Tulum Dining – Tips & Advice
- Cash: Most restaurants in Tulum accept cash only, even the fine dining restaurants. Some accept U.S. dollars, but most require payment in Mexican pesos. If given the option, pay in pesos to get the best rates; you will always overpay if using dollars. Many restaurants that do allow credit cards charge an additional 3% surcharge.
- Tipping: Tipping is part of the custom here, and 10 to 15% is the standard rate. But first, check bill for the word “propina” (meaning tip) to see if it has already been added to the bill. If so, add the necessary amount to bring the propina total up to 10 to 15%. Tipping in pesos is best, so the staff don’t have to pay a bank to exchange it into pesos.
- Most of Tulum’s best restaurants are in the Pueblo or Middle Beach Zone. The Pueblo has more authentic, affordable restaurants, while the Middle Beach Zone has more chic, upscale spots. Most restaurants in the beach zones are on the jungle side of the road with outdoor seating.
- Best Cooking Class : Rivera’s Kitchen Tulum (Pueblo)
- Best Breakfast: Potheads (Beach Town) • Del Cielo (Pueblo) • Taqueria Honorio (Pueblo)
- Best Sunsets: Kin Toh (Beach Town) • Mateo’s Mexican Grill (Beach Town)
- Best New Restaurant: MEZE (Middle Beach Zone)
- Best Ice Cream: Campanella Cremerie (Pueblo) • Panna e Cioccolato (Pueblo)
- Best Coffee: Ki’bok Coffee (Pueblo)
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- Arca – Middle Beach Zone • $$$$
- Hartwood – Middle Beach Zone • $$$$
Tulum’s premier fine dining restaurant offers a new menu each night highlighting seasonal produce from local markets and farms, along with sustainable seafood and meats. Totally off-the-grid, all food is cooked over fire and most of the lighting comes from candles. Open for dinner only from Wednesday through Sunday. Email for reservations about a month in advance. Cash only.
- Cetli – Pueblo • $$$
A romantic, candlelit hacienda-turned-restaurant just outside of town, Cetli serves up amazing Oaxacan mole (rhymes with olé) dishes. Local, fresh ingredients are ground with a metate stone in pre-Hispanic style. Open for lunch and dinner; reservations recommended for dinner. Cash only.
- La Gloria de Don Pepe – Pueblo • $$
- NÜ – South Beach Zone • $$$$
- Posada Margherita – Middle Beach Zone • $$$$
Upscale yet unfussy beachfront Italian restaurant serving delicious handmade pasta and outstanding pizza made according to an old family recipe. The wine list is broad with an ever-changing selection of excellent labels. The restaurant is open all day, but the lunch and dinner menus are best. Cash only; no reservations.
- Safari – Middle Beach Zone & Aldea Zama • $$
Rustic, Yucatecan-Mexican dishes prepared in a retro-chic Airstream trailer, and cooked campfire-style over an outdoor fire pit. The menu is small and simple, pairing well with Mexican craft beer, signature cocktails, and house-made aguas frescas. The beach zone is the original location, open for lunch and dinner, cash only, with outdoor seating in the jungle. Aldea Zama is the newer location, with indoor seating (the food is still flame-cooked), breakfast available, and accepting credit cards.
- Clan-Destino – Middle Beach Zone • $
Awesome hamburger restaurant built around a private cenote in the jungle. Burgers come with meat or veggie patties, while the bar serves classic cocktails and cold beer. Virgin Cenote is lit all night with a chandelier, and legend has it that jumping in restores the virginity of the swimmer. Very casual atmosphere and always filled with music, whether from the jukebox, karaoke, or live bands. Open from noon until 5:00 in the morning. Cash only.
- WILD – South Beach Zone • $$$
Ultra-chic, open-air dining in the jungle. The menu features gourmet Mexican-international gastronomy, using locally-sourced ingredients cooked over a wood fire. The inspired cocktail bar offers signature drinks made with fresh juices, homemade syrups, and edible flowers. Ideal for weddings and special events. Reservations recommended.
- El Asadero – Pueblo • $$
- Casa Banana – Middle Beach Zone • $$$
- MEZE – Middle Beach Zone • $$$$
- Potheads – Beach Town • $$
- Del Cielo – Pueblo • $$
- Raw Love – Middle Beach Zone • $$
- Mateo’s Mexican Grill – Beach Town • $$
Multi-storied bar and grill with a rooftop deck offering sunset views over the jungle. Another terrace is filled with hammocks. The menu is Mexican-based but a little Americanized; standouts include the fish tacos, ceviche, and cocktails. Open all day; live music most nights. Cash only (ATM onsite).
- Ukami – Middle Beach Zone • $$
Unique fusion menu of “Mayapanese” creations, blending Maya and Japanese culinary traditions. Expect fresh sushi alongside wild concoctions, like gyoza made with yuca, teriyaki tacos, and miso soup with fried tortillas. The restaurant has covered and open-air seating with colorful murals, eclectic décor, and a casual atmosphere. Dinner only.
- Mezzanine – North Beach Zone • $$$
Mezzanine Hotel is home to a surprisingly authentic Thai restaurant. Run by 2 Thai chefs and incorporating local ingredients, the restaurant offers subtle twists on classic dishes and pairs them with Asian-inspired cocktails. Elegant yet casual atmosphere, perfect for a date night.
- El Vegetariano Mar y Tierra – Pueblo • $$
- El Gourmet – Pueblo • $$
Wonderful café in the heart of the Pueblo featuring amazing paninis made with homemade focaccia bread (baked daily onsite), fresh cheeses, local produce, and quality meat. The breezy dining terrace sits in front under a canopy of rainbow umbrellas with the tables interspersed with plants and flowers. Cash only.
- Kin Toh – Beach Town • $$$$
Stylish treehouse restaurant and bar with striking architecture and dreamy sunset views over the jungle. This so-cool-it-hurts spot is all about the atmosphere, so come for sunset cocktails in one of their nest perches or have a shisha while lounging on their hanging nets. The food is Maya avant-garde and a bit pretentious, but the ambiance is truly original and well worth the trip. Reservations recommended. A 25 USD minimum consumption fee will be charged to a credit card on arrival.
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