Once a crowd-free coastal destination in Mexico, Tulum is now one of Mexico’s most popular destinations, which means it has a large tourist infrastructure for a small town on the Riviera Maya. That includes a variety of restaurants where you’ll find everything from traditional cuisine to international fusion dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. One downside to Tulum’s food scene is the cost, especially compared to other destinations in Mexico, with high-end restaurants and trendy beach clubs charging prices comparable to those found in major cities. But even if Tulum no longer harbors one of Mexico’s underrated beaches, you can still eat well there on a budget — starting with these two restaurants.
Sabor de Mar
Sabor de Mar is a seafood restaurant with two locations in central Tulum. The restaurant specializes in fresh, locally caught seafood dishes, with a large menu that features everything from ceviches, aguachile, and tuna tartare to tacos, tostadas, and whole grilled fish. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. Patrons have their choice of indoor or outdoor seating at Sabor de Mar, which has an overall laid-back beach vibe, but the outdoor seating is particularly popular with tables set up under palm trees and twinkling lights.
Where: Calle Centauro Sur & Venus Ote, Tulum Centro & Calle Jupiter Manzana 5, Lote 17 Local 4, Tulum Centro
If you and your travel companions can’t decide between Mexican food or something more Americanized, but everyone agrees that they want a quick and simple meal at an easygoing restaurant with just enough ambiance, La Cofradia is the place for you. The menu is heavy on quesadillas, huevos (egg) dishes, and pizza — according to the owner, La Cofradia serves the best pizza in all of Tulum.
Where: Calle Sagitario Pte. 254, Tulum Centro