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The 5 Best Taco Places Near San Mateo

Updated: May 2, 2022

When last did you have a carne asada taco? If you can’t answer it’s time to visit these taco spots in San Mateo. For this definitive list of the best tacos we analyzed top review sites and incorporated millions of expert and diner reviews. Take your pick of veggie, beef, or pulled pork tacos at these fantastic taco shops in San Mateo.

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El Palenque Taqueria

Mexican, $, San MateoMexican, $San Mateo, North Shoreview
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Pancho Villa Taqueria

Mexican, $, San MateoMexican, $San Mateo, Central Business District
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5
  • Zagat

    Best Cheap Taquerias in San Francisco


Los Moreno Taqueria

Mexican, $, San MateoMexican, $San Mateo, Southeast Hillsdale
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Celia's Mexican Restaurant - San Mateo

Mexican, $$, San MateoMexican, $$San Mateo, North Central
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Gabriel & Daniel's Mexican Grill

Mexican, $, BurlingameMexican, $Burlingame
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

How was this list created?

We know how tough it is to find the best Tacos in San Mateo. We looked at Yelp and Google’s ratings for 28999 spots across San Mateo, analyzed 3104661 restaurant reviews, and sifted through 2955 lists and articles from the likes of Zagat – applying our boam magic to sift through results. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Zagat - Best Cheap Taquerias in San Francisco. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their updated available services, so you can actually enjoy the food we show. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Common questions

Mendocino Farms and Chipotle Mexican Grill are the highest-rated vegan taco places in San Mateo.

DASH Japanese Tapas & Sushi is the highest-rated taco spot that is good for a date night in San Mateo.

El Palenque Taqueria, Los Tacos Locos, and Los Moreno Taqueria have outdoor seating and tacos in San Mateo.

El Palenque Taqueria, Los Tacos Locos, and Los Moreno Taqueria are the highest-rated late-night spots for tacos in San Mateo.

Tacos Peralta and Chilango's Taco Truck are the highest-rated food trucks that serve tacos in San Mateo.

Drink pairing tips for Tacos

  • Mojito with your veggie taco

    If your food palns include Tacos, then you should consider helping it along with some cocktail. We find that a Mojito, with its hits of mint, serves as the best pairing to the dish.

  • The ultimate drink pairing for pulled pork taco

    Finding the ideal drink pairing for pulled pork taco can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some cold drink, particularly a glass of Aguafesca. This, light, cold drink balances the salty pulled pork taco.

  • A next-level match for chipotle chicken taco

    Experts often pair chipotle chicken taco with a glass of Tequila, a popular spirit.

Fun facts about Tacos

  • The origin of fish taco

    fish taco has an interesting history, but it is generally agreed upon that it originates from Mexico. The tasty dish has become immensely popular and sought after throughout the world.

  • Celebrating Tacos

    The United States celebrates their appreciation for Tacos in style with the annual Tequila, Taco & Cerveza Festival. Expect all things Tacos at this popular event.

  • A day for taco-lovers

    You better not forget what October 4th is. It’s National Tacos Day! Grab some taco and celebrate!

Parking in the area

Finding parking in San Mateo can be tricky, especially if you are going out for food. To make your life easier, we partnered with SpotHero, an innovative digital parking reservation service, so you can easily and effortlessly find parking near your selected Tacos spot.

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