(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

    "Being from California, these are the first tacos I've had here that truly compare," a Yelp review said.

  • 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 Mexican Taqueria located in Massachusetts (Dorchester, Woburn, Weymouth) and New Hampshire (Rochester). We have a great variety of tasty Mexican Food like Tacos, Fajitas, Burritos, Quesadillas, Flautas, Churros, Tres Leches and a lot more. Stop by and give us a try, you will not be disappointed.

  • 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!

    Specializes In Mexican Dishes - Vida Mexicana

    Vida Mexicana welcomes you to enjoy our delicious and fresh flavors where the customer always comes first!

  • 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

    CASA VALLARTA, 114 Broadway St, Saugus, MA 01906, 248 Photos, Mon - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Tue - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Wed - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Thu - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Fri - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sat - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sun - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

  • 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, Chelmsford - Menu, Reviews (277), Photos (64) - Restaurantji

    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.”


    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

    We provide authentic Mexican food take-out and delivery, along with catering services. Competitive prices. Locally and family owned.

  • 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

    We specialize in authentic Mexican cuisine for lunch, dinner, and catering at two locations. Fresh ingredients. Dine in or get takeout. Gluten-free options.

  • 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

    IXTAPA MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA, 349 Main St, Woburn, MA 01801, 96 Photos, Mon - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Tue - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Wed - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Thu - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Fri - 11:00 am - 11:00 pm, Sat - 11:00 am - 11:00 pm, Sun - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

  • 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 Kitchen + Tequila Bar

    The Painted Burro is a Mexican kitchen & tequila bar in the Greater Boston area 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.”


  • 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

  • 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 East Kingston Mexican Family Restaurant and Bar. Jalisco brings the authentic taste of Mexico to New Hampshire.


  • 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

    Family Mexican Restaurant with authentic Mexican food

  • 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

    We provide authentic Mexican food take-out and delivery, along with catering services. Competitive prices. Locally and family owned.

  • 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 Café is a family owned restaurant, originally from Puebla that offers authentic home-made Mexican cuisine. Taste our delicious chilaquiles, give mole poblano a try, don't forget to ask for our award winning guacamole.

  • Coco Rays in Lawrence suggested by Melissa Piña

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


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