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El Tabano

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Beach Road Tulum Km. 7, Tulum 77766, Mexico
+52 984 134 8725
09:00 - 23:00
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Sun 18:00 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 23:00
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Riccione, Italy
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Last night I went to this restaurant. My disappointment was total 1) the management of the tables was absolutely unable. There were couples who were dining at tables for 8 people and 4 (like us) in a small table for two and also in the dark with only a weak candle light. 2) the food was poor but the bill... More 

Thank luca g
Folly Beach, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Overall the food in Tulum was delicious, but El Tabano surpassed them all! And unusual options like beef tongue. The service was phenomenal as well, and a beautiful restaurant.

Thank follybeachmama
Solana Beach, California
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant has a perfect relaxed, beachy, artsy vibe. One of the things I loved about this restaurant is that it is all outdoors though the bar area and some of the tables are under a roof. The stuffed poblano pepper with cheese was incredible! This dish goes down as one of my top favorite meals ever...and I'm not even... More 

Thank Kathy B
Tulum, Mexico
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

The place is nice and charming and the service is efficient, what really outstanding in this restaurant is the food, simply wonderful, you can taste is made with love. If you are in Tulum you've got to have dinner here.

Thank rolando m
Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

This restaurant is so incredible! It is romantic and charming and delicious! There were two guitar players that were so good, our waiter was so awesome we hugged him when we left! I recommend the "red chicken" but honestly everything I took a bite of was incredible. The best meal I had in Tulum! Good wine too. Don't be intimidated... More 

Thank ekg224
New York City, New York
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

An international crowd of expats and in-the-know vacationers all seem to enjoy the fresh interpretations on regional Mexican fair in this eclectic jungle-side hangout. The the floor to ceiling chalkboard menu near the kitchen takes a few minutes to get through because everything looks so good. The Ceviche Verde, a Tulum regional inspiration, has a bright, fresh flavor with green... More 

Thank mdleroy
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Stopped in for late lunch, almost had the place to myself. A trio was playing great music - such a waste! I had guacamole salad which had big chunks of avacado & tomato along with - surprise! - olives. It was delicious. One note, like lots of places in Tulum it's cash only here. Check the exchange rate as it... More 

Thank martianname
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

The hotel staff at Zamas recommended that we go to el tabano for dinner and we are SO GLAD that they did. The food could not have tasted better. We had coconut shrimp and a fish with green sauce over it... I forget the name. DO NOT MISS this one its an absolute gem and best food we had!!!

Thank Kellerp19
New York City, New York
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46 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

This is high end cuisine. Not beach front, but open air and fresh food. Cocktails, beer and food was good, but pricey. Worth a visit if you tire of tacos.

Thank baileydogg
Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

El Tábano is another restaurant that has the open-air concept. This means you're sweating very unattractively but can sip on a fancy cucumber mint green juice to cool down while you peruse their huge blackboards covered in the daily features. We got a cactus salad (more like green beans than leafy texture) but it was covered in gooey queso, a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 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, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, 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 Km. 7, Tulum 77766, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Tulum
  • Phone Number: +52 984 134 8725
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?