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El Chapulim

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123 Main Street, Holbox Island, Mexico
+52 984 137 6069
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Freehold, New Jersey
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Its true! When the food runs out for the evening you'll just have to try tomorrow. We didn't think other reviewers could be correct on this point, but just in case we came at 7:30 and boy so glad we did two parties after us were seated and then the rest (probably 8 more groups were told to try tomorrow).... More 

Thank cmarshgor
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Chef comes to table and describes four meals for the evening. I had fish, my husband had shrimp .. both first rate fare! Unique experience, on a unique street, in a unique little town!

Thank delagene
New Hampshire
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46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There is no menu posted here, but don't let that intimidate you! The chef offers 4 choices each night, usually a lobster, a fish, a shrimp or chicken and a steak dish. He comes to the table to explain the preparation and take your orders. My husband had the grouper and I had the lobster. Both were delicious, though the... More 

Thank coladakitty
Berlin, Germany
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

they have a 'no menu' concept which also means u dont see the prices immediately. The guys are nice but the place isnt cosy - somehow they didnt make us feel wanted there. I asked to adjust something but the food is prepared in advance so they couldn't change anything..which for a non-cheap eat is weird. Otherwise the food was... More 

Thank Pimentaway
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Best meal we had the entire 10 days in Mexico.' 3 choices for dinner - tuna, shrimp or filet mignon. We choose the tuna and shrimp. Fabulous! They have different choices each night and they run out so ARRIVE by 6 pm or you may be out of luck. Service - more formal and respectful- excellent attention to detail, Food... More 

Thank BanffBetty
Antigo, Wisconsin
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first stop for breakfast on our 5 day stay on Holbox. The food, coffee and service were as good as others have posted. The hot sauce was excellent. In fact we liked it so much we ate there twice.

Thank harleyd_papa
New York City, New York
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101 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a cash only restaurant so be prepared. You choose fish, lobster, beef or another protein and there is only one preparation. Which would be fine, but our fish came in a delicious mushroom sauce but that reminded me of sauces in the 90s - wish it had been more of a lighter, tropical flavor in line with the... More 

Thank 334flamengo
London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here tonight after reading great reviews on Trip Advisor. As others have said choice of three main courses explained by chef at the table. However no prices given and at end of the meal, we were presented with an 1100 peso bill for two. When we tried to pay using our debit card we were informed for the... More 

Thank marting0dfrey
Las Vegas, Nevada
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dinner-No set menu, serves fresh fish of the day, usually 3 choices. Had the lobster in orange sauce (the most delicate preparation of lobster I have ever had) absolutely superb! Delicate white fish in cream avocado & pepper sauce, divine! Great service, owner/chef personally involved with customers. Highly recommended, at least one time.

Thank LasVegasPamela56
London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here three years ago and were flabbergasted by the food, setting, and personal touches. On returning we were eager to re-experience. Unfortunately it is nowhere as good. Whilst the food and setting is still exceptional, the personal touch has disappeared. Now bigger with more tables it seems the restaurant is primarily chasing profit at the expense of a... 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
Mexican, Caribbean, Latin, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Main Street, Holbox Island, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Holbox Island
  • Phone Number: +52 984 137 6069

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