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“Unique and delightful dining experience”
Review of Cetli - CLOSED

Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Unique and delightful dining experience”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

While a lot of the food one eats in Tulum is fresh and delicious local fare, it is mostly simple. Doesn't qualify as a gourmet experience. Cetli however is the exception. Housed in what feels like a private home, prepare for expert and quasi-haute cuisine. The dishes are Mexican, representative of various regions and are beautifully executed. The setting adds to the experience--the dining room is decorated with varied and charming artwork, apparently hand-selected by the owner. Strangely we were the only diners the night we went so the service was focused and impeccable. Ask for the tamarind margarita, the starter soup, and be charmed by the fabulous extras you will receive. One of the best dining experiences in Tulum by far.
Cetli is located one block West of Tulum's main drag--parallel to the main road.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Giovanna B
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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Simply the best restaurant in Tulum, outstanding food and service !!
This place is the real deal , great traditional Mexican place in an dia de Los Muertos decorated atmosphere.
No wonder why it's rated Number 1 in Tulum !!

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank AlexPerez2012
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“One of a kind experience; See another side of Mexican food”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

I admit it. I'm a picky New Yorker, and a foodie. I recommend this place whole-heartedly. I've been to this restaurant twice. Both times it was special experience.

Eating at Cetli feels like eating a special meal in someone's home. On some level, that's exactly what it is. Peek in the bathroom or the kitchen and you will see a circa-1975 suburban kitchen and bathroom. It sounds weird, but its actually one of the many charming quirks of Cetli.

But let's talk about the food... First you'll have a fantastic, complimentary platter of amuse bouche from the chef. From the menu, I suggest the Tortilla Soup to start, and one of the many amazing Molés for an entree. I personally like the black Molé.

My one complaint is that the chicken has been overcooked and tough both times I visited- but that is my picky New Yorker talking. Its really the one negative against a huge list of positives. The owner (also your host and chef) is so lovely, accomodating, and so helpful. The molés at Cetli are an amazing study of the wide range of flavors that fall under the name "Molé", and a peek at a different side of Mexican home cooking. Well worth the trip!

PS- One more tip... the namesake dessert.. not my favorite. It's a heavy end to a heavy meal.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Ian J
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Ithaca, New York
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“creative take on local cuisine”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Interesting, creative take on local cuisine. We enjoyed the setting, the service and our food. We liked that they served local food and wine. We were disappointed that Claudia wasn't in the night we were there. But we got a sense of her personality when we took a a self guided tour of the other rooms filled with colorful art and artifacts.
But honestly, overall, I felt I was in a restaurant back in the states, Maybe it was a little too a dark and quiet and formal. That said I would go back again and I recommend it to anyone who happens to find themselves in Tulum.

Visited March 2013
Thank Paf46
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Level 6 Contributor
247 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
“What a great experience!”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

We truly enjoyed this gem of restaurant in the center of Tulum. From it´s charming decor to the charismatic chef Claudia, this is the place to dine when visiting this part of the Yucatan Peninsula. True traditional Mexican fare is served up in this sweetly decorated house, you can see that there is great attention given to every detail ... awarding the dinner guest with an unforgettable experience.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Guilherme R
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