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The 10 Best Mexican Restaurants in Toronto [2024]

Welcome to the ultimate guide for finding the best Mexican cuisine in Toronto! The city’s vibrant food scene boasts an impressive array of Mexican eateries that serve up everything from authentic street food to gourmet dishes. 

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Whether you’re in the mood for fiery tacos, mouth-watering enchiladas, or refreshing margaritas, Toronto has it all.

1) Wilbur Mexicana

Neighbourhood: King West
Best Known For: Tacos & Hot Sauce Selection
Contact: +1 416-792-1878 | Wilbur Mexicana Facebook
Operating Hours: Mon: 5 PM-9:30 PM, Tue-Wed & Sun: 11:30 AM-9:30 PM, Thu-Sat: 11:30 AM-10 PM

A bustling and modern eatery that stands out for its extensive selection of hot sauces and innovative tacos, Wilbur Mexicana promises a casual yet vibrant taco experience. Their Baja Fish Taco and Chorizo Taco have become legendary among local food enthusiasts. The interactive hot sauce library offers a unique, personalized spice level for every guest.

Customer Review:
“Do yourself a favor and visit this lovely restaurant in Etobicoke . The service is unmatched. The staff truly cares about your experience. The food is absolutely amazing – everything we tasted melted in our mouths. Absolutely the best meal we had in a while.”
“I go here ALL the time as I work very close by. Great food and friendly staff, especially the veterans running the show like a well oiled machine. The chicken Shawarma wrap is my go-to choice and is perfect every time”

2) Mad Mexican

Neighbourhood: Bloor West
Best Known For: Gourmet Dishes & Guacamole
Contact: +1 416-907-5787 | Mad Mexican
Operating Hours: Wed-Fri: 4 PM-10 PM, Sat-Sun: 12 PM-10 PM

Offering a slice of authentic Mexican culture in Toronto, Mad Mexican specializes in gourmet Mexican dishes that delight with their freshness and authenticity. Their hand-crafted Guacamole has been described as a “must-try,” and dishes such as Chiles Rellenos and Chicken Mole Tostada embody traditional Mexican flavors.

Business Information:

Contact: +1 416-977-0601
Website: Swatow Restaurant

Operating Hours:

Sunday to Thursday: 11 AM – 10:30 PM

Friday and Saturday: 11 AM – 11:30 PM

Customer Review:
“A great option for middle eastern food, everything is very fresh and delicious; all the kebabs are freshly grilled for each order. There are a number of great options to choose from on the menu and portion sizes are on the generous side.”
“This place is clean. Salads n veggies were fresh. Had best shawarma after my College days. Their mix plate is big enough for big boy like myself.”

3) El Catrin Destileria

Neighbourhood: Distillery District
Best Known For: Seafood Tacos & Tequila Bar
Contact: +1 416-203-2121 | El Catrin
Operating Hours: Mon-Wed: 11:30 AM-10 PM, Thu: 11:30 AM-11 PM, Fri: 11:30 AM-12 AM, Sat: 11 AM-12 AM, Sun: 11 AM-10 PM

A visually striking, festive dining space that welcomes guests with an impressive Day of the Dead-themed mural, El Catrin provides an immersive experience into Mexican cuisine. Their Tacos de Pescado and Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo are standout seafood dishes, complemented by an extensive selection of tequila and mezcal.

Customer Review:
“So we ate chicken 🍗 platter and chicken shawarma platter and it was delicious. I loved it and we will keep on ordering from here all the time.”
“I have been coming to this restaurant for years now and they never ever disappoint. The food is always fresh and tasty and the portions sizes are quite large. The staff are always friendly and there is never a wait! I love this place so much”

4) Chipotle Mexican Grill

Neighbourhood: Multiple locations
Best Known For: Customizable Burritos & Bowls
Contact: +1 416-703-0030 | Chipotle Locations
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun: 10:45 AM-11 PM

Renowned for its emphasis on fresh, sustainably sourced ingredients, Chipotle offers a fast-casual atmosphere where guests can customize their burritos, bowls, and tacos to their taste. The Carnitas and innovative Sofritas stand out for their flavor and texture.

Customer Review:
“Absolutely the best Chicken Shawarma in the GTA!!!! The chicken was moist, tender and grilled perfectly all at the same time with some very interesting flavors.. The hummus and baba ganoush.. cannot describe, just order them! so good! And the Laffa.. you can just keep eating them.. so good”
“Got chicken on a laffa and holy smokes, they make the bread in some cool fire oven, it’s so soft on the inside, proper topping ratio and was huge for 13$ after tax.”

5) La Carnita

Neighbourhood: Multiple locations
Best Known For: Creative Tacos & Street Art
Contact: +1 647-348-1166 | La Carnita
Operating Hours: Sun-Wed: 12 PM-11 PM, Thu-Sat: 12 PM-12 AM

La Carnita marries the worlds of street art and street food in a vibrant, energetic space. Signature dishes like “In Cod We Trust” taco and Pollo Fritto showcase the restaurant’s commitment to creativity and flavor, making every visit a new experience.

Customer Review:
“Excellent food and customer service. My favourite lunch is the Shawarma Beef Plate. The price is reasonable for the very well served meal. You can't go wrong with the food at this location. After my first visit here, I can't stop coming back every week. Highly recommended.’’
“Delicious food and amazing customer service. We ordered a meal for our office from them and we were in a rush. They accommodated our request and made excellent food within time . One of the best shwarma place for sure. Highly recommended them. Keep up the great work.”

6) El Trompo

Neighbourhood: Kensington Market
Best Known For: Tacos Al Pastor
Contact: +1 416-260-0097 | El Trompo
Operating Hours: Tue-Sun: 11 AM-8:30 PM

A cozy spot reminiscent of a traditional Mexican eatery, El Trompo brings authentic flavors, particularly with its acclaimed Tacos Al Pastor. The menu, filled with classic dishes, offers a taste of Mexico in the heart of Toronto’s eclectic Kensington Market.

Customer Review:
“Excellent food and customer service. My favourite lunch is the Shawarma Beef Plate. The price is reasonable for the very well served meal. You can't go wrong with the food at this location. After my first visit here, I can't stop coming back every week. Highly recommended.’’
“Delicious food and amazing customer service. We ordered a meal for our office from them and we were in a rush. They accommodated our request and made excellent food within time . One of the best shwarma place for sure. Highly recommended them. Keep up the great work.”

7) Seven Lives Tacos y Mariscos

Neighbourhood: Kensington Market
Best Known For: Seafood Tacos
Contact: +1 416-393-4636 | Seven Lives
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun: 12 PM-7 PM

Specializing in Baja-inspired seafood tacos, Seven Lives is celebrated for balancing simplicity with explosive flavors. The Gobernador taco, featuring smoked marlin and shrimp, exemplifies their mastery of Mexican coastal cuisine.

Customer Review:
“Excellent food and customer service. My favourite lunch is the Shawarma Beef Plate. The price is reasonable for the very well served meal. You can't go wrong with the food at this location. After my first visit here, I can't stop coming back every week. Highly recommended.’’
“Delicious food and amazing customer service. We ordered a meal for our office from them and we were in a rush. They accommodated our request and made excellent food within time . One of the best shwarma place for sure. Highly recommended them. Keep up the great work.”

8) Campechano Taqueria

Neighbourhood: Downtown West
Best Known For: Authentic Tacos
Contact: +1 647-350-2800 | Campechano Taqueria
Operating Hours: Mon-Thu: 12 PM-3 PM/4 PM-10 PM, Fri-Sat: 12 PM-11 PM, Sun: 12 PM-9 PM

Renowned for its minimalist aesthetic and focus on traditional Mexican tastes, Campechano Taqueria serves up authentic tacos that highlight the quality of their ingredients, from the Campechano taco to the delectable Fish taco.

Customer Review:
“Excellent food and customer service. My favourite lunch is the Shawarma Beef Plate. The price is reasonable for the very well served meal. You can't go wrong with the food at this location. After my first visit here, I can't stop coming back every week. Highly recommended.’’
“Delicious food and amazing customer service. We ordered a meal for our office from them and we were in a rush. They accommodated our request and made excellent food within time . One of the best shwarma place for sure. Highly recommended them. Keep up the great work.”

9) Playa Cabana Cantina

Neighbourhood: The Junction
Best Known For: Al Pastor Tacos & Enchiladas
Contact: +1 647-352-7767 | Playa Cabana Cantina
Operating Hours: Wed-Thu: 5 PM-10 PM, Fri: 5 PM-11 PM, Sat: 12 PM-11 PM, Sun: 12 PM-8 PM

Emitting a lively vibe, Playa Cabana Cantina captures the heart of Mexican cuisine with a menu that excels in variety and flavor. Dishes like Al Pastor tacos and Enchiladas offer a genuine taste of Mexico amidst a fun and ambient setting.

Customer Review:
“Excellent food and customer service. My favourite lunch is the Shawarma Beef Plate. The price is reasonable for the very well served meal. You can't go wrong with the food at this location. After my first visit here, I can't stop coming back every week. Highly recommended.’’
“Delicious food and amazing customer service. We ordered a meal for our office from them and we were in a rush. They accommodated our request and made excellent food within time . One of the best shwarma place for sure. Highly recommended them. Keep up the great work.”

10) Fonda Lola Mexican Bistro

Neighbourhood: Queen West
Best Known For: Modern Mexican Cuisine
Contact: +1 647-706-9105 | Fonda Lola
Operating Hours: Tue-Thu: 5 PM-9:30 PM, Fri: 5 PM-10:30 PM, Sat: 12 PM-10:30 PM, Sun: 12 PM-9:30 PM

Blending traditional Mexican recipes with contemporary culinary techniques, Fonda Lola offers a cozy ambiance for diners to explore innovative dishes. The Al Pastor tacos and freshly made Ceviche epitomize their craftsmanship and dedication to flavor.

Customer Review:
“Excellent food and customer service. My favourite lunch is the Shawarma Beef Plate. The price is reasonable for the very well served meal. You can't go wrong with the food at this location. After my first visit here, I can't stop coming back every week. Highly recommended.’’
“Delicious food and amazing customer service. We ordered a meal for our office from them and we were in a rush. They accommodated our request and made excellent food within time . One of the best shwarma place for sure. Highly recommended them. Keep up the great work.”
FAQs About Mexican Restaurants
  1. Tacos: Perhaps the most universally recognized Mexican dish, tacos consist of soft or crispy tortillas filled with a variety of meats, vegetables, and condiments.
  2. Enchiladas: Corn tortillas rolled around a filling, typically of chicken, beef, or cheese, covered with a chili pepper sauce.
  3. Guacamole: A dip made from mashed avocado mixed with chopped onion, tomatoes, chili peppers, and cilantro, often served with tortilla chips.
  4. Quesadillas: A toasted tortilla filled with cheese and sometimes other ingredients like chicken or vegetables, then folded in half.
  5. Chiles Rellenos: Poblano peppers that are stuffed with cheese or meat, coated in an egg batter, and fried, often served with a tomato sauce.

Traditional Mexican foods include:

  • Tamales: Masa dough filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, or chilies, wrapped in a corn husk, and steamed.
  • Mole: A rich sauce typically containing fruit, chili pepper, nuts, and spices like cinnamon and cumin, often served over meat.
  • Pozole: A traditional soup or stew made from hominy, meat (usually pork), and garnished with lettuce, radish, onion, lime, and chili.
  • Carnitas: Slow-cooked, tender pork that’s often shredded and used in tacos, burritos, and more.
  • Menudo: A spicy soup made with tripe (the stomach lining of a cow), hominy, and a broth seasoned with chili peppers, lime, onions, and cilantro.

A typical Mexican dinner might include dishes such as tacos, enchiladas, or quesadillas, accompanied by rice and beans. Dinner might start with appetizers like guacamole or ceviche, followed by a main dish featuring beef, chicken, or seafood. Sides often include tortillas, salsa, and a salad. Dessert could be something sweet like flan or churros.

A typical Mexican lunch, which is the main meal of the day in Mexico, called “la comida,” often begins with a soup (such as “sopa de pasta” or “caldo de pollo”) or salad. The main course (“plato fuerte”) could be a dish like carne asada (grilled meat), mole, or a fish specialty, often served with rice, beans, and tortillas. Lunch might end with a small dessert, like sweet breads or fruit. Aguas frescas (fresh fruit drinks) are popular beverages to accompany lunch.

Conclusion

Toronto’s dynamic Mexican restaurant scene is a testament to the city’s rich cultural diversity and culinary excellence. Whether it’s the authentic street food of Kensington Market’s El Trompo or the gourmet creations of Mad Mexican, each of these top Mexican eateries offers a unique taste of Mexico’s culinary heritage.