A Great Night Out at ‘The Dining Experience’ in Tulum

The amazing staff at The Dining Experience

The owners of a new restaurant in Tulum called The Dining Experience recently invited us down to try it free of charge in exchange for an honest review of the place.

Since starting this blog, we have received numerous invitations like this but our normal response is to politely turn them down. In fact, this is the first time that we have ever accepted an invitation from a restaurant. So why the change of heart?

We decided to make an exception in this case for two reasons: 1) their website made the experience sound pretty cool, and 2) readers have been asking us to post more reviews of restaurants, hotels, attractions etc.

We told the owners that it may not be to their advantage to have a brutally honest, retired cop write a review of their place. They thought that was amusing and told us to come down and try it anyway.

Luckily for them, we had a great time.

The Dining Experience

Calling it a ‘restaurant’ is a bit misleading because it is much more than that. It’s a highly-entertaining, adults-only, 3+ hour gastronomic journey with multiple courses, amazing cocktails and a lot of interaction with the other guests. All along the way, you’ll learn all about the culture and history of the area.

All of the dinner experiences are done in English.

Our Arrival

The dinner was scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm but we followed the recommendation of the staff and arrived early to enjoy a sunset walk on the beach first.

The restaurant is located near the southern end of the beach road and that section of the beach is relatively deserted. It felt like we had the whole beach to ourselves. Here are a couple of pics from our walk:

After our leisurely — and may I add romantic — walk down the beach, we returned to the restaurant where we were welcomed with a delicious cocktail made with Mezcal and tropical fruits. I’m not normally a fan of Mezcal but this drink was delicious and I got a second and possibly third glass (I lost count).

A major component of the experience is to interact with staff members and other guests. Before we sat down, we had a meet-and-greet session out on a dock located next to a cenote.

One of the staff members, Luis, shared some history of the area dating back to the Pre-Columbian Era. I was very impressed by his knowledge of the subject.

The Dinner

All of the guests sit together at a long table and at the head of the table stood our host for the evening, Janae. She was a super-energetic, charismatic, funny and highly entertaining woman. She did an amazing job!

The table before all the guests arrived (Source: Q-Roo Paul)

The meal consisted of multiple courses, all highlighting the delicious local cuisine of the area.Β  As each dish was presented, our host would share some history behind it. We’ve lived in the area for almost three years and I still learned a lot.

As I said before, this experience is very interactive. We learned how to mix amazing cocktails and then we made them for the person seated to our left. Although we didn’t know any of the guests before we arrived, it wasn’t long before we were all laughing and having a great time together.

We did a few other group activities but I’m not going to tell you what they were because I don’t want to ruin it for you. Don’t worry, it wasn’t anything embarrassing.

The whole experience took about four hours, but to tell you the truth, the time just flew by. We were still having fun right up until the taxi came to pick us up.

By the way, we met the owners in person while we were there and they shared some of their background with us. It turns out that Tulum is not their only location, they also have “experiences” in Argentina and Thailand.


The Dining Experience is located on the beach road inside the Hotel Manglex.

Prices and Reservations

Since prices are always subject to change in this world, I don’t like to include them in my reviews. You can find that information and book a reservation via their website:


Let’s Wrap This Up

If you’re ever in the Tulum area and you’re looking for a unique way to spend your evening after a long day at the beach, you should consider going to The Dining Experience. We plan on going back, so you might even run into us there.

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Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years and retired at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He moved to Mexico with his wife six days later to enjoy a laid-back, Caribbean lifestyle on a tight budget. In 2016, Paul started a blog to share information with other people who may be thinking of making the move to Mexico. The blog, Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us), has been viewed over a million times.

30 Comments on "A Great Night Out at ‘The Dining Experience’ in Tulum"

  1. Sounds like a great way to meet new people…. Can’t wait to experience that,.

  2. Sounds like a great Evening!

  3. That really sounds right up our alley! However, do they have a system for changing up the menu for those who have restricted diets? Here’s hoping.

  4. Helene G. De souza | February 7, 2018 at 10:31 am |

    I will keep that on my “to do ” list . Who doesn’t need an evening that starts on the beach and finishes with a drink and food and laughing!
    Thank you Paul and Linda

  5. wow, very nice review. what a refreshing idea

  6. Great recommendation ! Booked for my guests from Switzerland on Feb 20 πŸ™‚ Thank you Linda and Paul !

  7. Kellee Cornell | February 7, 2018 at 11:07 am |

    Sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Cindy Aldrich | February 7, 2018 at 11:18 am |

    Thanks Paul! We’ll definitely add this to our ‘to do when we venture off the resort” list for August!

    Thank you guys for your great info. Your blog is so insightful… we now rent a car and explore during our 2-3 annual trips to Maroma.

  9. Susan Allard Snider McKee | February 7, 2018 at 11:23 am |

    Sounds like a fun evening.

  10. Paul Rouquie | February 7, 2018 at 11:36 am |

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Definitely a must-try once we are settled in to our new home. Paul

  11. This is definitely another affirmation that you an Linda in fact, did land in PARADISE! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, because this is what retirement/life is all about!

  12. TIFFANY M WALLACE | February 7, 2018 at 11:53 am |

    Sounds like a wonderful experience Paul.. Thanks for sharing! We will be there March 27th and I think I’m going to book it!

  13. Scott Blackhurst | February 7, 2018 at 12:52 pm |

    Paul & Linda, Great post!! Small world because we have a reservation for tomorrow night. I will not mention how much…But I will say they just sent me an email yesterday…And they took 30 % off my reservation!! Which was very nice of them. Looking forward to another nice and relaxing evening in Tulum!



  14. thanks, we have booked it for Feb 25th, looking forward to it .. told them you sent us..

  15. Tonja Versluys | February 7, 2018 at 2:07 pm |

    This had already been on my radar. Did some research on it last week. Just booked for our trip in 3 weeks. Thanks for posting, made me me pull the trigger! They are doing a special in the month of “LOVE” from $99 to $69.

  16. Was this experience in Spanish?

    • No, one of the requirements is that everyone speaks English. I should add that to the article. πŸ™‚

  17. As usual, another fun, informative post. We really do enjoy them and hope you never get tired of sharing.

  18. Wow! That sounds and looks (from the website) awesome.

    What a difference from the typical froo-froo dining experience in pretentious high-priced faux foodie and celebrity chef experience touted here in America.

  19. Lynnmarie Clark | February 7, 2018 at 9:30 pm |

    I enjoyed reading about your experience – we had a similar one in Aruba. We found it on Marriott Moments – and took a chance and made a reservation.
    What you describe was very much how our evening went (including rooftop champaign while watching the sunset and meeting ans getting to lnow the other diners – 8 couples total).
    As you describe, it was a wonderful evening, and the time flew by. We really enjoyed it.
    We will bee in Tulum in April (house hunting) we may just have to make a reservation!!

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