We wanted to dine IN Tulum, not down on the beach at some haughty New Yorker's restaurant, so we paid El Capitan a visit. It may almost always be packed, but it's also not that big. We scored a table for four easily.
We had to order their seafood feast with whole deep-fried fish, more fish, ceviche, octopus, calamari, fried shrimp, lobster and more. We ordered for four but could have easily fed all four of us on the feast for two.
Overall, the seafood seemed very good. The deep-fried fish was a bit dry, and while the octopus was quite tasty, having a whole dead octopus served up was a bit much (cutting it into pieces easier to eat may be more attractive than lump o' octopus). There was so much food they had to give us another table to fit it on. We definitely did not leave hungry.
The service was great, drinks were OK, not great, and the atmosphere was fun. A dance contest carnival was taking place down the street, making for some entertaining people watching.
We would definitely return here, and compared to the beach row restaurants, this is a good deal on decent sea food, right downtown.
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