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The 7 Best Mexican Restaurants In Raleigh

Updated: June 20, 2022

Mad about Mole? These are our go-to Mexican places in Raleigh for Mole, carnitas, and tortas. We analyzed millions of reviews from top review sites so you could find the best Mexican options in Raleigh. With extensive mezcal and tequila menus and the best birria in Raleigh, a good time is guaranteed at these taquerias.

Find the perfect Mexican restaurant

Jose and Sons

Mexican, $$, Northwest RaleighMexican, $$Raleigh, Northwest Raleigh
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

    The 4 best Mexican restaurants in Raleigh

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Three Best Rated

    3 Best Mexican Restaurants in Raleigh, NC

    Three Best Rated

La Santa Modern Mexican Food

Mexican, $$, HillsboroughMexican, $$Raleigh, Hillsborough
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Raleigh's best Mexican restaurants

    Hoodline, 2019

bartaco North Hills

Mexican, $$, Six ForksMexican, $$Raleigh, Six Forks
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    3 top spots for tacos in Raleigh

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Hoodline, 2019

    Check out the 4 most popular spots in Raleigh's Six Forks neighborhood

    Hoodline, 2019

Chubby's Tacos

Mexican, $, Northwest RaleighMexican, $Raleigh, Northwest Raleigh
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Trip 101, 2021

    10 Mexican Restaurants In Raleigh, North Carolina

    Trip 101, 2021
  • Three Best Rated

    3 Best Mexican Restaurants in Raleigh, NC

    Three Best Rated

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

Mariscos Nayarit 2

Mexican, RaleighMexicanRaleigh
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 5.0

How did we curate this list?

Figuring out the best Mexican restaurants can take awhile. We pored over ratings for 3295 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 restaurant reviews in Raleigh and 212 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Trip 101, Three Best Rated and Hoodline had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. The restaurants you see have been featured in Trip 101 - 10 Mexican Restaurants In Raleigh, North Carolina, Three Best Rated - 3 Best Mexican Restaurants in Raleigh, NC and Hoodline - 3 top spots for tacos in Raleigh. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. Our site gets no payment from the restaurants we show, so you can trust what you see. These ten options are sure to delight.

Recurring questions

bartaco North Hills, Castillo Mexican Restaurant, and Che Empanadas are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for take-out in Raleigh.

bartaco North Hills, Castillo Mexican Restaurant, and Che Empanadas are some of the highest-rated late-night Mexican spots in Raleigh.

The highest-rated Mexican restaurants for delivery in Raleigh are bartaco North Hills, Castillo Mexican Restaurant, and Che Empanadas.

bartaco North Hills, Castillo Mexican Restaurant, and Che Empanadas are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants that serve breakfast in Raleigh.

bartaco North Hills, Castillo Mexican Restaurant, and Che Empanadas are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants that are good for groups in Raleigh.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair ESB with beef burrito

    Experts would recommend a beer as a pairing to your beef burrito, specifically ESB because 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 match for mole

    Experts suggest pairing a mole with a glass of Negra Modelo, a popular beer.


Fun facts

  • A popular dish

    The delicious, renowned dish mole needs to be had if you take a trip to Mexico!

  • Worth every penny?

    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?

  • A new burrito record

    Joey Chestnut knows that you can never have too much of a good thing. They proved this by eating 47 burritos in a limited time,setting a world record in the process!

Parking information

Getting a good parking spot in Raleigh can be tough, and it’s worse if you’re hungry. 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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