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Travel guide for where to eat in Tulum.

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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Travel Guide for where to eat in Tulum. Discover a list of the best restaurants in Tulum

Cheap Restaurants In Tulum

Taqueria Honorio

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

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.

If you're after cheap eats in Tulum then head to Palma Central, an amazing food truck park in Tulum Town.

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.

Palma Central is one of the best places in Tulum for a foodie experience

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.

Toqueria La Eufemia is one of the best places in Tulum for beach views and cheap eats. Make sure you add it for authentic tacos in Tulum

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.

Find the best Mexican tacos in Tulum at Toqueria La Eufemia restaurant.
Toqueria La Eufemia makes some of the best tacos in Tulum. Visit this great restaurant at Tulum Beach for a cheap eat.

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.

One of the best restaurants in Tulum is Charly's Vegan Tacos. If you're looking for vegetarian and vegan food make sure you eat at Charly's Vegan Tacos.

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.

Charly's vegan tacos are some of the best tacos in Tulum.
Charly's Vegan Tacos in Tulum serve up some of the best vegan food in Tulum. Check out their amazing menu

Matcha Mama

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.

Matcha Mama is a beautiful cafe in Tulum for healthy food and drinks

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.

Matach Mana is one of the best foodie experiences in Tulum. Add it to your list for healthy and vegan cafes in Tulum

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.

La Onda Pizza is one of the best restaurants in Tulum. If you're looking for takeaway in Tulum then grab a pizza from La Onda and head for the beach.
La Onda Pizza does delicious pizza in Tulum.

LOCO Tulum

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.

Breakfast at Loco Tulum is a delicious mix of Mexican and Mediterranean

Fine Dining Restaurants In Tulum

Hartwood

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.

One of the best restaurants in Tulum is Hartwood. Hartwood is the leader in fine dining in Tulum

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.

Hartwood is one of the best restaurants in Tulum . Make sure you reserve a table for an exception foodie experience in Tulum.
Hartwood is the best fine dining restaurant in Tulum.
Hartwood is one of the best restaurants in Tulum.

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.

Fine Dining at La Zebra Beach Restaurant.

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Comments:

  • Cristina

    August 8, 2020

    You make me want to go to Tulum right now. The food and places to eat look amazing 🙂 I am saving this guide for the future.

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  • August 8, 2020

    Yum! You just made me hungry for good Mexican food!

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  • August 8, 2020

    I love Mexican food and this is an amaing list! Matcha Mama looks really cool.

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  • August 8, 2020

    Hi Bliss. The food looks so tempting. Loved the concept of food truck park. Must be an awesome experience. Really want to make it to Tulum one day. Thanks for sharing.

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  • August 8, 2020

    Thanks for a great post. I never made it to Tulum when I was in that part of the world. I did get close though – I was in Cancun. I will have to make sure I get there next visit.

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  • August 8, 2020

    I love this guide! I visited most of these restaurants when I was in Tulum as well 🙂 LOVED Honorio, Hartwood and La Zebra. I was so disappointed with Eufemia thought 🙁 I found their tacos to be totally tasteless. For healthy food, Raw Love has amazing smoothies and vegan dishes too!

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  • August 8, 2020

    Tulum has such great food. Even in Tulum town there are great budget friendly options and the best tacos I’ve ever had! La Eufemia though is a great spot for cheap tacos and great views! Great list… what I wouldn’t give for a matcha in Tulum right about now!

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  • August 8, 2020

    Wow! This article is amazing, I want to visit Tulum ASAP!! All these places look absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • Shay

    August 8, 2020

    These all looks SO yummy! Can’t wait to visit Tulum someday for the sights and now for the food, too!

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  • August 8, 2020

    Omg the food looks amazing at each restaurant! Tulum is so high on my bucket list, I hope I will be able to visit next year so I just saved your guide for later 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  • August 8, 2020

    Tulum looks like a wayy more laid back and serene version of Cancun! Food and food options are sometimes the hardest part of planning a trip. Thank you for eliminating the guess work of where to eat. Fingers crossed we can get to these stunning beaches safely soon!

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  • August 8, 2020

    So delicious! We had a great time in Tulum, can’t wait to go back and try all of the pretty cafes and restaurants here! Thanks for sharing!

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  • August 8, 2020

    Wow I love eating and we must visit Tulum! We’ve been to several places in Mexico but we haven’t yet been to Tulum. This is definitely on our bucket list. Loved the photos and thanks for sharing!

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  • August 9, 2020

    This post made me hungry even though I just finished eating lol . Love the photos and the amazing guide. Thank you for sharing!

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  • August 9, 2020

    Oh my goodness Mexican food is the BEST… let alone eating it in Mexico ha. So many things here are making my mouth water. I think when I go to Mexico it’s just going to end up a food tour ha!

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  • August 9, 2020

    Oh, thank you for including a vegan food spot! They are usually left out 🙂

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  • Aireona

    August 9, 2020

    I will definitely need to give all these foods a try if I ever go!

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  • Stephanie

    August 9, 2020

    BEAUTIFUL post, and I’m a total fan of your blog in general! One of the first trips I am definitely taking after all of this pandemic pandemonium is a trip to Tulum. It was so much fun to read about the places to eat, but also, torture because I want to be there!! Lol

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  • August 9, 2020

    All those places look amazing and the dishes so tasty! Tulum sounds like a paradise for a foodie!

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  • August 9, 2020

    Ooo, thanks so much for putting this together! Tulum is on my travel bucket list + I tend to plan my travels around food, so this is perfect! 😛

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  • August 10, 2020

    I love this guide! I’m a huge taco lover and will definitely be using this when I eventually get to Tulum. I think Charly’s vegan tacos will be the place for me with my new dairy free/gluten free diet. The fresh fruit sodas sound amazing!

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  • August 10, 2020

    I absolutely love Tulum! This is such a new list for me, I haven’t been to any of these, I’m definitely considering for next visit. Thanks for sharing. If you go back there, add Burrito Amor (center of Tulum) and Kitchen Table (super cool experience), they were awesome.

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  • August 11, 2020

    I’m hopefully going to Cancun in 2021 and want to spend a day in Tulum so saving this for later for sure!! These spots all look incredible 🙂 Thanks for all the ideas!

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  • August 12, 2020

    I LOVE that you added vegan options! It’s so hard for us veg-friendly eaters, especially in countries that are super meat oriented, like Mexico. I put Charly’s on top of my list, but also Palma Central y Toqueria La Eufemia. Can’t wait to go to Tulum now!

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  • Francesca

    August 13, 2020

    Wow, it looks like you’re absolutely spoilt for choice for places to eat in Tulum! It all looks absolutely delicious. I love the hut style for the restaurants too.

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  • August 15, 2020

    Oh my! All these places look dreamy, and that food! I can’t wait for this situation to end, and finally visit Tulum!

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