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El Chapulim

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123 Main Street, Holbox Island, Mexico
+52 984 137 6069
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new york, new york
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone recommended this restaurant to us and we recommend it too! Definitely some of the higher end food avail on the island. As others have mentioned: no reservations, no set menu. 4 options avail based on what is fresh and avail. We were told to arrive early as tables and food run out quickly. We had tasty mezcal cocktails. There... More 

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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were recommended to visit El Chapulim by the concierge at our hotel. There is no menu and the chef comes to your table to let you know what he is offering for the evenings meals (based off of the fresh catch?). The evening of our visit we were one of the last tables to be sat before the kitchen... More 

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Thank Megan S
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

totally worth it!!! very nice with the kids ... both shrimps and fish were amazing. no fixed menu would definitely come back

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Tucson, Arizona
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70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved El Chapulim the most on our first and second trip to Holbox Island! There is nothing else as classy!

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We heard the hype about this restaurant and decided to try to get a table - we arrived at 6.30 and were seated straight away. The chef came out shortly and explained the 4 different options of dishes - all sounded great and my husband and I decided to try a different one each, that way we always get to... More 

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West Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What pulled us to El Chapulim is the ratings and the fact is its #1 on many websites, people seem to really enjoy it, and we were able to see why. They don't make reservations, so we showed up early enough that we didnt have to wait for a table, at 7pm I think. We enjoyed local seafood and daily... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My biggest pet hate is when restaurant owners do not understand their target audience. Holbox is a beautiful, quaint island. Local people are warm and relaxed. After hearing all the good reviews of this place, we were astounded by the arrogance, rudeness and very expensive meal. We couldn't get out of there quick enough. Both of us are from London... More 

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Paris, France
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 25, 2017

My friend & I were graciously allocated a table at this top choice Holbox restaurant this week. However, after sitting at the table for a while, we were attended to in a most summary fashion: we were ejected as I'm a vegetarian! On the threshhold, as we left in disgrace, the chef had second thoughts, saying if we returned the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2017

This restaurant had great reviews and seemed like a great idea - no menu, only four items freshly prepared. We were looking forward to some fresh-caught fish, lobster, or prawns. We arrived before 6:30 pm, got a table (no reservations taken), and the chef came to our table to tell us what was on offer. Chef leaned over our table,... More 

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nova scotia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2017

Had a supper here last week and enjoyed the concept that it was a small menu with fresh food. We had fish of the day it was great. The starting cocktail was fresh and tasty .in all it was a pleasant experience with a chef that take pride and staff that works hard to please .

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Caribbean, Latin, Seafood
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Main Street, Holbox Island, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Holbox Island
  • Phone Number: +52 984 137 6069

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