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15 Best Places for Mexican Food in Sydney [2024]

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Mexican Food Sydney

Mexican Food Sydney

Looking for the best Mexican food Sydney? Look no further! We have compiled a list of 15 of the best places to get your fix of Mexican cuisine. From tacos to burritos, these restaurants will leave you wanting more! So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Mexican food crawl today!

1) Mexicano

Key ServiceSmart Mexican menu
Address2/209-211 Ocean St., Narrabeen NSW 2101, Australia
Websitehttps://www.mexicano.com.au/
Phone02 9970 8975
Operating HoursMonday
Closed
Tuesday and Wednesday
5pm till late
Thursday and Friday
12pm – 3pm and 5pm till late
Saturday and Sunday
12pm till late

At Mexicano, we pride ourselves on serving only the best quality tacos. We’ve got every protein imaginable, as well as shareable plates like prawn ceviche and beef chimichangas. For dessert, go for the salted caramel ancho chilli truffles—you won’t regret it!

Key Differentiators:

  • Good variety on the menu
  • Amazing flavours
  • Warm, intimate atmosphere

Customer’s Review:

Best pork Tacos I’ve ever had!! Margarita’s were great and we had an ocean view from the outdoor table. Amazing.

Laura

2) Mejico Restaurant

Key ServiceMarket-to-table Mexican food
Address105 Pitt Street, Sydney 2000
Websitehttps://mejico.com.au/sydney
Phone02 9230 0119
Emailsydney@mejico.com.au
Operating HoursMonday to Saturday 12pm until late

This Mexican restaurant in Sydney’s CBD has the largest selection of tequila in the city, as well as classic Mexican dishes with a modern twist. Options include chipotle beer-glazed pork ribs or baked king trout tacos with thyme and fennel mayo. For dessert, there are margarita cheesecake bites and crunchy fried banana.

Key Differentiators:

  • Creates modern Mexican cuisine
  • Market-to-table menu
  • Serves Australia’s largest tequila range

Customer’s Review:

We have been couple of times to this restaurant and has been a great experience. The small dishes are great and are good portions good for sharing especially halloumi and beef tacos. The cocktails are also great along with mains. The portions of mains are not very huge but good for one person. Overall it has great food & ambience. Highly recommend this place.

Aparna Goyal

3) Esteban

Key ServiceHomemade Mexican food
Address1 Temperance Lane, Sydney NSW 2000
Websitehttps://www.estebanrestaurant.com.au/
Phone+61 2 9062 8565
Emailinfo@estebanrestaurant.com.au
Operating HoursTuesday 5pm – 12am
Wednesday 12pm – 12am
Thursday & Friday 12pm – 1am
Saturday 12pm – 1am
Sunday – Monday Closed

What makes Esteban unique among other Mexican restaurants is its upscale versions of well-known dishes. In addition to high-quality mezcals and tequilas, you’ll also find plenty of choices from different regions in Mexico. The talented team who brought Esteban to life – Mark Crawford and Michael Fegent, executive chef John Frid – created a dining experience that will make you feel like you’re right in the heart of Mexico.

Key Differentiators:

  • The romantic fine dining spot
  • Stunning array of mezcals and tequilas
  • Homemade Mexican cuisine

Customer’s Review:

We had an awesome night here. Good and drinks were good and king fish ceviche was the best among the food we ordered.

Libby

4) El Loco at Excelsior

Key ServiceServes Mexican vegetarian food
Address64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales, 2010, Australia
Websitehttps://merivale.com/venues/excelsior/
Phone+61 2 9114 7339
Operating HoursSun11:00 am – until late
Mon-Wed11:00 am – until late
Thu11:00 am – 1:00 am
Fri11:00 am – 3:00 am
Sat12:00 pm – 3:00 am
Sun12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

El Loco at Excelsior is a delightful Mexican restaurant in Surry Hills that shouldn’t be missed. The menu offers simple, yet fresh street food-style dishes that will tantalize your taste buds. And the atmosphere is vibrant and fun – perfect for enjoying a night out with friends. Just make sure to get there early enough as it can get quite crowded later on!

Key Differentiators:

  • Great tacos and Mexican street food
  • Vibrant atmosphere
  • Hip location in Surry Hills

Customer’s Review:

Excellent selection of Mexican classics. Great flavour and variety in the tacos, the quesadillas were super cheesy, the nachos really hit the spot, and the accompanying sauces complemented the dishes nicely. Very good drinks menu as well. Great vibe!

Vi Girgis

5) Fonda Mexican

Key ServiceMexican food and cocktails
Address379 Crown St., Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Websitehttps://www.fondamexican.com.au/
Phone(02) 8105 0777
Operating HoursMONDAY: 11.30AM – 9.00PM
TUESDAY: 11.30AM – 9.00PM
WEDNESDAY: 11.30AM – 9.00PM
THURSDAY: 11.30AM – 9.00PM
FRIDAY: 11.30AM – 9.30PM
SATURDAY: 11.30AM – 9.30PM
SUNDAY: 11.30AM – 9.00PM

Fonda, a Melbourne-based restaurant chain known for its fresh Mexican food, has opened a location at Bondi beach. Tim McDonald and Dave You, the founders of Fonda, envisioned a restaurant that would serve simple, lovingly made Mexican dishes. At Fonda – meaning “a home that is open to the community as a restaurant” – you’ll be able to enjoy items such as crispy prawn tacos, bright salads, tostadas salsa verde, ranchero beans (*and* vegan guacamole!), all the way through shared taco boards.

Key Differentiators:

  • Simple and delicious food
  • With a Fonda twist
  • Mexican street food

Customer’s Review:

Visited Fonda Mexican today for the first time. Ordered the nachos, chicken burrito, a beer and watermelon & mint soda for lunch. Enjoyed the food which was fresh and tasty. The watermelon and mint drink was nice and refreshing.

Fee-fi-fo-fum

6) Tequila Mockingbird

Key ServiceMexican food with robust flavourful
Address6 Heeley st, Paddington NSW 2021
Websitehttps://www.tequila-mockingbird.com.au/
Phone02 9062 8566
Emailinfo@tequila-mockingbird.com.au
Operating HoursMonday | Closed
Tuesday – Wednesday | 5pm – 10:30pm
Thursday | 5pm – 11:30pm
Friday & Saturday | 12pm – 12am
Sunday | 12pm – 10pm

If you’re ever in Paddington’s Five Ways and looking for a fantastic meal, be sure to go to Tequila Mockingbird. The food is delectable and the ambience is cosy and comfortable – you’ll wish you had found this hidden gem sooner! Latin American flavours are combined with traditional Australian cuisine to create unique dishes that will tantalize your taste buds. For something truly special, try the ceviche taco or Wagyu Picanha with garlic jalapeno butter.

Key Differentiators:

  • Lively restaurant in a 19th-century property
  • Latin American far
  • Intimate little setting 

Customer’s Review:

I booked Tequila Mockingbird by mistake as I wanted to book Esteban, however, it is one of those honest mistakes you love to have.

Ernesto Foodie

7) Calaveras Mexican Cantina & Tequila Bar

Key ServiceTacos, mezcals & other Mexican specialities
AddressLevel One, 324 King Street
Newtown, Sydney 2042 Australia
Websitehttps://www.calaverasmexican.com.au/
Phone0451 541 712
Emailcalaverasmex@hotmail.com
Operating HoursMonday: Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday: From 6pm
Thursday & Friday: From 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: From 5pm

Come to Calaveras for an excellent Mexican dining experience! With beautiful decor and delicious food, you won’t be disappointed. Our menu features favourites like tacos and quesadillas, but don’t forget about the drinks! We have a large selection of Tequila and Mezcal that our knowledgeable staff would be happy to help you choose from.

Key Differentiators:

  • Colourful restaurant with Mexico-inspired decor
  • Extensive range of cocktails
  • Friendly staff

Customer’s Review:

I always find myself in Newtown and walking by this place and I finally got the chance to visit! The venue is filled with Mexican-inspired decor and has an incredible, authentic menu to match. They serve an extensive range of cocktails, imported beers, and over 80 tequila!

JREATS – Jessica Rizk

8) Rosa Cienfuegos Itacate

Key ServiceWide Mexican food selection
AddressShop 2 and 3, 129 – 133 Redfern St, Redfern, NSW, Australia
Websitehttps://web.facebook.com/Itacateandmexicandeli
Emailitacate.redfern@gmail.com
Operating HoursSunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11AM–8:30PM
Wednesday 11AM–8:30PM
Thursday 11AM–9PM
Friday 11AM–9:30PM
Saturday 10AM–8:30PM

Rosa Cienfuegos not only offers excellent Mexican food, but they also have two locations–one in Redfern and Dulwich Hill. The former is a nicer representation of fine dining while the latter has more casual options that are served faster. Options abound on their menu, but one house speciality you shouldn’t miss is their tamales. Handmade with corn husks, chicken, and salsa verde; these little gems will make you feel like you’re transported to Oaxaca!

Key Differentiators:

  • Finer dining
  • Serves a healthy dose of salsa verde
  • Handmade tamales

Customer’s Review:

Best Mexican food and has an amazing product selection. I love the tacos and always take home some tortillas, Oaxaca cheese and sauces! Close to the station so it’s really easy to access go to and from work. A great addition to the local community.

Liz

9) El Gringo’s Tacos

Key ServiceAmazing Mexican food and delicious cocktails
Address16 Falcon Street, Crows Nest New South Wales 2065, Australia
Websitehttps://elgringostacos.com.au/
EmailTacos@ElGringosTacos.com.au
Operating HoursTuesday & Wednesday 5pm to midnight
Thursday to Saturday noon to midnight

El Gringo’s is the perfect spot for your next taco craving. The Crows Nest Mexican restaurant has amazing food, a great vibe and a delightful cocktail list. Best of all – the restaurant gives back to its staff each month! So come support them while indulging in their delicious creations.

Key Differentiators:

  • A funky taqueria and bar
  • Cute Mexican-themed restaurant
  • Nice drink selection

Customer’s Review:

Hidden Gem! The spicy margaritas were amazing and a must-try for anyone that likes a kick, I’ve tried so many and these are one of the best I’ve had.

Christine M

10) Dos Senoritas

Key ServiceMexican street food
AddressShop 2, 3-7 Cowell St, Gladesville NSW 2111
Websitehttps://dossenoritas.com.au/
Phone02 9817 3737
Emailhola@dossenoritas.com.au
Operating HoursTue – Sun
11:30 – 15:00
17:00 – 21:30

Dos Senoritas is an authentic Mexican restaurant in Gladesville, created by Chef Domingo. He has brought the traditional flavours and textures of Mexico to Sydney-siders through dishes like mole poblano (chicken breast cooked slowly in green mole pepian) or Mole Oaxaca (chicken cooked in a dark chocolate sauce). Other menu items include tamales stuffed with chicken or beef and wrapped in a corn husk.

Key Differentiators:

  • Very generous servings
  • Laid-back vibe
  • Hearty Mexican classic food

Customer’s Review:

I usually have a pretty good time here, but I think it depends on what you order. I recommend the 3 taco deal, with the soft corn tortilla (street style taco). I don’t really like the rice and beans they serve with the dishes but the tacos are great.

Arie Oldman

11) Bad Hombres

Key ServiceVegan Mexican food
Address40 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Websitehttps://www.badhombres.com.au/
Phone+61 405 274 515
Operating HourMonday Closed
Tuesday 5:30–9PM
Wednesday 5:30–9PM
Thursday 5:30–9PM
Friday 5:30–9PM
Saturday 5:30–9PM
Sunday Closed

ad Hombres is a beloved vegan restaurant because it offers an imaginative take on classic Mexican dishes. If you’re looking to share, we recommend the king mushroom Peruvian ceviche or Nachos with cashew “cheese” and Pico de Gallo. Otherwise, go for one of their more filling mains like Shiitake and sunflower seed chilli, Lomo Saltado (Peruvian style stir fry), or a veggie bowl packed with seasonal vegetables.

Key Differentiators:

  • Great for sharing
  • Healthy options
  • Variety of tacos

Customer’s Review:

The food was absolutely fantastic and so was the service! I would highly recommend this place to anyone, vegan or not. The tacos were some of the best I’ve ever had. 10/10 would visit again.

Olivia D’S

12) El Loco at Slip Inn

Key ServiceAffordable Mexican food
Address64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales, 2010, Australia
Websitehttps://merivale.com/venues/excelsior/
Phone+61 2 9114 7339
Operating HoursSun11:00 am – until late
Mon-Wed11:00 am – until late
Thu11:00 am – 1:00 am
Fri11:00 am – 3:00 am
Sat12:00 pm – 3:00 am
Sun12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

We’re excited to announce that El Loco, Sydney’s favourite Mexican restaurant has taken over Slip Inn! You can expect all of the same delicious food and drinks that you know and love, plus some new surprises. Come on down and try one of our mouth-watering tacos or sample some Margaritas off our Cocktail List. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try something from our Wine List? We guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Key Differentiators:

  • Colourful cantina
  • Avant-garde margaritas
  • Creative Mexican food

Customer’s Review:

Wednesday night special is the taco deaL for $25. What a great meal, loved the flavours and the steak was really good.

Kevin Lohr

13) Maiz Mexican Street Food

Key ServiceTraditional Mexican food
Address415 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Websitehttps://www.maizstreetfood.com/
Phone+61 466 077 804
Operating HoursMonday Closed
Tuesday 5–9PM
Wednesday 5–9PM
Thursday 5–9PM
Friday 5–9PM
Saturday 5–9PM
Sunday 10AM–2:30PM

Maiz Mexican Street Food has been a hit among Sydney-siders since 2021. The restaurant is co-owned and operated by Juan Carlo – Head Chef, who takes great pride in providing customers with delicious vegan hibiscus al pastor, spanner crab tinga and 16-hour slow-cooked beef barbacoa.

Key Differentiators:

  • Unique tacos
  • Great value for money
  • Authentic Mexican flavours

Customer’s Review:

We have been to Mexico and I can guarantee this food is absolutely amazing. We had 2 starters, 2 mains and a dessert to share and we couldn’t pick a favourite. Everything was 100%. The staff is very nice and the courtyard area is a beautiful little space to enjoy it. The retractable roof on the courtyard so doesn’t worry about being exposed to the elements. We will be back again.

Eimhin O Malley

14) La Farmacia Sydney

Key ServiceAuthentic tacos & margaritas
Address81 Stanley Street Darlinghurst, NSW
Websitehttps://www.lafarmaciasydney.com/
Emailhello@mrspalmersandwich.com
Operating HoursTUESDAY – FRIDAY: From 5:30pm
SATURDAY: From 11:00am
SUNDAY: From 11:00 (Lunch Only)

If you’re ever in Sydney and craving some delicious Mexican food (and who isn’t?), then pay a visit to La Farmacia. Although it’s hidden behind a door in Mrs Palmer Sandwich, this tequila bar and restaurant is definitely worth seeking out. And if you’ve got the time, we highly recommend their bottomless brunch options on Saturdays and Sundays – for 1.5 hours, you can enjoy a set menu plus unlimited mixed spirits, Mexican beer or wine, and of course…bottomless margaritas!

Key Differentiators:

  • Endless list of margaritas
  • Bottomless brunch on weekends
  • Set menu

Customer’s Review:

Taco Tuesdays are great at La Farmacia, al pastor, beef and chorizo are my favourites, but queso fundido is just insane, other levels I love it, and the Mexican express martini after your food is a must.

Lupita Nieblas

15) Carbon Mexican Woodfire

Key ServiceMexican wood-fired food
Address288 Bondi Road
Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
Websitehttps://www.carbonmexican.com.au/
Phone+61 (02) 9388 1451
Emailinfo@carbonmexican.com.au
Operating HoursTues to Thurs: 5pm – 11pm
Friday: 3pm – 11pm
Saturday: 12pm – 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

Carbon is a restaurant that focuses on Mexican woodfired dishes in Latin American parrilla style. This 60-person establishment is one of the most popular places to go in Bondi if you’re looking for good Mexican food If you visit, we recommend getting a few share plates like Hampshire suckling pig or roasted lamb shoulder. One notable feature of Carbon is its atmosphere – it’s very unique compared to other diners because it focuses on keeping things traditional with white walls and Mexican textiles around the eatery.

Key Differentiators:

  • Focuses on wood-fired dishes
  • Using traditional South American ‘parrilla’ techniques
  • Inventive dishes

Customer’s Review:

We did the bottomless brunch as a large group. The tacos were nice and there was no shortage of them. The margaritas definitely didn’t stop flowing and tasted punchy. I left with a full belly and a light head, certainly felt like I got my money’s worth!

Linden

Mexican Food Sydney

Mexican food Sydney is one of the most popular cuisines in the world, and for good reason. The dishes are flavorful, filling, and affordable. In this roundup, we’ve highlighted some of the best places to find Mexican food in Sydney. Whether you’re looking for a casual meal or something more upscale, we’ve got you covered. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start sampling!

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