Fodor's Expert Review Hartwood

$$$$ Tulum Eclectic

New York chefs cooking New York food for New York prices—in a wood-fired jungle lot, open to the night sky—that's Hartwood. Try slow-roasted pork ribs marinated in agave honey or a light, fresh ceviche and finish up with homemade ice cream in flavors like peanut brittle, sweet corn, and cream cheese. Big-city transplants Mya Henry and Eric Werner opened this solar-powered restaurant in 2011, and it has been drawing a full house ever since. Chef Werner has added farming to his list of talents and the rabbit on the menu comes from his farm. The setting of dark-wood tables on a white pebble floor is remarkably charming, though mosquito-repellent smoke can get heavy at times. The open kitchen and massive oven make for a dramatic, fiery show when the sun goes down. In high season, book ahead by email or get here when the restaurant opens at 6, or risk a New York–style wait.

Eclectic Green Casual Dinner $$$$

Quick Facts

Carretera Tulum–Boca Paila, Km 7.6
Tulum, Quintana Roo  77780, Mexico

Known For:
  • Marinated pork ribs
  • Locally farmed rabbit
  • Long waits in high season
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Tues., Sept., and Oct. No lunch

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