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“authentic spain in mexico”

La Gloria de Don Pepe
Ranked #60 of 425 Restaurants in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed March 29, 2013

We visited in march 2013, loved the food, wish we had found it earlier in our holiday.
The aldondigas were good, well seasoned and meaty.
The gambas pil-pil were as good as we've had anywhere.
The platter of queso y carnes was excellent and we have had some of the best in Spain!
The service by the lady of the house was friendly and uncomplicated.
If the owner had spent less time leaning against my rental car and chatting to ( his son ? ) I might have given them six out of five!

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Reviewed March 13, 2013

I highly recommend "La Gloria de Don Pepe"

They have an extensive menu that will not disappoint even the most hard-core Catalan tapas enthusiast.

A very personable staff will delight your senses with authentic tastes from the homeland!

Having lived in Barcelona, I disagree with bababeUk's review:

The tortilla española was excellent and is supposed to be a bit softer/runny in the center . . . delicioso!

The Paella - perfection. And I love the crispy edges.

And expensive? I think not! "La Gloria's" prices are extremely competetive with the neighboring taquerias.

My favorites so far are the traditionally Catalan Pa Amb Tomàquet, Croquetas de Pollo, and their Fideuà - served black (squid ink pasta) with shrimp and calamares, then topped with their supremely garlic-ey alioli.

I will certainly stop by for another visit before I leave Tulum.

The owner, Miguel (from Barcelona) is also a super-sweet host.

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Cannot understand what all the fuss is about this restaurant. We went there because of the reviews and were so disappointed. Having lived in Spain for 3 years we were ready for some genuine Spainsh food. The prawns in garlic sauce were frozen and mushy. The tortilla was very strange, more like a very thin round omelette covering a soggy potato and onion filling. The paella was burnt and sour tasting at the bottom and the overiding flavour was of stock cube. An expensive mistake which we will not repeat.

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

This is one of our must go to spots in Tulum on each trip. A small side street location one block off the main street is worth looking for. We try something different each time because the menu has so many choices. This trip we tried the beef tenderloin and the spicy meatball entress and both were excellant. The beef tenderloin was stuffed with a fruit stuffing and roasted to perfection. A side of mashed poatoes and it was the best we had. The other entree was meatballs cooked in a redwine sauce with lots of fresh bread for dipping the sauce. It is hard to imagine going to a restaurant for an appetizer of meatballs but this dish is worth it. Very reasonable price for two and we had plenty to eat. Eventually we will try the paella that everyone else talks about but this night it was all about beef!

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Thank Bill78727
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

1. Come early and get a tiny street side table. 2. Order a glass of wine, relax, and take in the scruffy charm of Tulum. 3. Order another glass of wine and some tapas. 4. Repeat step 3 until closing. (The above can be augmented by adding great friends, an order of Paella or both.)

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