Top 5 Mexican Restaurants in Metro Phoenix Area

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Taco Tuesday may be an American-made weekly celebration, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some of the best Mexican food that Phoenix has to offer every other day of the week. Here are Phoenix’s top 5  Mexican restaurants –

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La Santisima’s goal is to always deliver fresh food to the people of Arizona with the goal of “banishing old perceptions of heavy, greasy, taste-bud searing, so-called ‘Tex-Mex.’” They source their fresh ingredients from local farms, so it’s sure to be delicious! Located at 1919 N. 16th St., this restaurant popular for its amazing tacos.

Most popular for their tacos, they also serve burritos, salads, soups, and even have a few vegetarian/vegan options. This restaurant was previously featured on the popular Food Network TV Show, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives so you can rest assured that these tacos are Guy Fieri approved. They are open Monday – Saturday 11 am-9 pm and Sundays 11 am-8 pm.

You can take a look at their menu on their website here.


Barrio Cafe is a well-known restaurant owned by famed Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza who has been featured in numerous food magazines as well as on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Every Thursday through Saturday night in addition to Sunday afternoons, you can enjoy some of the best regional Mexican cuisines as well as listen to live music. Some of the most loved menu items include Chef’s tableside Guacamole and Churro Rellenos.

Barrio Café is located at 2814 N. 16th St. and is open Tuesday-Thursday from 11 am-10 pm, Fridays/Saturdays from 11 am-10:30 pm, and Sundays from 11 am-9 pm. Note they are closed on Mondays. Happy Hour is from 2 pm-5 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays

You can see the other delicious items on their menu by visiting their website here.


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Built inside of a historic Phoenix building, Taco Guild is one of the best tacos in Phoenix. In fact, the Travel Channel rated it the second best Mexican restaurant, USA Today named it one of the best in Phoenix, and the Food Network named it one of the best tacos in the country. If you don’t try tacos from here while in Phoenix, then what are you even eating? 

It’s another restaurant that believes the best food comes from fresh food. They source their produce from local farms and even list Crooked Sky Farms (located in Phoenix itself) as one of their favorites. One of the unique things about this restaurant is that they serve brunch on the weekends. Taco Guild is open Monday-Thursday 11 am-11 pm, Friday 11 am-12 am, Saturday 10 am-12 am, and Sunday 10 am-10 pm.

They are located at 546 East Osborn Rd and you can check their menu on their website here.

Joyride Taco House

Joyride Taco House looks like something straight out of an Instagrammer’s Paradise. Great food with great presentation, cool decor with bright pops of color, and a cool outdoor area for just the right vibe. This taco house has affordable food, to-go options, a kids menu and a great Taco Tuesday promotion.

Visit them on Tuesdays for $2 tacos and $5 margaritas from 2 pm-close. Their hours are: Monday-Thursday 11am-11pm, Fridays/Saturdays 11am-12am (kitchen open until 11pm), Sunday 11am-10pm. They are located at 5202 N. Central Ave. and their menu can be viewed on their website here.

This restaurant was opened with the inspiration of the owners’ mother and father who made homemade tacos with a family recipe and sold them on a food cart in 1981. Los Taquitos is owned by eight siblings – seven sisters and one brother – and they still use the same family recipe that was derived from Mexico many generations ago. So if you’re looking for authentic, you don’t need to look any further. They serve up street tacos that average about $2 per taco (depending on the type of meat that is chosen).

Happy Hour is served from 4 pm-7 pm every day of the week. Their hours are Monday-Sunday 8 am-9 pm and are located in a strip mall at 4747 E Elliot Rd. Ste 17. Take a look at their menu on their website here and their two other locations.

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