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El Tabano

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Seafood, South American, Central American
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Beach Road Tulum, Boca Paila Km.7, Tulum, Mexico
+52 984 134 2706
09:00 - 23:00
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All hours
Sun 18:00 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 23:00
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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing. We liked it even better than Hartwood! Fresh local options, indoor outdoor location. Out favorite in the area.

Thank Alex M
Los Angeles
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I still can't tell what I had for dinner....it was a Gorda, but it was delicious...like a lot of restaurants in Boca Paila they take cash only

Thank PERU50
Manchester, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was so good here! Recommend the habernero fish (might not have spelt that right!), shrimp dishes - food was one of the best meals out we had. Also special mention to Jay the barman who kept us entertained and was very friendly and chatty along with being a great barman! :)

Thank Krysp123
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We never ate on site, but had several meals catered by El Tabano and it was so delicious. The owner and staff could not have been kinder and more accommodating. All food and drink and were fabulous! Wonderful!

Thank kardashr
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

El Tabano is my favorite restaurant in Tulum. I ate there twice during my last trip, once the previous spring and every meal was terrific. Everything's cooked from scratch, and the food is not just tasty but interesting--fresh-caught fish with a variety of sauces, salads with incredibly tasty tomatoes and cheese, some of it in traditional Mayan style and some... More 

Thank Marc G
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

We turned up on a Saturday night but the restaurant was closed for a wedding - it looked beautiful with fairylights. We went the following night and weren't disappointed. There aren't any menus as the choices are all written on chalk boards. The food was delicious, fresh and home made - the kitchen was open plan, so you could watch... More 

Thank aquarian66
Milano, Italia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We had dinner here the first evening in Tulum. Without a lot of expectations we walked in. We discovered one of the best places you can eat at while here. The guacamole salad is just delicious and also the shrimps are tasty and fresh. The waiters are friendly and walk you through the menu if any doubts. Don't miss it!!!

Thank GiorgiaMat
Tulum, Mexico
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95 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 433 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Charming restaurant with great authentic food. Their menu is solid, with the shrimp in spicy sauce being a personal favorite. The wine list is spectacular, with a truly great selection of Mexican vintners and broad enough to satisfy varied preferences. During the weekend they also have a band playing live music. Service at El Tabano is very good and the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

It was our first night in Tulum and we were just wandering around, checking things out. My girlfriend had read something on Pintrest about El Tabano, so we decided to pop in for a drink when we came upon it, as we were getting really hot. We sat down and, without us asking, the waiter retrieved a large fan and... More 

Thank bbiggsSF
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48 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

I tried to go there for dinner with my Husband, the place was completely empty, we walked in, they told us we needed a reservation, we walked away. My husband has lived in Tulum since there were noone, he just hates to go to the beach since now they all become so pretencious, snoby and expensive. I guess we won't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$50
Mexican, Seafood, South American, Central American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Beach Road Tulum, Boca Paila Km.7, Tulum, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Tulum
  • Phone Number: +52 984 134 2706
Inmersed in a lushious garden in the jungle side, El Tábano is a favorite amongst neighbors and visitors alike. Serving homemade flavor infused with regional character, and a touch of the chefs personality into each dish- it is a true experience of all senses.Family warmth, exquisite taste, fresh and creative food prepared right in front of you . And if you like to take the recepies, just come into our kitchen and live the joy of cooking with us.The staff is always happy to share the secrets in exchange of a smile.

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