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Part of the fun of your stay in Mexico’s premier vacation destination of Tulum is getting a taste of what the area has to offer, and you’ll discover a wonderful variety of restaurants that feature incredible chefs offering some of the best cuisine in the world. Whether you’re looking for a fine dining experience or a laid-back casual meal, you’ll find incredible food throughout Tulum. These are just a few of Tulum’s restaurants where you’ll definitely want to enjoy a dinner during your stay.

1. The Dining Experience

Chef Leon puts his heart and soul into this delightful dining experience, and it will definitely be the highlight of your evening out. Expect to sit at a huge communal table with up to 21 other guests, and you’ll enjoy meeting new friends while being treated to course after course of incredible cuisine that features local delicacies and Mexican classics. Special Mexican cocktails are never-ending, or you may choose local beer or non-alcoholic beverages as well.

This is a three-hour dinner, and you don’t need to worry about how much you drink because it’s all included in the price of the meal. Those who don’t wish to mingle with other travelers may book a private dinner for a minimum of 10 people, and you’re also invited to try your hand at making your own unique cocktail before dinner begins. Reservations are required well in advance.

2. Rosa Negra

Tulum Local DishCome celebrate Latin America through its food, and you’ll experience an evening meal that brings together the best flavors from Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Columbia and Peru. It’s high-end dining at its best, and the house DJ provides contemporary music as you enjoy such dishes as Kobe and Wagyu steaks, colossal stone crab claws, Nigerian tiger shrimp, super colossal octopus, specialty tacos and ceviche, and many vegetarian options, soups and salads. Be sure to save room for dessert because the passion-fruit flan is to die for, and you may also like the tiramisu, baked Alaska and banana cheesecake pudding. The mixologists is available nightly to create exciting cocktails as well. Book early to ensure that a table will be available.

3. Taqueria Honorio

Hey, you’re in Mexico, so you should plan to indulge in a meal of authentic Mexican tacos in a casual, friendly atmosphere. There’s nothing fancy about this eatery, but the sheer numbers of people should tip you off to the fact that you’ve found the best tacos in Tulum. You’ll be treated to handmade fresh grilled tortillas filled with different kinds of pork that have been perfectly seasoned and cooked overnight in either the brick oven or the in-ground pit. Other fresh tacos include beef, vegetarian, turkey and chicken with all of the right seasonings and grilled veggies, and they are all excellent. On the downside, they usually run out of food by 2 p.m., but you can buy the meat by the pound along with handmade bread or tortillas to have for dinner later at your vacation rental.

4. Zine Food and Films

Taco in TulumA fun new way to enjoy dinner and a movie, Zine Food and Films offers a private cinema room either inside or outside for each party and a good dinner to enjoy while you watch. Of course, you can have popcorn and a soda, but there are also full meal options that include vegetable lasagna, seared tuna, pizza, authentic Mexican plates and incredible desserts. Each screening area boasts a widescreen projector, comfy couches and excellent sound for as little as two people out for a romantic evening or up to a party of 12, and you’ll have over 200 excellent films to choose from. You may also book early and request the deluxe room that offers an even better sound system, roomier tables and overstuffed, reclining sofas and chairs.

5. Sabor de Mar

Those looking for the freshest seafood plucked right out of the Caribbean Sea need look no further than dinner at Savor de Mar. Come discover the unique flavors in fine foods that include seafood cocktails, Sinaloa-style dishes, amazing fresh fish and seafood plates, fish tacos, seared tuna steaks, incredible tuna towers and fresh ceviche. Expect to start with handmade tortilla chips with freshly prepared salsa and guacamole, and don’t be fooled by this open-air simple establishment. What you’ll find is gourmet food that is beautifully plated, a friendly, professional staff and the most creative and delicious cocktails.

Book Your Dinner Reservations Early

Most of these restaurants are often completely booked months in advance, so it’s important to reserve your table before you actually arrive in Tulum. Those lodging with us here at Exceptional Stays in one of our Tulum Luxury Vacation Villas may count on us to have your dinner plans locked in when you arrive. Just let us know which restaurants you are interested in when you make your reservations for your preferred vacation home.