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El Tabano

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$$ - $$$
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Beach Road Tulum Km. 7, Tulum 77766, Mexico
+52 984 134 8725
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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Philadelphia, PA usa
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2012

Papaya tomato soup- try it! Nice rustic place, delicious food, nice overall experience. Nice place to share a meal. Also the owner is always around

Thank mimerscreamer
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed February 13, 2012

The food at El Tabano was really good. I recommend arrive early because you can wait a lots of time for your dinner when the restaurant is busy. I like flavorful Mexican food and I found it here, very good food and drinks. It seemed like every other Mexican restaurant , but it is not !! El tabano is a... More 

Thank paulmurphySD
San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 12, 2012

WOOOOW, we went twice while in Tulum, and we can't recomment this place enough. Very laid back service, local cooks, great lounge music and over the top food

Thank claude415
New York City, New York
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 12, 2012

the shrimp was good, but too peppery. soup was yummt

1 Thank Ievboston
Santa Barbara, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed February 11, 2012

We were looking for a Mexican restaurant on the beach area to celebrate our anniversary and the owner at Posada Margherita told us about El Tabano .Since we were near by, the decision was not hard to make. Very authentic Mexican food, great atmosphere, good service. Highly recommended.

Thank carolSBca
Sand Lake, Michigan
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2012

Stayed in Tulum only one night, Jan. 24, and ate at El Tabano on advice form Trip Advisor, and so glad we did! This is the coolest place we have ever eaten, for both the food and atmosphere! Really can't say enough about how much we enjoyed this place. It's an open air restaurant/bar, some of it under a palapa... More 

Thank dncosgrove
Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 8, 2012

We enjoyed our lunch at Tabano so much that we decided on dinner there. This time, the score was 5 -- the space gains a magical quality as the sun goes down, as the full service bar and ready-to-smile wait staff add to the overall great quality of food and service. So nice, we ate there for dinner twice. Reservations... More 

Thank PDXTraveler_98
Salt Lake City, Utah
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2012

by far the best Mexican restaurant on the beach road. yes, the service is not fast, but it is Mexico, slow is good !!!! excellent

Thank gretazero
New York City, New York
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2012

The atmosphere was great. Wait staff just ok. The food itself was good but way to expensive for what you get.

1 Thank susyper
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2012

We sat on a carved cushioned bench on the fringe of overhead cover so could look at the magnificent sky along with enjoying the ambiance of the restaurant. Really good stuffed chile and then slow roasted,spicy chicken and delicate fish for dinner.

Thank dctraveller702

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $50
Mexican, Seafood, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
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 8725
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?