Best restaurants in Tulum

23 Best Tulum Restaurants That You Must Visit In 2022

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Tulum is a beach town on the shores of the Caribbean and is a true foodie paradise. With Tulum restaurants ranging from vegan and vegetarian to elaborate swanky dining options, the town has something for everyone. 

Restaurants in downtown Tulum are more affordable and have a more casual feel, while Zone Hotelera (Hotel Zone) has restaurants that are known for their upscale dining and fancy setting. The area between Tulum Pueblo and Zona Hotelera is called Aldea Zama, and also has some options, most of which are casual eateries. 

This article provides a curated guide to the best Tulum restaurants whether you want to just grab some tacos on the go or have a fun night out with your friends. 

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Best restaurants in downtown Tulum 

While there are many amazing restaurants all over Tulum, let’s focus on downtown that’s home to some of the best Mexican restaurants in Tulum. Here you can eat tasty and inexpensively and be sure that portions are pretty generous. 🙂

Best restaurants in downtown Tulum where you can try Mexican food

1. Antojitos La Chiapaneca 

Tulum has a good range of international cuisines, but don’t skip authentic Mexican restaurants in Tulum where you can try local specialties.

Antojitos La Chiapaneca is a real gem that serves up traditional Mexican food with regional options from the neighboring state of Chiapas. The restaurant also serves typical Yucatec dishes like salbutes and deep-fried panuchos, which can be made vegan or vegetarian upon request.

Best restaurants in downtown Tulum where you can try Mexican food

Here you can try a variety of soups, horchatas, and gringas, which are made of meat with melted cheese and fried tortilla. And let me tell you that their guacamole is a real bomb! It’s probably the best one I’ve tried in Tulum. 😋

Antojitos La Chiapaneca is one of the most affordable restaurants in downtown Tulum, which is perfect if you’re traveling on a budget. Cash only. 

Address: Calle Acuario Norte, 77760 Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Rossina is one of the best cafes in Tulum that serves breakfast and brunch.

2. Rossina 

Rossina is a new addition to the Tulum restaurant scene that has locations in Tulum Pueblo and Aldea Zama. This cafe is open daily from 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and is a perfect place to grab some hearty breakfast or brunch.

Rossina’s menu features freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, and coffee, in addition to huevos rancheros, sandwiches, yummy smoothie bowls, and mouth-watering pastries from the on-site bakery.

Rossina’s classic omelet which comes with fried potatoes and two toasts is a must. And don’t forget to try their sourdough bread, you will love it! 😉

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Visitors love Rossina’s friendly service and delicious options, so it’s no surprise that this place is always busy.

It’s also one of the few Tulum restaurants that don’t have a surcharge for paying with a credit card. 

Address: Region 14 Mza 12 Local 1 Lote 91, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Burrito Amor is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Tulum

3. Burrito Amor 

If you are a fan of burritos like me, you will love this casual eatery along the busy highway. Mi Burrito boasts some of the best Mexican food in Tulum, with their specialty being … as you guessed burritos! 

When you open the menu, you will find a few sections including gourmet burritos, grilled deluxe burritos, and egg burritos as well as add-ons like guacamole and shrimp aguachile. Another specialty of this place is healthy drinks with probiotics and antioxidants that include juices and elixirs. 

Burrito Amor is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Tulum

If you care about sustainability, you will love this restaurant, because it uses only biodegradable packaging from recycled materials and doesn’t sell plastic bottled water. 

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

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4. La Coqueta Tulum

La Coqueta is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Tulum that offers classic like tacos and enchiladas, as well as beer and cocktails. I recommend trying their ceviche, and tacos tropicales. And don’t forget to taste their frozen strawberry margaritas!

Address: Av. Coba Mz 36-Lt 4, Tulum Centro, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Tulum Pueblo is home to some of the best Mexican restaurants in Tulum

5. Botanica Garden Cafe

Botanica is a cozy cafe with a lush garden located in downtown Tulum.

Its menu is influenced by many international cuisines but also has a good mix of traditional Mexican options. Whether you want to find the typical Mexican Huevos Rancheros or feast on salmon tartines, you will find it here.

La Botanica has a lot of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. It’s also one of the most beautiful pet-friendly restaurants in Tulum where you can come with your pet or spend time working remotely.

Address: Calle Andromeda Ote Manzana 16, Lote 23, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77760

6. Curry by Po Thai Restaurant

One of the most popular Asian restaurants in Tulum, Curry by Po is a clear choice among travelers because of its flavorful tastes and big portions. I highly recommend their pad Thai and vegetable fried rice, but other travelers also like options like curry, dumplings and various meat dishes.

Address: 77780, Calle palenque y 1era poniente, La Veleta, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Best vegan restaurants in Tulum 

If you are a plant-based eater, you will love the fact that there are plenty of vegan restaurants in Tulum where you can try everything from traditional Mexican dishes to fast food staples like burgers and milkshakes.

Even if you are a carnivore, make sure to stop at places like Vegan Tacos El Bajon and Suculenta, because their food is truly mouthwatering!

Outside view of Laylo, one of the best vegan restaurants in Tulum

7. Laylo Vegan Lounge 

Laylo is one of my favorite casual Tulum restaurants. It has a variety of healthy options including salads, smoothie bowls, healthy sandwiches, and delicious desserts. All options at Laylo are vegan, but I can assure you that even if you are a meat eater, you will love this casual eatery. 

Laylo is a cozy restaurant located in downtown Tulum

My favorite menu items at Laylo Vegan Lounge are vegan pizza, sushi burgers, and raw vegan cakes that you can have with a glass of almond milk. Yum! 

Address: Calle Andromeda Oriente #87 MZ05 LT08 entre Centauro sur, Satélite Sur y, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

El Bajon is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Tulum

8. Vegan Tacos El Bajon 

Skip expensive Tulum restaurants in Zona Hotelera and head to Vegan Tacos El Bajon where you can enjoy some of the best tacos in Tulum for just 25 Pesos a piece! 

Vegan Tacos El Bajon is one of the most popular vegan restaurants in Tulum. It has a good variety of fillings like chorizo, chicharron, and bistec. You can choose from several toppings like cilantro and onions and salsas ranging from mild to spicy. 

Vegan Tacos El Bajon is a popular with both vegan and non-vegan eaters who leave great reviews. The secret of this restaurant is that its vegan meats taste very much like real ones, so you can’t tell the difference between the real chorizo and the vegan one. It’s that good! 

The first time I visited this restaurant, I couldn’t get enough of these delicious vegan tacos, and I’m sure you will feel the same 😊

Each taco is priced at 25 Pesos and you can also choose from a variety of drinks. 

Address: Calle Sol esquina con, C. Orión Sur, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Suculenta is one of the best vegan restaurants in Tulum

9. Suculenta 

Suculenta is a vegan tamaleria in downtonwn Tulum that has been operating since 2015. It offers several flavors of tamales, vegan tacos, soups, and vegan baked goods, as well as fresh juices and coffee. The place has its own garden and orchard which are open to the public. 

Downtown Tulum has a good variety of vegan and vegetarian restaurants like Suculenta

Keep in mind that this place sometimes closes early when they are sold out of options.

AddressCalle Sol Oriente, C. Orión Sur esquina, Centro, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico 

Best places to eat in Tulum for vegans.

10. Los Bowls De Guadalupe 

Los Bowls De Gudalaupe has some of the best açaí bowls in Tulum that come with a variety of toppings.
While it’s technically a vegetarian restaurant, it also has a vegan menu. This casual eatery in Tulum’s Hotel Zone is a beloved spot for delicious smoothie bowls, salad bowls, and freshly squeezed juices. 

All food is made on the spot with fresh local ingredients and you can customize some of the options on request. Their Oreo is absolutely delicious and a jungle bowl is among the best ones I’ve ever tried! 

AddressKm 9.5, Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Pizza Papi offers some of the best vegan pizzas and pastas in Tulum

11. Pizza Papi

Pizza Papi is a popular plant-based pizzeria with pasta, salads and snacks. 🍕

All vegan pizzas are made in house and come with a variety of toppings like garlic pesto and pickled onions. The place also serves natural wines and cocktails. The margarita pizza is my favorite, because it’s made with 48 hour fermented sourdough crust and in-house mozzarella.

Address: Calle Andromeda L6 Entre calles Orion y Centauro, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

12. Matcha Mama

Pizza Papi is located near Match Mama, one of the most popular cafes in Tulum, where you can stop for a scoop of ice cream or a smoothie after enjoying a delicious pizza.

Matcha Mama is also a popular breakfast stop thanks to its extensive menu with gluten-free and plant-based ingredients and popular items like smoothie bowls and iced coffee. After Matcha Mama became one of the most popular restaurants in Tulum Hotel Zone, it also opened a second location in downtown Tulum.

Address: Quintana Roo 15 470 Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Best restaurants in Tulum Hotel Zone

Tulum Hotel Zone is home to some of the best restaurants for fine dining that boast elaborate dishes and top-notch service. Restaurants in Tulum Hotel Zone tend to be more expensive, and are great if you are celebrating a special occasion.

Rosa Negra is one of the best restaurants in Tulum for fine dining

13. Rosa Negra 

Rosa Negra is one of the most popular Tulum restaurants in Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) that has a great ambiance. It boasts a bar and a restaurant and has an overall clubby feel to it with many people coming here to have a fun night out.

Rosa Negra is one of the most popular restaurants in Tulum Hotel Zone

Rosa Negra serves a variety of Latin-inspired food with a heavy South American focus. While prices here are definitely on the higher end, it’s a great place to treat yourself or celebrate a special occasion. 

Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila 5-Km 7, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Raw Love is one of the best restaurants in Tulum for gluten free and vegan food

14. Raw Love  

Raw Love is a popular raw-vegan restaurant that has two locations: One in Zona Hotelera and another one in Tulum Pueblo.
Many travelers know Raw Love because of the famous sculpture, La Ven De La Luz, but taking a picture is not the only reason you should come here. 

Raw Love boasts a gorgeous setting on the premises of hotel Ahau Tulum. It’s only a few steps away from the beach and is surrounded by palms, hammocks, and boasts a super chill vibe.

Raw Love is one of the best restaurants in Tulum for gluten free and vegan food

Raw Love offers acai, smoothies, and fruit bowls and raw food like salads, soups, and cakes all made with vegan ingredients. If you are vegan, you will love the fact that they use only coconut milk and almond milk for lattes and smoothies. You can also create your own smoothie bowl with available ingredients.

Raw Love is one of the most popular vegan restaurants in Tulum

The only non-vegan ingredient on the menu is honey. Although most people come here for breakfast, Raw Love also has some lunch options like pad thai, portobello burgers, and zucchini pasta.

Everything on the menu is gluten-free.

Address: Av. Tulum Mz 5, Lt 1, local 21, Tulum Centro, 77766 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

15. The Real Coconut 

One of the best farm-to-table organic Tulum restaurants, The Real Coconut offers plant-based, gluten-free dishes all of which are cooked with avocado oil.

The main focus of this place is breakfast, but there’s no wrong time to enjoy their meals. Whether you want to try delicious pancakes, tacos, healthy bowls, or sip on one of their yummy cocktails while enjoying the postcard views of the Caribbean, this place is a real treat. Visitors love the friendly service and minimalist, casual atmosphere. Finish your meal with the decadent Cookies n Cream Shake for a grand finale!

Address: Km 8.2, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Tulum has a good variety of restaurants for all tastes and price points.

16. Kitchen Table 

Kitchen Table is an eco-friendly restaurant that has many foodies raving about it. This place offers one of the best culinary experiences in Tulum, and once you try their food, you will understand why this place has become so popular!

Kitchen Table’s ambiance is truly special with well-designed open-air seating on the jungle side of the road. But what truly makes it amazing is the creativity, quality, and blending of hyper-local ingredients with traditional Mexican dishes. 

Tulum boasts some of the best restaurants in Mexico with delicious food and gorgeous decors.

Many guests love Kitchen’s Table jungle sourdough bread which comes as an appetizer, but there’s probably no item on Kitchen’s Table Menu that will not leave you wanting more. Their sopas, tostadas, and roasted cabbage are also delicious. If you are a carnivore, you will also love the variety of meat dishes and the incredible ceviche. 

Address: km 6 Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila km 6, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

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17. Posada Margherita 

If you are craving some Italian food, make your way to Posada Margherita, a restaurant that puts a local spin on the Italian staples. The restaurant sits on the beach inside the Posada Margherita.

Enjoy freshly-made pasta or try one of their specialties from the on-site pizzeria. There are also plenty of meat and seafood options as well as yummy pies like prosciutto e fungi. The restaurant has a pretty extensive breakfast menu where you can find pancakes, omelets, and salads.

And don’t forget to try their yummy gelato that is made from coconuts that grow on the property. 

Address: Km 4.5 Carretera Tulum Boca Paila, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Best fine dining Tulum restaurants

Whether you have a special date to celebrate or just want to treat yourself, Tulum has a good variety of fine dining restaurants many of which are located in Tulum Hotel Zone.

18. Hartwood

Hardwood is one of the most popular fine dining Tulum restaurants. It has a new menu each night where you can choose from the options catered straight from local farms and markets.

Hartwood offers a wonderful experience as all of the food is cooked on fire in the oven. The light inside the restaurant comes from candles. Hartwood is open from Wednesday to Sunday, and if you are serious about visiting it, you should make a reservation, because this place fills up fast!

Hartwood is not cheap, but the prices and great atmosphere are well worth it. Keep in mind that this is a dinner-only place and they accept only cash.

Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila 7-6Km, Tulum Beach, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

19. Gitano

Gitano bills itself as a modern Mexican restaurant and serves dinner every day from 5 p.m. If you like a combination of the beautiful aesthetic and artfully prepared meals, don’t miss this place!

The venue has a bar and a restaurant in a tropical setting and offers a modern take on traditional Mexican flavors with dishes cooked in a wood-burning oven and open grill. Gitano specializes in mezcal and offers over 40 different mezcals from Oaxaca. 

Gitano accepts online reservations for up to 6 people and requires at least 24 hours for cancellations. While reservations are not required, it’s a good idea to make one before your trip, because Gitano can book up quickly.

Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila km 4.2, Zona Hotelera Tulum, Zona Costera, 77780 Q.R.

20. Casa Jaguar

Casa Jaguar is known for its lively seafood grill and cocktail bar in a jungle-like setting. This restaurant also frequently has live music and great parties, so if you want a great dining atmosphere, come here for dinner. 

This restaurant started as a small place in the middle of the Tulum jungle but has grown into a multi-faceted dining experience and cultural venue. Casa Jaguar offers flavorful dishes like fire-grilled fish and meats as well as more healthy vegetable options. Top it off with one of the savory cocktails made in-house, and enjoy the great ambiance of this place.

Address: KM 7.5, Av. Boca Paila, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Arca is one of the best restaurants in Tulum Hotel Zone

21. Arca Tulum

One of the most popular farm-to-table Tulum restaurants, Arca offers an upscale dining experience in a casual atmosphere that you definitely don’t want to miss while staying in Tulum! 

Arca is a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, have a romantic dinner or simply enjoy great food and atmosphere. The menu offers bold and artsy flavors that often include specialties from local flora and fauna. Everything is made by hand on-site, so rest assured your meal will taste delicious. 

Arca is one of the best restaurants in Tulum Hotel Zone known for its elaborate dishes.

The restaurant has some shared tables and also boasts a bar where you can try drinks after savoring a meal. Some of the must-haves at Arca Tulum are shrimp, leaf tacos, and curry fish. And don’t forget to try their avocado ice cream or guava dessert – you will love it!

Address: Av. Boca Paila, Tulum Beach, 77766 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

22. Mateo’s Mexican Grill

Mateo’s Mexican Grill is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Tulum with a great rooftop bar. It puts a zesty spin on classic Mexican staples and also has live music on Friday nights that keeps so many people coming back. 

Grab a signature mango Margherita and start your meal course with a fresh ceviche before you feast on flavorful fajitas and tacos. Their zesty guacamole is the best one you will ever try! 

This restaurant is a perfect alternative to more expensive options in Tulum’s Hotel Zone. The service is always friendly and welcoming and the food is made from fresh ingredients right on the spot.

Address: Carr. Boca Paila km 5.2 Manzana 10 Lote 16, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

BalNak is one of the best Tulum restaurants for a birthday dinner

23. Bal Nak

Bal Nak is a contemporary Mexican restaurant that offers excellent food and friendly service. If you are a foodie, you can’t miss this place during your stay in Tulum. Bay Nak uses only locally sourced ingredients and their servers go over every dish with you, which creates a very welcoming atmosphere.

The restaurant offers many inventive dishes and cocktails, but as someone who is vegan, I haven’t been able to try their food. Most of the travelers that I’ve talked to had nothing but great things to say about delicious food at this restaurant and super friendly staff.

Address: Av. Boca Paila KM 7.5, Tulum Beach, 77766 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

An outside view of La Coqueta, one of the best restaurants in downtown Tulum

Tips for visiting Tulum restaurants 

  • Always carry cash – While many restaurants in Tulum accept credit cards, some only accept cash. Small restaurants and cafes in downtown Tulum (aka Tulum pueblo) only accept cash. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to have a few hundred pesos in your wallet when you are looking for a place to eat in Tulum.
  • Leave a tip – Waiters and waitresses in Mexico have low wages, so your gratuity goes a long way. Unless a service was terrible, you should leave a 20 percent tip (or 10 on the low end). Check your bill for the word (propina – tip in Spanish) to see if it’s included in the final price. If it is, check if the amount of included tip is at least 10-15 percent. Add the remainder and leave it for your server.
  • Tip in Mexican Pesos – It’s best to leave tips in the local currency, so staff doesn’t have to pay fees for exchanging money at the bank.
  • Brush up on your Spanish – Most Tulum restaurants have English-speaking staff, but it’s always helpful to speak the local language to understand things and be able to explain yourself. I’ve had a few instances when my knowledge of Spanish definitely helped me out. Plus, if you want to travel outside of Tulum, speaking Spanish will be hugely beneficial. 

Best Tulum restaurants: FAQ’s

Still have questions about Tulum restaurants? Check my answers to some of the most common questions below.

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Do you need to book restaurants in Tulum?

Whether you need to book Tulum restaurants, depends on what kind of restaurant you want to visit.

If you want to dine in one of the restaurants in downtown Tulum, you generally don’t need a reservation. But if you are going out to fine dining restaurants in Tulum Hotel Zone, it’s a good idea to make a reservation ahead of time.

Many of these restaurants have a wait list, and it’s not always a guarantee that you can get a table if you decide to just walk in. You can typically contact these restaurants by email or What’s App, one of the most popular ways of communication in Mexico.

What’s the best restaurant in Tulum with a view?

Restaurants in Tulum Hotel Zone have some of the best views. The Real Coconut offers some of the best views of the Mexico Caribbean.

Best restaurants in Tulum for birthday dinner?

Hotels in Tulum beach zone like Arca and Hartwood are perfect to celebrate your birthday. They boast a great atmosphere and wonderful food

A quick note on Tulum restaurants

Tulum is one of the fastest-growing destinations in Mexico and it’s tough to keep up with all of the restaurants opening and closing.

Case in point: a few restaurants in Tulum that I really liked have closed their doors in the last few years. Although I try my best to keep this guide updated, always check if the place you chose is still open before heading there.

I hope you have a great time enjoying Tulum gastronomy and sampling all the local flavors in some of the best Tulum restaurants.

A final word on Tulum restaurants

Tulum has many eateries and it can be tough to choose one. I hope this guide helped you to narrow down your options and pick a great spot for your breakfast, lunch, or dinner! 

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