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“Good Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of El Capitan

El Capitan
Ranked #79 of 386 Restaurants in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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160 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Good Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

We were a group of 8. I had fish taco's and was not disappointed lots of food enough to share with others a taste. 2 of the group had buritto and was too much to eat. One had the whole snapper and he enjoyed his also.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank retired27
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Tulum, Mexico
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Maybe I just ordered the wrong entree...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014

I always try to give a restaurant two chances. Because maybe the first visit happens to be an off day for the restaurant. It happens. That's what I'd like to think about El Capitan. The place is always packed, therefore seemingly promises good seafood. But honestly, go to El Camello just down a few blocks away for practically the same menu, better prices, and less sloppy food. We ordered Los Pirates tacos, which has shrimp, a cream of spinach sauce, and red cabbage. They were good, but very sloppy. My husband ordered the lobster. I tried it, and it did not taste fresh. It tasted rubbery and kind of like chlorine. I hope they use purified water for their cooking instead of tap or cenote water. I (to my misfortune) ordered the seafood rice place. I thought that it was going to be kind of like paella, but I was sadly mistaken. The rice was cooked in a flavourless tomato sauce (i didn't think tomato sauces could be flavourless in Mexico, but trust me, it was) with a variety of different "mariscos," including shellfish....which led to there being bits of shell in nearly every bite of rice that I took. I could not enjoy any of it. Not only because of the bits of shell, but also because that strange chlorine taste was ever present in my dish also. These days, when I want seafood, I go to Aguachilies!! Oh man!!! They have these tacos that are served on big leaves of lettuce instead of tortillas. The aguachidos and the smoke tuna are both incredible. Choose your seafood wisely while in Tulum. Sometimes, restaurants around here serve seafood that isn't as fresh as it could be, though most might expect that from all restaurants in a coastal town. Beware.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Jojo R
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Munich, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Food ok but cheating staff ”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

Had the whole fish there today for dinner. We ordered 1 fish big enough for 2 persons. After the waiter had asked in the kitchen he agreed. We waited for more than 45 min for the fish (there were not many costumers - he could have told us before). The fish was a bit dry but ok.

When we got the bill the waiter said that tips are not included and it was even printed on the bill. He returned me 20 pesos less and when he saw that I recognised it he came back and reluctantly put 15 pesos more on the bill plate.

Althouth he tried to scam I left him over 10 % of tip. But he was swearing after us in spanish. Never again. Check your returnings!!

Thank Thomas B
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Moultrie, GA
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164 reviews
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“Nice supper”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us by our dive guide - we were not disappointed. We sat outside close to the sidewalk - it was a nice setting.. Drinks, appetizers, and food were all good. You can not go wrong here.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank robinsoniv
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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247 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Cheap and incredibly tasty!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

We were very impressed by the food here and how excellent value for money it was. We had a chicken quesadilla and a vegetable quesadilla and were first brought tortilla chips with garlic mayo and two different types of salsa and It was all delicious.

The staff were very attentive and it only came to 260 pesos (2 main meals, 2 beers and a tip). Great! The salsas alone are enough reason to come here!

Visited February 2014
Thank Colite1990
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