Ahh Mexican food, la comida de los dioses 🙏

Whether you’re looking for plates of tacos, tapas or Mexican street food, or have a hankering for a belly-busting burrito or build-your-own fajitas, fret not - we’ve hand-picked the best Mexican restaurants that Bristol has to offer. 

From Baja Californian-style brightly-lit bars and cosy cantinas to tiny taco trucks and fancy upmarket joints, we have all bases covered. So sit back, enjoy sipping on a mezcal and have a browse of Bristol’s finest Mexican food. 

Casa Mexicana is the OG; a stalwart Mexican institution on the Bristol food scene. Offering up authentic Mexican dishes from their expansive restaurant on Zetland Road, they’re perfect for throwing a fiesta or getting the gang together for a few large margaritas. The menu offers classic dishes such as build-your-own fajitas and enchiladas, or go rogue with mouth-watering plates of carne asada served with chunky wedges of spiced potato or a deep-fried chimichanga with all the toppings. Make sure you save some room for churros, or if you’re not in the mood for pud, savour a glass of mezcal instead.

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If you like your tacos with a side of loud music and strong cocktails, Downtown Taqueria might be your vibe. Hard to miss with their bright exterior lighting up Colston St, this informal eatery specialises in perfectly-formed tacos and icy-cold margaritas, and is perfectly placed for a post-work pick-me-up. With plenty of authentic-inspired recipes and loads to keep veggies and vegans happy too, we’re a big fan of the taco sharing boards - round up some pals and get stuck in to the best of what their kitchen has to offer. Washed down with a strawberry slushie margarita, qué más podrías querer?

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This inventive pop-up Mexican restaurant is worth keeping an eye out for. Drawing inspiration from their trips to the best restaurants in Mexico, husband and wife team Laura and Ed Bevan keep their food offering authentic, but with enough of a flourish to completely set them apart from the rest. Expect mouth-watering tacos filled with pork carnitas, beef cheek barbacoa or juicy grilled mushrooms, huge fully-loaded tortas - towering Mexican sandwiches stuffed with meat, cheese and homemade pickles - and a plethora of perfectly-formed side dishes. Keep your peepers on their Facebook page to find out where they’ll be popping up next.

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This cosy kitchen takes its namesake from the streetside cantinas dotted around Mexico, which were traditionally off-limits to women, children and service men in uniform, where hombres could kick back and enjoy ice cold beers and bar snacks. Drawing from this ethos, this snug cantina in an old shipping container offers a menu which is heavy on botanas of tortillas and guacamole, spiced corn kernels and meat and veggie tacos at a few quid each, for when you just feel like supping a beer and having a small nibble. If you’re in the mood for a margarita, choose from their unusual offerings, including a chilli chocolate concoction, shaken with a whole ancho chilli.

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You might have spotted this award-winning taqueria around Bristol before - their cheery orange van ‘Emilio’ is pretty difficult to miss! Regulars at the Harbourside market and Finzel’s Reach, they offer up more authentic South American recipes than the standard Tex-Mex fare we’re all accustomed to. Mouth-watering morsels such as pork with grilled pineapple, habanero mushrooms with creamy, crumbly cheese and griddled cactus adorn their menu, with an offering of homemade jarritos and Mexican beers to quench your thirst. All of their tortillas are handmade too, by their sister business The Little Tortilleria and mighty machine Maria.

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If you’re looking for a completely authentic Mexican eating experience in Bristol then look no further than Viva La Mexicana. From their colourful restaurant in Bedminster, adorned with papel picado streamers, they serve up what they describe as ‘Mex-Mex’ - totally authentic dishes lovingly made in house, earning them a place in the Sabores Autenticos de Mexico, an organisation whose membership is open only to restaurants that promote authentic Mexican cuisine. Choose from Mexican street food specials, tapas, main dishes of ‘divorced’ or ‘married’ eggs and sweet postres, all washed down with their delectable cocktail offering. Arriba!

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Owner of The Taco Station, Saul, decided that there was not enough of an authentic taco offering in Bristol, and so decided to take matters into his own hands. Choose your taco style - flour or traditional corn - then pick your meat from bavette-style arrachera steak, marinated chicken or pork, or a medley of veggies to keep those herbivores happy. Load up on toppings such as jack cheese, guacamole, refried beans and a whole host of spicy sauces, then tuck in. Fuego!

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Perfect for grabbing a lunchtime bite, you’ve doubtless spotted the Woolly Cactus trailer parked up on Bristol Bridge. With everything from massive loaded burritos, quesadillas, tacos and ‘naked’ burrito boxes, if you’re after something to satiate you on a lunchtime then you’re at the right place. Choose from chilli steak, chipotle chicken, low’n’slow pulled pork or a medley of Mexican-spiced vegetables, pimped up with all the staples - shredded Monterey Jack cheese, guacamole, pickled pink onions and slatherings of sour cream. Our stomachs are already grumbling...

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One of the newest additions to the St Nick’s food fixtures, Taco Barra specialise in - you’ve guessed it - TACOS. With some innovative and flavoursome fillings up for grabs, including grilled halloumi and crispy chicken, they’ve already established themselves as a firm favourite of hungry lunchtime punters in the short time that their doors have been open. Pop by their colourful stall at St Nick’s and dine in the traditional cantina style, sipping on a homemade agua fresca and transport yourself to the streets of Mexico City.

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This super-trendy joint on Stokes Croft is a more upmarket Mexican offering, part of the ever-growing family of restaurants which include Bravas and Bakers and Co., so they are in stellar company. Building their menu from their namesake, expect unconventional taco choices, carne asado grilled offerings alongside fresh plates of ceviche, oysters and habanero-spiked salads. Fans of Mexican liquor can rejoice at the sight of their fully-stocked bar, with a margarita menu building the likes of heavenly hibiscus, citrus and chilli flavours into their mezcal. Vegans are incredibly well catered for with a whole menu dedicated to creating their awesome flavours sin carne. Oh, and their menu is naturally 100% gluten free too.

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Published -6th August 2019