Where To Eat For The Tulum Foodie Experience
Tulum is a foodies paradise from tiny food trucks to fine dining. Check out my list of the best restaurants in Tulum for a foodie experience. These restaurants are completely different from each other, but all have one thing in common; amazing Mexican food. Devour tacos dripping with salsa and fajitas rich with cheese. Wow your taste buds with fresh seafood at one of Tulum’s best restaurants and indulge with the ‘best pizza on earth’. Tulum is truly one of the best foodie experiences in Mexico, so make sure you don’t miss any of these unmissable restaurants. If you need more information for your stay check out my ultimate travel guide on Tulum.
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Cheap Restaurants In Tulum
Taqueria Honorio is one of the best restaurants in Tulum. Their tacos are amazing, which is why you still get a mix of local and visitor eating here. They serve their tacos for breakfast and lunch, opening at 6:00 am and closing at 3:00 pm (or whenever they run out of food). The restaurant itself is a canvas tent on the side of the road in Tulum town. The tables and chairs are plastic with multiple salsas ready to be added to the food.
The menu is basic, and so are the tacos, but they smell and taste amazing. I also had the most incredible quesadilla of my life at this authentic Mexican restaurant. There was so much flavour and it was dripping juices from the spices and cheese. The tacos are simple but full of sauce and whatever meat or vegetable that you’ve chosen. Make sure you add the salsas to them and test how brave you are.
Palma Central is a food truck park in Tulum Town. It’s located right next to Taqueria Honorio (rated the best taco restaurant in Tulum) and is perfect for a cheap meal in Tulum. The actual park is ambient with coloured lights strung between trees and large wooden tables in the middle for social eating. The bar at the back serves up drinks and you can enjoy a few beverages listening to music.
The food trucks are all very international with many different choices. You can grab an Italian pizza, multiple burger options, vegan, as well as vegan gelato, and of course Mexican. You can try a few different options from the different trucks. It’s definitely a great place to hang out, have a few drinks and eat tasty, cheap food.
Toqueria La Eufemia
This restaurant has a bit of hippy, a bit of Tulum and a bit of crazy all mixed together. Toqueria La Eufemia is regularly found on lists of the best restaurants in Tulum. It’s definitely one of the places you should eat for a Tulum foodie experience. The actual restaurant is a large wooden building open to the beach with views of the white sand and blue water. They play reggae music usually or a bit of rock, and host live music. Everything is relaxed, from the bright plastic plates to the waiters who joke with you at the tables.
The food is simple Mexican and they’re tacos are especially amazing. Choose from a huge list of different base options from meat to seafood to vegetarian/vegan. Once delivered you then go to the condiments bar and add all sorts of delicious salsas, pickles, onions and herbs. Order a margarita or mojito and relax with the music and one of the best views in Tulum.
Healthy Restaurants In Tulum
Charly’s Vegan Tacos
This small, food truck restaurant is an institution in Tulum for vegan food. It’s one of the best restaurants in Tulum serving up ethical and healthy dishes. Located on an open lot beside the road there are large wooden tables to sit at and a wooden pagoda to escape from the sun. Ratton lamps hang from the trees and the flooring is white sand. The actual kitchen is in a renovated container, as well as the bar.
All food served is vegan, but even meat-eaters love the food at this casual little restaurant. The tacos are dripping in salsa and flavour and you can try their tasting menu for different tastes. The side dishes are just as delicious, especially the corn and the cooked plantain. Cool yourself down with their “sodas” which are full of fresh fruit and are perfect for the heat of Mexico.
Matcha Mama is an institution in Tulum because of how photogenic it is. This doesn’t mean it’s only pretty on the outside. Make sure you visit for a definite foodie experience in Tulum. They serve up delicious smoothies and juices and fresh coconut water. I was expecting the service to be jaded and rude because of how famous it is, but everyone who worked there was super friendly.
What they serve obviously champions matcha, from lattes to smoothies and juices. But the good news is, if you don’t like matcha there are plenty of other options. Everything is super healthy and will make you feel amazing. Order one of their drinks and have a go on one of their famous swings.
Casual Restaurants In Tulum
La Onda Pizza
This place caught our eye because of their outrages sign out the front, “best pizza on earth”. It was definitely a good marketing technique. Like a lot of places in Tulum, it’s half outside half inside with lots of wood. It’s a place for relaxing with a beer and a slice of pizza. There’s a pool table to play at and a bar to sit around. You can even sit at the kitchen and watch them make the woodfired pizzas. You can do eat in or get takeaway and head to the beach for a sunset dinner.
The pizzas are large with tasty woodfired crusts. There are multiple different choices from a simple margarita, a Mexican or a fancy seafood pizza. It’s all made fresh in front of you, so you can video the process if you want. Was it the best pizza on earth? I’m going to say no, as I’ve had that in Naples, but it was definitely a great pizza in Mexico, especially with some ice-cold beers and sand between our toes.
Like most restaurants in Tulum this place is an open-air wooden building with wooden tables. It has a thatched roof for a rustic vibe and a cactus and palm garden. It’s a place for relaxed drinks and hanging out with friends while indulging in some delicious food.
Loco calls itself a Mediterranean Chefs Kitchen and you can see this in the mixed menu. The food is Mexican and Mediterranean. You can order breakfast tacos and shakshuka for breakfast, as well as simple avocado toast and omelettes. The rest of the food that they serve up is imaginative, with its mixing of cultures and flavours.
Fine Dining Restaurants In Tulum
Hartwood is one of the best restaurants in Tulum. The food and atmosphere all combine to create an epic Tulum foodie experience. The restaurant is open-air with a small wooden bar and a kitchen lit by candles and run by coal barbeques. The whole atmosphere is relaxed ambience with lamps and wooden tables. The cocktail menu is a work of art with new choices every day.
The food is why there’s always a line, and why you need to book in advance. Hartwood encourages simplicity while creating masterpieces of food using local flavours and creativity. The prices are high for Mexico, and range from 400 – 600 pesos, but it’s worth every cent. I had the best octopus of my life at Hartwood, and everyone else in my group was raving about their food.
La Zebra Beach Restaurant
La Zebra Beach Restaurant has some of the best views in Tulum. The restaurant is in a large wooden building that overlooks the beach. Imagine a cooling sea breeze while you eat delicious Mexican food. Everything is rustic fine dining and it is surrounded by a beautiful garden.
The food is Mexican with a twist. Try chicken with chocolate mole and indulge in their large portions of choose-your-own-adventure tacos. They also do jugs of margaritas so you can enjoy the cool drink with your beach views.