Props to the fiesta gods who, with a little tasty alliteration, created one of our favourite days of the week: Taco Tuesdays. Or Taco Wednesday, or Taco Tuesday, or well, any day of the week ‘cause we love tacos and we’ll take any excuse to eat them.
For all our fellow taco lovers out there, to save you time we've rounded up where you can find the best tacos on the Gold Coast for cheap.
Hidden down a laneway arcade off Burleigh's James Street, this south-of-the-border-inspired, vibrant outdoor joint is right up our alley. Kicking boring tacos to the curb with tradition and authenticity in all the right places, Hail Mary serves up a range of starters, creative tacos, tostadas and quesadilla as well as Mexican desserts to round out the meal. Pop in on a Tuesday from 5pm and you can snag any classic taco for just $6—from snapper and mango to cajun fried chicken and pulled jackfruit, the hardest decision you’ll make is choosing which flavours.
What’s better than one taco? That would be two tacos, of course (or perhaps three?). The legends at Tupe Aloha Bar & Grill in Kirra have made it easy for you, with their cheeky $5 Taco Tuesday special meaning you can slam as many of those bad boys as you want, without digging too deep into your wallet. Choose from a huge range of tacos, including plenty of plant-based alternatives.
One of the newer kids on the block, Costa Taco has quickly made a new for itself as one of the Gold Coast's most authentic Mexican spots. And with good reason, as most of their staff hail from Mexico and they are focused on using authentic, locally sourced ingredients. Although Costa Taco technicallyyyy doesn't do a Taco Tuesday, their tacos are $6 any day of the week so we think they absolutely deserve a spot on this list. The beef birrira with a deliciously rich beef consomme for dipping is a must-try.
It’s not all stellar cocktails and good tunes at QT Gold Coast’s Stingray Lounge. Did you know every Tuesday from 6pm 'til late also happens to have the aforementioned frivolities, plus you can slam down as many $5 tacos as your heart desires? Drool over pulled pork, grilled spiced chicken, crispy fish, chili con carne and black beans. Plus, if you want to go all out you can devour unlimited tacos for two hours for just $30.
Burleigh Heads & Broadbeach
Get down to California Tacos on a Tuesday to start inhaling their tasty tacos at just $6 a piece, all washed down with cheeky Happy Hour drink specials from 4pm to 6pm. We're huge fans of the panko-crumbed fish tacos and the sauteed 'cactus' tacos. Or, if you can't make the journey from your house, don't fear, because California Tacos just happens to be UberEats friendly.
If you're looking for some of the Gold Coast's most scenic views to pair with your tacos, you can't go wrong with Burleigh Pavilion. Every Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm, Burleigh Pav is slinging up three tacos—choose from fish, chicken, prawn or vegetarian—with a frozen margarita for $35. Oh, and you get $10 frozen margi refills so you won't be going thirsty anytime soon. Beachfront views for free.
It would be a crime to leave Bonita Bonita, and some of the best tacos on the Gold Coast, off our list. Bonita Bonita swings open its doors on Tuesday for their much-loved Taco Tuesday and $20 sangria jug special. Our taco pick? The pescado (crispy fish with tomato pico, mango crema and queso fresco) or the calamares (crispy calamari with pineapple chilli jam and cilantro crema); all for a very easy-on-the-wallet $6 each.
The light-filled, double-storey sister venue of Bonita Bonita, Frida Sol is keeping the tradition alive and serving up their own tasty Taco Tuesday deal. From 5pm every Tuesday, you can wrap your hands around $6 classic tacos, with flavours like grilled pumpkin, crispy calamari and chipotle braised beef, and wash it all down with $20 sangria jugs. Pull up a stool on the balcony and breathe in the sea air (taco in hand, of course).
El Camino Cantina
Robina & Surfers Paradise
We couldn’t write about the best tacos on the Gold Coast without including Tex-Mex superstar El Camino Cantina. As tempting as they are, don’t fill up on the bottomless baskets of complimentary tortilla chips—save your precious stomach space for their legendary tacos. On Taco Tuesdays, stuff yourself silly with $2 tacos or uprade to their larger Cadillac tacos for just $4. We’re not complaining.
Taco Wednesdays at Goodness Gracias
Now, here we’ve got a different one: Taco Wednesday. That means cheap tacos almost every night of the week and we sure ain’t complaining. Goodness Gracias is a cute-as-a-button, bright pink casual eatery which has quickly gained a rep as some of the best vegan Mexican around. Meat-eaters and plant-lovers united will love this drool-worthy Mexican, which serves up $4.50 tacos, including goodies like Haiwaiian chicken, plant-based duck and smoky chipotle jackfruit.
Taco Thursdays at Mexicali
True taco enthusiasts know that Mexicali in Nobby Beach dishes up some of the best tacos on the Gold Coast. Special mention to those heavenly haloumi and bean-filled pockets of goodness along with seven other options you can choose from at $6 a pop on Taco Tuesdays. You may want to lock in your seat right this second because this epic Mexican place gets super busy and with damn good reason.
Taco Thursdays at Agave Rosa
This vibrant Mexican restaurant and taqueria in Kirra Beach is all about serving fresh, delicious dishes with dashes of distinct Japanese flavour, served Mexican style to create something truly special and unique. Swing by Agave Rosa on a Thursday for Taco Thursdays, where you can devour $5 tacos paired with happy hour specials from 4pm to 6pm. The hibachi chicken and popcorn prawn tempura tacos are top of our taco lovin' list.
More of a pizza fan? No judgement here. We've eaten our way through the best Italian on the Gold Coast, so go on, sink your fork in and thank us later.
Image credit: Costa Taco, Frida Sol, Goodness Gracias & Mexicali