Viva la Mexico! The top Tel Aviv restaurants for Mexican-style fare

Eating at these spicy restaurants will take your mind off the Mediterranean and transport you to Mexico
Mexicana
Anatoly Michaello
By Time Out Israel Writers |
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Tel Avivians are doing it on the beach and at sidewalk cafés, in indoor markets and hole-in-the-wall eateries – and no, I’m not talking about parking their cars or engaging in PDA, I mean eating Mexican-style food! From taco joints tucked into popular food complexes to colorful sit down restaurants near the beach, these locations are serving up taqueria style burritos, tacos, and quesadillas featuring fresh Israeli produce and spicy sides. With a slew of hot, salty, margarita-filled spots flowing through the streets of the White City in the past few years, try out these eateries for a little more fiesta and a little less hummus.

9 awesome Mexican restaurants in Tel Aviv

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Diego San
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Bars

Diego San

icon-location-pin Shuk Levinsky

What would happen if a Mexican and a Korean walked into a bar? They’d probably convene at Diego San, where the two, very distinct, foodie cultures harmonize on each plate. From margaritas and tequila to tapas and tacos, Diego San (San Diego spelled backwards, if you didn't already catch it) is the brainchild of Chef HaAchim and the owners of Casino San Remo – so you know you’ve landed in gold. It’s an attack on all your senses: on the outside you’ll see the trendy Levinsky Market, while on the inside you're immersed in cool beats and rubbing shoulders with Tel Aviv socialites. Oh, and don’t forget to taste their Mexican taco munchies, Korean bibimbap, and Pad Thai Popcorn – all are delish. 

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Biggy Z
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Bars, Pubs

Biggy Z

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A dive bar stylized after New Orleans, Biggy Z offers all-you-can-drink bracelet options every night of the week along with great food. Visitors can purchase a wristband that allows them unlimited drink refills, with cost dependent on alcohol of choice. Tuesday is Mexican night, with an exciting menu to go along with it. Biggy Z is lively and colorful, reminiscent of the Mardi Gras festival and the sexy jazz clubs of Bourbon Street. With great food, cheap drinks, and a killer ambiance, Biggy Z is a must-visit.

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Taqueria
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Restaurants, Mexican

Taqueria

icon-location-pin White City

Taqueria serves burritos, quesadillas, and tacos in a casual and inviting atmosphere. When walking the Middle Eastern streets of Tel Aviv, it might be hard to imagine coming across a good taco. However, the tantalizing Mexican spices that radiate from Taqueria’s doors will tell your nostrils otherwise. With quick service and consistent Mexican favorites, this local joint is the perfect place to pop in for a quick and filling treat. The tacos are packed to perfection, the quesadillas are oozing with cheesy goodness, and the burritos are busting at the seams.

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Tapachula
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Restaurants, Mexican

Tapachula

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A relative newcomer on the Tel Avivian Mexican-cuisine scene, Tapachula is a year-old restaurant serving up Tex-Mex classics at the beginning of Rothschild Boulevard. Stop by this spot for a meal or late night snack, ready-to-eat pairs of juicy meat tacos with your hands, or bite into crispy tostadas made with fresh vegetables and smothered in cheese. With colorful tables and chairs, bright hanging lanterns throughout the restaurant, and an impressive list of alcoholic drinks and pitchers, this venue matches its menu of Mexican-cuisine with a fiesta inspired vibe.

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Mexicana
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Restaurants, Mexican

Mexicana

icon-location-pin Tel Aviv City Center

With two restaurant locations and another two venues in popular indoor markets, it’s clear that Mexicana is a fan favorite amongst Tel Avivians. With a menu that features U.S. inspired Mexican cuisine, there are enough burritos, fresh sides, and bottomless margaritas during Happy Hour to satisfy anyone craving a Tex-Mex bite. Whether you order a specialized burrito bowl (think: vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options), or share an assortment of sides such as fresh guacamole and roasted papas potatoes amongst friends, Mexicana will leave you feeling full with a hint of spice in your mouth.

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Mezcal
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Restaurants, Mexican

Mezcal

icon-location-pin Florentine

This sweet mezcal bar has been serving the hipster neighborhood of Florentin for years. It started as a small neighbourhood bar which then began to receive so much love that the owners eventually had to take over the next door shop to expand the much loved establishment. Mezcal has stood the test of time. The tacos are sensational and wash down wonderfully with the fully stocked variety of tequilas. From tequila tastings to delicious and authentic enchiladas, Mezcal offers a magical meal for all who come and embrace the Mexican cuisine.  

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Mex & co
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Restaurants, Mexican

Mex & Co

icon-location-pin Tel Aviv City Center

Serving up spicy, salty, and fresh flavors, Mex & Co is committed to bringing Mexican-style fare to the heart of Tel Aviv. The affordable spot features an assortment of fixed favorites such as cheesy nachos and savory quesadillas alongside a DIY “Mex & Match” option of beans, rice, meat, veggies, and cheese in your choice of bowl, burrito, or taco. Between their delivery service, array of vegan substitutes, and specific kids menu, Mex & Co has something for everyone looking to enjoy a Tel Avivian taste of Mexico.

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Viva Mexico
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Restaurants, Street food

Viva Mexico

icon-location-pin Shuk  HaCarmel

Tiny in size but big on portions and flavor, this is the place to try home-cooked, authentic Mexican grub. For years, transplants have been dreaming about more spots like this - no-frills, fast food Mexican staples with all the fixins’ - and now they have it. The tchotchke decor is fitting for the hole-in-the-wall space, but the menu brings the authentic heat: piles of nachos topped with queso and juicy carne asada; flautas, deep-fried and filled with cheese, sour cream and homemade salsa; and burritos hand-crafted from expertly-made tortillas.

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Restaurants, Soul and southern American

Gringos Tacos (America)

icon-location-pin Tel Aviv - Jaffa

Located in Beit Tzionei America on Ibn Gvirol Street, a cultural hotspot for theater and shows. America is spread over 1,200 meters with beautiful outside gardens and eateries, including ‘Merica (Soul Food), Johnson for cocktails, America Coffee, and of course, Gringos Tacos - where they're serving up everything from ceviche, nachos, and guac, to carnitas, tortas, and even make-your-own-tacos. Don't go to Mexico, go to Gringos Tacos instead.

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