Holy guacamole there are some seriously good Mexican restaurants around town these days! If your idea of a mouth-watering Mexican fiesta involves nothing more than a whole mess of nachos, you're doing it wrong (kind of). Put down the Doritos and step away from the 'medium' intensity salsa, gringo—we're going to do this the right way.
Mexican food is a divisive and delicate subject matter. After all, one person's tor-till-ah may be another's tor-tee-ah. When Mexican food is good, it's really really good. When it's bad… well, it doesn't earn a coveted position on our list of the best Mexican restaurants Brisbane has to offer. From sit-down affairs to flavour-mobiles on the move, here are some of Brisbane's top picks for dining south-of-the-border.
South Bank and Hawthorne
If you’re after the best Mexican restaurants Brisbane wide, make sure you say hola to Mucho Mexicano. Their colourful interiors are a homage to Mexico’s finest—Frida Kahlo, fiestas and feisty, flavoursome food. With mucho mucho delicious authentic Mexican dishes the menu you will be spoilt for choice. Personally, we’re big fans of their epic DIY taco boards, but every Tuesday night you can also get the gang together for a night of bottomless tacos for only $25.
California Native in Coorparoo serves their Mexican with a laidback Cali-style menu that includes jalapeno poppers, chilli fries, spiced corn and heavenly soft fried tacos. For those up to the challenge, nachos are offered in a 'mountain' size with all the delicious refried beans, salsa fresca, guacamole and sour cream you can possibly eat.
El Torito has been holding court on the benchmark for authentic Mexican food in Brisbane since before the taco trend took hold. From their digs on Boundary Street they’ve set the standard for Brisbane’s most rustic Mexican, and you can be sure there is a helluva lot more going on than just corn chips and guac. Check out the chicken mole if you don’t believe us.
West End’s Mama Taco celebrates authentic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist. Everything on the menu is made from scratch using traditional Mexican preparation and cooking techniques, so you know that everything is made with love. Wood fire grilled meats, house made hot sauces, and tortillas made from only the best organic corns—let Mama Taco introduce you to flavour like you’ve never experienced before. The food, drinks, and picture-perfect pink walls will make you never want to leave.
For all you vegan, vegetarian and plant-based enthusiasts, don’t think that good Mexican food excludes you—El Planta haa got your back. Their full plant-based menu dishes up a fine selection of all the classics: tacos with housemade tortillas, grilled corn rolled in chipotle mayo and ‘parmesan’, and of course, guacamole. Wash these delights down with a margarita that will have you doing the salsa all night.
La Quinta Mexican Cafe y Bar is perfect for a night of eating y drinking with your closest amigos. If you're a party person who enjoys sipping colourful mixers and has a large ensemble of chilli-loving friends, look to La Quinta's epic banquet options. The beverage menu is as delicious as the three types of wings on offer, featuring plenty of imported beer and a dozen or so cocktails guaranteed to take your night from blah to BAM! You can thank the Chocolate Mexican.
Without a doubt Brisbane’s classiest Mexican restaurant, there’s not a hint of a sombrero at Baja—instead, you’ll find pastel interiors with wicker lamp shades casting a patterned shade over panelled bench seating, tiled high tables and polished concrete floors. The menu is equally as different from your usual; think roasted boneless chicken wings with pomegranate molasses or twice-cooked octopus tentacles with squid ink burnt jalapeno soy sauce. Taco aficionados need not despair, however, as there’s more than a few of those on the menu too, along with plenty of tequila-filled tipples.
El Camino Cantina
Bowen Hills and Chermside
Serving up strong party vibes with larger than life sombreros, an explosion of neon lights and jukeboxes blasting music, El Camino Cantina is a must-visit for you and your crew. Food-wise think fresh tacos, sizzling fajitas and bulk burritos which pair perfectly with their gigantic margaritas, made shaken or frozen. To make things even better there are also spicy mid-week deals including $2 tacos on Wednesday as well as a happy hour on weekdays from 4-6pm—what more do you need?
Brisbane CBD and Everton Park
Comuna Cantina’s menu covers all things South American, but there are enough tacos, burritos and quesadillas to satisfy any Brisbane Mexican food lover, along with energetic music and a viva la vida attitude. Serving up Latin inspired food with a healthy modern twist, tasty highlights include the chilli con carne bowl as well as no less than four different types of nachos. Oh, and did we mention there’s a cocktail menu that includes the likes of Mamacita mojitos and mango sours? Enough said.
This colourful and relaxed Mexican spot will have you drooling from the beginning to end of your stay. With cosy interiors decked out in wood and an amazing flowering cactus mural, La Patrona will be your new favourite spot for all things Mexican. They’ve got a delicious array of street food and share dishes, making it the perfect spot to hit up with a group of friends or your date. Think smoky marinated slow-roasted lamb shoulder, three potato tacos, and plenty of tequila if you feel like living la vida loca.
Since opening Brisbane’s first Mexican restaurant in 1972, Pepe’s has remained a staple of the Brisbane Mexican restaurant scene for a reason. With subdued lighting and beautifully vibrant décor, this restaurant is perfect for both an intimate date with your SO and large celebrations with your friends and family. The menu has an extensive list of authentic Mexican dishes from tacos, burritos to enchiladas and chimichanga—Pepe’s has it all. You can dig into these Mex-cellent delicacies all while a live Mariachi band transports you straight into the heart of a fiesta-filled Mexico!
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Image credit: Mucho Mexicano, Larissa Drazic for Urban List