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Restaurant El Chac-Mool

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Highway 261 South of entrance to Santa Elena | Carretera Uxmal-Kabah num 211B Santa Elena Yucatan, Santa Elena 97890, Mexico
+52 997 978 5117
07:30 - 22:00
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coronado, california
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I can say we are here 3 of the 4 nights we stayed in Santa Elena! Excellent local food! Great atmosphere!!

Thank vfischbeck
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I ate here after reading quite a few positive reviews, but was rather unimpressed. I'm not sure if I arrived just as they were opening, but the place was empty, and it took about 5 minutes to even find anyone there. The pollo pibil was rather bland, the rice wasn't much good either, but the home made tortillas were ok... More 

Thank Topes13
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

This is less of a restaurant and more like a quick stop cafe. Don't expect too much! The quality of food is rather poor.

1 Thank Annie C
Miguel191090, Gerente at Restaurant El Chac-Mool, responded to this review

I am so sorry that you felt that way, could you at least let us know what did you eat and what was the problem? I realised that you posted for another place the same day here in santa elena, and you said what was that you ate, so if you could tell us why do you think we own... More 

Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

El Chac Mool in Santa Elena is a must stop when exploring the interior of the Yucatan Pennisula. Our primary interest in travel is to experience natural habitat and cultural sites outside of the U.S. This December, our road trip was very much about Maya traditions and tastes. After our visit to Uxmal we headed to El Chac Mool for... More 

Thank CBakula
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Very nice people / family with very nice and good local food cocked over a fire place in the garden.

Thank Dom G
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

This is the place where you can find the authentic Mayan food! The place is great and the service is awesome! It's a must if you come to visits uxmal !

Thank Ivonne D
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is a little local place running a restaurant and bed and breakfast not far from Uxmal. This is not a luxury place, with it's thatched roof, concrete floor, and basic wooden tables. But don't worry, it is clean. This is authentic Mayan cooking. We could see the lady cooking it back in the kitchen. Ask what she recommends that... More 

Thank Twila R
Sewanee, TN
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

I've had numerous lunches and dinners at Chac-Mool over several years, and can honestly say that the food has always been tasty and very pleasing. Ambiance is seriously lacking at Chac-Mool, so don't expect a lovely place for a candlelit romantic evening. And service, while pleasant enough, is somewhat casual. The lighting is poor, and the sound in the large... More 

1 Thank JosephNP
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

Amazing experience with my family. The food was very authentic cultural, a little bit of Mayan souvenirs, great staff very friendly. Clean bathrooms free Internet service provided and works very well. In overall my family and I highly recommend this resturant

1 Thank Dennis P
Winnipeg, Canada
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207 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

I visited Restaurant Chac-Mool for lunch on November 23rd with a friend, after touring the Uxmal Ruins and on my way to the Kabah Ruins. This local restaurant was located along Highway 261 (left hand side if coming from the Uxmal), between Uxmal and Kabah in the small and traditional Mayan village of Santa Elena. For those renting a car,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Mexican, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Highway 261 South of entrance to Santa Elena | Carretera Uxmal-Kabah num 211B Santa Elena Yucatan, Santa Elena 97890, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Yucatan  >  Santa Elena
  • Phone Number: +52 997 978 5117
This is a nice place to come and eat, fresh and healty, you can get all kinds of yocatecan style food, hand made tortillas, vegetarian food, and a lot of more options. hope to see you around.

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