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El Tabano

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Beach Road Tulum, Boca Paila Km.7, Tulum, Mexico
+52 984 134 2706
09:00 - 23:00
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Sun 18:00 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 23:00
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Solana Beach, California
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 8 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 2 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 31 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 

Thank helloteriyeung
San Francisco, California
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing. We liked it even better than Hartwood! Fresh local options, indoor outdoor location. Out favorite in the area.

Thank Alex M
Los Angeles
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

I still can't tell what I had for dinner....it was a Gorda, but it was delicious...like a lot of restaurants in Boca Paila they take cash only

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$50
Mexican, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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, Boca Paila Km.7, Tulum, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Tulum
  • Phone Number: +52 984 134 2706
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?