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“Best of Tulum” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Unico

Unico
Ranked #8 of 379 Restaurants in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $17
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: NO LONGER LOCATED ON THE BEACH. We are now open at our new location in Tulum Town. We continue to offer the best dining experience in Tulum. We make everything possible from scratch using the best local ingredients available. Join us for Happy Hour daily from 3-6. We are currently opening at 3:00 until 11:00. Come try our exclusive eight course tasting menu featuring local flavors and ingredients. Stop by and give our delicious food a try, you won't be disappointed!
Tempe, Arizona
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best of Tulum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2014

By far the best food and service encountered in Tulum. Not only is the food delicious but it comes out looking as if it came from a 5 star restaurant in Manhattan, great attention to detail. Diverse menu, caters to vegetarians, you can find a local taste or something from another part of the globe. Exceptionally clean restaurant and bathrooms, above average for Mexico.

One of THE BEST MARGARITAS I have ever had in my life, and I consider myself an aficionado of tequila and margaritas (is it rude to ask for the recipe?). Quite the cocktail, full, and rich body of flavor, you can taste the tequila, wasn't the usual watered down or pre-blended mix I've encountered during my trips to Mexico.

After our meal they gave my family and I shots on the house! We're going back again this evening. Wish I could enjoy this food at home, I would be a regular.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, Georgia
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Don't miss it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

A tremendous meal. From the service to the food, Unico exceeds its peers in Tulum. The food is fresh and cooked with care and perfection.The menu is designed by the chef based on what he loves to cook and it shows. This meal was one of many we had in Tulum and it was far better than anything we had in any upscale beach restaurant. Plus, it wasn't over-priced like many other area restaurants.

The chef/owner has put his heart and soul into this restaurant and you can feel and taste it. If you are in Tulum, don't miss Unico. If you are staying on the beach, come into town and eat here at least once. Don't miss it!

Dishes eaten:

Grilled octopus starter: Excellent. Highly recommended.
Roasted pepper salad: Good but not the best of what we ordered.
Shrimp Linguine: Delicious. Fantastic dish. Great flavor from the fresh pasta, sauces and shrimp.
Vegetable lasagna: Unique presentation and tasty. Lots of cheese. Would order again.
Bread pudding dessert: YES. Could have seconds and thirds of this.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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“Nada Mas! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

I normally would not write a review simply because I am spoiled by having eaten some fine food across Americas and much of Europe. However the attention to detail -- from attentive warm service to the wine recommendation to the multi- course meal to the last bite of heavenly dessert to unique digestivos at this restaurant deserves special recognition.

To start with we -- myself and the most beautiful woman in this world -- happened to learn of it from the smart and charming wife of the chef. We met her at Casa Magna after we picked up "Lua" -- serendipity follows my beauty like bees to a flower -- another smart girl from Argentina on her way to work next door to Casa Magna at Beach Tulum. Any wife worth having would recommend her chef husband's food at their restaurant - a given. But this was truly a special meal not to mention being treated like lost friends who suddenly found one another and a member of family. So gracious, attentive and beyond any expectation of culinary competence, creativity and skill I can merely say. Superlative. Sublime. Spicy. Just delicious...there is but one thing better and she is not on any menu!

If the group Michelin came and sampled the food here it would become rated. It is an earnest understatement to exclaim that each of our chef chosen plates was so very great that if it was possible I would be forced to rub it on me. Nada mas ... Nothing more can or need be said. Miss this food and fine by me because there will be more I can enjoy!

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San Francisco
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“Great New(ish) Tulum Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2014

This was a truly great dining experience. We were greeted by Brian, the chef, when we arrived, and we picked an outdoor table. We had completely sprayed down with Off before we left our hotel, as the mosquitos in Mexico are quite bloodthirsty, and we love eating outdoors. The restaurant is right on a main road, but it's set back a bit, and there are plants all around that help to camouflage the road, so that didn't bother us at all. We were lucky to choose a night that was very quiet - only a few other tables were seated while we were there. Seems that in a tourist destination, there's not a regular "busy" night. Our waiter was very nice and attentive.

We were first brought an amuse bouche of local tiny tomatoes with a tasty sauce. Then we had the fried goat cheese appetizer, since we had heard such good things, and we were not disappointed - yum! We also had the grilled octopus, which was cooked to perfection. For our entrees, we had the lobster ravioli and the mussels - both were excellent. And what a great surprise to find a pecan pie on the menu for dessert, with a great home made ice cream. Everything was presented beautifully, and the portion sizes were perfect. I don't know why anyone would want to have huge portions on vacation, since you can't take a doggie bag to a hotel with no fridge! Plus, I don't like leaving a restaurant bloated. All of the flavor combinations were really great, and it's apparent that this chef really knows what he's doing. Such a nice surprise to find a restaurant of this caliber in a tourist town.

One great final touch - we were chatting with Brian at the end of our meal, and we asked him where he got his local honey, as we had been looking for some to take back home with us, and he sold us some right from his restaurant! I can't wait to return to Tulum, and to Unico.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sweden
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70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Attentive service and good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

Just came back from visiting Unico. We had fried goat cheese and beet salad followed by lobster ravioli. Ended the meal with cheesecake and strawberry sorbet. Having realized that Tulum isn't foodie's paradise we were very pleased with our evening. Nice cocktails and really good food considering the prices. Attentive service, it was a very nice touch that the chef came out a couple of times asking how everything was. Also appropriated the mosquito repellent that was provided. The cheesecake is probably the best I've ever had, creamy yet not too rich which cheesecakes tend to be. Maybe not the most romantic setting but I'd rather go here for a good affordable meal that to the ridiculously overpriced restaurants on the beach strip. Beats Hartwood any day!

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