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The best Mexican restaurants in London

Mexican food is alive and kicking in the capital, with tostadas and tacos served everywhere from high-end joints to street-food style spots

Leonie Cooper
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Leonie Cooper
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London’s ever-growing Mexican food scene offers far more than platefuls of tortilla chips heaped with salsa, guacamole and jalapeños and smothered in gooey cheese. You'll get incredible nachos if you want them, but there's also quality quesadillas, tip-top tostadas and exemplary enchiladas on offer across town. You’ll find all these and more at London’s very best Mexican restaurants.

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Leonie Cooper is Time Out London’s Food and Drink Editor. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

Top Mexican spots in London

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Dalston
  • price 2 of 4
  • Recommended

Ignore the double decker buses chugging past the windows and you could be in Mexico City, such is the Corrochio’s commitment to authenticity. The sandy floor tiles of what was once a Turkish supermarket have been painted hacienda red and walls are draped with handmade rugs, colourful crucifixes, a few well-placed animal skulls and a giant Mary de Guadalupe statue found in a gas station in Oaxaca. Which would all be pointless if the food wasn’t also the real deal. Raised in Guadalajara, chef Daniel Carillo knows what he’s doing. His short but punch-pulling menu revolves around regional specials and the three Ts; tacos, tortas and tostadas. Start with a pot of queso fundido before an immaculately-cooked octopus tostada. 

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Leonie Cooper
Food and Drink Editor, Time Out London
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Marylebone

A seasonal Mexican restaurant and the first permanent venture from 'Nomadic chef' Santiago Lastra, Kol was the highest placed UK joint in the World's 50 Best Restaurants for 2023 list. Not bad going. Inside this modern Marylebone restaurant you'll find super seasonal British produce and 'wild food'. You will, of course, have to book pretty far in advance to secure a hallowed table. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Euston
  • price 2 of 4

A deliriously fun dining experience. Yes, Mestizo’s food is way better than the majority of Mexican restaurants in London. Yes, the drinks menu is overflowing with tequila-based beverages that ensure no one goes home sober. But it’s also got something else: a hilarious, endearing fun energy that turns every meal here into a party. Whether you like it or not. Tamales, tacos, enchiladas, all things you expect to see on a Mexican menu, but in London what you don’t necessarily expect is quality this high. The chocolate-y house mole consists of 25 ingredients and you can basically taste all of them. This is also one of the only places in London to serve drinks made with delicious raicilla, the third Mexican spirit, which tastes a little bit like tennis balls, but in a good way.

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Joe Mackertich
Editor, Time Out London
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Stoke Newington
  • price 1 of 4
  • Recommended

A slice of Echo Park in Stoke Newington, this LA-style taco joint offers three short menus; one for breakfast burritos, and one each for grill and guisado (braised) tacos. Most are pork and beef-based, though there’s a cactus leaf nopales offering for vegetarians and faux chorizo for vegans. A sensible diner would order three tacos, but you’d be within your rights to order four, even five. Prices are an extremely reasonable £3.50 to £5, and though they look petite, Sonora’s paper-thin tortillas come packed to the floury brim. Truly excellent stuff. 

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Shoreditch
  • price 2 of 4
  • Recommended

Zapote serves punchy meat and elegant seafood dishes from the mind of chef Yahir Gonzalez. It’s something he does extremely well, serving up duck quesadillas with a gooey smoked chipotle jelly, scallop ceviche, beef tartare taco with roasted bone marrow and charred octopus. The ‘save room for dessert’ trope is total a cliche, but at Zapote you would be a fool not to, especially if the pistachio doughnut with morello cherry jam is on.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Clerkenwell
  • price 2 of 4

Breddos keep things casual to suit what is ultimately still street food. A custom-made wood grill adds rustic charm. Tacos remain its strong suit, but try the seafood tostadas too, which team the crunch of tortilla shells with punchy cross-continental flavours.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Marylebone
  • Recommended

Growing up between Mexico City and a small village in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala, chef Adriana Cavita is at the helm, bringing with her an impressive resumé that includes stints at Mexico City’s much-lauded Pujol, often called the best restaurant in the city, and Spain’s mythical El Bulli by superstar chef Ferran Adrià. At Cavita, the vibe is decidedly more laidback. There’s more focus on winning over a local crowd with a damn good time than winning over critics and scoring Michelin stars, but the dishes are anything but simple.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Peckham
  • price 2 of 4

Taquiza has a bit of a ramshackle feel to it, but this is down to the fact that the DIY Peckham space doubles up as The Carpet Shop, one of London’s best clubs, opened by the people behind the always-excellent Corsica Studios. Here pisco sours and spicy margs are flowing and you'll feast on big portions of smoky refried black beans with gooey queso fundido and grilled elote. There are also wonderful tuna tostadas, goat shoulder tacos, king prawn tacos and halloumi al pastor and coconut fried enoki mushroom tacos for the veggies.

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India Lawrence
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Santo Remedio
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • London Bridge
  • price 2 of 4

Simply brilliant. Low-lit, inviting and spread over two floors, it seduces punters with easy-listening Latin grooves, flickering tea lights, and some inspired food – guacamole sprinkled with tiny grasshoppers, hibiscus flower quesadillas and enchiladas and 12-hour slow-cooked smoky beef tacos. There are punishing shots of mezcal too.

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El Pastor
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Borough
  • price 2 of 4

If you need cheering up, head down to this Mexican hideaway beneath the arches by Borough Market. Owned by the Hart brothers (of Barrafina fame), Pastor is a taco joint with pedigree and a rollicking fiesta vibe. Order the mighty Pastor pork taco, the DIY short rib or the gringa quesadillas with fresh salsas and a blast of loud Latin music. 

Daddy Donkey
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Holborn
  • price 1 of 4

Billed as a ‘kick-ass Mexican grill’, one-time street stall Daddy Donkey has morphed into a permanent behemoth among Leather Lane’s cheap handbags, shoes and CDs. Try a naked burrito (sans tortilla) or the signature Daddy D with a choice of five fillings.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • King’s Cross
  • price 2 of 4

If tacos are your thing, look no further than Casa P, – part of the El Pastor family. Punters can expect fresh tortillas made in house daily, plated up alongside a bevy of aguachiles and tostadas. You’ll find a selection of fillings to pile into your shells, from chipotle chicken (our fave) to baja fish (battered goujons, slaw and salsa) and veggie options.

Del74
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Dalston
  • price 1 of 4

Del74’s Dalston outpost prides itself on its no-fuss Mexican fare that ‘keeps it simple, keeps it real’. It sports kitschy ’70s-inspired decor and the menu’s modest but appealing. Go for the tangy guacamole, which comes with a hearty helping of homemade tortilla chips, or try the cochinita pibil, a braised leg of pork topped with fresh avo and red pickled onions that’s a fiesta in your mouth.

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DF Tacos
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Brick Lane

DF stands for Mexico City’s Distrito Federal, but this affordable, mass-market pleaser couldn’t be more London – and fashion-conscious with it. All the trademarks are here: strikingly modern design, cheery staff and Mexican fast food with a hipster spin. Open tacos hit the spot, as do the pork pibil tortas – a trendy Mex riff on the burger.

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