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The 15 Best Mexican Restaurants Near North Raleigh

Updated: June 14, 2022

After the best al pastor and corn tortilla in North Raleigh? These are our favorite restaurants for Mexican cuisine. We assimilated millions of diner and critic reviews from top review sites to find the best tortillas in North Raleigh. Grab a Mexican beer and tuck into the enchilada and corn chips at one of these fantastic North Raleigh eateries.

Find the perfect Mexican restaurant

Gonza Tacos y Tequila

Mexican, $$, North RaleighMexican, $$Raleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
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13 Tacos & Taps

Mexican, $$, North RaleighMexican, $$Raleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Salt & Lime Cabo Grill

Mexican, $$, North RaleighMexican, $$Raleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Driftwood Cantina

Mexican, $$, North RaleighMexican, $$Raleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0

Fiesta Mexicana North Raleigh

Mexican, $, North RaleighMexican, $Raleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

San Jose Mexican Restaurant

Mexican, $, North RaleighMexican, $Raleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

La Rancherita

Mexican, $$, North RaleighMexican, $$Raleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 3.5

Salsa Fresh Original Mexican Grill

Mexican, $, North RaleighMexican, $Raleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.0

Los Tres Magueyes III

Mexican, $, North RaleighMexican, $Raleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.0

If you travel further

bartaco North Hills

Mexican, $$, Six ForksMexican, $$Raleigh, Six Forks
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
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Castillo Mexican Restaurant

Mexican, $$, Northeast RaleighMexican, $$Raleigh, Northeast Raleigh
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 5.0

Los Cuates

Mexican, $, Northeast RaleighMexican, $Raleigh, Northeast Raleigh
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2020

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Chilango’s Restaurant

Mexican, $$, Northeast RaleighMexican, $$Raleigh, Northeast Raleigh
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

Mexican, $, Northeast RaleighMexican, $Raleigh, Northeast Raleigh
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

San Juan Mexican Reataurant

Mexican, $, Northeast RaleighMexican, $Raleigh, Northeast Raleigh
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Why is this list better than others?

Picking the right Mexican restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. We analyzed 3295 Raleigh restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 Raleigh restaurant reviews, and 212 lists and articles – looking closely at what Hoodline had to say – and applied our boam magic. The restaurants you see have been featured in Hoodline - Check out the 4 most popular spots in Raleigh's Six Forks neighborhood, Hoodline - 3 top spots for tacos in Raleigh and Hoodline - Raleigh's 3 favorite spots to find low-priced Mexican food. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Questions & answers

13 Tacos & Taps, Salt & Lime Cabo Grill, and Gonza Tacos y Tequila are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants that serve breakfast in North Raleigh.

13 Tacos & Taps, Salt & Lime Cabo Grill, and Gonza Tacos y Tequila are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for a quick lunch in North Raleigh.

The highest-rated Mexican restaurants for delivery in North Raleigh are 13 Tacos & Taps, Salt & Lime Cabo Grill, and Driftwood Cantina.

13 Tacos & Taps, Salt & Lime Cabo Grill, and Gonza Tacos y Tequila are vegetarian-friendly Mexican restaurants in North Raleigh.

13 Tacos & Taps, Salt & Lime Cabo Grill, and Gonza Tacos y Tequila are some of the highest-rated late-night Mexican spots in North Raleigh.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair ESB with beef burrito

    When considering how to best enjoy your beef burrito, we would highlight how well a glass of ESB complements the dish as it balances fatty flavours.


  • Pair bean, cheese, rice burrito with Pale Ale

    To elevate your bean, cheese, rice burrito experience, we recommend some Pale Ale to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this beer cuts through richness.

  • A next-level pairing for Indian Pale Ale

    When ordering cheesy chicken and rice burrito, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Indian Pale Ale, a popular beer.

Did you know?

  • A day for taco-lovers

    Have you ever really wanted to celebrate taco? People in The United Statesdo, every October 4, and they call it National Tacos Day.

  • The The United States Steak Cook-Off Festival

    Did you know that every year in August foodies in Tulsa, The United States celebrate their passion for Mexican? The The United States Steak Cook-Off Festivalis held annually.


  • Ready for 126 tacos of taco?

    If you think you could break the record set by Joey Chestnut for most taco eaten in 8, then you’re gonna have to do better than 126 tacos.

Parking info

Parking can be tough around North Raleigh 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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