The Best Mexican Restaurants in Toronto
The best Mexican restaurants in Toronto are flourishing - many of them are fanning across the city, with satellite locations booming wherever they open. We're not just talking tacos, either, but traditional stews, stuffed poblanos and tortilla soups. Not to mention, there's a whole new school of establishments going past traditional Tex-Mex and so-Cal styles to dish out some cross-cultural ingenuity, including variations laced with foie gras, scrapple and kimchi.
Here are the best Mexican restaurants in Toronto.
Four locations, done up in a distressed-chic style, each offer individual, neighbourhood-specific takes on Mexican fare and tequila cocktails. Expect to find fun, premium versions of guacamole, fresh seafood and an array of tortilla-topped specialties. More »
The Parkdale restaurant deals primarily in tacos and bourbon cocktails. The rotating selections on their chalkboard feature a slew of tacos priced at $3.60. Varieties tend to include Baja fish, scrapple, beef cheek and queso chorizo. More »
Street foods and street art find a common home at this vibrant taqueria on College. Signature menu items include the In Cod We Trust taco ($5), queso and chili-covered corn on the cob ($7/2), and a tequila-heavy drinks list. Look out for an east side location to open soon. More »
This two-storey restaurant in Baldwin Village serves authentic Mexican fare without a taco in sight. Dine on chile poblano relleno ($8), peppers stuffed with guac, gooseberries and pineapple, or coctel de camarones ($12), poached prawns with lots of cilantro. More »
This stunning modern Mexican restaurant in the Distillery boasts a bustling fiesta vibe with indoor and outdoor spaces flanked by paper-cut inspired chandeliers and dia de los muertos motifs. The menu is extensive, listing botanas (snacks), ceviches, upmarket tacos and especialidades de la casa. Try the crab fritters ($10) with mole vinaigrette and papaya. More »
This fine Mexican dining room on Eglinton West is home to authentic flavours presented in contemporary ways. Order classic dishes like the smoky tortilla soup ($7/cup) or sample from the addictive lineup of mini tacos stuffed with tasty things like duck carnitas ($9/3) and crisp lamb ($3.50). More »
Three Mexican cantinas citywide serve up brunch, lunch and dinner, offering a range of tacos, tortas, burritos and enchiladas. Ceviches are a strong suit, especially the Atun ($16.50), featuring citrus-marinated tuna with capers, tomatillo, diced red onions and cucumber. More »
At Queen and Shaw, traditional Mexican dishes are made with a focus on local and ethically grown ingredients. Try ceviches with sustainable seafood or daily specials that make use of Ontario produce. Vegetarian tacos al pastor are noteworthy too. More »
Better than any fast food joint, but just as comfortable, this St. Clair spot will fill you up with massive portions of authentic Mexican eats. Tacos ($9.50) are presented in DIY fashion with heaping portions of meat presented alongside salsa, ensalada and steaming tortillas. More »
This tiny Beaches taqueria is a popular destination for brunch, lunch and dinner, though snagging a seat can sometimes be a challenge. Take out reigns as locals stream in for soft corn tortillas piled with duck confit ($18) or fried calamari ($16.50). More »
The Kensington Market stalwart offers 10 types of tacos ($7.50-$10.50), 5 different fajitas ($13) and 10 varieties of quesadillas ($5-$7). Best bets include corn quesadillas stuffed with zucchini flowers and cheese, as well as the boldly-flavoured tacos de tinga, packed with shredded chicken and chipotle sauce. More »
Decorated with brightly coloured Luchador masks, this St. Clair spot does tacos in orders of three ($8) and five ($11.50), but is strict about their no mix'n'match policy. Best bet is to bring a big group to taste the most from the line-up, including al pastor, carnitas, tinga, adobata and alambre varieties. Corn-wrapped tamales ($4) are a must, too. More »