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13 Best Mexican Restaurants in Atlanta

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Atlanta’s culinary scene dedicated to this cuisine is a celebration for food enthusiasts, providing a varied and tasteful expedition through the vibrant tapestry of Mexican gastronomy. The city’s top Mexican restaurants are vibrant havens where bold flavors, authentic recipes, and warm hospitality come together to transport diners south of the border. The restaurants in Atlanta that specialize in this cuisine provide a mouthwatering array of dishes that appeal to a wide range of palates, from rich mole to colorful ceviche, and from flavorful fajitas to delicious tacos. Atlanta has what you’re looking for, whether it’s a cozy spot for old favorites, a lively taqueria with a modern twist, or a tequila bar that transports you to the streets of Mexico City. Join us as we take you on a tour of the best eateries in the city that serve this cuisine, with each dish serving as a tribute to the local culinary legacy.


Tacos La Villa

2415 Cobb Pkwy SE, Smyrna, GA 30080
770-951-0415

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We start our tour in Cumberland Square North at Tacos La Villa. This no-frills joint offers classic Mexican dishes done simply, done well, and done fast. So if you’re looking for a great meal every time, Tacos La Villa is an attractive option. The taco plate is an affordable way to try some of Tacos La Villa’s flavors. It comes with three tacos (with your choice of meat), rice, refried beans, and a can of soda. If you want something more substantial, the burrito verde is stuffed with your choice of meat and smothered with a tangy green salsa.


Nuevo Laredo Cantina

1495 Chattahoochee Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
404-352-9009
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Nuevo Laredo Cantina, located just steps away from Crest Lawn Memorial Park, offers homestyle food in a comfortable setting. It’s the closest thing you can get to a family meal! Nuevo Laredo has been an Atlanta staple since opening its doors in 1992. I recommend the torta. This Mexican-style sandwich is piled high with your choice of protein, along with tomatoes, avocado, jalapeno peppers, lettuce, beans, onions, and chipotle mayonnaise on fresh-baked bread. Nuevo Laredo also has an expansive margarita and tequila menu to complete the meal. So, get in there and have a great time with friends or family. You won’t regret it!


Superica

Multiple locations
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With three Atlanta locations, Superica is one of the best-known Mexican restaurants in America. The original Krog Street location sits inside a restored factory, which is a treat for the eyes. But, no matter what location you go to, expect fresh Tex-Mex cuisine served in a quirky setting. The puffy taco dinner is a specialty of the house and an absolute must-try. Fresh tortillas are lightly fried until they puff up. After that, they get filled with either beef, chicken, or guacamole. All that gets served alongside rice, beans, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. The tastes and textures are out of this world.

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Taqueria La Oaxaquena

605 Mt Zion Rd, Jonesboro, GA 30236
770-960-3010
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Taqueria La Oaxaquena sits just outside Atlanta proper in Jonesboro. The short trip is worth it, though, for great tacos and Oaxacan cuisine. The food is excellent, and the lively atmosphere and music make the meal even better. Taqueria La Oaxaqueña has received awards from both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Zagat! The mole oaxaqueno is one of the restaurant’s most famous dishes, which is a well-deserved reputation. Chicken leg and thigh simmer in a traditional Oaxacan mole sauce. Mole sauce has cocoa in it, but it’s anything but sweet. Like the one at this taqueria, a great mole is complex, smoky, and delicious.


Bone Garden Cantina

1425 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
404-418-9072
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Located at The Lumberyard Office Lofts on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard is Bone Garden Cantina. Since opening in 2008, this lively restaurant has been beloved for its take on Mexican comfort food and margaritas, as well as its Day of the Dead-themed decor. The Mexican pork ribs are grilled and smoked before finishing with a pineapple-based dipping sauce. I’m also a massive fan of the tomatillo chicken tamale. This treat is steamed in a banana leaf and comes out perfectly. Bone Garden also has a vast selection of tequilas and mezcals that you can get either on their own or in a cocktail.


Raging Burrito

320 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030
404-377-3311
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Raging Burrito is a low-key eatery in the middle of Decatur. But, despite the name, Raging Burrito will leave diners feeling happy and satisfied. With a bar full of tequilas and craft beers to match vibrant Mexican cuisine, Raging Burrito is a hit. The monster nachos are as giant as the name suggests and come totally covered in cheese and other goodies. They’re great to share with a big group. The raging chimi is Raging Burrito’s twist on the classic chimichanga. A burrito gets deep-fried and then drizzled with your choice of queso cheese, pineapple sauce, Thai peanut sauce, or barbecue sauce.


Bell Street Burritos

Multiple locations
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Are you a burrito fanatic? If so, Bell Street Burritos is a place you absolutely have to try out. With three locations in Atlanta and the surrounding area, Bell Street is serving up amazing mission-style burritos. The food is so good that they’ve been named one of the ten best burritos in America by USA Today, as well as Atlanta’s Best Burrito by local publications. You have your choice of 14 proteins wrapped in a huge, fresh tortilla with pinto beans, jack cheese, rice, and salsa fresca. These are simple ingredients done incredibly well. Then, for a bit extra, get it grilled!

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El Rey del Taco

5288 Buford Hwy, Doraville, GA 30340
770-986-0032
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The next time you’re on the Buford Highway and in the mood for authentic Mexican cuisine, get yourself over to El Rey Del Taco. This diner-style joint is beloved for its original recipes, tacos, and late hours (often open until 1 or 2 AM). The tacos are a must. Available as single tacos, I love to get mine with chorizo. However, if that’s not your style, try the grilled octopus, the fish, or the beef flank. They’re all served fresh on house-made tortillas. After a long night, El Rey Del Taco is perfect. I bet you can’t stop yourself from ordering several!


La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant

Multiple locations
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La Parrilla is a small, family-friendly chain of Mexican restaurants. Their Atlanta location sits in The District at Howell Mill. You might hear chain and jump to conclusions, but La Parrilla serves diners Mexican classics and cocktails that stand up against the other great restaurants in Atlanta. The signature margarita is a beautiful interpretation. Patron reposado tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice, that’s it! It’s cool, crisp, and refreshing. For my meal, I usually get carnitas. It’s braised, marinated pork served with sides of rice, beans, salsa verde, and tortillas. It’s terrific as a platter or as tacos.


Mi Barrio Mexican Restaurant

571 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
404-223-9279
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Mi Barrio Mexican Restaurant, nestled right between Cabbagetown and Glenwood Park, brings a decided old-school flair to Atlanta. The dining room is very unassuming, and the menu is straightforward. Mi Barrio does everything they do very well. The chile relleno is a classic. This poblano pepper is hollowed out before being stuffed with meat and cheese and then cooked to perfection. I’m also a fan of the torta sandwich at Mi Barrio. Beef tongue isn’t for everyone, but here, it gets slow-simmered until it’s tender and delicious. If you haven’t tried it before, it’s definitely worth it.


Minero

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE UNIT 136, Atlanta, GA 30308
404-532-1580
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Minero is a hip restaurant with a sleek and stylish dining room right in the heart of the Ponce City Market. The Minero team is so committed to quality that they tried over 40 varieties of corn when trying to find the perfect base for their tortillas. That care and attention come through in everything you see and taste. The fried catfish tacos are one of Minero’s best items. The fried fillet comes with cabbage, red onion, radish, and a hit of tartar sauce on those perfect corn tortillas. It brings the best of Southern and Mexican cuisines together.

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Mama’s Cocina Latina

1958 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
404-874-6152
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Mama’s Cocina Latina, located on Piedmont Road, is unique on this list in that it’s open 24 hours a day (except for Sunday-Monday). So, no matter what time of day you want a classic take on a Mexican recipe, make your way over to Mama’s. For me, the must-get at Mama’s is any of the empanadas. These are available in beef, chicken, and spinach varieties. Thick tortillas get stuffed, folded, closed, and deep-fried. The result is hot, crispy, and fantastic. They’re great as an appetizer or as a main dish. Mama’s also serves great breakfast dishes if you get there early.


Mezcalito’s Cocina & Tequila Bar

304 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
678-705-7008
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We’re finishing up our tour of Atlanta over in Oakland at Mezcalito’s Cocina & Tequila Bar. Everything about Mezcalito’s just feels cool. From the awesome decor to the authentic food to the fresh-made cocktails, you can feel the care in everything. For the ultimate, get a group together and book a tequila tasting. You get to sip on some great tequila and snack on Mexican treats. That’s a great evening. No matter when you’re there, try the poblano soup. Poblano peppers are blended to a smooth consistency and served with sour cream and croutons. It’s warm, creamy, and surprisingly filling.

Why Trust Us?

When it comes to local restaurant recommendations, we pride ourselves on being a reliable and trustworthy resource. Our suggestions are not just based on our personal experiences, ensuring a more authentic and well-rounded perspective, but also on extensive online research. We diligently searched the internet and reviewed 6 credible sites and blogs, including Atlanta.eater.com and Atlantamagazine.com. 

We compiled all the findings in one location and sorted them by the frequency of mentions to ensure you receive top-notch recommendations. We strive to present you with a curated list of establishments that truly stand out, allowing you to enjoy the best dining experiences possible. 

Interested in the sources we consulted? Check out the list of all 6 sites we referenced below this paragraph, offering transparency and an opportunity for our readers to explore further. Our commitment is to deliver trustworthy and unparalleled recommendations, helping you make informed decisions on your culinary journeys.

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https://blog.resy.com/2022/07/best-mexican-restaurants-in-atlanta/
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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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