London's best Mexican restaurants

Mexican food is alive and kicking in the capital, and there's not a sombrero or tequila slammer in sight

Don’t know your tacos from your fajitas? Here’s our guide to dining Mexican in London. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

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16 comments
Brad
Brad

As a new comer to this - Mamacita in West Hampstead should be added. All meat gourmet burritos, but not Mexican fast food - a proper, lovely restaurant and bar with a great vibe. Authentic Mexican, all Mexican kitchen team (my girlfriend assures me as she popped her head in for a chat as she's from mexico city). Great place and should be on the list.

Ixchel
Ixchel

Benito's hat is way too bland.

Anna McQuaid
Anna McQuaid

Cafe Chula should definitely be on this list! Deliciously fresh food. Okay, maybe more on the Baja/Californian side than deep into Mexico but a top option all the same

Joaquin
Joaquin

Tortilla Mexican Grill (on the cheap side) and Mestizo (on the pricier side) cannot be ignored! The middle section of the Wahaca menu is quite authentic too. I've never heard of the places above but I am willing to try them.

Kr1244
Kr1244

What about La Perla and/or Cafe Pacifico? Both actual Mexican not just TexMex! Agreed Mestizo is blatantly absent!!!

CaliGirl
CaliGirl

Ya, and why is Cafe Chula not on the list?

Emma
Emma

My god no Chilango on this list? I've been a loyal customer of them for years now since their first burrito place in Angel, and their burritos are absolutely the best I've had in London, and I've had everything on the above list and in the comments! Wahaca is great new favourite for sure, but also love the longstanding and always excellent Cafe Pacifico in Covent Garden.

Laura May
Laura May

To agree with a few of the posts below - this list (of 4?) doesnt really do justice to Mexican food in London. Mestizo (on Euston Road) really should top the list, their passion for bringing traditional Mexican (as opposed to TexMex) to Londoners is obvious. Their sister joint El Burrito (round the corner from Benito's Hat) translates that into great, cheap and tasty street food that goes way beyond the burrito. Wahaca too really should get a mention - I doubt this article would have been written if it weren’t for their influence on mainstream tastes. Taqueria is great though (although it always feels very pricey), and Boho Mexica also tops.

mexican
mexican

As a Mexican i have searched throughout London trying to find the best Mexican food and the Taqueria is the best Mexican food not Tex-Mex but Mexican food you can get in London.Also there is a very good vibe in there especially with Rodrigo the manager

Tzcttime
Tzcttime

Tex-Mex, as the name obviously implies, is an adaptation of Mexican cuisine to a Texan context (i.e. availability of lots of cheap meat). Authentic Mexican food would includes regional dishes from all around the country, to name a few important ones Oaxaca (black mole, grashoppers), Puebla (camotes, rompope, sweets, pipian), Veracruz (fish Veracruz style, cebiche), Yucatan (chicken or pork in escabeche, papadzules, cochinita pibil, panuchos, eggs Motul style, cheese soup), Mexico City (enfrijoladas, entomatadas, atole), Sinaloa (fish or shrimp tacos), Guadalajara (drowned eggs, drowned torta, meat on its juice) and so on and so forth. Now pray tell me, where do you see a burrito? Most Texans would not know any of these dishes, so why the insistence of you, the "experts", in bundling together Mexican and Tex-Mex when they are clearly different beasts? (and the difference is not subtle at all as I hope you can see). That you don't even mention Mestizo, one of the few that try to offer the real thing, says it all really.

p-
p-

Tauqeria definitely has to be the best in London, they offer a tasty selection of food that is both approachable but also very authentic. A great selection of aquas frescas too. My only complaint would be that the price have definitely risen considerably in the last few years.

Oscar, Mexican living in London
Oscar, Mexican living in London

Best street food don't look further, 'Taqueria' is the best. Just like being in Mexico. I've heard 'Mestizo' in Euston is really good. I have not been there yet though; it is also a bit pricey.

James Stanton-Scott
James Stanton-Scott

Adobo on High Holborn is amazing...I had the adobo marinated chicken and chorizo burrito, loaded with Habanero sauce and Guac, low priced and generous portions...mouthwateringly good. They do serious single source Mexican coffee too...highly recommended...

Josh
Josh

You say 'Mexican food is alive and kicking' and put only one restaurant on the list?? What about Mestizo, Wahaca, Taqueria and Santo as the other poster said. Oh, and there is a lot better than Daddy Donkey for burritos too. Boho Mexica is great though!

Notting Hill local
Notting Hill local

Santo on Portabello Road is great for real quality Mexican food and fiesta vibe, even the waiters are mostly smell of alcohol...