From tasty tacos to cheese-slathered quesadillas, you can’t beat an authentic Mexican night. And no, we’re not talking about those supermarket kits that enable you to knock up a half-hearted fajita selection in less than 10 minutes. We’re talking about a traditional experience at one of London’s best Mexican restaurants.
Traditionally London doesn’t have the best rep when it comes to good Mexican restaurants but we’ve found 13 spots proving this theory wrong. From street food favourites at Breddos Tacos to London Bridge’s Santo Remedio, it’s time to put down the Old El Paso fajita kit and book in to experience Mexican dining at its finest.
Authentic Mexican Restaurants To Try In London
Michelin-starred chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias brings his expertise to the table to create something truly special at Decimo. It’s his debut London restaurant, a space where the Spanish cuisine he grew up eating blends with his love for Mexico’s fiery flavours.
The restaurant is located inside the stylish The Standard London, boasting rich red interiors and views across the city.
Expect everything from gambas rojas and tortillas with a difference, alongside plenty of boozy mezcal cocktails.
Los Mochis Notting Hill
Over in Notting Hill, you will find Los Mochis, the restaurant that brings the vibrance of Mexican flavours and elegance of Japanese cuisine to the table.
Brought to life by multi-award-winning restaurateur Markus Thesleff, his passion for food comes to life through the ever-evolving menu. You can expect each plate to be presented with the finest seasonal and sustainable ingredients from local artisans, from the giant tacos list through to small bites of guacamole socal shrimp and tostaditos.
2 – 4 Farmer Street, Notting Hill, W8 7SN
Bringing an authentic taste of Mexico to London is Marylebone’s KOL. The restaurant reimagines the flavours and culture of its homeland and brings it to life through local, British ingredients.
Expect dishes such as tacos with langoustines, smoked chilli and sea buckthorn; confit whole cod carnitas with black beans, woodruff and sugar kelp; and buñuelos with Tunworth ice cream, sea buckthorn and ancho chilli.
Mexa at Arcade Food Hall
Brought to life by Sam and Michelle of Sonora fame, Mexa is the street food eatery you need on your radar. Available at Arcade Food Hall, you’ll find the menu celebrates Michelle’s homeland with dishes such as quesadillas, tacos and seafood created from her family recipes.
Chow your way through the small but mighty menu, from beef suadero tacos to lamb birria quesadillas.
103–105 New Oxford Street, WC1A 1DB
Located just a short stroll from London Bridge station, Santo Remedio is a modern Mexican restaurant that celebrates its heritage, from knocking up exquisite tequila and mezcal cocktails to sourcing specialty ingredients straight from its home country.
Set up by Edson and Natalie, the restaurant is named after the famed Mexican expression ‘Holy Remedy’, as food is such an important part of Mexican culture that it’s considered a remedy and comfort.
The interiors are authentic, colourful and bring its culture to the forefront, working alongside the delicious dishes on the bountiful menu made up of small plates. From tacos to tostadas, it’s well worth the visit.
From hanging plants overhead to soaring views over the city, Madera at Treehouse London is a Mexican restaurant with style. The little sister to Los Angeles-based Toca Madera, the restaurant is open all day, with each experience feeling a little different.
Head down early to sweep up the best breakfast meeting views you’ll find on this side of the city or a light lunch catch-up with friends. Dinner is where the show really begins, with the energy brighter, music a little louder and entertainment on offer.
From Mexican-style flatbreads filled with meats, fish and veggies to dishes served over hot lava stones, there’s something for everyone at Madera.
Treehouse London, 14-15 Langham Place, W1B 2QS
Home to London’s best tacos, El Pastor boasts a series of Mexican taquerias in London. Known for using the freshest ingredients and making its own tortillas in-house using heritage Mexican corn, you won’t find anywhere better in the city for soft tacos.
Its flagship restaurant, El Pastor, located on Stoney Street, is the place to head for a traditional Mexico City experience. Think endless tostadas, quesadillas, tacos and, of course, mezcal. The menu is made up of delicious dishes to share, from the gringa quesadilla packed with chargrilled pork ends, Oaxaca-style cheese, salsa, white onion and coriander to short rib with roast bone marrow.
Helping to transport you from dreary London straight to the bustling cantinas in Mexico is Cafe Pacifico. Located in the beating heart of Covent Garden, the restaurant brings the authentic flavours of Mexican cuisine to you. Expect burritos stuffed with refried beans, cheese, grilled tomato chipotle salsa and your choice of meat or veggies, sizzling fajitas and corn tortillas slathered in black bean sauce and filled with chicken tinga, lettuce, feta, pomegranate, coriander and crema Mexicana.
Don’t forget to add a tequila or mezcal to your order too. The bar prides itself on serving some of the greeted agave spirits around.
5 Langley Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9JA
What once started as a makeshift car park taco shack in Hackney has since gone on to become one of London’s best spots for an after-work bite and moreish tacos. Now with a permanent home in Clerkenwell, tuck into their dishes that are inspired by founders Nud and Chris’s travels across America and Mexico.
Despite being inspired by Mexican flavours, the restaurant prides itself on using the best of British produce from local suppliers. Expect dishes such as masa fried chicken tacos stuffed with habanero mayo, red cabbage, pico de gallo and habanero and baj mushroom tacos, packed with habanero mayo, verde cruda and pico de gallo.
82 Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, EC1V 7DB
Taqueira started life as a Cool Chile Co street food stall in Portobello Road, before eventually planting its roots in a brick-and-mortar venue on Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill. It’s the specialty tacos that keep happy customers coming back for more, filled with traditional and modern filling on soft corn tortillas.
With fifteen tacos to choose from, you can rest assured that it’ll have a filling or two that suits your taste buds. We love the soft shell crab tacos that are deep-fried in a tempura batter and stuffed with guacamole and pickled jalapeño mayo.
Notting Hill & Exmouth Market
Home to multiple London locations, DF Tacos know a thing or two about knocking up flavour-packed bites of deliciousness. From burritos to buns, home-cooked tortilla nachos to tacos, all of your Mexican cravings are catered for here. It’s fuss-free food that you know you can trust.
Don’t forget to order in a round of frozen margaritas for the table too, made with 100% agave tequila and fresh lime.
Tucked away inside NoMad London, Side Hustle is a restaurant inspired by California’s love of Mexican cuisine. You’ll find plenty of tasty Latin American-inspired dishes, from hamachi ceviche – Lima-style leche de tigre and chochoyotes to quesadilla with courgette flower and chile de árbol.
The bar, led by bar director Liana Oster, showcases fiery Latin American classics along with international influences. Plus, the weekend brunch is a must-try.
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For the veggie and vegans, look to Club Mexicana to fulfil your tacos, burrito and nacho cravings.
Finding somewhere in London that does a good meat-free alternative for a burrito is hard to come by but Club Mexicana has nailed it with its delicious BBQ short ‘rib’ burrito. Add on a portion of loaded nachos topped with queso, pico de gallo, pink onions, pickled jalapeños, chipotle oil & chilli lime salt and one of their frozen Margaritas, and you’ve got a delicious meal.
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