Top 10 Best Restaurants in Tulum | 2020 Foodie Guide

Tulum isn’t just a beach vacation, it’s a foodie destination! This list of best restaurants in Tulum will not disappoint – everything from local taco joints to high-end fare! The restaurant scene in Tulum keeps diversifying and getting better every time we visit.

We’ve put together this list of Tulum’s top restaurants to help plan your Tulum itinerary.


 

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1. El Asadero

El Asadero is our favorite restaurant in Tulum. This is where we bring friends & family every time we are in Tulum, it is the #1 restaurant in Tulum.

For a taste of Argentina in the middle of Tulum, head to El Asadero. This modern, upscale restaurant serves some of the best steaks on this side of the equator. Ideal for a special event or just a fun night out, you’re guaranteed to eat like a king at El Asadero.

Steak is the specialty item on the menu. Choose from a selection of cuts, including rib-eye, T-Bone, top sirloin, and Arrachera skirt steak. There is also chicken and salmon on the menu for those interested in something lighter. If you’re looking for something different, you can try their grilled cactus!

They also have an extensive wine and cocktail list. Since you’re in Mexico, we recommend trying one of their local Mexican reds that will pair nicely with your steak dinner.

  • Address: Avenida Satelite Norte MZ 24 Lt. 5, Between Sagitario and Oriente, Tulum 77780, Mexico
  • Daily: 4:30pm – 10:30pm

2. Mateos

Mateos is our go-to place for happy hour in Tulum. They have great drinks and a pretty good sunset view.

With one of the liveliest atmospheres in Tulum, Mateos serves up mouthwatering Mexican dishes to both locals and tourists. This massive restaurant looks like a treehouse from your childhood imagination. It’s built with multiple levels and even has a large outdoor terrace. Fun for the whole family, Mateos is one of those places you absolutely must visit if you’re looking for a good time in Tulum.

For starters, choose between fried Baja fish bites, chicken quesadilla, grilled shrimp, and guacamole. For your entree, enjoy classic dishes like chicken burritos, steak fajitas, and Baja style fish tacos. They also have a variety of healthy salads and American burgers if you’re missing the taste of home.

Enjoy their 3-for 2-happy hour while you watch the sunset from their deck. You can also come during a live football or soccer game to cheer on your favorite team from back home. This is our go to place after a day exploring all the things to do in Tulum.

  • Address: Tulum Beach Road-Boca Paila KM 5.2, Zona hotelera Tulum, Tulum 77789, Mexico
  • Daily: 8am – 11:45pm

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3. Raw Love

Sometimes, it’s hard to eat healthily when you’re constantly on the road or traveling. However, you can start your day with a delicious, healthy breakfast at Raw Love. Nestled in the middle of the lush jungle, Raw Love serves up nutritious superfoods and smoothies in a pristine, picturesque setting.

Come in the morning and start with an acai bowl or avocado toast. Wash it down with a freshly brewed cup of organic coffee, and you’ll be energized and fueled for the rest of the day! They also serve lunch specialties like pad thai, portobello burgers, and zucchini pasta. You can even order a smoothie and sip it while you spend a few hours relaxing in one of their outdoor hammocks.

Best of all, everything on the menu is entirely gluten-free. Between the serene setting and home-cooked meals, Raw Love is one of the top restaurants in Tulum.

  • Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km 7. 5, Hotel Ahau Tulum, Tulum 77760, Mexico
  • Daily: 9am – 6pm

 

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4. Hartwood

With a tropical open-air setting in the heart of the jungle, Hartwood is considered one of the best restaurants in Tulum.

Their modern menu changes seasonally, but you can be confident that they only serve the most ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients found in Mexico. Past dishes have included jicama salad, snapper ceviche, short ribs, and cheese-flavored ice cream. Each dish is cooked over an open fire by hand, which only adds to the sea-to-table ambiance.

Although the food is nothing short of spectacular, the most unique thing about Hartwood is that they are off the grid. Everything that keeps the restaurant running (lights, music, etc.) is entirely powered by solar energy. Their 100% organic compost efforts also decrease their carbon footprint and eliminate any unnecessary waste.

If you’re planning to visit, make sure to make a reservation; tables can be booked out weeks or months in advance.

  • Address: Carretera Tulum-Punta Allen, Tulum 77717, Mexico
  • Daily: 6pm – 10pm
  • Cash Only

 

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5. Matcha Mama

For one of the best acai bowls in Mexico, make your way to Matcha Mama. They use fresh fruits, seeds, and toppings that are delectably creamy. Best of all, their healthy ingredients are packed with vitamins and proteins, so you don’t have to worry about what you put in your body.

The matcha colada bowl is a big hit. It comes topped with bananas, kiwis, flax seeds, coconut, and a scoop of matcha ice cream. This café-style joint is also an excellent spot for smoothies and vegan ice creams. Try one of their unique options like the cold-brewed smoothie or matcha horchata for an early morning buzz.

Every single item on their menu is Instagram worthy, so don’t forget to bring your camera. It’s not the cheapest option in Tulum, but the food is well worth the price.

  • Address: QROO 15 470, Quintana Roo Tulum 77780, Mexico
  • Daily: 9am – 8pm

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6. Gitano

The open-air setting and tropical atmosphere at Gitano make it one of the coolest places to dine at in Tulum. The restaurant is nothing short of beautiful: it will take your breath away from the moment you arrive. It’s an excellent place for dinner or post-dinner cocktails.

The food is a modern spin on Mexican classics like shrimp or mushroom tacos, slow-roasted pork belly, or grilled avocado and hummus. Like the food, their cocktail menu is also imaginative. Relax with one of their signature mezcal drinks while you soak in the chill vibes of this swanky venue.

In the unlikely event that the weather is bad, you can make your way inside to their hidden jungle room. The whole place is inspired by colonial architecture and adds a sultry, old-school vibe to the already stunning restaurant.

There is live music throughout the week, and dinner and dancing under the stars on Friday and Saturday.

  • Address: Tulum Beach Road KM 7.5 | Km 7, Tulum 77780, Mexico
  • Daily: 6pm – late

 

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7. Posada Margherita

Tulum is also home to world-class Italian restaurants, and Posada Margherita is no exception. Located directly on the beach inside the Posada Margherita hotel, their signature restaurant whips up some of the best meals that you can find outside of Italy.

Try their freshly-made plates of pasta or indulge in some of their perfectly grilled meat and seafood dishes. Their on-site pizzeria also serves hand-tossed pies like prosciutto e funghi and salsiccia rucola grana. Don’t forget to try their gelato, which is made from coconuts that were picked on the hotel’s property.

In the morning, you can order off their breakfast menu. Choose between pancakes, yogurt and granola, or an omelet and scramble with salad. With an extensive menu like this, you’ll want to try everything they have to offer!

  • Address: Km. 4.5, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
  • Daily: 7:30am – 11:30am, 12pm – 10pm

 

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8. Antojitos la Chiapaneca

When a place is overflowing with locals, you know there must be something delicious on the menu. Antojitos la Chiapaneca makes some of the most authentic mouthwatering street tacos in Tulum.

The menu may be small, but that just means they have perfected everything they serve. Order al pastor, beef, or chicken in either a taco or torta. Although you’ll want to try them all, you can’t skip the famous al pastor pork. It’s marinated the entire day before being chopped (skin and all) and served to hungry patrons.

For toppings, you’ll have five different sauces and additions to choose from.

If you’re looking for a filling, affordable meal, don’t skip a visit to Antojitos la Chiapaneca to try the best tacos in town.

  • Address: Av. Tulum, Tulum Centro, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
  • Tuesday – Sunday: 9am – 1pm

 

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10. DelCielo

Ideal for brunch or lunch, DelCielo is a great place to dine in Tulum. This award-winning restaurant has a tropical bistro vibe and is a welcome break from other traditional Mexican restaurants in the area.

Their menu features breakfast favorites like veggie omelets, quiches, and granola. However, their sliced brioche French toast is the star of the show. It’s made with orange zest and fried in butter before being smothered in maple syrup and sprinkled with coconut flakes – absolutely to die for.

You can wash it down with one of their fresh-pressed juices and smoothies, which are packed with proteins, herbs, and seeds to help you stay energized all day. We like to visit before heading out to nearby Tulum cenotes, we’re often gone all day since there are a ton of cenotes in the area.

  • Address: Avenida Satelite, In front of Scotia Bank, Tulum 77780, Mexico
  • Daily: 8am – 2:30pm

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Taqueria Eufemia Tulum restaurant on the beach

11. Taqueria La Eufemia

You can’t visit Tulum without trying the other-worldly tacos from Taqueria La Eufemia. This taqueria is situated right on the beach, with dramatic views of the ocean from their outdoor patio.

They have an extensive taco menu that will make your tummy rumble. Grilled shrimp, fried fish, beef arrachera, marinated al pastor, and mushrooms with garlic are just a few types of tacos that they offer. After you order, you can customize your tacos with their buffet salsa bar.

Although they have other snacks and breakfast items, take our word for it and just order as many tacos as you can. Pair your meal with an ice-cold beer, and you have one satisfying experience to look forward to. You won’t regret the delicious tropical flavors and beach-side setting at Taqueria La Eufemia!

  • Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila 7.5, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, Boca Paila, Q.R., Mexico
  • Daily: 12pm – 10pm

 

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12. Kitchen Table

Serious foodies will have inevitably heard of Kitchen Table. Located on the jungle side of Tulum, this eco-friendly restaurant is one of the most talked-about places in the area. Everything is cooked in their open kitchen, and the menu is creative while still being authentically Mexican.

The cuisine showcases the fresh, tropical ingredients sourced throughout Tulum. Their range of offerings is slightly limited, but you still get the choice of meat, fish, or vegetarian. Whether you’re craving crispy pork belly or are hungry for ahi tuna steaks, you’ll find something to delights your tastebuds at Kitchen Table.

Reservations are recommended, and don’t forget the bug spray! You’re still in the middle of the jungle, which means you’re more susceptible to mosquitos and other annoying insects.

  • Address: Carretera Tulum A Boca Paila | Km 6, Tulum 77780, Mexico
  • Daily: 6pm – 11pm
  • Cash Only

 

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13. Casa Jaguar

For a rustic, jungle-like dinner, book a table at Casa Jaguar. You can tell a lot of thought and effort was put into the decor and innovative design of the place. From the candles to the live music, Casa Jaguar is one of the best places in Tulum to see and be seen.

Their innovative menu is unique, even for Tulum. Try the poblano sea bass, peanut sauce octopus, or the mole rabbit loin. For something even more special, order the Tostadas de Atun. It’s fresh fillet topped with avocado, pumpkin seeds, and crunchy grasshoppers. If that’s too adventurous for your tastes, you can opt for the marinated pork belly or arugula salad.

At night, Casa Jaguar turns into one of the best nightlife spots in town. Attracting only the hippest and trendiest patrons, Casa Jaguar is a laidback venue where you can lounge under the stars or dance the night away on the dance floor. Come for dinner and stay late until the evening.

  • Address: Carretera Tulum Boca Paila, Tulum 77780, Mexico
  • Daily: 6pm – 12am

 

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14. I Scream Bar

End your night with a sweet treat from the popular I Scream Bar. This eclectic, chilled bar has great cocktails, cold beer, succulent tacos, and, most importantly, boozy ice cream.

Their organic ice cream flavors are entirely vegan and range from classic to absurd. Matcha, coconut, chocolate – they have it all! You can order whatever flavor you want and have a shot of alcohol added to it. If basic drinks are more up your alley, you can also order beer, which is far cheaper here than most other places in the area.

The decor of the bar also adds to the festive atmosphere of the place. You’ll find teal colored car doors above the bar, striped, painted tires as tables, and lots of couches where you can relax. With the bumping music and young clientele, I Scream Bar is one of the best nightlife spots in Tulum.

  • Address: Carretera Tulum Bocapaila, Tulum 77760, Mexico
  • Daily: 1pm – 2am

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