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Tulum Restaurant Review – Doña Tina’s Restaurant

Doña Tina Restaurant Tulum Mexico

The town of Tulum is growing daily with new businesses opening left and right. Every year new restaurants and stores find their way to this little Caribbean beach town as its popularity grows. Fortunately for Tulum and visitors, many of the cornerstone business that made Tulum what it is today still exist. One of these businesses is a small restaurant at the south end of Tulum called Restaurant Doña Tina’s Cocina Economica.

Doña Tina – A Piece of Tulum History

Grandmother Doña Tina opened the first restaurant in Tulum in 1960. The original building was a wooden palapa which is still part of the restaurant. As her business grew so did the building. Visitors can sit in either the original wooden structure or the concrete addition. As a pillar of Tulum past and present, Doña Tina’s Restaurant brings both locals and visitors together. Her traditional-style Mexican cooking is loved by many and just continues to attract more customers. If you want a local, authentic experience this is the place you want to eat.

Traditional Yucatecan Meals at Great Prices

Doña Tina Restaurant Tulum Mexico

Doña Tina cooks what she knows, traditional Yucatecan recipes. The most popular dish is Sopa de Lima or Lime soup. Other traditional favorites are Chilaquiles (a breakfast dish made with tortilla chips, green or red salsa, topped with eggs or chicken), Huevos con Chorizo (eggs with Mexican sausage)and Milanesa (breaded chicken, pork or beef) to name a few. Her coffee is well known as Dona Tina insists on adding cinnamon to each cup. Try her homemade Horchata, a rice milk drink flavored with vanilla and cinnamon. All of her dishes are inexpensive and portions are large. Each dish comes with delicious rice, beans, and vegetables. Not only are you getting a piece of culture at a good price but the food is healthy as well.

How to Get to Doña Tina’s in Tulum

Doña Tina’s Restaurant is on the outskirts of Tulum at the southern end of town. It is across from the Subway Sub shop, on the west side of Hwy 307. Make this is a stop whether you are staying in Tulum or just passing through. It is our favorite lunch place after visiting the Tulum ruins!

Learn more about Tulum and the famous Tulum Ruins. You won’t want to miss these ruins when visiting the Riviera Maya

Crystal is an expat mom who has been living her dream in the Riviera Maya since 1998. She is the first to admit that her kids get her out exploring and trying new things from beaches to cenotes, dance classes to organic markets. She is a great supporter and advocate of local businesses and grass roots organizations that bring new ideas and products to the area. She is particularly good at finding family activities and healthy food options that take you off the beaten path and into local neighborhoods. Her passion lies within the arts community whether it be painters, musicians or dancers.