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El Capitan

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Latin, Seafood, South American, Central American
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Tulum Avenue between Alpha and Jupiter Street, Tulum, Mexico
Tue - Sun 13:00 - 22:00
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Roatan, Honduras
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had beef tacos. Not much to write home about. Mostly meat on tortillas with a small amount of salsa and guacamole on the side. Free chips and salsa sauce to start. Place was very busy and there was a strolling mariachi band. Price was reasonable (especially for Tulum).

Thank Pickledgringo
Aguascalientes, Mexico
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271 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in a hurry but starving, they understood this and they were very fast. I had beef tacos and they were absolutely delicious. I was very happy. Thank you

Thank Salvador S
Lawrence, Kansas
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53 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice restaurant with casual atmosphere. We tried both types of ceviche and loved both. We had the shrimp tacos which were very good. This is not fine dining but a lovely way to end a day spent at the beach.

Thank Marianne P
New York City, New York
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Firstly there are two El Capitans in Tulum. A large one on the main strip heading to the beach and a smaller one off the downtown main strip. I went to the latter and it was excellent. The taxi driver took us to this one when we asked for somewhere she would eat. It's laid back and the amount of... More 

Thank Niki A
Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband, daughters, and I went here for lunch and had a great experience. It was pretty hot out, and we were taken to a covered patio area in the back of the restaurant where it was much cooler and very quiet. There were little hammocks along the wall which my daughter sat in while we waited for our food.... More 

Calgary, Canada
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341 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped at this restaurant on our way to Tulum. The service was great! Food was real Mexican and very well served in the sense that there was a good amount of food on the plate. Regular prices. Music and space very pleasant. The only thing I have to say is that they need to improve in the cleanliness of... More 

Thank Vanessa P
Boston, Massachusetts
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51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Our group of 24 visited this location after it was recommended by a friend in the area. We were told it was a restaurant that had decent food and could accommodate our large group of 24 plus an additional 10-12 people. It really was an understatement. We called beforehand and they set up a whole section of the restaurant for... More 

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Los Angeles
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Yes garlic shrimp, cebiche, fish Tacos! Along came cerveza and lime Margaritas! What a great way to finish our day.

Thank PERU50
Esher, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Came here for our last night in Tulum and it didn't disappoint. The prawn dishes are very good - just be warned that the picante sauce was the most picante we had in two and a half weeks of holiday.

Thank DinoC61
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415 reviews
326 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Margaritas were weak & they wouldn't take plastic Seems this trip no one is taking credit cards Mostly locals , we didn't eat

Thank skgcdl

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Seafood, South American, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
13:00 - 22:00
13:00 - 22:00
13:00 - 22:00
13:00 - 22:00
13:00 - 22:00
13:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tulum Avenue between Alpha and Jupiter Street, Tulum, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Tulum

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