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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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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 22:00
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is a little local place running a restaurant and bed and breakfast not far from Uxmal. This is not a luxury place, with it's thatched roof, concrete floor, and basic wooden tables. But don't worry, it is clean. This is authentic Mayan cooking. We could see the lady cooking it back in the kitchen. Ask what she recommends that... More 

Thank Twila R
Sewanee, TN
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016

I've had numerous lunches and dinners at Chac-Mool over several years, and can honestly say that the food has always been tasty and very pleasing. Ambiance is seriously lacking at Chac-Mool, so don't expect a lovely place for a candlelit romantic evening. And service, while pleasant enough, is somewhat casual. The lighting is poor, and the sound in the large... More 

1 Thank JosephNP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

Amazing experience with my family. The food was very authentic cultural, a little bit of Mayan souvenirs, great staff very friendly. Clean bathrooms free Internet service provided and works very well. In overall my family and I highly recommend this resturant

1 Thank Dennis P
Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

I visited Restaurant Chac-Mool for lunch on November 23rd with a friend, after touring the Uxmal Ruins and on my way to the Kabah Ruins. This local restaurant was located along Highway 261 (left hand side if coming from the Uxmal), between Uxmal and Kabah in the small and traditional Mayan village of Santa Elena. For those renting a car,... More 

Thank BrittanysTravels
Boulder, Colorado
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5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015 via mobile

Budget hotel but 10 kms from Uxmal. Apart from the hotel there is a dinning room and a gift shop. The gift shop ha an impressive display of carved stone Mayan works done by family members.

1 Thank paulie90
Sacramento, Ca
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

We had a great day in Uxmal and were looking for a place to get some food. We wanted to get away from the touristy crowds near the ruins. Chac-Mool was recommended by one of the locals working at the Choco-Story so we decided to check it out. There were several lovely ladies who prepared us a delicious traditional meal.... More 

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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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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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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 least for the tortillas. Very good local food, beautifully done. The people there are very... More 

1 Thank 4valueseek
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 interactions with the very friendly family owners.

2 Thank Brooktrout1

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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
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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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