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The Best Places to Eat in Tulum

So, you’ve made up your mind: Tulum is your next destination. But now, the question stands: what is the best restaurant in Tulum? Well have no fear, my Tulum restaurant review guide is here!

Remember that the ancient city of Tulum is in Mexico, home of one of the most delicious and rich cuisines in the world. Besides, it’s specifically in the Yucatan Peninsula, home to yucateca cuisine, with dishes like the famous cochinita pibil.  

In Tulum, the best restaurants are located in the jungle side, opposite to the white beach and all hip boutique hotels. The choice is wide and the quality very high so prepare for a delicious meal in any of these amazing restaurants!

1. Hartwood in Tulum – The Famous Star

1. Food: 5

2. Drinks: 4

3. Atmosphere: 4

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 4.

Not only does Hartwood serve amazing food, it also has a fascinating concept: they offer different meals each day, depending on which local ingredients are freshest. Hartwood is completely sustainable, focusing on local ingredients to make traditional food in the open fire, in a venue powered by solar panels. In all, this restaurant should be a dream for conscientious eaters from all walks of life. Incredible local dishes and joyful drinks in cute jam jars await!

Poplular Hartwood
Poplular Hartwood

2. Casa Banana  – Paradise for Meat Lovers

1. Food: 4.

2. Drinks: 4

3. Atmosphere: 4

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 4

Even when you’re surrounded with the most beautiful sea landscapes, sometimes you just need a fine steak. If this major craving reaches you when in Tulum, Casa Banana is the choice for you, as it brings an Argentine-style grill to this Caribbean paradise.

Buenos Aires’ urban flavors meet Yucatan’s local produce in Casa Banana, the perfect place for meat lovers. This rustic hangout is great to cave in to your need for beef, or just enjoy the scene with a great mixology drink created by the house bartender!

The Casa Banana Restaurant
The Casa Banana Restaurant

3. Mur Mur in Tulum – The Artsy Place

1. Food: 4

2. Drinks: 4

3. Atmosphere: 4

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 3

Helmed by superstar chef Diego Hernández Baquedano, Mur Mur masterfully combines the cuisines of Mexican regions Baja California and Yucatan. It’s also sustainability-focused: its menu changes seasonally to provide the best dishes with the freshest ingredients year-round. They also offer theme nights. Not to mention it happens to be a beautifully designed restaurant that shares its space with some adorable design boutiques. Eating in a couch in the middle of some fashionable items turned out to be a great experience. 

Mur Mur Restaurant
Mur Mur Restaurant

4. Gitano – The Jungle Paradise with a bit of a Party Vibe

1. Food: 4

2. Drinks: 5

3. Atmosphere: 4

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 4

Located in the heart of the Tulum beach jungle, the Gitano bar and grill is the perfect place to snack into the night while enjoying great auteur drinks and maybe some live music. There’s even a dance floor to show off your moves! Don’t forget to try this venue’s modern take on traditional Mexican dishes and their amazing Mezcal cocktails.

Gitano- Restaurant & Mezcal Bar In The Jungle
Gitano- Restaurant & Mezcal Bar In The Jungle
The Cool Environment

5. MINA – The Cool Lation Fusion Gem

1. Food: 3

2. Drinks: 4

3. Atmosphere: 3

4. Design: 3

5. Service: 3

Located in the Maria del Mar hotel complex close to Azulik, MINA is a Latin fusion restaurant in Tulum, combining Mexican ingredients and seasoning with Argentine-inspired cuisine – and you know what that means: great beef! The outdoor grill and the restaurant’s beautiful modern and stylish design gives MINA an edge for all those who eat not only with their mouths but also with their eyes. Besides, the house cocktails are delicious and the wine list great!

MINA
MINA

Other great restaurants to try out in Tulum include seafood spot extraordinaire Casa Jaguar  and Yucatan food place Arca.

If you want to enjoy an evening in Tulum village, I can also recommend the Argentinian restaurant Estancia Jujena. A very cute place hidden in a yard but with very charming design and great meat!

Tulum is a culinary paradise so enjoy the warm evenings with great food and drinks. Just bring the mosquito spray!

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