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El Bull Pen Restaurant and Bar

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Calle 19, Chelem 97326, Mexico
+52 999 114 9595
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17:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Fri 17:00 - 22:00
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Chelem, Mexico
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Martin and Jill are wonderful hosts plus the food is excellent. This is a restaurant frequented by Canadian and American expats so there is always someone new to meet and share stories. We also stayed in Rio Y Mar apartments run by Jill and Martin and loved our stay with them.

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Thank sdg1956
Pendleton, Oregon
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62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We've been here two times in the 3 days we've been in Chelem. Does that tell you anything? Wednesday night was wine tasting....Either a flight of 3 reds or 3 whites and a local artist. Friday night it was shrimp and lobster. Divine! Owners Martin and Jill are very friendly and helpful answering any questions you may have. Also DVD'S... More 

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Thank Christina H
West Lawn, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

The food is excellent! We ate hear often, so we got to try a number of different items. Excellent Margarita! The atmosphere is beach Bar. The other customers are all friendly, it won't take long to meet people. Most of them are gringos.

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Thank richardbosch
MexicoTraveller1, Owner at El Bull Pen Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we are doing and for sharing with others. We continue to strive to provide a "must-stop" restaurant in Chelem with new items and improvements on what we already have and are happy you love it here as much as we do. Thanks again, happy travels, and we hope to... More 

St. Anne, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Great food. Weekly bands. Lots other Canadians and American visitors that spend the winters in the area and frequent El Bull Pen.

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Thank DONALD P
MexicoTraveller1, Owner at El Bull Pen Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review for the travelling public. We appreciate it! We work to bring a comfortable balance between what is great about Mexico and the familiar. We truly are an international mix and we love sharing with visitors world wide. We hope to see you soon and happy travels! More 

Chelem, Mexico
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

Relaxed and comfortable place to eat, drink and catch up with friends. The featured local artist night is always interesting...

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Thank dannyzane2016
MexicoTraveller1, Owner at El Bull Pen Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! Glad you enjoy our establishment and yes, Wednesday art & wine night is always something new. We appreciate your business and see you soon! More 

Chuburna, Mexico
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

We live here year round but travel internationally on a regular basis. We enjoy food. The fish and chips served at El Bull Pen is as good as or better than any I have eaten anywhere, including London or Dublin or anyplace else in Yucatan. El Bull Pen is an "Ex Pat Hangout", so as one other poster noted, you... More 

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Thank dennisjmalone
MexicoTraveller1, Owner at El Bull Pen Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your awesome review! We appreciate knowing you like our food, especially the Fish & Chips. And yes, English is the pretty consistent language around these parts, but if you need Spanish, chat up with our bartender or owner Martin- they will be happy to practice Spanish with you. :) And we agree, lots of nice people to be... More 

Kansas City, Missouri
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Brenda was so friendly and helpful. Had a great meal. Nothing Mexican about the fish and chips. Sometimes you just want something different. This is the place to go

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Thank Kansastam
MexicoTraveller1, Owner at El Bull Pen Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

You are so correct! Thank you for your review and we couldn't agree more. As full time residents- we know the real need for variety and choice when dining out and so that is one thing we love about our menu- a chance to enjoy meals not found in the typical Yucatecan establishment. Of course, a visit to Mexcio means... More 

Chelem, Mexico
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

We have known both sets of owners for the Bull Pen. I has been our favorite place to go since 2009. The current owners are just as friendly and care about their customers.

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Thank Deborah G
MexicoTraveller1, Owner at El Bull Pen Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We knew we had big expectations to fill when we came on board two years ago and so we appreciate your kind words. Patrick and Robert gave us a great restaurant that we hope we have been able to take and build upon. Your words are deeply appreciated! Take care! More 

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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

This restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday. I always checked facebook for their specials. Tuesday is ribs and Thursdays we had meatloaf. One night their special was lobster(I chose the small, 8 ounce one) 6 nice shrimp, rice and salad for 180 pesos. The seafood was seasoned very well and I loved it. Around $10 US. They even have a... More 

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Thank Linda S
MexicoTraveller1, Owner at El Bull Pen Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking a moment to let us know how we are doing and for providing a review. Checking facebook or receiving our email (chelemelbullpen@gmail.com) are great to use to find out about daily or weekly specials, food and entertainment. Lately, ribs, comfort foods, and seafood have been hit specials and we look forward to summer specials.... More 

Barrie, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

My family frequents this spot a few times a week and meets up with all their friends. It's like a Mexican Cheers. Family owned, the food is excellent, the service is amazing and the band we saw was amazing! Even the stray dogs stop by for a visit on occasion and you know they know where the best spots are!... More 

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Thank Teri L
MexicoTraveller1, Owner at El Bull Pen Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about how we are doing! We really appreciate you letting us know that we have so many great things happening here and you are correct, we are a family business so knowing we are doing things right in small town Mexico makes our hearts feel good. Rest assured, we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$7
Cuisine
Mexican, American, Bar, International
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 19, Chelem 97326, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Yucatan  >  Chelem
  • Phone Number: +52 999 114 9595

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?