As Tulum is becoming increasingly popular as a getaway destination—and rightfully so with its pristine Caribbean waters, ancient Mayan ruins, outdoor wonders like Sian Ka’an, and not to mention its plethora of wellness spas and yoga studios—it is drawing some of the top chefs from around the world. It is safe to say that Tulum, Mexico is a hot spot when it comes to cuisine. We’ve rounded up the best restaurants in Tulum. We guarantee you won’t regret hitting up at least one of these spots (preferably more than one) during your stay in Quintana Roo.
For the ultimate Tulum experience, Hartwood is a must. Flickering candles, hanging lights, the lush foliage creeping into the rock covered patio, and the white wood bar welcome you into this bungalow of a restaurant. The menu changes daily based on what the sea and the land provide. The restaurants respect for the environment is evident in everything you see and eat. The solar powered, composting, zero waste restaurant is an innovative example for other restaurants around the world.
Vegans rejoice! Restaurare could quite possibly be the best vegan restaurant in the world. Tucked away in the jungle, this beautiful restaurant features hand-painted chairs and tables, carefully crafted Mexican dishes, and compassion from the way they collect their food to the way they prepare it. From colorful tacos, pastas, and stews to exotic cocktails, Restaurare will have something for everyone, not just vegans.
You may be hesitant to dine at an Italian restaurant while in Mexico, but we can assure you that Posada Margherita is well worth your visit, even if it’s the only restaurant you dine at in Tulum. For one, this is Italian cuisine with fresh, local ingredients, many of which include seafood from the Caribbean Sea. So while the cuisine may be Italian in nature, you’re still getting a Mexican flare from the ingredients and the atmosphere, which is more like a clean, modern cantina.
Papaya Playa Project
Papaya Playa Project is far more than a wonderful place to dine—it's a full eco-friendly organizational force that happens to be a hotel and restaurant. This sustainability and social responsibility project focuses on solar energy, clean water, gardening and plantations, responsible construction and recycling, local materials and fair trade, and community involvement. The restaurant sits in the center of the beach club, and the food is inspired by Mexican and Mayan tradition.
Restaurant Mi Amor
This favorite spot looks like a spa-turned-restaurant. For a relaxing atmosphere with contemporary French food, Restaurant Mi Amor is your place. Here you’ll find high quality vegetarian food, seafood, the best views, and impeccable service.
For a casual, but elegant place to dine, BeTulum offers an eclectic atmosphere on the beach. This Mexican seafood restaurant is the place to go for Mexican appetizers and the best from the Caribbean Sea.
This restaurant successfully fuses Mexican and Peruvian food into exotic dishes. You can choose to dine in three different settings—the beachfront, courtyard, or under the palm roof. Whichever you choose, you can’t go wrong. Cilantro’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This Michelin star restaurant, Ocumare, is the first of its kind in Tulum. Michelin star chef Mauricio Giovanini’s menu is inspired by his travels around the world, including cuisine from India, Morocco, Argentina, and Spain. He uses local and seasonal produce, so each dish has a touch of Mexican flare. The sharing atmosphere calls for smaller dishes for a full table to pass around and enjoy.
Step into jungle paradise as you walk under Gitano’s entryway. The stone pathway, bohemian tables, and lanterns will lure you in, but the baked avocados, cinnamon sweet potatoes and vibrant cocktails will keep you coming back for more.
This fun and lively restaurant features seafood caught fresh each day, small menus that have been thoughtfully crafted, and new recipes every night!
Want to eat like a local? Check out our private food tour through Playa del Carmen here!
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