Top 19 Delicious Places to Eat in Tulum (2024)

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From fresh Caribbean seafood and juicy street tacos to authentic Italian cuisine and vegan cafes, there is no shortage of culinary options to choose from in Tulum.

Whether you’re spending the day in Tulum Pueblo or beaching it up on the chic Tulum Hotel Zone, you’ll be spoiled for choice in terms of where to eat, drink, and be merry.

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After moving to Tulum as a digital nomad and having lived in the city previously, we’ve had tons of opportunities to test out Tulum’s restaurant scene.

Eating out in Tulum can be super budget-friendly, extremely expensive, or somewhere in between. After exploring the restaurant scene for months on end, here are 20 of my favorite places to eat in Tulum.

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This food guide to Tulum includes both budget-friendly and expensive options. Although this guide highlights more local and down-to-earth restaurants, there are still a few spendier places where you can splash out for a special occasion.

I’ve been to more laidback, less expensive restaurants than the “chic” ones in the hotel zone — but I’ll list them anyway since we all have different tastes. I also prefer to support businesses in town since most (if not all) places in the Hotel Zone run off diesel generators.

Below, you’ll find some of the best Tulum restaurants and a few quick details about their menu, prices, locations, and opening hours.

This guide mostly covers where to eat in Tulum Town but, at the end, goes over a few places to eat in Tulum’s Hotel Zone and my suggestion for the best beachfront restaurant.

Feel free to scroll through depending on what you’re looking for!

Here’s my ultimate guide to where to eat in Tulum, Mexico! 🌮

Tipping in Tulum: Tipping is a part of the culture in Mexico, similar to the USA. For restaurants, 10% is usually the base tip, which means everything was OK. 15% is the standard “good tip” and usually means everything was muy bien or excellent. As for us, we usually give 18-20%, especially when the service and food are truly lovely.

1. TÚ

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  • Prices: $$+ | $200-500 pesos pp
  • Menu: Gastropub, Earthy Dishes, co*cktails
  • Location: Calle Andromeda Ote, Tulum Centro
  • Hours: 6 PM – 1 AM

is tucked away off a perpendicular street in Tulum Pueblo, away from the crowds on Calle Centauro.

It’s the perfect place for creative tacos or vegan snacks, but its character truly comes alive in the evening when its cozy lamps and table candles illuminate the polished concrete walls and minimalist decor.

We went here one evening as a last hoorah when my sister was in town, and it was one of the best food experiences we’ve had in Tulum.

Everything from the attentive service and the laid-back seating to the unique co*cktails and earthy food set the perfect ambiance.

Their menu takes you to the “roots” of traditional Mexican ingredients like huitlacoche risotto with fish, baked sweet potatoes with vegan mayo, chile-crusted tuna steak, and mussels bathed in a savory sausage broth. Oh, and their dessert flan is definitely “OMG” worthy! It is by far one of the best restaurants in Tulum.

2. La Hoja Verde (Favorite Vegan Restaurant in Tulum)

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  • Prices: $$ | $150-300+ pesos pp
  • Menu: Vegan/Vegetarian | Buddha Bowls, Curry, Tacos, Pasta
  • Location: Calle Beta Sur, Tulum Centro
  • Hours: 8 AM – 10:00 PM

La Hoja Verde is one of the best restaurants in Tulum Pueblo for lunch and dinner if you appreciate creative vegan food.

They have awesome food all around, but the trilogy tacos with soy, gluten, and mushrooms are a hit. And if you love soy, their smoked soy sandwich served with rustic potatoes and tangy mustard is AMAZING. (It’s called “sandwich de barbacoa” on the menu).

Their co*cktails are pretty good, too (get the mezcalina if you like mezcal), and cost around $190 pesos. La Hoja Verde is located just off the main avenue on Calle Beta Sur. You can’t miss it!

Tip: Go for lunch for a smaller crowd, or get there early for dinner to enjoy an evening ambiance with cozy lights and live music.

Also Read: 9 Best Eco Boutique Hotels in Tulum

3. Botanica Garden Cafe

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  • Prices:$ | $100-250+ pesos pp
  • Menu:Brunch | Homemade toasts, Omelettes, Quiche, Salad/Fries, Desserts
  • Location: Andromeda Ote Manzana 16 (just 2 blocks from Ave. Coba)
  • Hours:8 AM – 3 PM

Botanica is still a hidden gem but thanks to its inspiring garden atmosphere filled with plants, earthy decor, and delicious food, it’s quickly becoming one of the best restaurants in Tulum.

We discovered this quaint cafe one day while cruising around our neighborhood on our bikes. We are so glad we went in because it’s become one of our favorite go-to places for brunch.

Their tartine toasts with house-baked bread are a highlight of the menu (avo toast, salmon, roast beef, and baked beetroot are some of the options).

They also have an awesome homemade quiche, eggplant flatbread, omelets, and a few side dish options like fresh salad or fries. They make great fruit juices, like pineapple with basil, and always have great-tasting coffee and lattes. Plus, the kitchen staff and servers are super welcoming and friendly!

Tip:Botanica really has a community vibe and offers special creative classes you can join on certain days, like language immersion or painting! You can also bring your laptop and work for a few hours while you eat/drink (a great option for digital nomads in Tulum). 💻

4. Del Cielo

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  • Prices: $$ | $150-350+ pesos pp
  • Menu: Brunch | Eggs Benedict, Smoothies, Chilaquiles, French Toast, Baked Goods
  • Location: Satélite Sur 5, Tulum Centro
  • Hours: 8 AM – 2:30 PM

Del Cielo is a tropical bistro in Tulum Town that’s known for its gourmet “heavenly breakfast” and lunch. They are one of the most popular Tulum restaurants in town for brunch, so you’ll need to go early to snag a seat!

Their menu is loaded with scrumptious brunch food with options for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. They have lots of egg dishes like eggs benedict (my fav is the Avocado Florentine) and Mexican chilaquiles or huevos rancheros.

For drinks, you can get typical brunch-style options like fresh green smoothies, juices, coffee/tea, etc.

As for the atmosphere, they have both indoor/outdoor seating in a tropical, plant-filled setting.

5. Bonita Burger Bar

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  • Prices:$-$$ | $200-300 pesos pp
  • Menu:Burger Bar | Meat/Vegan options, Fries, Aperol + co*cktails
  • Location:Calle Beta Sur, Tulum Centro
  • Hours:3-11 PM

Bonita is our go-to place when we want a no-frills good meal in a nice outdoor garden setting.

They are located just beside La Hoja Verde, so if one is too busy, we usually end up at the other. I can’t speak for their beef burgers, but their chicken and vegan patties are tasty!

You can order a side of garlic or parmesan fries for a little extra.

We’ve also tried their blue cheese fries with caramelized onions and vegan cheese fries with vegan chorizo!

I always end up getting a margarita here because they do it the way I like, which is not too strong and has lots of salt (lol). Their Aperol spritz creations are also a hit on the menu.

Tip: Don’t leave your extra pocket change at the hotel because there are always musicians coming around to play some music (and asking for tips).

6. Moro (@ Habitas)

  • Prices: $$$+ | $500+ MXN pp
  • Menu: Sustainable Gastronomy
  • Location: Habitas Tulum (Beachfront eco-hotel)
  • Hours: 10-10 PM

Moro is the gastronomic restaurant inside the eco-friendly hotel and beach club called Habitas.

We ate here for dinner, one special evening, to ring on Paul’s 31st birthday.

The food and mixology bar didn’t disappoint, but you definitely won’t be able to budget here.

The atmosphere is dreamy, with sand between your toes and beautiful, open-air architecture. You can also come here for breakfast and lunch for a cheaper meal, but their dinner menu is filled with combinations you won’t find elsewhere in Tulum.

If you want to spend a day at their beach club, the minimum spend per person is $100 USD.

Keep in mind that this restaurant is for adults only!

7. Villa Pescadores Beachfront Restaurant

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  • Prices: $$+ | $200+ MXN pp
  • Menu:Gourmet Mexican | Fish Tacos, Tostadas, Seafood
  • Location: Playa Pescadores
  • Hours: 11:30 AM – 6 PM

Villa Pescadores is an eco-rustic beachfront hotel and restaurant owned by the Ahau Tulum Hotel Collection.

You can eat at the beachfront restaurant here even if you are not a guest.

It is one of the best places for lunch on Tulum beach if you’re spending the day on the public beach here (Playa Pescadores).

The menu is packed with fresh seafood and Mexican dishes and doesn’t disappoint! We had tuna tostadas and fish tacos here with the turquoise blue Caribbean as our view.

If you want a beachfront restaurant experience but don’t want to fork out tons of money on a beach club, then come to Villa Pescadores!

8. Akuma Tiger

  • Prices: $$+ | $300-600+ pesos pp
  • Menu: Japanese Fusion | Sushi, Ngiri, Seafood, Vegetarian & Vegan options
  • Location: Calle Polar Pte, Tulum Centro
  • Hours: 6:30 – 11:30

You might be surprised to find that Tulum is a hotspot for sushi!

Akuma Tiger is one of the best sushi restaurants in town, located in the center of Tulum Pueblo.

A fusion of Japanese and Mexican cuisines, you’ll find everything from inventive starters like the Spicy Tuna Nori Tacos to Shrimp and Philadelphia Kushiague, a take on a fried Philadelphia roll.

There are also a few vegan options, like the Kyu roll and vegan spring rolls.

While this certainly isn’t a budget option, it’s worth the splurge for excellent sushi! One roll costs between $120 and $280 pesos, while a ngiri platter costs between $310 and $480 pesos.

The ambience is intimate and modern, with both indoor and outdoor seating in their small courtyard.

Unfortunately, Nao, one of my favorite Tulum sushi restaurants, closed. Akuma Tiger is a wonderful runner-up and is highly rated on both Google and TripAdvisor.

9. El Bajon Vegan Tacos

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  • Prices:$ | ~$100 pesos pp
  • Menu:Vegan Tacos, Agua del Dia (Fruit Water)
  • Location:Calle Sol junction with Calle Orion Sur, Centro
  • Hours:11:30 am to 8 pm (Monday-Friday), 11:30 am to 5:30 pm

El Bajon is the first Tulum restaurant that we ate at when moving here. We just happened to stumble upon it after riding our bikes down our street and decided to go in for lunch.

We’ve been a handful of times since and each time is as satisfying as the last.

This place only has a few tables and gives you the feeling of really being in Mexico eating street tacos, but without the meat!

These guys are passionate about veganism, but their tacos remain authentically Mexican.

Their vegan tacos are served on two hot corn tortillas and served Mexican style with a colorful plastic dish of spicy red onions, cilantro, lime, and salsas for you to garnish as you’d like. The soy-based tacos are my favorite and truly tasty – you can hardly tell it’s not meat. I’d argue it’s better!

Tip: Right next door (actually, the two connect) is a vegan market and shop full of locally and ethically-made items, including eco-friendly hygiene products, recycled clothes, and vegan-based meats and cheeses in the fridge.

10. Raw Love

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  • Prices:$$+ | $200+ MXN pp
  • Menu:Vegan & Healthy Raw Food
  • Location:Pueblo & Beach
  • Hours:8 AM – 5 PM

Raw Love is one of the most popular Tulum restaurants. They have two locations – on the beach behind the famous art statue “Ven a la Luz” and also in Tulum pueblo. We’ve been to both.

Of course, the beach has the sandy floor and hippie vibe most are after when coming here. But the town location is just as cute and worth trying out.

We always go for the avo toast with pickled purple sauerkraut and a smoothie bowl.

11. Street Food in Tulum

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  • Prices:$ | < $100 MXN pp
  • Menu:Mexican Tacos, Tortas, Quesadillas, Desserts + Vegan Tacos/Pizza
  • Location:Several locations
  • Hours:Evening

You can’t come to Tulum (or Mexico) without exploring the local street food scene.

There are a few places in Tulum for this, but the best hotspot for street food in Tulum will be at the night street food market behind the Plaza Municipio and Parque Dos Aguas just off Avenida Tulum (Calle Sol Ote).

Here, you’ll find tacos al pastor, esquites and elotes (street corn), tortas (sandwiches), marquesitas (mexican sweet “crepes”), and more!! Another awesome spot for street food is beside the Oxxo located at Av. Tulum Oriente Mza 6.

Here, there’s the well-known Tacos y Tortas El Tio food cart that serves up cheap and authentic Mexican tacos like tacos al pastor with pork, chicken, beef, etc.

But if you enjoy vegan/vegetarian food, the cart beside it (Cordobesito?) is a cart featuring vegan tacos and vegan pizza!

For being grilled on a food cart, the vegan garlic pizza was super good with a thin, wood-fired tasting crust. The tacos were also delicious, with potatoes, jackfruit, and soy options.

12. Burrito Amor

  • Prices:$$ | $150-200+ MXN pp
  • Menu: Healthy Burritos + Juices
  • Location: Av. Tulum Pte. entre Calle Sol Pte. y Calle Acuario
  • Hours:8 AM – 10 PM (Wed-Mon)

Burrito Amor is another Tulum classic for where to eat, especially if it’s a delicious burrito you’re craving!

There isn’t much to say about this place other than that it’s really good and I love their tropical outdoor seating and the airy interior.

Located in Tulum Pueblo, they have great food and service!

Their burritos always come stuffed with healthy ingredients, like black beans, avocado, nopal (cactus), pico de gallo, rice, and other yummy stuff.

You can also order organic eggs for breakfast, colorful salads, and a few sweet treats.

13. Ki’bok Coffee

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  • Prices:$$+ | $200+ MXN pp
  • Menu:Mexican + American Brunch, Organic Coffee
  • Location: Calle Centauro Sur Mz 05 Lt 11, Tulum Centro
  • Hours: 7 AM – 9 PM

Ki’bok Coffee is perhaps Tulum Pueblo’s most popular place for breakfast and lunch, but it’s not our favorite. They are always packed full of tourists from dawn to dusk.

The food is pretty good, and the drinks are always reliable (the chai latte is delicious!), but you definitely feel like it’s a tourist trap.

They’ve become somewhat of a victim of their own success. It’s not the nicest ambiance or the quietest, especially in the back part of the restaurant in the “garden,” where the tables are close together and the sounds bounce off the wall.

14. Yaax Ik

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  • Prices:$$ $150-200+ MXN pp
  • Menu:Mexican + Mayan Dishes
  • Location: Calle Centauro Sur 249, Tulum Centro
  • Hours:8-12 AM

Yaax Ik is a beautiful open-air palapa restaurant with swings and fresh cocina mexicana y maya. We came here on multiple occasions and had a great experience each time.

You can either order something from the on-site taco cart, like tacos al pastor, or you can order from the kitchen for a bigger meal, like seared salmon or lobster.

I can vouch for the tuna ceviche because it’s so good (if you like it). It comes with mango, chaya (Mayan spinach), and tortilla chips.

Pair with a mezcal co*cktail or margarita, and you’ll have a delicious meal!

15. Matcha Mama

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  • Prices:$$+ | $200+ MXN pp
  • Menu:Smoothies, Bowls, Matcha Drinks
  • Location:Pueblo & Beach
  • Hours:8 AM – 6 PM

Matcha Mama is famous in Tulum for its tropical swing bar and delicious matcha smoothies and acai bowls.

There are two locations — the Instagram hotspot in the Hotel Zone and also in Tulum Town, tucked away on a semi-quiet street. I prefer the one in the Pueblo as it’s less crowded, more spacious, and has a nice vibe.

It’s a great choice if you are coming back from cenotes or a long day and just want a nice pick-me-up!

16. The Good Burger/Pizza

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  • Prices: $$-$$$ | $300-400+ MXN pp
  • Menu:Burgers, Pizza, Ribs, co*cktails
  • Location:Tulum Town
  • Hours:9 AM – 1 AM

The Good Burger and The Good Pizza are in the same building in Tulum Town.

The burger restaurant is on the ground floor and features menu items like wine, ribs, meats, and burgers, while the pizza restaurant is on the top floor of the building and only serves pizza, a few apps, and co*cktails.

We rarely went here for food, but we would head to the rooftop for a unique view of Tulum Pueblo while seated in these little cozy “pods” that kind of hang out beyond the roof.

The co*cktails here are expensive (around $200 MXN or $10 USD) but are pretty good. My favorite is made with Ancho Reyes liqueur (poblano chiles), mezcal, passion fruit, lime, and comes with a spicy rim. 🍹

17. IL Bacaro

  • Prices:$$-$$$ | $200-300+ MXN pp
  • Menu:Homemade Pastas, Pizzas, Wine, Desserts
  • Location:Calle Centauro, Tulum Pueblo
  • Hours:11 AM – 11 PM

Il Bacaro features “authentic Italian” in Tulum and I must say they do whip up the best pizzas in Tulum (that we’ve tried).

Our favorite is the fresh Bresaola mozzarella pizza with cherry tomatoes and arugula and the Quatro Fromaggi pizza.

The atmosphere is cozy, with open-air seating in a dark and jungly atmosphere.

They get busy quickly, so try to go a bit earlier in the evening to snag a seat.

They also have La Brasa – their sister restaurant – located just opposite which looks nice and features a grill and wine bar.

Il Bacaro also delivers on (Tulum’s dedicated delivery service website) if you want pizza delivered to your house or hotel.

18. VIVO

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  • Prices: $$ | $150-200 MXN pp
  • Menu:Vegan / Vegetarian | Mexican + American Brunch
  • Location: Av. Tulum (World By Hand store)
  • Hours: 9 AM – 4 PM

VIVO is an outdoor restaurant by the home decor store World By Hand (it connects to the restaurant).

If you’re looking for a beautifully decorated and airy place to eat in Tulum with vegan and vegetarian cuisine, head to Vivo!

We came here for a late breakfast and had a great meal (avo toast and with fresh agua del dia). They also make homemade ravioli, plant-based burgers, smoothies, lattes, buddha bowls, grilled veggies, and more.

If you are a digital nomad in Tulum, Vivo is also laptop-friendly (and pet-friendly, too!), so you can come here for a drink and work (just charge your laptop before since it doesn’t seem to have many power outlets).

Now it’s time for a few Tulum restaurants in the Beach/Hotel Zone!

19. Bonus! Cetli Restaurant

Last but not least, I wanted to include Cetli here as we have heard great things (but never got to try it).

Cetli is located just outside of Tulum Town and features upscale Mexican cuisine, such as inspiring mole dishes and frozen mezcalitas.

It is open from 7 AM – 10 PM. Let me know if you try it!

Other Tulum Restaurants That I Don’t Recommend

Try to be mindful of the restaurants you eat at while visiting Tulum, especially those that harm the environment, like Palo Santo, who are notorious for polluting nearby mangroves.

Others that I simply didn’t like either due to the food or business practices were Papaya Pizza & Co and Tres Galeones for their “hidden” gratuity. While there are a few other restaurants I haven’t been to in the Hotel Zone, there’s a high likelihood that they’ll be overrun with other visitors.

There are literally dozens of other places I could mention for where to eat in Tulum town and where not to eat, but I think this list about sums it up!

If you’ve made it this far, thanks so much for reading! If you have any questions about these restaurants in Tulum, feel free to comment below or shoot me an email. 🙂

Here are my other travel guides to Tulum to check out!

  • 10 Essential Tulum Tips
  • 🎨 Tulum Street Art
  • 💀 Things to Do in Tulum, Mexico
  • 🛵 Day Trips From Tulum
  • 🤿 Scuba Diving in Tulum
  • 🌿 Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
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