Here in Phoenix, we take our Mexican food seriously, and the choices for restaurants are authentic and numerous. Here’s a list of our favorite Mexican food restaurants in Phoenix, although we can assure you this list could have been much, much longer.


Barrio Café

You can’t even have a conversation about the best Mexican restaurants in Phoenix without including Barrio Café. Creator, owner and chef Silvana Salcido Esparza has been serving up modern, top-notch preparations of traditional Mexican dishes since 2002.
Tip: Order the guacamole.

2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix



Don’t let the location or the austere interior deter you from eating at Carolina’s, as you’ll be rewarded at first bite.
Tip: Get the Oaxaca (pronounced wa-hock-ah) burrito and order a dozen tortillas to take home.

1202 E. Mohave St., Phoenix


Atoyac Estilo Oaxaca

Beyond the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it location and spartan interior like Carolina’s, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with fantastic tacos at Restaurant Atoyac. Here you can afford to be adventurous: Everything on the menu is affordable, with the most expensive item only $8.50.
Tip: Get the fish tacos.

1830 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix


La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop

La Santisima probably has the most diverse salsa bar you will ever see — from traditional variations to adventurous strawberry, peanut and pecan flavors. Bonus: There's endless vegan and vegetarian options, too. 
Tip: Order the Horchata.

4117 N. 16th St., Phoenix

5932 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale


Los Dos Molinos

A long time favorite of Phoenix locals, Los Dos Molinos is known for its spicy food and margaritas. Warning: The food at Los Dos is as good as it is hot. You’ll know what we mean when you’ve ordered your second pitcher of margaritas.
Tip: Don’t go to Los Dos starving as there is usually a wait.

8646 S. Central Ave., Phoenix

1044 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix

4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix

260 S. Alma School Road, Mesa


La Hacienda

Located at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale, La Hacienda does upscale Mexican food right. La Hacienda is also a great choice for tequila lovers, with over 200 varieties available.
Tip: Try the flaming coffee.

7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale


Mucho Macho Taco

This tiny taco shop offers about a dozen three-bite taco choices with big flavor.
Tip: Try the fish taco or go off menu with a Sonoran hot dog.

5341 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix


Mariscos Playa Hermosa

Seafood? In the desert? That’s right. Get your fill of shrimp, oysters, octopus prepared Sinaloan-style at Mariscos Playa Hermosa.
Tip: Order the Campechana Cocktail.

1605 E. Garfield St., Phoenix


Los Reyes de la Torta

The menu at Los Reyes de la Torta is Mexico City-style with huaraches, sopes and huge tortas. The tortas are so large that they were featured on the Food Network’s “Man vs. Food.” Bring a friend.
Tip: Get your vitamin C with the “bomba” juice concoction from the juice bar.

9230 N. Seventh St., Phoenix

4333 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix

1528 E. Southern Ave., Tempe