Set back from the road, Posada Margherita is a fantastic boho, far from shabby, rustically chic, Italian kitchen, bar and boutique hotel that immediately lures you in through a menagerie of potted plants, winding walking paths and cute pop-up shops. There is the candle shop to the left and novelty clothing shop to the right, which leads the way to an open air dining room and irresistible Caribbean sea view. The ambience is sexy and casually romantic with infused candle and string lighting throughout.
The dinner menu is simple, offering ten exquisite options. There is pasta with homemade noodles. Scrumptious! Fish selections. Amazing! And shrimp options. Mu-ahhhh! To highlight the visit, there is Pepe, the well versed server, a character of sorts and restaurant staple, who will join your table and very nonchalantly help you navigate through the menu, assisting when there's a need for further clarity and/or translation. His welcoming, make yourself comfy, "it's your house, do-as-you-wish" vibe, suits the homey setting and sets the tone.
Pre-dinner, there is freshly made, authentic Italian focaccia bread, accompanied with lemony cauliflower florets and sampling of a wonderfully nutty pecorino romano. The trio is a decadent combination of flavors in your mouth. Dinner soon follows. The homemade spaghetti with traditional marinara is so nice, I had it twice, and the fish option flavored with lemon, garlic and olive oil is so delicately delicious and mouth watering that I can only imagine that the additional entrees dare not disappoint. To this day, my thoughts linger in Tulum. I daydream of my return to this costal paradise where Posada Margherita will undoubtedly be my first stop.