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The 15 Best Mexican Restaurants Near Downtown, Austin

Updated: June 28, 2022

Mad about Mole? These are our go-to Mexican places in Downtown for Mole, carnitas, and tortas. We assessed top review sites and incorporated millions of diner and critic reviews for the best guac in Downtown. With extensive mezcal and tequila menus and the best birria in Downtown, a good time is guaranteed at these taquerias.

Find the perfect Mexican restaurant

ATX Cocina

Mexican, $$$, DowntownMexican, $$$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Thrillist, 2022

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    Thrillist, 2022
  • TimeOut, 2021

    The 12 best Mexican restaurants in Austin

    TimeOut, 2021

Vaquero Taquero

Mexican, $, DowntownMexican, $Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Female Foodie

    23 Best Tacos in Austin

    Female Foodie
  • Eater, 2021

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    Eater, 2021

Comedor

Mexican, $$$, DowntownMexican, $$$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

    Satisfy your Mexican food cravings with these 3 Austin newcomers

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Eater, 2015

    Where to Eat Tacos, Tex Mex, And Mexican Near SXSW

    Eater, 2015

Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

Mexican, $$, DowntownMexican, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5
  • Thrillist, 2022

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    Thrillist, 2022
  • Female Foodie

    23 Best Tacos in Austin

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Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar

Mexican, $$, DowntownMexican, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5
  • Lyft

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    Lyft
  • Trip 101, 2022

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Chicken Bowl

Mexican, $, DowntownMexican, $Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Tacodeli

Mexican, $, DowntownMexican, $Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Asador

Mexican, DowntownMexicanAustin, Downtown
Google: 3.3
Yelp: 3.0
  • Eater, 2022

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    Eater, 2022

Rules & Regs

Latin, DowntownLatinAustin, Downtown
Google: 3.0
Yelp: 4.0
  • Trip 101, 2022

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    Trip 101, 2022

Pelons Tex-Mex

Mexican, $$, DowntownMexican, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

Gloria’s Latin Cuisine

Latin, $$, DowntownLatin, $$Austin, Downtown
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Suerte

Mexican, $$$, East Cesar ChavezMexican, $$$Austin, East Cesar Chavez
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2020

    Here are Austin's top 4 Mexican spots

    Hoodline, 2020
  • Thrillist, 2022

    Austin’s Best Mexican Restaurants for Cinco de Mayo and Beyond

    Thrillist, 2022

Nixta Taqueria

Mexican, $$, ChestnutMexican, $$Austin, Chestnut
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Thrillist, 2022

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    Thrillist, 2022
  • Female Foodie

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Fresa's - South 1st

Mexican, $$, BouldinMexican, $$Austin, Bouldin
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5
  • Infatuation

    The Best Tacos In Austin

    Infatuation
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Find Tamales in Austin for the Holidays

    Eater, 2021

Bar Peached

Asian, $$, Old West AustinAsian, $$Austin, Old West Austin
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2014

    Where to Eat Tacos in Austin Right Now, Spring 2014

    Eater, 2014
  • Hoodline, 2019

    Are these trending Austin restaurants on your radar?

    Hoodline, 2019

How does it work?

Finding the best Mexican restaurant for you shouldn’t feel like a second job. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 823905 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 7042 restaurants, and 1014 lists and articles from top sources like Hoodline, Trip 101 and Eater. These spots have been featured in Hoodline - Are these trending Austin restaurants on your radar?, Trip 101 - 18 Best Rooftop Restaurants In Austin, Texas - Updated 2022 and Eater - Where to Eat and Drink on Rainey Street. As restaurants continue to adapt to COVID-19, you can trust us to show the latest information on which restaurants are open and how with our real-time data recommendation engine. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. These ten options are sure to delight.

Frequently asked questions

ATX Cocina, Vaquero Taquero, and Comedor are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for take-out in Downtown.

There are 17 Mexican restaurants in Downtown.

Comedor and Chipotle Mexican Grill are the highest-rated vegan-friendly Mexican restaurants in Downtown.

ATX Cocina, Vaquero Taquero, and Comedor are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants that serve breakfast in Downtown.

ATX Cocina, Comedor, and Velvet Taco are vegetarian-friendly Mexican restaurants in Downtown.

Drink pairing tips

  • A next-level pairing for Grenache

    When having pork carnitas, experts suggest you pair it with a glass of Grenache, a popular red wine.

  • Enjoy bean, cheese, rice burrito with Pale Ale

    For an elevated experience, pair your bean, cheese, rice burrito with Pale Ale. This combination works particularly well because this beer cuts through richness.


  • ESB and beef burrito


    A beer, like ESB, is a good partner drink to with beef burrito because balances fatty flavours.

Fun facts

  • 1,653 pounds of flour taco

    1,653 pounds is the record for the biggest flour taco. We hope people were hungry!

  • The priciest dish

    If you have recently won the lottery, or you just happen to have $300 lying around, why not spend it on indulging in the world’s most glamorous, and most expensive, olive wagu beef?

  • What Mexico drinks

    Often considered one of the most typical drinks in Mexico, cerveza preparada is a favorite choice across the country, often made with beer, lime juice, hot sauce, chili spices.

Parking in the area

Downtownis notorious for tricky parking. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Mexican spot.

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