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El Capitan

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Mexican, Latin, Seafood, Caribbean, Spanish, Central American
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Tulum Avenue between Alpha and Jupiter Street, Tulum, Mexico
Tue - Sun 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Chiang Rai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ever since we left Cuba, my wife has wanted that tender moist lobster delight only served by a good seafood chef. We ordered the 500 gr portion at the rate of 1.30 pesos per gram. That comes to $38.23 for more food then we were able to eat at dinner. We took the leftovers home and had another meal. The... More 

Thank BrandyRelis
Tulum, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went for the lobster bisque after a very strong recommendation from a foodie friend and I also tried the fish tacos. Everything was very good and it is quite a lot of food. The chips and salsa they bring to your table as are good as well, fresh and unique to this establishment. The staff is eager to serve... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here because it of a recommendation for fish tacos. It's on Alma st. just off the main Tulum road in town near the HSBC. We ate in the garden which was covered and had ceiling fans. Had a nice home-y atmosphere and as we passed by the kitchen I noticed how clean it was. The fish tacos were delicious... More 

Thank Hapavixen
Burlington, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Waitress was great. Prices were cheap. The cuisine was ok, not spectacular. There are many more upscale and flavorful restaurants in the area, but it all depends on what you are looking for. I wanted a quick lunch at a good price, and I found exactly that here. For the best value in town, I recommend El Capitain.

Thank Crater_One
Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had the seafood platter - everything tasted fresh and delicious. The service was very quick and friendly. It doesn't look much from the outside but it's really worth venturing in. There's alos a cat that hangs around in the garden who makes for good entertainment and will appreciate scraps. And there will be scraps if you order the seafood platter... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Located in the town of Tulum close to the city hall. Couple of tables on the sidewalk and a few more in a little courtyard. Very friendly and pleasant waiter. Delicious ceviche! Plates are quite generous, order less than more. A killer habanero sauce!!!

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Toulon, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Very good octopus cerviche and cheap prices. But... I had a problem with the waiter who was nice all along our service but when I paid he wanted to keep all the change and then 50 pesos... I do not speak spanish and he did not speak english and I m sure he used that to try to cheat on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

I had read lots of good reviews of this restaurant but surprisingly on the night we went there is was quiet. There are lots of great taco places in Tulum but this was a great change with its focus on seafood. Food was very nice and staff really friendly.

Thank Nadina S
Somerville, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Our dive instructor from Catalonia Riviera Maya/ProDive suggested this restaurant. Gotta be good if suggested by a dive master! And it was. Warning a medium plate if shrimp ceviche is a small mountain. Great seafood, cold beer, in a casual atmosphere. Buy a tshirt to support taking care of the dogs in Tulum. Enjoy.

Thank jmoeling
Breda, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

Awesome delicious nacho's and cheviche! It's been a while since we have been here (june 2014) but i ran into it on TripAdvisor and it definitly is worth a positive comment.

Thank aniekenchris

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Latin, Seafood, Caribbean, Spanish, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tulum Avenue between Alpha and Jupiter Street, Tulum, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Tulum

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