Looking for your taco fix? Here’s our list of our favourite Mexican restaurants in Melbourne.
Level 6/252 Swanston St, CBD
Six floors above Swanston Street is Mesa Verde, a Mexican bar & restaurant named after the town in Sergio Leone’s 1971 film, ‘Duck, You Sucker.’
Along with a great selection of tacos and shared dishes, they also have one of the largest collections of tequila and mezcal in Australia. Feeling adventurous? Some of their cocktails even feature chili pepper – habanero and jalapeño – if you want some extra kick.
Mesa Verde is one floor below the much-loved Rooftop Bar, making post-dinner drinks an easy choice.
72 Stubbs St, Kensington
This Mexican restaurant is a true hidden gem. Tucked away in the industrial area of Kensington is La Tortilleria, a casual eatery that looks like it’s been ripped straight out of Mexico. The majority of Mexican restaurants in Melbourne buy their tortillas from La Tortilleria. Come here for a fun casual night out. Seating is very limited so it’s best to book ahead.
level 1/11 Collins St, CBD
At the top of a dodgy looking stairwell is Mamasita, a Melbourne favourite since opening in 2010. They keep things pretty simple here; the focus is on tacos and tequila. While Mamasita is their more formal outing, they also have the more casual Hotel Jesus in Collingwood.
174 Smith St, Collingwood
From the same team behind Mamasita, Hotel Jesus is inspired by the taquerias and tostaderias of the 1970’s; it genuinely feels like you’ve entered Mexico. From the white tiles, to neon signage, this place is a whole new world. The menu covers all things delicious, from tacos to tostadas, and a selection of 5 different margaritas.
85 Peel St, West Melbourne
This taqueria in North Melbourne comes with it’s own laid-back beer garden. Hello Jose has a simple menu – it’s mostly tacos – but it delivers great vibes.
11-13 Carlisle St, St Kilda
One of the original authentic Mexican restaurants in Melbourne, Radio Mexico is still going strong. Since 2012 they’ve built a strong following for their authentic tacos and margaritas. We have a close Mexican friend who says they’re the best he’s tried in Melbourne.