September 17, 2019

The 25 Best Mexican Restaurants in Cincinnati, According to Yelp

Whether you're in the mood to go all out for Taco Tuesday or you're simply a sucker for some great chips and guac, these top-rated Mexican restaurants have something for everyone. Pair your queso with a margarita or try a vegetarian take on a traditionally meaty dish. According to Yelp users, these are the top spots in the city for Mexican cuisine right now.
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1. Mazunte Taqueria
5207 Madison Road, Oakley
“I LOVE Mazunte. No joke I drive 40 mins. to eat here without hesitation. Their elote is my favorite and comparable to elote I have had in South America. The three mixed tacos I feel are the best deal as you can get any meat you like, giving you a variety.” — Megan B.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

1. Mazunte Taqueria

5207 Madison Road, Oakley
“I LOVE Mazunte. No joke I drive 40 mins. to eat here without hesitation. Their elote is my favorite and comparable to elote I have had in South America. The three mixed tacos I feel are the best deal as you can get any meat you like, giving you a variety.” — Megan B.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
2. La Mexicana Restaurant & Grocery
642 Monmouth St., Newport
“I think I'd be content if La Mexicana was my last meal. The chips are glorious. I would eat them all day if I could. They always come out hot and crunchy. I've yet to try their guacamole because I just dive into eating the chips. Plain. I tried the salsa which was fine but those chips are perfect how they are. I've had the corn truffle taco which was really good, too, but something about those pumpkin flower tacos just blows me away.” — Beth H.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

2. La Mexicana Restaurant & Grocery

642 Monmouth St., Newport
“I think I'd be content if La Mexicana was my last meal. The chips are glorious. I would eat them all day if I could. They always come out hot and crunchy. I've yet to try their guacamole because I just dive into eating the chips. Plain. I tried the salsa which was fine but those chips are perfect how they are. I've had the corn truffle taco which was really good, too, but something about those pumpkin flower tacos just blows me away.” — Beth H.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
3. Tortilleria Garcia
5917 Hamilton Ave., College Hill; 11774 Springfield Pike, Springdale
“Calling all vegetarians and meatatarians and foodies. Get in here. The tortillas are one of the best that I have had in the city. The ingredients are fresh and the tacos are indeed tasty. As a vegetarian, I applaud that all of their beans are veggie friendly and tasty. Like other reviewers have noted, the flavors are simple. The salsas are delicious and up the spiciness/flavor level. But you cannot beat the price or the service. Everyone was super friendly and our made-to-order items were ready lightning fast. Such a welcome addition to the College Hill area!!” — Eileen E.
Photo: Paige Deglow

3. Tortilleria Garcia

5917 Hamilton Ave., College Hill; 11774 Springfield Pike, Springdale
“Calling all vegetarians and meatatarians and foodies. Get in here. The tortillas are one of the best that I have had in the city. The ingredients are fresh and the tacos are indeed tasty. As a vegetarian, I applaud that all of their beans are veggie friendly and tasty. Like other reviewers have noted, the flavors are simple. The salsas are delicious and up the spiciness/flavor level. But you cannot beat the price or the service. Everyone was super friendly and our made-to-order items were ready lightning fast. Such a welcome addition to the College Hill area!!” — Eileen E.
Photo: Paige Deglow
4. El Taco Veloz
7 Martin Luther King Drive E., Corryville
“If a high rating is a factor of quality, value, and convenience, then El Taco Veloz hits high marks. It is located very near my place of work so I am so relieved that it is also delicious. Really affordable, too, with $3 tacos and $3.50 sopes. They give the table chips and salsa, too, which is great. The el pastor is my favorite, as usual, but I've also enjoyed both the carne asada and barbacoa, too. I love sopes and have been ordering them religiously on my visits, but I can't wait to also try the huaraches and maybe a burrito sometime.” — Samantha S.
Photo via Facebook/ElTacosVeloz

4. El Taco Veloz

7 Martin Luther King Drive E., Corryville
“If a high rating is a factor of quality, value, and convenience, then El Taco Veloz hits high marks. It is located very near my place of work so I am so relieved that it is also delicious. Really affordable, too, with $3 tacos and $3.50 sopes. They give the table chips and salsa, too, which is great. The el pastor is my favorite, as usual, but I've also enjoyed both the carne asada and barbacoa, too. I love sopes and have been ordering them religiously on my visits, but I can't wait to also try the huaraches and maybe a burrito sometime.” — Samantha S.
Photo via Facebook/ElTacosVeloz
5. Nada
600 Walnut St., Downtown
“Nada is such a vibrantly beautiful, modern Mexican spot that sits in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. I was unfamiliar with it until someone had their birthday here, and now I'm so glad to be acquainted with it! Mexican is my all-time favorite ethnic food, and Nada puts a cool twist on all of their dishes. It's the perfect place for brunching, as we did, and they have an awesome outdoor patio. Probably one of my favorite restaurants that I've come across in the city. Can't wait to come back!” — Shelby Z.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

5. Nada

600 Walnut St., Downtown
“Nada is such a vibrantly beautiful, modern Mexican spot that sits in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. I was unfamiliar with it until someone had their birthday here, and now I'm so glad to be acquainted with it! Mexican is my all-time favorite ethnic food, and Nada puts a cool twist on all of their dishes. It's the perfect place for brunching, as we did, and they have an awesome outdoor patio. Probably one of my favorite restaurants that I've come across in the city. Can't wait to come back!” — Shelby Z.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
6. Taqueria San Marcos
5201 Carthage Ave., Norwood
“Looking for a local authentic Mexican restaurant? Look no further. The food at Taqueria San Marcos will make you want to return over and over again.
There are several options for tacos that come with a variety of sauce options. They also have great burritos, taco salads, and quesadillas, but the tacos are where it's at. 
I wouldn't recommend coming with a large group though, but the sweetest lady will be waiting on you. Highly recommend if you're looking for a new Mexican restaurant in the area.” — Holly G.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

6. Taqueria San Marcos

5201 Carthage Ave., Norwood
“Looking for a local authentic Mexican restaurant? Look no further. The food at Taqueria San Marcos will make you want to return over and over again. There are several options for tacos that come with a variety of sauce options. They also have great burritos, taco salads, and quesadillas, but the tacos are where it's at. I wouldn't recommend coming with a large group though, but the sweetest lady will be waiting on you. Highly recommend if you're looking for a new Mexican restaurant in the area.” — Holly G.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
7. La Fiesta Mexico
1195 W. Kemper Road, Forest Park
“Was out running errands after work and needed a quick place to stop and decided to try this place out finally! They offer complimentary chips and salsa when you are seated, which are wonderful. The salsa has a nice spice to it and tastes fresh. I decided on the fajita taco salad, which was delivered pretty shortly after having ordered my food. The fajitas were full of flavor and it was a great portion size. The staff were friendly and attentive. I would return here in the future to try out some other dishes!” — Karlie B.
Photo via Facebook/LaFiestMexico

7. La Fiesta Mexico

1195 W. Kemper Road, Forest Park
“Was out running errands after work and needed a quick place to stop and decided to try this place out finally! They offer complimentary chips and salsa when you are seated, which are wonderful. The salsa has a nice spice to it and tastes fresh. I decided on the fajita taco salad, which was delivered pretty shortly after having ordered my food. The fajitas were full of flavor and it was a great portion size. The staff were friendly and attentive. I would return here in the future to try out some other dishes!” — Karlie B.
Photo via Facebook/LaFiestMexico
8. Taqueria Cruz
518 Pike St., Covington
“This place is my favorite place for tacos. It is not fancy, but I think it is the best place to buy tacos in the Cincinnati area. It is the most authentic tacos you can get. The lunch menu is extremely affordable. $3.99 for two tacos. There are not many places you can get four tacos for $8, especially with this quality. This place is cash only and parking is easy. My coworkers and I come here for lunch regularly and we always have great experience. I usually get al pastor tacos, and the flavor is just sooooo rich. In fact, their al pastor is actually much better than a lot of al pastor I tried in Mexico.” — Jinghan W.
Photo: Google Street View
8. Taqueria Cruz
518 Pike St., Covington
“This place is my favorite place for tacos. It is not fancy, but I think it is the best place to buy tacos in the Cincinnati area. It is the most authentic tacos you can get. The lunch menu is extremely affordable. $3.99 for two tacos. There are not many places you can get four tacos for $8, especially with this quality. This place is cash only and parking is easy. My coworkers and I come here for lunch regularly and we always have great experience. I usually get al pastor tacos, and the flavor is just sooooo rich. In fact, their al pastor is actually much better than a lot of al pastor I tried in Mexico.” — Jinghan W.
Photo: Google Street View

8. Taqueria Cruz

518 Pike St., Covington
“This place is my favorite place for tacos. It is not fancy, but I think it is the best place to buy tacos in the Cincinnati area. It is the most authentic tacos you can get. The lunch menu is extremely affordable. $3.99 for two tacos. There are not many places you can get four tacos for $8, especially with this quality. This place is cash only and parking is easy. My coworkers and I come here for lunch regularly and we always have great experience. I usually get al pastor tacos, and the flavor is just sooooo rich. In fact, their al pastor is actually much better than a lot of al pastor I tried in Mexico.” — Jinghan W.
Photo: Google Street View

8. Taqueria Cruz

518 Pike St., Covington
“This place is my favorite place for tacos. It is not fancy, but I think it is the best place to buy tacos in the Cincinnati area. It is the most authentic tacos you can get. The lunch menu is extremely affordable. $3.99 for two tacos. There are not many places you can get four tacos for $8, especially with this quality. This place is cash only and parking is easy. My coworkers and I come here for lunch regularly and we always have great experience. I usually get al pastor tacos, and the flavor is just sooooo rich. In fact, their al pastor is actually much better than a lot of al pastor I tried in Mexico.” — Jinghan W.
Photo: Google Street View
9. Bakersfield
1213 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
“From the old westerns on the TVs to the fun themed interior, there's nothing not to love. I’m not even sure why I haven't reviewed before, but it's worth doing now because OH MY GOD Y’ALL THE CAULIFLOWER. They just added a roasted cauliflower side to the menu and it is out-of-this-world delicious. Get it. Dip your chips in it. Top your tacos with it. Enjoy a little sip of your marg after. Thank me later. For the record, they do have the best quac in the city. I will whine till I'm blue in the face about puréed guac, and Bakersfield knows about keeping it chunky. Honestly, just go eat here. You know all you need to know now.” — Sami B.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

9. Bakersfield

1213 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
“From the old westerns on the TVs to the fun themed interior, there's nothing not to love. I’m not even sure why I haven't reviewed before, but it's worth doing now because OH MY GOD Y’ALL THE CAULIFLOWER. They just added a roasted cauliflower side to the menu and it is out-of-this-world delicious. Get it. Dip your chips in it. Top your tacos with it. Enjoy a little sip of your marg after. Thank me later. For the record, they do have the best quac in the city. I will whine till I'm blue in the face about puréed guac, and Bakersfield knows about keeping it chunky. Honestly, just go eat here. You know all you need to know now.” — Sami B.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
10. Veracruz Mexican Grill
3108 Price Ave., Price Hill
“Anyhow, I for one, love the new look. It's modern and yeah, maybe day of the dead motif and exposed brick are overdone but I love it. It's bright and happy and welcoming. And STILL family-owned and authentic. And SPACIOUS. If you've gone to any number of the most popular non-chain Mexican restaurants they're all pretty tiny on the inside. You'll quickly discover the chips are a must. Guacamole is pretty good too. The tacos are great. I had a burrito with shrimp and cheese sauce — v. yum! Friend had the supreme quesadilla with chorizo — sooo good!!! I'm definitely a proud supporter and will be back!” — Lauren R.
Photo via Facebook/VeracruzMexicanGrill

10. Veracruz Mexican Grill

3108 Price Ave., Price Hill
“Anyhow, I for one, love the new look. It's modern and yeah, maybe day of the dead motif and exposed brick are overdone but I love it. It's bright and happy and welcoming. And STILL family-owned and authentic. And SPACIOUS. If you've gone to any number of the most popular non-chain Mexican restaurants they're all pretty tiny on the inside. You'll quickly discover the chips are a must. Guacamole is pretty good too. The tacos are great. I had a burrito with shrimp and cheese sauce — v. yum! Friend had the supreme quesadilla with chorizo — sooo good!!! I'm definitely a proud supporter and will be back!” — Lauren R.
Photo via Facebook/VeracruzMexicanGrill