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Restaurant El Chac-Mool

Highway 261 South of entrance to Santa Elena | Carretera Uxmal-Kabah num 211B Santa Elena Yucatan, Santa Elena 97890, Mexico
+52 997 978 5117
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“tortillas” (10 reviews)
“pollo pibil” (3 reviews)
“local food” (5 reviews)
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Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Highway 261 South of entrance to Santa Elena | Carretera Uxmal-Kabah num 211B Santa Elena Yucatan, Santa Elena 97890, Mexico
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Reviewed 9 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...More

1  Thank 4valueseek
Reviewed 18 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...More

2  Thank Brooktrout1
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
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
Reviewed 1 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...More

1  Thank inkmom
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....More

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
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...More

1  Thank Camille G
Reviewed 2 September 2014

The Mayan owner, Estella, serves up her creations with generosity and passion. I consider her to be the Julia Childs of the Mayan Jungle. Her tortillas are the real deal; you can even hear the hand clapping sound of the tortilla flattening process before they...More

Thank Authenticityseeker
Reviewed 17 August 2014

The food available at the Chac-Mool is unmatched by any in the region! Estela (who owns the hotel and restaurant with her husband Miguel) and her kitchen staff carefully prepares each and every dish with the utmost care, attention, and love, resulting in some of...More

Thank EmASik
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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
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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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