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The 7 Best Mexican Restaurants Near San Mateo

Updated: August 7, 2022

Fancy a fajita? How about a burrito? You will find the best San Mateo has to offer at these Mexican restaurants. We analyzed millions of reviews from top review sites so you could find the best Mexican options in San Mateo. Grab a Mexican beer and tuck into the enchilada and corn chips at one of these fantastic San Mateo eateries.

Find the perfect Mexican restaurant

Los Tacos Locos

Mexican, San MateoMexicanSan Mateo, Twenty-Fifth Ave
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Los Moreno Taqueria

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

Guadalajara Grill

Mexican, $, San MateoMexican, $San Mateo, Lauriedale
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Pancho Villa Taqueria

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

    Best Cheap Taquerias in San Francisco


Fernando's Mexican Restaurant

Mexican, $$, San MateoMexican, $$San Mateo, Northeast Hillsdale
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Gabriel & Daniel's Mexican Grill

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

El Maguey Taqueria

Mexican, $, San CarlosMexican, $San Carlos
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

How was this list created?

Figuring out the best Mexican restaurants can take awhile. For these results, 3104661 restaurant reviews were analyzed, 28808 restaurants’ Yelp and Google reviews were captured, and exactly 1901 lists and articles from Zagat and others were carefully reviewed by boam. These top contenders have appeared in Zagat - Best Cheap Taquerias in San Francisco. 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. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Recurring questions

Cuban Kitchen, El Palenque Taqueria, and Los Tacos Locos are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for a quick lunch in San Mateo.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is the highest-rated vegan-friendly Mexican restaurant in San Mateo.

Cuban Kitchen, El Palenque Taqueria, and Los Tacos Locos are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for take-out in San Mateo.

The highest-rated Mexican restaurants for delivery in San Mateo are Cuban Kitchen, Los Tacos Locos, and San Mateo Taqueria.

Cuban Kitchen, Mariscos Y Taqueria Ixpalino Sinaloa, and La Pinata Mexicatesen are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants that are good for groups in San Mateo.

Drink pairing tips

  • The perfect complement to chicken taco

    Experts suggest pairing a chicken taco with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, a popular white wine.

Did you know?

  • A traditional drink of Mexico

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

Parking in the area

Parking in San Mateo can be notoriously tough. 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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