Best Restaurants Guide for Tulum, Mexico

Mexican cuisine can be quite enduring and appetizing while visiting Tulum, Mexico I was eager to try all the restaurants. After spending a few weeks in Tulum I tried easily 20 restaurants from local favorites to some of the best food in Tulum. This blog features my top 7 favorite places to eat in Tulum, Mexico for every price point.  

Tropic Tacos-$

Tacos and Cheese Dip from Tropic Tacos
Tacos and Cheese Dip from Tropic Tacos

When it comes to tacos there is an array of choices throughout Tulum, however, there is one’s spot that is my absolute favorite. Tropic Tacos is a local favorite located right off the main street. Tropic Tacos are made to order tacos and offer all kinds from steak to chicken with a homemade corn shell. Each taco is about 75 cents USD, making it the cheapest tacos in all of Tulum. You can easily have 4 tacos, bottled water, and queso for only 6 USD. The tacos are fresh and full of flavor. I found myself stopping this place a few times, its great for a quick bite and you will always leave feeling full. Just make sure you bring cash this place does not accept credit card.

Natural Juice-$ 

Natural Juice is a breakfast cafe located on the main street in the city of Tulum. The cafe has the creamiest juices/smoothies and delicious breakfast crepes. The juices uses fresh fruits grown from locals in Tulum and are available in an array of 15 different flavors. My favorite was the avocado juice which was a mix of avocado, berries, and mango. As for the breakfast crepes the cafe takes eggs and cooks them thinly like a crepe. Inside the eggs, you will find fresh avocado or meat of your choice. The crepes were very unique and quite filling. For a juice and breakfast crepe, it will cost you 6 to 10 USD. 

Outside Natural Juice Cafe
Outside Natural Juice Cafe

Clan-Destino-$$

Front of Clandestino Shopping Area
Front of Clandestino Shopping Area

Clan-Destino or as some would say the Bambu Palace is a cenote, bar, and hotel. It can be found in the hotel zone in Tulum. Clandestino is perfect for lunch followed by a swim in the cenote. The restaurant features seating in the jungle with a view of the cenote. The vibe is family-friendly but also relaxing. The menu offers burgers, chicken sandwiches, tenders, and fries. The cheeseburger I ate here was the best I had in all of Mexico. A meal and drink will only cost you about 15-20 USD.

Meal Over the Centone
Meal Over the Centone

Also this is a cannabis friendly place and staff is cool with guests bringing a joint while they enjoy their lunch. This place is worth checking out as it is the only restaurant of its kind on a cenote. Just make sure you bring bug spray because sometimes the jungle bugs can be vicious. 

Mezzanine-$$

Mezzanine is a Thai restaurant with a stunning ocean view located close to the Tulum ruins. Mezzanine cuisine features traditional Thai dishes with one of kind of presentation. From the view to huge portions this is a place yummy and budget cost-friendly. It is ideal for watching the sunset while sharing an intimate meal with others. Some of my favorites here were the pad thai and a strawberry martini. The restaurant is also a waterfront hotel though I did not have a chance to stay there the beach club area was lovely. I would be happy to go back to this place again and again. Reservations are not required ether. 

View from Mezzanine
View from Mezzanine

Tora Tulum- $$$

Tora Tulum is affiliated and located inside a place called Rosa Negra. Both restaurants are the most highly rated restaurants in Tulum and for good reason. From the second you enter the restaurant the vibe is trendy upbeat and perfect for a meal with friends or a romantic date. The food at Tora features Asian inspired dishes with a flair. Everything about this restaurant is over the top from the presentation to the taste. Here the typical Asian dishes you get will look a bit different however, are so tasty.

Shrimp and Tuna Appetizers
Shrimp and Tuna Appetizers

My favorites were the rice bombs which were blow-torched right in front of you and the martinis. I did not try anything here I didn’t love and find myself constantly craving their dishes. With this restaurant in such high demand, reservations are essential to getting in. Also remember to bring your wallet because usually for drinks, appetizers and meal is about 100 USD a person. 

Taboo Beach Club & Restaurant-$$$

Taboo Beach Club & Restaurant is one of the most popular and exclusive places in all of Tulum. Taboo features a private beach with day beds tables and lounge areas. This place is known for its huge beach parties, amazing Mediterranean inspired cuisine, and plush vibe. Save your best swimsuit for or a flowy dress for your day here. The energy and beauty of guests is what makes this place so popular. To enter the beach club it is a minimum spend of 75 USD per person. Getting to this minimum is pretty easy when the drinks are 15 USD each.

View from Beach Club
View from Beach Club

As for the dinner, there is no minimum, however, I do recommend getting a reservation as this place fills up fast especially on the weekends. The same can be said about the beach club reservations are recommended. Though this place can be pricey it is the most luxurious beach club in all of Tulum and the perfect spot to celebrate any occasion. 

Gitano-$$$

Gitano Restaurant View
Table view of Gitano

Gitano is a restaurant located in the heart of the hotel zone. It is affiliated of a restaurant company out of New York City. The food features a spin on traditional American items with a Mexican flare. My favorite item here was the carne asada steak which huge and full of flavor. This place is a place you can share entrees. Also, the spicy margaritas are one the best I had in Mexico. One of my favorite things about this place is the vibe. The lights are dim and there are candles everywhere it’s excellement for a romantic dinner. I found myself coming here twice just to have the steak again, however, get a reservation it fills up fast. 

Carne Asada Steak at Gitano
Carne Asada Steak at Gitano

In conclusion, there is a bite for everyone from authentic Mexican to luxury steaks. The food in Tulum is truly a treat. So get out there and explore some of this superb cuisine you won’t regret it. 

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About Mickelle

Hi, I am the creator of InspiredbyInfluence. I left my corporate 9 to 5, to pursue my dreams of roaming the world on my schedule. I have been to 15 countries, so far and am just getting started. Let this voyage of wandering began.

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