(04/09/09 Quincy, Ma) Acapulcos Mexican Family Restaurant is on the move. Hostess Lorys Saucier displays a tray of fajitas inside Acapulcos Mexican Family Restaurant in Quincy. Staff Photo by Patrick Whittemore. Saved in Friday and archive (Photo by Patrick Whittemore/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)

What are the best Mexican restaurants in Massachusetts? With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, we wanted to put together a list of some of our favorites AND some of your favorites too. But before we get into the yummy details, we first want to get into, what exactly Cinco de Mayo is. Cinco de Mayo, translated to May 5th in English, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In what ways do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Here in the United States, the holiday is a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly those with heavy Mexican-American populations. The holiday is typically celebrated with parades, parties, restaurant deals, Mexican folk dancing, traditional Mexican foods, food trucks and so much more. This year will be no different as several area Mexican restaurants will be offering deals leading up to the big day.

What makes a good Mexican restaurant? Most people are heavily drawn to the basic traditional Mexican dishes: tacos, burritos, enchiladas etc. A good Mexican restaurant will specialize in those dishes and make them spectacular. Other things that make a Mexican restaurant good is the variety of creative dishes plus the specials it offers and even the drink specials that may involve a margarita in some way shape or form. Not to mention the decor, appearance, atmosphere, ambience and quality of the food all count as points toward high ratings for any restaurant.

We have polled the audience and asked staff members here at Beasley Media Boston for their favorite Mexican restaurants in and around the Boston area. These are the ones we’ve come up with. Hopefully this helps you when looking for a place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year. Enjoy!

  • Taqueria el Amigo in Waltham (Melissa's favorite)

    It’s on Willow Street in Waltham. I’ve lived in Waltham for 10 years and have seen this place but just tried it recently and OMG. So far I’ve only gotten the soft shell tacos but OMG the flavor in these tacos. They put LOVE in them LOL. You can ask for sour cream on the side. They come with shredded chicken, avocado and you can ask for hot sauce. TRY IT! Oh, and it’s not a sit down place (although they do have a few tables). It’s meant for take out only, no delivery.

    This Mass. restaurant is one of the best restaurants in the U.S., Yelp says

    One Massachusetts restaurant landed itself on the list of Yelp's top 100 restaurants in the country for 2023. Yelp put together this year's most popular and highly rated restaurants, according to their users comments. Then, the site ranked each restaurant by total number of submissions, ratings, reviews and geographic representation, among other factors.

  • Super Burritos in Everett (Ramiro's suggestion)

    “The portions are ridiculous and the prices are good…for what you’re getting, they should be charging you more.” ~ Ramiro

    Home - Super Burritos #2

    Online ordering menu for Super Burritos #2. Welcome to Super Burritos #2 in Everett, Massachusetts where we serve authentic Mexican cuisine! Our menu features Taco Salad, Fajitas, Carne Asada Burrito, Pescado Quesadilla, and more! We're located near Gateway Center at the corner of Corey Street and School Street.

  • Dora's Taqueria in Dorchester (Melissa's suggestion #2)

    They have another location in Woburn but the Dorchester location is where I’ve been. The tacos are brilliant and flavorful. There is restaurant seating, but it’s very limited. Great for take out.

    Dora Taqueria | DORA TAQUERIA

    We are a great tasting Mexica Taqueria located in Dorchester MA. We have a great variety of tasty Mexican Food like Tacos, Fajitas, Burritos, Quesadillas, Flautas, Churros, Tres Leches and a lot more.

  • El Mariachi in Taunton (and other locations) Melissa's suggestion #3

    Their chips and salsa are addicting! I love their combination plates.

    El Mariachi

    We are a family-owned restaurant that offers a genuine and unique Mexican cuisine experience and has a long tradition in Massachusetts. Our mission is to offer you a pleasant environment from the moment you enter the door until you savor our dishes - and beyond.

  • Vida Mexicana in Hingham suggested by Brenda Okeefe

    Beautiful place, GREAT food!

    Vida Mexicana

    At Vida Mexicana Mexican Restaurants, we offer a genuine welcoming, warm and friendly atmosphere with thoughtful service to make you feel truly at home. Whether you are looking for a relaxing escape or culinary experience, we are dedicated to meeting your individual needs.

  • Cielo in Braintree suggested by Sandra Elizabeth

    “I could drink their queso, it’s so good!”

    Cielo Mexican Restaurant - Mexican Food & Drinks

    Visit Cielo Mexican Restaurant in Braintree, Massachusetts. Serving classic Mexican food: tacos, burritos, lunch items, hand crafted drinks, and much more.

  • Casa Vallarta in Saugus suggested by Ramiro and Ashley Jodrey

    “Great variety…..freshest ingredients. Delish.” 

    Casa Vallarta - Saugus, MA

    Delivery & Pickup Options - 357 reviews of Casa Vallarta "This place just opened 3 days ago. Rt 1 doesn't really have good Mexican options, but it does now. Margaritas were delicious, queso dip was perfect, my chicken chimichanga was amazing. Looked like there was a whole chicken breast inside!

  • No Problemo in New Bedford suggested by Joey Carvalho

    “Their burritos are out of this world. The burritos are easily a solid 5-10 pounds depending on what you get. They stuff their burritos and give you your moneys worth! The best place that I’ve had a burrito from!”

    Complete Menu for No Problemo Restaurant, New Bedford

    Who wants Mexican food! No Problemo in downtown New Bedford serves up the tastiest burritos, tacos, quesidillas, tortas and other Mexican delights. No Problemo is also a favorite nighttime bar and lounge hotspot. Click Here for their complete menu.

  • Tequilas in Chelmsford suggested by Sarah Sullivan

    “The Mexican fair is authentic and at great prices!” 

    Tequila's Mexican Grill & Cantina

    Latest reviews, photos and 👍🏾ratings for Tequila's Mexican Grill & Cantina at 6 Vinal Square in Chelmsford - view the ✅menu, ⏰hours, ☎️phone number, ☝address and map.

  • LA Siesta in Winthrop suggested by Colleen McCluskey

    “Love this place, always an amazing vibe, drinks and food are delicious, service is great. Any special they have ever had can be made again without being on the menu.”

    Menu

    Light and refreshing! Baby shrimp, pico de gallo, radish and cucomber tossed with a tomato lime marinade. Topped with avocados and served with our tortilla chips. A bed of corn tortilla chips topped with melted cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole.

  • El Barrio on Harrison Ave in the south end suggested by Rhiannon Gwin

    “My favorite is the birria burrito it is amazing and the tres leches cake and horchata drinks are sooo delicious! They even have a large selection of Mexican sodas! Overall everything there is awesome!”

  • Fiesta in East Bridgewater suggested by Mary Robinson

    “The staff is always so friendly, drinks are good, food is great and comes out fast even when the place is packed. There is keno too. Great music and atmosphere.”

    Mexican Food | Fiesta Taqueria | Bridgewater, MA

    Fast & Tasty Mexican Food Made To Order Choose Fiesta Taqueria for authentic Mexican food catering, take-out, and delivery services. All our food uses fresh, authentic Mexican ingredients, and our services are available at competitive prices. Our team is highly responsive to our customers and will respond to your email requests on the next business day.

  • Sombreros in Canton suggested by Cindy Martinez

     “Their food is delicious and (Margaritas) drinks are strong. Service is amazing.”

    Dining | Sombrero's Mexican Restaurant | South Weymouth, MA

    Take a look at some of the delicious dishes we serve at Sombrero's Mexican Restaurant! Visit us today at South Weymouth or Canton. Our menu includes salads, soups, chimichangas, fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, and quesadillas.

  • La Carreta in Nashua, NH suggested by Melissa again LOL

    Okay, EVERYTHING about this place is amazing. The service, the food…I get the fajitas and they’re phenomenal and the portions are HUGE.

    La Carreta Nashua

    La Carreta Nashua 603-891-0055 Order Online Menu Contact Hours Directions Events Menu Food PDF Menu Drink PDF Menu Appetizers Salads Extras Combinaciones de ...

  • Ixtapa in Woburn suggested by Kat Merritt

     “Super friendly staff affordable food delish margaritas!”

    Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina - Woburn, MA

    Delivery & Pickup Options - 208 reviews of Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina "This is a pretty decent brand new restaurant in downtown Woburn. When I was last here I had a order of their Fish Tacos and a tall glass of Dos Equis.

  • The Painted Burro multiple locations suggested by Julie Planera

    “Best Mexican food and drinks in my opinion (my fav spicy margarita is there, called el Diablo). Great vibes, too.”

    The Painted Burro | Mexican Cuisine in Somerville, MA

    The Painted Burro is a Mexican kitchen & tequila bar in Somerville, MA that features an exciting seasonal menu highlighting the diverse cuisines of Latin America for dining, take out, and delivery.

  • Acapulcos multiple locations suggested by Guccii TheVillian

     “Great customer service, clean, food is fresh and hot family oriented.”

    Authentic Mexican Cuisine Your Whole Family Will Love - Acapulcos

    Welcome to Acapulcos! Our family-owned restaurants bring you and your family the best flavors of Mexico in a fun, friendly and relaxed environment. Join us for lunch or dinner, 7 days a week! Your opinion is very important to us! Please fill out the form above to share your thoughts and let us know how we did.

     

  • Bueno Malo in Andover suggested by Maria O'Halloran

    “Amazing food and even better margs. These guys know their tequila.”

    https://www.buenomalo.com/

  • Three Amigos in Malden suggested by Simone Alvarez

    “Three Amigos in MALDEN best pineapple jalepeno margarita, tortilla soup, beef short rib tacos…need i say more?”

    3 amigos bar & Grill

    3 amigos bar & Grill is not just good food and drinks instead u will get a piece of Jalisco, Mexico

  • Naco Taco in Cambridge suggested by Alyssa Mandi

     “Everything is fresh and just really good. Their chips and salsa are 🔥 too!”

    Naco Taco | Mexican Restaurant in Cambridge, MA

    Naco Taco offers creative tacos & tortas served in a loft-like setting with a patio & arcade games

  • Jalisco Family Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 89 Main St., East Kingston, NH suggested by Lynda Killeen

    “Delicious authentic classic Mexican dishes, large portions and excellent drinks,, especially the coconut mojito and coconut margarita! A little off the beaten path but well worth the drive!”

    Jalisco

    Jalisco opened in Winter of 2018 and is located right off of Route 108 in East Kingston, NH. Cris has been serving both quality interpretations of classic Mexican dishes and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of Mexican food.

     

  • Mazatlan Mexican Bar & Grill in Framingham suggested by Isabelle Cohen

    “Every Sunday and i think Tuesday they have a live mariachi band from 6-8. They also give you refried beans for their chips. The food is also amazing!”

    Mexican Grill And Bar | Mexican Restaurant | Framingham

    MEXICAN FAMILY RESTAURANT FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE AND GREAT MEXICAN FOOD! We offer a wide selection of authentic Mexican dishes including Birria de Borrego and Camarones Chipotle. Our Burritos and Tacos are meals within themselves that go great with our hand-made margaritas!

  • Fiesta in East Bridgewater suggested by Amanda Leslie

    “You could feed an entire family with 1 entree but it’s so good you don’t want to share!”

    Mexican Food | Fiesta Taqueria | Bridgewater, MA

    Fast & Tasty Mexican Food Made To Order Choose Fiesta Taqueria for authentic Mexican food catering, take-out, and delivery services. All our food uses fresh, authentic Mexican ingredients, and our services are available at competitive prices. Our team is highly responsive to our customers and will respond to your email requests on the next business day.

  • Angela's Cafe East Boston suggested by Roxanne Curzi

    ” 2 locations Eagle Hill and Orient Heights. Authentic Mexican food from Puebla Mexico. Everything is fresh made from scratch and soooo good. I also love their breakfast.”

    Angela's

    💙 We want to make sure that Angela's Cafe remains safe and enjoyable for everyone. Please help keep our casa a great experience for everyone by following the Safety & Health guidelines. Remember you can bring Angela's Cafe experience through delivery or take-out. Please check our service hours and phone number for each location.

  • Coco Rays in Lawrence suggested by Melissa Piña

    “Mexican Puerto Rican fusion. The food is fresh, delicious, affordable and the portion sizes are great!”

    CocoRay's

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