Reviews (867)
Filter reviews
724 results
Traveler rating
425
159
63
35
42
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
Traveler rating
425
159
63
35
42
Show reviews that mention
All reviews fired chicken fish tacos visited el bug spray traditional mexican food slow service jungle cash israel margarita vacation usd
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed October 10, 2022 via mobile

We loved the food there so much that we had dinner there 3 days in the row. Israel was very attentive and suggested every time an excellent new dish to try. The red chicken was my favorite dish. Coco Loco was a fun drink.

Date of visit: October 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed July 10, 2022 via mobile

I visited El Tabano recently with friends for our last night in Tulum and initially was really happy with our choice for dinner. The venue and location were lovely. We asked for recommendations for food from the staff and our meals were pretty good also....All in all we were happy and intended to show this with our tips since, at first, we were happy with our service. However, since it was our last night some of us had decided to pay for the bulk of the meal with our cards and then leave the tip in cash - since we of course cannot use our mexican pesos at home. However, when we mentioned this to our waiter when paying for the bill he all of a sudden became very hostile and unfriendly. We tried again to explain that we were happy with the service and would indeed be paying the service charge, just in a separate cash payment but he continued to act in a rude manner towards us. It got so bad in fact that we decided that we no longer wanted to pay for the remaining service charge (we had already paid part of it via card while going back and forth with him) and settled the charge for the meals we had consumed and left with our cash tips. The night then took and even WORSE turn when we were followed outside by our waiter where he shouted abuse at us on the street as we waited for out taxi. We felt very shaken up and upset as three travelling women by this hostile and aggressive behaviour. All in all it was very dissapointing as we initially were very happy with El Tabano and were looking forward to tipping them with the last of our vacation money. However, in the end, we were left with a very bad taste in our mouths.More

Date of visit: July 2022
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed March 11, 2022 via mobile

Slow service, we waited 10 minutes before being asked for a drink. Enchiladas were mostly all cheese and had no flavor. The worst beam we had all week in Tulum.

Date of visit: March 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed October 12, 2021 via mobile

Yummy traditional Mexican food and great service. Enchiladas yum! Cool atmosphere on the jungle side. They will even give you bug spray!

Date of visit: October 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed June 2, 2021 via mobile

This was our most disappointing restaurant experience. We stopped in for an early dinner after a very hot and sweaty walk. The service at this point was fantastic. They brought a fan near us and provided much needed mosquito repellant. We were wowed. We ordered...tuna tikin xic and fish tacos. So far so good! Food was brought out in a timely manner and the hostess came by to ask if my husband wanted another beer. I was having water. She said she could bring me a free drink and I finally settled on a margarita. The food came promptly, but unfortunately both of our dishes were overcooked pretty badly. Then when we got the bill my "free" margarita turned out to be nearly $13 USD. We questioned it and all they would do was honor a happy hour deal of another margarita that I didn't want.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed May 14, 2021

Treat yourself to a fabulous dinner at El Tabano. They specialize in traditional Mexican cuisine, such as amazing "moles". Super delicious, and a charming, eclectic atmosphere.

Date of visit: February 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed April 7, 2021 via mobile

Ate there 2 times in a week. Food was fabulous! Service outstanding. Atmosphere phenomenal!!!! Mayan influenced cuisine.

Date of visit: April 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed April 2, 2021 via mobile

we had so much fun here. Israel was our favorite server of the whole trip. we loved the shrimp and veggie tacos. it feels less touristy and more low key than the other restaurants, but the service and food are still amazing. lots of free...shots best margaritas we had in tulum!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed March 21, 2021

Found El Tabano while just out for an evening walk. We were very happy to find it. Had veggie tacos and chips, salsa and guacamole. Drinks were Mojito and Mezcal. Everything was wonderful. They were very accommodating. I recommend it for vegetarians. Nice ambiance too.

Date of visit: March 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed March 12, 2021

Friendly staff, good food. They need a bit long to make a coffee (once we waited 35 Minutes) but all around we enjoyed our time there having breakfast and sometimes dinner.

Date of visit: March 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed December 12, 2020 via mobile

This place is HORRIBLE!!!! Overpriced food. We came here thinking we would have some good tacos to start of our vacation and wow did this place disappoint. We ordered chicken and shrimp tacos. The shrimp was served as it were blended in a blender with...very strong fishy taste I believe this was very old frozen shrimp. After one taco I asked to send it back and let me get the other tacos with something else. they refused saying it was because I had already tasted it. My husband ordered the chicken tacos. They tasted as if it were boiled chicken with some tomato sauce. Only had one beer and a juice and the bill came was 45 dollars ! You get better food at a food truck in the USA for half the price. Stay wayMore

Date of visit: December 2020
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed November 12, 2020

My girl friend and I ate here and had absolutely the best hospitality we have experienced since being in tulum. Not only were our tacos, chili rellianos, and pina coladas top notch but when we went to pay our card wouldn’t work. The owner was...extremely patient and kind. He offered me a drink while we waited to work it out. I totally reCommend this place over the over priced trendy spots on the strip. Thank you for keeping hope alive for tulum!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed September 23, 2020 via mobile

Omg this please was so scrumptious. It’s so good we went back the next day! Very relaxed but don’t let the low key vibe fool you, your mouth is about to have a party.

Date of visit: August 2020
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed August 25, 2020

This place is very quaint and we love it for that. We came back twice! To start, it’s super clean. There is a hand washing station when you first come in, touch free. The drinks were perfect, one of the best margaritas in Tulum. They...also have speciality drinks. My fiancé got the Earthquake and Mama Lindo. Both were fantastic, more on the spicy side. The first night we did appetizers. We got the stuffed Jalopenos and the green ceviche. Both were amazing in flavor. The second night we got the coconut and ginger shrimp and the beef tacos. So fresh and the flavors were spot on! The staff was very friendly and accommodating. They even gave us limes for tequila at our hotel! This is a must visit in Tulum!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed August 21, 2020

My family and I made reservations here for my 39th birthday. The staff is very welcoming and friendly, the atmosphere is beautiful, open and romantic, the food was some of the best I had in Tulum. The best part though was that they went above...and beyond for my birthday by serving us a special flan as the birthday cake and a celebratory shot of fine tequila. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a nice place to eat. The service is amazing!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Amansala Eco-Chic Resort + Spa
1,028 reviews
.05 miles away
Maya Tulum By G Hotels
451 reviews
.07 miles away
Tago Tulum by G Hotels
72 reviews
.14 miles away
Hotel Playa Kin Ha
153 reviews
.20 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Khyra Tulum Restaurant
126 reviews
.22 miles away
Confessions Tulum
727 reviews
.63 miles away
Olivia Organic Market
62 reviews
.08 miles away
Funky Burrito Garden
51 reviews
.09 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Ziggy Beach
869 reviews
.86 miles away
Alumbra Tulum
9 reviews
.02 miles away
Prokite Mexico
160 reviews
.54 miles away
Mexidivers Tulum
378 reviews
.60 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
samchater
December 29, 2014|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Misterpepito | Reviewed this property |
Correct. El Tabano is a restaurant and not a hotel.
0
Votes
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing

EL TABANO, Tulum - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about El Tabano

El Tabano is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5