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Restaurant El Chac-Mool

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Highway 261 South of entrance to Santa Elena | Carretera Uxmal-Kabah num 211B Santa Elena Yucatan, Santa Elena 97890, Mexico
+52 997 978 5117
07:30 - 22:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

Probably the best food I have had in Yucatan in a small cosy, family-driven restaurant in a small (and hardly significant) Santa Elena! The guacamole itself, made from local (yellow) avocados, thick and itself is worth a trip from Cancun! Cochinita Pibil - marvellous. Highly recommended. We drove there from Uxmal where we spent 2 nights. The trip takes about... More 

1 Thank Pawel K
San Francisco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2015

We were fortunate to be the only customers in this small eatery on the road past Santa Elena. The women greeted us warmly and invited us to tour their home as they made our tortillas over a wood fired stove. Our paunches were excellent.

1 Thank SanFranVoyageur
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2015

This is worth the visit just to see the woodcarvings by the husband , who works at nearby Mayan ruins. Nice large building with a traditional thatched roof , carved posts and cooking on a traditional wood fired oven outside under a roof , at least for the tortillas. Very good local food, beautifully done. The people there are very... More 

1 Thank 4valueseek
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2015 via mobile

Well, it doesn't get more authentic then this. The chickens and pigs live in back of the restaurant! The family also has a small fruit and vegetable farm. We ate traditional maya food and delicious guacamole made in front of us. We also had wonderful interactions with the very friendly family owners.

2 Thank Brooktrout1
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2015

Very close to Flycatcher Inn where we stayed. The food was well made and presented and all seemed to be made from scratch.

1 Thank Errol P
Woodstock, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2015

Tortillas cooked on an open fire...local food...sweet people who served us. Locally made sculpture on display.

1 Thank Emma B
Belgrade Lakes, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2015

We approached this restaurant with enthusiasm, based on both the reviews and a recommendation from our local hosts. When we arrived for dinner (around 7pm on a Sunday), it wasn't clear that it was even open since most of the lights in the building were off. However, soon a cheerful waitress appeared and switched on some very harsh neon lights,... More 

1 Thank inkmom
Helena, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2015

This seems to be the only restaurant in Santa Elena. I had 2 chicken dishes, one grilled, the other baked in a banana leaf. The banana leaf was excellent; tortillas made right on the grill outside; soups were delicious and staff was friendly and accomodating. Good beer selection too.

Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2015

Ambiance is unique with preservation of electricity, direct view of the kitchen with the wood oven from our table, Poc Chuc was amazing, tortillas made to the minute, probably the best French Fries I've tasted in my life

Thank Philippe C
Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2014

I ate many vegetarian/ vegan meals here while I was in Yucatan, and each meal was unique and equally delicious. There was never a dissatisfying dish. I am so grateful to Estela, Miguel and their family for their service and generosity. I could even count on her to make a remedy made of medicinal leaves picked from trees just outside... More 

1 Thank Camille G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Mexican, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Highway 261 South of entrance to Santa Elena | Carretera Uxmal-Kabah num 211B Santa Elena Yucatan, Santa Elena 97890, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Yucatan  >  Santa Elena
  • Phone Number: +52 997 978 5117
This is a nice place to come and eat, fresh and healty, you can get all kinds of yocatecan style food, hand made tortillas, vegetarian food, and a lot of more options. hope to see you around.

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