Where to eat in Tulum? Who could have imagined that Tulum, a pristine Mexican Caribbean village, will turn into an eco-chic gourmet destination of the region? We suggest best restaurants in Tulum.

Alma Tulum restaurant

When you come to Tulum, get ready for a delicious food experience that will touch all your senses.


After all, many of Tulum’s open-air gourmet restaurants have chefs from New York, Italy, Mexico City and elsewhere, serving highest quality gourmet food, prepared from local ingredients with a creative twist. Most are located on the jungle side of the hotel zone by the beach or on the beach itself. However, there are some really new interesting places to try also in the rapidly developing village of Tulum…


So where to eat in Tulum? Here are some of our favorite restaurants in this Mexican Caribbean paradise.


HARTWOOD. Hartwood has gained unparalleled popularity in a year or two as the best restaurant in Tulum, and it is especially popular with New Yorkers – perhaps because it is owned by a former New Yorker and has received a lot of great reviews in New York press. Hartwood prides itself in local, organic products and innovative creations. Get ready to stand in line for hours to get a table, and be ready not to get it at all!


SIMPLE. If fresh fish is on your mind, try Simple. The menu changes daily, offering fresh catch and various creative dishes. You also have a possibility to pick your fish and have it cooked the way you prefer. For us Simple is the best restaurant in Tulum for fresh fish.


ALMA TULUM. It's a cozy beachfront restaurant, serving fresh fish, healthy salads, and Italian homemade cooking. A newcomer it Tulum, Alma Tulum is not pretentious, but accommodating and elegant place for a romantic sundown aperitivo or a delicious dinner.


CASA BANANA. This restaurant is great for juicy steak lovers, where meat is prepared from organic, highest-quality Argentinean beef. Casa Banana has an eclectic menu with a Southern American twist and offers many other options also for non-meat eaters.


MACONDO @ NOMADE. A new restaurant in Tulum, it's an elegant place serving holistic flavors in a romantic Moroccan-themed setting with low tables and pillows. Try vegetable or shrimp wraps or one of the fresh fish, that often combines some superfoods and delicious local vegetables. Nomade hotel also has a fish-inspired beach grill-restaurant.


CASA JAGUAR. Delicious cocktails - try mezcal with cinnamon, orange and hibiscus. In an atmosphere surrounded by flowers, dream catchers, lanterns, bird cages and tropical plants, with lounge music giving a hip background to your evening, induldge in delicious eclectic cuisine - ceviche, black squid ink risotto and fresh grilled fish in exotic preparation.


EL TABANO. You are in Mexico after all, so El Tabano is a must-try to experience creative Mexican dishes. Get immersed in Mexican flavors: shrimp with habanero, poblano crepes and avocado soup.


POSADA MARGHERITA. Where to eat in Tulum to feel like you are in Italy? Enjoy crispy pizzas, authentic pastas and other Italian dishes at Posada Margherita, with a view of the Caribbean.


OSCAR & LALO. This place, located on Solomon Bay (about 10 km outside of Tulum), is one of the best-kept local secrets. Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine, fresh fish, homemade salsas and ceviches.


BE TULUM. For a more sophisticated night out, try the upscale restaurant at Be Tulum hotel, another definite winner on the “best restaurants in Tulum” list. Start with one of the delicious cocktails, and then enjoy their international gourmet cuisine with Mexican twist.


GINGER. Ginger is located in town of Tulum, and gives you an opportunity to meet some locals and to try an exotic menu, fresh fish and delicious martinis, served amongst red walls.


BATEY MOJITO & GUARAPA BAR. If you have a lighter snack, live music and the most delicious mojito you have ever tried on your mind, head straight to Batey Mojito & Guarapa Bar, located in the village of Tulum for an unforgettable experience.


RESTAURARE. Excellent vegetarian restaurant. “The tables are set under a canopy of palm trees so lush you will think you’d died and woken up on Gilligan’s Island. The open-air kitchen serves only traditional Mayan food — all local, all vegan.” – The New York Times. The menu is tweaked seasonally, and creative vegetarian dishes are based on old Mexican recipes.


GITANO. This place is great not only for dinner, but also for drinks and dancing. Located opposite Coqui Coqui hotel on the jungle side, Gitano is a new elegant restaurant and cocktail bar with a dancing, disco ball and great atmosphere. According to The New York Times, this is “the new Tulum — the kind of place where it seems reasonable to teeter through the jungle on five-inch stiletto heels.” Drinks are not cheap, but the atmosphere is worth it.


Buen provecho! Enjoy! We also have a list of the best restaurants in town of Tulum...

And while you are enjoying your meal, you might wonder what makes Tulum so special...


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