Every year, the town receives thousands of tourists from all over the world. And, in order to host people from such diverse backgrounds, many restaurants have popped up in a relatively short amount of time with new ones opening every single week.
With so many new options, it’s hard for a person to decide which places are the best ones. Not to mention that no single restaurant will be the best for everyone.
There’s a lot that goes into a restaurant besides just the food; people have their own tastes regarding preferred cuisines, vibes, creativity in presenting the food, and more.
We’ve faced that dilemma too, which is why I decided to compile a list of the best restaurants in Tulum. Now you won’t have to go through trial and error to discover the best food when you visit here.
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that this list is intended as just a suggestion. Even though I visit Tulum at least twice a year, it’s impossible to keep up when there are several new restaurants opening every week.
That’s why this list is far from comprehensive. Feel free to branch out and try restaurants that are not mentioned on this list.
Do let us know of your experiences with any new places you try, and I might feature your suggestions in the future.
Having said that, rest assured that these below restaurants have been tested multiple times or at least once and they are awesome options!
1. Hartwood Tulum
Hartwood restaurant is one of the most highly-rated restaurants in Tulum and is considered by many to be among the best.
The only shortcoming about this restaurant is that they don’t take reservations; so you’ll have to join the waiting line outside before you can be seated.
But don’t let that discourage you from trying the food here. You only need to take one look at their reviews to know that this place is worth the wait.
People love Hartwood Tulum for generous servings, delicious food, amazing presentation, and the typical Tulum Boho style.
Address – Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila 7-6Km, Tulum Beach, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
2. Casa Banana Tulum
While this restaurant is famous as an Argentinian steakhouse, they do have a very diverse menu with vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Casa Banana is similar to my previous recommendation in the sense that it doesn’t have reservations.
Though you can easily avoid waiting in a line by doing what I usually do; go before 7:30 PM, especially in high season, and you’ll get in very quickly.
Address Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 7.5, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 1910 792
3. Cenzontle Tulum
Cenzontle is a lovely restaurant with an intimate vibe. This is one of the places you’ll want to try if you’re going out with that special someone.
The quaint, candle-lit setting in the garden combined with excellent music and delicious food provides a wonderful experience.
And they do accept reservations. So no more waiting in lines!
Address Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km 7.3 S/N, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 204 8628
4. Casa Jaguar Tulum
Casa Jaguar is famous for its amazing boho-chic ambiance. The dining area is spread over a garden and there are palm trees all over the place, giving the impression that you’re dining out surrounded by nature.
The candles really add to the intimate and cozy feeling of the place.
The menu here is quite creative, with both meat and vegetarian options available. If you go for wood-fired fish, you can watch them being cooked right before they’re served. They also host very fun parties every Thursday night.
Address KM 7.5, Av. Boca Paila, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 145 9675
5. Posada Margherita Tulum
Posada Margherita is situated right on the Tulum beach. This is easily one of the best Italian places you can try in Tulum, with authentic Mediterranean cuisine and fresh food.
The rustic and quiet atmosphere is enhanced by the candles in and around the restaurant and going all the way to the beach.
During the day you can lounge under one of the cute beach huts and enjoy a cold drink or an ice cream, then get into the restaurant in the evening for an intimate candle-lit dinner.
Address Km 4.5 Carretera Tulum Boca Paila, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 801 8493
6. Arca Tulum
This restaurant is famous for its delicious and spectacular food, and there’s a very good reason for that.
José Luis Hinostroza Arca, the internationally renowned chef, is the co-owner of this excellent restaurant.
I highly recommend going there at least once.
Address Av. Boca Paila, Tulum Beach, 77766 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 177 2231
7. Mezzanine Thai Restaurant and Bar Tulum restaurant
Located on the Tulum beach, the Mezzanine offers stunning views and an even better dining experience. The Thai cuisine here is one of the best you’ll find, not just in Tulum but the whole Riviera Maya.
While you can go here at any time of the day, the best choice (in my humble opinion) would be to visit for an early dinner.
The sunset turns the already stunning setting into something magical.
Address Carretera Tulum-Bocapaila, Zona Hotelera Tulum, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 131 1596
8. Wild Tulum
Suitable both for romantic, intimate dinners and fun parties with friends/family, Wild is one of Tulum’s top high-end restaurants (and one I heartily recommend).
The restaurant is rather unique in the sense that it only opens for dinner. But it’s probably one of the best dinners you’ll have anywhere.
The cocktails and meals are simply excellent, and, according to some reviewers, the best in Tulum. Every dish here can easily rival a Michelin star restaurant’s offering.
The jungle-chic setting is perfectly mixed with the soft music, and it’s one of the few restaurants that provide you with an unforgettable experience combining all your senses.
Make sure you try their creative and delicious cocktails. And, if you’re visiting with friends and family, they also have spacious areas available for events and parties.
Address 10km, Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 130 8295
9. Canova Tulum
La Veleta is a new and charming part of Tulum downtown, and Canova is one of this area’s recommended restaurants on my list.
The atmosphere of Canova is pretty chill and comfy, and you will find mouthwatering vegan dishes on the menu to choose from.
Apart from the vegan options, the restaurant is also known for its amazing Italian cuisine.
So, if you find yourself in the mood for some delicious pizza in a very laid-back and chic restaurant, Canova is definitely the place for it.
Address C. 7 Sur S/N, La Veleta, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 146 6329
10. Safari Tulum
Located in the exclusive area of Tulum Downtown, Aldea Zama, Safari is the go-to taqueria for me.
The peaceful and relaxed vibe of this place is just so good with its wooden furnishings and natural surroundings.
And, on the top of these charming qualities are its fish tacos—they’re simply the best!
Safari also serves a very delicious breakfast and lunch, with lots of healthy foods and refreshing juices on the menu, and it’s one of the best places for Mexican cuisine if you’re in the mood for some local food in an idyllic restaurant.
Address Calle itzamna, Aldea Zama MANZANA 26-LOTE 13, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
11. El Asadero
(not to mix up with Asadero La Palapa which I don’t know of)
El Asadero is a dedicated Mexican restaurant in Tulum downtown where you can enjoy a delightful meal in a very informal yet laid-back atmosphere.
The restaurant is known for its meat cuts, and they really are some of the best you will find here.
If you prefer vegan, they also have a nice selection of it on their menu. I have been to it for the vegan dishes more than once, and I found the service, atmosphere, and food excellent each visit.
Just one thing to keep in mind, make a reservation if you’re going there in the evening, as it’s always packed.
Address Av. Satelite Nte. Mz 23 Lt.5 entre Sagitario y, Calle 2 Ote, Centro, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 157 8998
Nestled in the back of Tulum downtown is Cetli. It’s a renovated hacienda restaurant with an intimate space.
There are only a few tables in Cetli, and the decor of the restaurant is another remarkable feature, so the overall atmosphere is very quaint and romantic.
You will definitely love the food served here.
Their unique combination of Mexican cuisine and international culinary techniques is well worth a try at least once if you’re in Tulum!
Address Carretera 109 Tulum Coba Km 2.5, Villas Tulum, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 108 0681
13. El Canaston
Some places have nothing but mind-blowing food to offer, and Tulum downtown has no shortage of those.
El Canaston is definitely one of those places!
On the outside, it seems like an average restaurant, but the food here is exceptional. I recommend hitting it up for delicious Mexican cuisine and extraordinary tacos.
Address Calle Osiris Sur, ente venus oriente Neptuno, Oriente y, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 802 6097
14. Yaki Sabi Tulum
Sharing the same space as Ki’bok Yaki Sabi is the night version of the cute garden space and they serve delicious Japanese cuisine in a laid back tranquil atmosphere.
Address C.COBA FRACC1 LT2 P. ALEN C.COBA FRACC1 LT2 P ALEN, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
15. Burrito Amor
A very popular restaurant both for lunch and dinner specialized in burritos of all kinds, including vegan and vegetarian versions and gluten-free.
You can either stay in if you find space or take your meal away. The atmosphere is very friendly but because of the popularity, it’s always very busy. Located on the main street at the end of Tulum Down Town heading towards Chetumal.
Address Av. Tulum Mz 05-Lote 03, Tulum Centro, Centro, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 160 2989
This upscale and delicious restaurant in downtown Tulum offers sophisticated dishes made with a creative combination of ingredients. Vegan options are also available although it’s really not their forte.
Address Av satélite Entre Av. Tulum, Calle Polar Pte. y, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 182 7283
17. Asian Bodega
If you love Thai cuisine, Asian Bodega is for you. I had it as a takeaway and I loved it. The restaurant itself is always very busy so make sure you have a lot of time you don’t mind waiting.
Address Plaza Paseo La Xelva, Av. Tulum MZ33 LT02, La Veleta, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (999) 143 7706
18. Palma Central
Palma Central is the new hype in Tulum. It’s basically a court with food trucks and vendors, where you can find delicious food of all sorts.
On weekends they always have live music and it gets packed so make sure you go early if you want to spend time in the line.
If you get there by car it’s also difficult to find parking. But make sure you don’t park in dark secondary roads as a good safety rule in Tulum.
Address Av. Kukulkan 6, Palma Central, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
19. Matcha Mama
When seeking a refreshing break from the heat in Tulum, Matcha Mama is a must-visit. You can grab an iced coffee, smoothie, or amazingly healthy bowls for breakfast!
They’re definitely one of the best in town, and you can make your way here from either downtown or the beach road for a quick bite.
Address Itzamna, Aldea Zama Mz. 12-Lt. 99, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
20. Campanella Cremerie
In Aldea Zama, right close to the Pitted Date at the opposite corner, you will find this busy Italian coffee- shop where besides some nice pastry and a good expresso you should try their delicious ice cream, the best in town.
And when you do, tell me if I wasn’t right! ?
Address Av. Itzamna en esquina, Aldea Zama, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984)145 1476
Just like El Canaston is famous for its Mexican cuisine despite having an average look, Italdo is famous for its sweet and tasty delights.
Locals flock to it for its selection of sweet and salty bakery items, so it won’t be an exaggeration to say they’re one of the best in town.
You will find Italdo close to the Jungle Co-working space on the way leading to La Valeta Holistika.
The restaurant looks pretty ordinary, but it has outdoor seating right by the street and the setting is made doubly enjoyable once you taste their coffee and almond croissant!
Address AV. 5 Sur Manzana 892 Lote 6, Local 7, La Veleta, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 130 8295
22. Botanica Garden Cafe
Botanica Garden Cafe is one of my favorite places not only for a hearty breakfast or some delicious lunch but also because it’s great to hang out and spend some time kicking back and relaxing in a homey space.
The cafe is inside a lush garden near downtown and beach road, so there are plenty of plants and trees to enliven the atmosphere of Botanica Garden Cafe.
The atmosphere is so refreshing, it’s just perfect to have a cup of coffee and freshly-baked muffins here. Also, for a small fee, you can participate in the painting classes that take place here every Sunday!
Address Andromeda Ote Manzana 16-lote 23, Tulum Centro, Col Huracanes, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 214 1343
23. Liquido y Solido (temporarily closed)
While I’m mentioning gorgeous cafes in Tulum, it would be remiss to leave Liquido y Solido out.
The cafe is located on the main road in Tulum downtown called Avenida Satellite, and it has a lovely courtyard seating area where you can have the delicious cuisine served here.
Fresh juices and lots of vegan options are also on the menu, and the food is just as aesthetically pleasing as it is delicious. Suffice to say, you will fall in love with this restaurant!
Address Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km 2.5, Tulum Beach, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 119 7014
24. Alfonsina Coffe shop Tulum
Alfonsina is a new cafe in Tulum and has become one of my favorites. Located right on a secondary road from the Tulum-Coba road, this is a cute space with delicious dishes and bakery goodies.
It’s also a great place to work although they don’t have many outlets to recharge your laptop.
But it’s not so busy so you will easily find space.
Service is a little slow but we are not in a rush, are we?
Address 77760 GUERRA DE CASTAS, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 116 8199
Another cute cafe for breakfast and lunch, Kibok is located on the main road going out of town, right next to the Jungle Gym.
Just remember that it’s only open during the daytime. At night, the same place becomes a very popular Japanese restaurant that you can try out.
Ki’bok is known to be one of the best places for breakfast and lunch, but there are two restaurants in Tulum by the same name. Make sure you get to the one on the Carretera Tulum, by the Jungle Gym.
Address C.COBA FRACC1 LT2 P. ALEN C.COBA FRACC1 LT2 P ALEN, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
26. Tierra @ Holistika
Tierra @ Holistika offers more than your regular dine and dash experience common with most restaurants.
The place is a new addition to the Tulum restaurants, and it’s unique for a lot of reasons, not to mention one of my favorite restaurants.
The food is definitely one of the top reasons, but you can also enjoy the holistic experiences of Tierra @ Holistika by taking the yoga classes offered here or just soaking in the atmospheric vibe of the restaurant nestled in a lush garden and bustling with a big crowd of digital nomads working from their laptop while having their healthy smoothy or vegan biscuits.
Address Av 10 sur lote 4, manzana 902, Zona 11, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 280 4128
27. Sanara Hotel
Sanara Hotel offers luxurious lodgings in the Tulum beach zone, but even if you’re not staying in it, the hotel also has a stunning beach restaurant worth a visit.
You can have a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes in the restaurant, and there is a glass-wall yoga retreat with views of the ocean that you can try as well!
Address Km 8.1 Carretera Tulum – Cancún BOCA PAILA, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
28. Nomade Hotel
Another remarkable hotel on the beach, Nomade Tulum features a restaurant with lots of vegan dishes on its menu.
The music and hip vibe of the restaurant goes well with its Moroccan architecture and brightens the atmosphere.
However, just keep in mind that it’s a bit lively in Nomade Tulum’s restaurant, so if you’re in the mood for a quiet meal, I’d suggest somewhere else.
Address Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km 10.5, Tulum Beach, Zona hotelera, 77880 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 689 0577
Pasha is a well-known restaurant in Tulum because of its unique, Mediterranean-style atmosphere and Middle Eastern cuisines.
The menu also has many options from various international cuisines, so you can choose from lots of vegan dishes.
The restaurant is run by a couple from Cyprus, and its setting and service really match the quality of the food.
The decor is pretty and charming, and there is a little garden inside Pasha to complement the minimalist design of the place.
Address Calle Saturno Norte, Corner Saturno Norte St, Tulum Centro, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 168 9933
30. The Pitted Date
The Pitted Date is a trendy vegan restaurant in the elegant area of Aldea Zama Tulum. The restaurant serves delightful breakfast and lunch, so it’s a favorite for many, of the variety of choices you will find on the menu.
Just make your way to Aldea Zama if you want to try out The Pitted Date. The restaurant has a few tables set up indoors, but the outdoor dining scene here is much better with lots of plants and Aldea Zama’s trendy surroundings.
Address Paseo zama mza 26 lote 185 fraccionamiento, Aldea Zama, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 314 2504
31. Raw Love
Raw Love is a great vegan restaurant with two locations. One is conveniently located right in front of the ADO bus station in Tulum Centro and the other one is on the beach right between Delek Tulum and Ahau hotels.
They both serve delicious creative vegan dishes and juices. Open for Breakfast and Lunch only.
Address Av. Tulum Mz 5, Lt 1 , local 21, Tulum Centro, 77766 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ph. +52 (984) 130 2013
Nights in Tulum
The nightlife in Tulum is pretty great. In fact, it’s attractive enough to warrant some trips to specific areas of Tulum, and even some for certain days of the week to make them memorable!
Though I don’t usually go out at night, I have a few suggestions if you want to do it.
Casa Jaguar and Gitano are the two main places at night in the beach zone of Tulum.
They’re open every night, but they also have dedicated nights when they have entertainment events planned after dinner.
Usually, Casa Jaguar has its entertainment nights on Thursdays and sometimes Tuesdays, while Gitano’s are on Fridays.
Then come all the weekend options.
The Papaya Playa Project is extremely popular for the party nights it throws on weekends and full-moon nights. You can also check out Habitas Tulum for movie nights and concerts.