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El Bull Pen Restaurant and Bar

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Calle 19, Chelem 97326, Mexico
+52 999 114 9595
Tue - Fri 17:00 - 22:00
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Winchester, Virginia
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in during our stay in Chelem. Good food and great service. Mostly ex-pats, American and Canadians. Met folks that know how to play Euchre (yankee card game). They had music the night we were there.

Thank Oh2Bretired
Montreal, Canada
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107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in this first time and recommended the fish & chips. They were very yummy and loved the tartar sauce. The wait staff was super friendly and loved the vibe. Will definitely come again.

Thank gargoylelair
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great meal with generous portions. This is a favorite of Rob and Roy who own Bears en la Playa bed and breakfast.

Thank Jessica A
Johnson City, Tennessee
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Went to the Bull Pen with some friends. Our meal was amazing and the prices were ridiclously low! Fresh Grouper and a Rib Eye steak and both were fantanstic! Will try again on my return trip.

Thank BLAPPY57
Jacksonville, IL
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230 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Our friends bought a house near here so we happened in to eat two nights ago. For being such a small local place, it was excellent! My husband had a salad and I had veggie taco. Both were very good and very inexpensive. My friend had the chicken fried chicken and if I were a meat eater, that would have... More 

Thank moodymolly
Ottawa, Canada
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Met friends here. Most of the patrons were American or Canadian. It was a bit noisy the night we went. The food was good but the pecan pie was just amazing.

1 Thank Ti83
Charleston, South Carolina
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64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Very friendly waitstaff in this ex pat community restaurant in Chelem. Food was excellent - went on a Tuesday night for rib special - comes with two sides. Also had an asian salad which I'm told was excellent. It's fine if you don't speak Spanish in this small village - everyone at Bull Pen speaks english. With a couple beers,... More 

Thank ChasMac
MexicoTraveller1, Owner at El Bull Pen Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

We are pleased to know you enjoyed your visit to the Bull Pen and to Chelem! We have a great little watering hole to stop in to whether travelling around the Yucatan or making plans to make Chelem a more permanent base. As citizens of Mexico and the US, we strive to bring together good food, great service, and warm... More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Friendly crowd, good food, great prices. Weekly showcases of work by local artists and crafters is always interesting, especially when it is also wine-tasing night!

Thank Pearl83
MexicoTraveller1, Owner at El Bull Pen Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Muchas Gracias! We love wine and art night as well. Each Wednesday, a different artist brings their most creative work to showcase and sell to those interested. We love supporting them and helping customers connect with some of the most creative artists around. Its always an enjoyable night. Plus the wines! Always 6 new wines and the fun of tasting.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Great food! Enjoy a book or play a board game! Driving distance from the best B and B Bears en la Playa!

Thank Gail S
MexicoTraveller1, Owner at El Bull Pen Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting Chelem and the Bull Pen! We have a good (sometimes great) selection of books that can be borrowed (no need to return) and enjoyed through out any stay in our small little village. Thank you for your kinds words and happy travels. More 

Progreso, Mexico
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Good food and friendly service. The owners are really nice people and obviously care about their community. On Wednesday nights they they feature a local artist who sells his/her work and talks to diners and they host regular fundraisers for various causes. Fish & Chips tends to be a go-to, but we've also had great luck with their specials. A... More 

Thank Karen1017
MexicoTraveller1, Owner at El Bull Pen Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Gracias! Thank you for visiting us at the Bull Pen...we appreciate knowing what travelers and locals feel about a visit here. Lots of different events spring up here, but we do have our regular go-to stables, like Wednesday wine and art night (one of my favorite nights) and BBQ ribs on Tuesdays. It's true, there are times during peak season... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$8
Mexican, American, Bar, International
Restaurant features
Delivery, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout, Television
Good for
Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 19, Chelem 97326, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Yucatan  >  Chelem
  • Phone Number: +52 999 114 9595

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?