The 5 best Mexican restaurants in Toronto, Ontario

September 8, 2015

Perhaps a trip to Mexico isn’t in the cards right now but luckily, Toronto has got your tastebuds covered. Although the city may not be known for its Mexican cuisine, Toronto is home to some of the best tacos, tortilla chips and guacamole the world has ever tasted. With a focus on fresh and local products, Toronto’s Mexican menus offer delicious and diverse takes on traditional favorites while also mastering the classics. If you like Mexican, here are the 5 best Mexican restaurants in Toronto, Ontario that you must visit next time you’re in the 6ix.

El Catrin


In the cobbled streets of Toronto’s Distillery District you will find this modern Mexican restaurant, strewn with large paper cut lanterns and colorful murals on the walls. Servers mortar your spicy guacamole at the table while you sip on traditional margaritas and browse through the extensive menu of upmarket tacos, ceviche and exciting house specials.

Playa Cabana Cantina


There are four locations in Toronto but the word ‘chain’ does not apply here. Each trendy, distressed chic venue is reflective of its neighborhood from the mescal cocktails to the street food inspired tacos. Here you will find premium takes on seafood, nachos and fresh, scrumptious tacos.

Grand Electric


If tacos and bourbon cocktails are your thing, then Grand Electric is the place for you. Intimate, creative and trendy, they have a rotating chalkboard menu featuring creative and inspired taco fillings from Baja chicken to beef cheek and everything in between.

La Carnita


This tequila- focused restaurant began as a pop up before transitioning into a unique, fluid space that celebrates the best street art, street music and street food that Toronto has to offer. Their famous Dia de los Muertos skull logo is made out of taco ingredients all found in their original limited edition tacos.



Continuing the street food vibe is Valdez with their famous ‘Street Party’ platter for those who can’t decide on just one dish. The open kitchen and distressed urban décor make it feel both casual and festive with tequila, mescal and picos cocktails flowing till last call. From snacks like cornmeal empanadas to spicy fajitas for two, the Valdez vibe (and menu) is irresistible.

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