Q-Roo Paul’s Pick: Gilly’s Tequilaville in Akumal

Those of you who regularly read our blog articles know how rare it is for me to recommend a particular business. In fact, this is the first time.

There are two reasons why I do not conduct regular reviews of all of the restaurants and places that we visit: 1) there are already sites dedicated to that, and 2) the truly special places will not stand out if we do a lot of reviews.

I consider Gilly’s Tequilaville one of those “special places” that is just off the beaten path. Although it does have good reviews on Tripadvisor, the main reason it is overlooked by some tourists is because it is not located on the beach side of town.


Tequilaville has a loyal local clientele and is frequented by both expats and locals. That means that those of us in the know, know to come here. When I do see large groups of tourists here, it is usually because they were following the advice of a local tour guide or an expat. By the way, I have never seen anyone disappointed that they came.

Although this place is not as touristy as many other restaurants in the area, tourists will feel very comfortable here. Gilly, the owner, speaks English very well.

The Dish That Draws Me

I consider myself a “foodie” and I dedicate a lot of my time to comparing dishes at locations across the Yucatán Peninsula. One of the dishes that I absolutely love in Mexico is the breaded fish fillet (filete de pescado empanizado) and in my opinion, Tequilaville has the best one around. The quality of the fish platter is what motivated me to write this recommendation.

Just to be clear here, I have tried the breaded fish fillet at numerous restaurants in Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum, Holbox, Valladolid and Mahaual. The one at Tequilaville is the best I have tried and they consistently make it well. I was careful to try it about 15 times to ensure the consistency and quality before making this recommendation.

The fish fillet is always fresh, never “fishy” tasting, perfectly cooked, and the outer breadcrumb crust is crisp and delicious. The dish is served with rice and grilled vegetables.


Breaded fish fillet $135 pesos

If you do not want the breading, you have three additional options: chipotle; Veracruz; or butter and garlic.

Other Recommendations

The menu is diverse enough that everyone in your group should be able to find something they like.

My wife highly recommends the chicken fajitas – they are very good.


Grilled chicken fajitas with guacamole and tortillas $95 pesos


There is a full bar, bottled beer, bottled water and soft drinks. By the way, Gilly makes a very tasty margarita.


Tequilaville has a full bar


Both the drinks and the food are reasonably priced here. If you spent too much on excursions or souvenirs during the day, this is a great location to come for a late lunch or dinner. Your whole family can eat here for less than you would pay at restaurants located on the beach.

Important note – Like many businesses in Mexico, Tequilaville does not except credit cards.

Location and Hours

Gilly’s Tequilaville is located on the pueblo (town) side of Akumal. If you enter the pueblo side from either the highway or by crossing over the bridge from the beach side, Tequilaville will be located on your right.

Hours: noon- 10pm, closed Mondays

You can always check his FB page for specials: Gilly’s Tequilaville Facebook Page

Let’s Wrap This Up

I hope that you will give Gilly’s Tequilaville a try the next time you are passing through the Akumal area. If you do, there is a strong chance that you will run into me enjoying a delicious fish fillet or watching a game on their TV.

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Qroo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) to share their experiences as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

6 Comments on "Q-Roo Paul’s Pick: Gilly’s Tequilaville in Akumal"

  1. Sue Moreau | June 29, 2016 at 7:17 am |

    Tequilaville is a wonderful little restaurant and Gilly is a great guy. I go mainly for the coconut shrimp which is the best I have ever had, but I have yet to have anything but great food there every time I go.

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment. I will have to try the coconut shrimp next time.

  2. Tracy and Glenn McDougall | January 2, 2017 at 3:29 pm |

    We always eat at Tequilaville on our yearly trips to Akumal. Delicious! I can’t believe you didn’t write about the pork ribs….to die for !!! Tracy and Glenn, Ottawa, Canada

    • Hahaha, sorry. I always stick to the fish but thanks for letting people know. Maybe we will run into you there someday.

  3. Lika Boresoff | March 30, 2017 at 5:53 pm |

    Paul! You were right! It’s indeed the best Breaded Fish I ever had! The crust is superb and the fish is fatty flaky – how do they do it? Gonna come back tomo to taste ribs! Lol

    • Glad to hear that you liked it! I’m not sure how they do it, but I’ve never had a bad fish dinner there. it’s amazing!

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