Tulum restaurants showcase some of the best that this historic city along Mexico's Yucatan has to offer. Whether you're looking to get a taste of authenticity or play it safe to keep your picky eater kids happy, you won't have to look far to find something delicious here.

    To truly immerse yourself in the city and its culture, you'll want to eat like a local rather than like a traveller. Quite a few restaurants have become favourites for the locals by mixing old-world recipes with modern-day standards in new and unique ways. Take a look at the 10 places where locals love to eat in Tulum.

    1

    Antojitos La Chiapaneca 

    Try Yucatan-style tacos

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    At Antojitos La Chiapaneca, you'll find a new restaurant that specialises in tacos. Quite a few different options are available, including vegetarian alternatives. Vegetarian cuisine is quite popular throughout the region, so you'll find it amongst most menu options here.

    Aside from their signature tacos, you'll also find dishes like panuchos, which are bean and meat-filled tortillas for antojitos. Additionally, you may want to try the salbutes, which are slightly puffed fried tortillas that are topped in recaudo rojo and vegetables along with a type of meat, typically chicken.

    Location: Calle Acuario Nte. 3, Tulum Centro, Tobiano, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Tuesday—Sunday from 10 am to 11 pm (closed on Mondays)

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    Taqueria Honorio 

    Taste cuisine from the Mayan masterclass

    • Families
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    Taqueria Honorio is a popular destination made famous thanks to the arrival of a pricey pop-up in the area. While the famous chef was delighting customers with their stunning dishes, many of the overflow made their way to this lovely taqueria. Soon enough, foodies from America and beyond were showcasing the food here online.

    Since its explosion in popularity, more and more people have been tasting its incredible items like tortas de lechon and tacos de cochinita pibil, which are made using roasted marinated pork. The signature here, however, is the recaudo, a Mayan favourite exploding with flavour.

    Location: Satélite Sur Sm10 lote 3, Centro, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 3 pm

    Phone: +52 984 745 0674

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    El Camello Jr. 

    Try authentic Mexican fare

    • Families
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    El Camello Jr. is your go-to location for authentic Mexican in Tulum with all the famous classics you'll be looking for. You can enjoy garlic fish, tortilla chips, and much more along with sweets like flan. Of course, the tequila and pina coladas are quite popular as well.

    In addition to the incredible food, this restaurant has a reputation for great service. The staff is attentive and helpful, while the interior decor is set up for a relaxing and quiet atmosphere letting you spend time with your friends or family over a meal rather than having to shout over the music or anyone else.

    Location: Carretera Chetumal-Cancun Locales 1 y 2 Lte 3 Mza 40, Centro, 77600 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Thursday—Tuesday from 10 am to 10 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +52 984 871 2036

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    4

    Los Aguachiles 

    Enjoy varied seafood options

    Los Aguachiles is a seafood restaurant and cantina that has expanded into Tulum from the nearby Playa del Carmen offering delicious food you won't want to miss out on. You'll find many seafood options like fresh tuna tostadas and seafood tacos alongside more original and elevated dishes.

    This is a trendy restaurant if you're looking for a fun night out, thanks to the array of cocktail options as well as the wide selection of mezcals, beers, and tequilas. Much of the seating is outdoors as well, so you can enjoy the fresh air throughout your experience.

    Location: Chetumal-Cancun MZA 40 LTE 1, Centro, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 1 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +52 984 802 5482

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    5

    El Sudaca  

    Taste Argentine cuisine

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    El Sudaca is an Argentine speciality restaurant offering unique cuisine you may not be able to find anywhere else in Tulum. You'll find empanadas, sandwiches, and pies on the menu, all with a unique Argentine twist that makes it stand out. The alfajores are especially popular, along with their stunning coffee.

    During your visit, you'll find that the staff is accommodating with quality service. Additionally, you'll find that the decor here doesn't quite match what's common in Tulum, giving it a bit of an exotic atmosphere.

    Location: Calle Polar Pte. 681, Tulum Centro, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Tuesday—Sunday from 4 pm to 11 pm

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    El Canaston 

    Enjoy Mexican food in a homely atmosphere

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    El Canaston is a popular local restaurant known for its quality Mexican dishes that can all be enjoyed within its relaxing and homely atmosphere. The menu is packed full of favourites you would expect, like tacos along with meats like chicken and pork, all cooked to perfection.

    One of the more fascinating aspects of this restaurant is the array of drinks available. You can grab freshly squeezed fruit and fresh juices alongside freshly brewed coffee. Throughout your experience, you'll find a supremely helpful and patient staff and make your whole dining excursion as relaxing as possible.

    Location: Calle Osiris Sur, ente venus oriente Neptuno, Oriente y, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Monday—Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +52 984 802 6097

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    El Asadero 

    Visit a local steakhouse

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    El Asadero is a popular steakhouse, but it offers notable Mexican and Argentine flair with all their perfectly cooked cuts. You'll find flank stakes, grilled beef, and even steak tacos to round out the menu, giving you some variety in how you like your steak. Plus, the cosy atmosphere and relatively affordable prices make it easy to relax and enjoy your meal.

    The drink selection here is quite expansive as well. You'll find horchata, americano, and cortado alongside malbec, sangria, and, of course, margaritas. Don't forget to check out the dessert and items like pie, parfait, and ice cream.

    Location: Av. Satelite Nte. Mz 23 Lt.5 entre Sagitario y, Calle 2 Ote, Centro, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Monday—Saturday from 2 pm to 10 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +52 984 157 8998

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    Burrito Amor 

    Expect an unrelenting dedication to freshness

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    Burrito Amor is a local Mexican restaurant known primarily for its Clean Eating commitment, which ensures that every last aspect of their restaurant is dedicated to providing clean, healthy, and delicious food. Much of the menu is friendly to vegan and paleo diets, but every last item is made only with fresh and healthy ingredients guaranteed to be super clean.

    On their menu, you'll find a wide variety of items, though as the name suggests, burritos are the star of the show. You'll find grilled gourmet and deluxe burritos that can come with vegan and vegetarian options or meats like pork, seasonal fillet of fish, and even eye fillet and rib eye.

    Location: Av. Tulum Mz 05-Lote 03, Tulum Centro, Centro, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +52 984 160 2989

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    9

    La Barracuda 

    Try fresh seafood dishes

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    • Budget

    La Barracuda offers the quality seafood dishes you would expect from a restaurant that's named after a fish. You'll find all sorts of seafood dishes, including ceviche and tacos made with freshly caught fish. The fish here is always fresh, which you may not expect from a restaurant as relatively affordable as this one.

    One of the most noticeable aspects of this restaurant is the portion sizes. They tend to be quite generous with what they have on offer, leaving diners full and satisfied at the end of their meal. Plus, they play relaxing, upbeat music and have a selection of cerveza to enjoy as well.

    Location: Av. Tulum Mza. 2-Lote 3, Tulum Centro, Centro, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from noon to 9 pm

    Phone: +52 984 160 0325

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    Don Cafeto 

    Try traditional Mexican fare

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    Don Cafeto is a traditional Mexican restaurant where you can enjoy unrelenting authenticity alongside live musical performances most nights. It's open for every meal of the day, but it tends to be most popular during breakfast, so you may find it less crowded later in the day.

    On the menu, you can enjoy a variety of dishes like chilaquiles, empanadas, and chiles rellenos, amongst plenty of other options. A lot of locals like this place for breakfast thanks to the delicious coffee they serve, complete with refills as well.

    Location: Av. Tulum, Tulum Centro, Centro, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +52 984 871 2207

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