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12 Marvellous Mexican Restaurants in Montreal

Go beyond tacos with dishes like pozole,

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Montreal’s taco scene is decent (and we have a whole guide to it), but it needs to be said: not all Mexican restaurants serve tacos, and not all taco restaurants should be classified as Mexican — and that’s where this map comes in.

Taquerias are the most common purveyors of Mexican food in town (and we’ve included a few of the best here), but it can be a challenge to find more diverse fare, like mole, complex saucy dishes that incorporate chiles, cocoa, and spices, or more seasonal plates like chiles en nogada, peppers smothered in walnuts and pomegranate seeds.

Sure, the options are somewhat limited in Montreal, particularly in comparison to a lot of American cities — for example, the regional cuisines of Mexico (such as Oaxacan food) do not get a lot of play here. However, there’s a sizable Mexican community, with restaurants dishing up pozole, cochinita pibil, and more — these are the highlights. ¡Provecho!

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. El Meson

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1678 Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Lachine
QC H8S 2N1, Canada
(514) 634-0442
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This Lachine restaurant has been bringing in aficionados of simple Mexican food for over 25 years. The menu hits all the traditional food options, with tortilla soup, guacamole, chiles rellenos, and fish filets in a garlicky tomato sauce. Sit near the front windows for a view of the river.

2. El Rey del Taco

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232 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal
QC H2R 1S7, Canada
(514) 274-3336
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This anchor of the Jean Talon Market spot has a dizzying menu that runs the gamut from tacos and enchiladas to the famous vuelve a la vida (return to life) seafood cocktail hangover cure. It’s hard to avoid all things tortilla here, but don’t miss their warming Mexican triumvirate of innard stews in non-terrasse season: pozole, menudo, and birria. 

3. Mexico Restaurant

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2524 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal
QC H2A 1T7, Canada
(514) 379-1450
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Unassuming and tucked relatively far east in St-Michel, Mexico is an almost absurdly cheap option for tacos, plates loaded high with beans and rice, soups, and other saucy, homey dishes. The atmosphere ain’t much, but the price is right. —Tim Forster

4. Calaveras (multiple locations)

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2040 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2G 1M4, Canada
(514) 701-0123
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More than a taco bar, this family restaurant now has two locations: an expanded Rosemont space here, near Cinéma Beaubien, and a new “Express” spot on Rachel and Henri-Julien on the Plateau. It serves all manner of folded tortilla-based dishes, plus ceviches, calamari, and a ribs special. Happy hour on Wednesdays features deals on tequila drinks, and a live music soundtrack — mariachis included — is a frequent feature at the Beaubien location.

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5. Maria Bonita

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5163 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1R9, Canada
(514) 807-4377
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Mile End gem Maria Bonita has tacos at lunchtime and a full menu of Mexican specialties in the evening. Have a quesadilla with huitlacoche (an umami corn fungus, sometimes described as “Mexican truffle”), nopale cactus paddles au gratin, or specialty stews of fish, meat, or chicken served in cazuelita clay pots. 

6. Agave

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4902 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1R5, Canada
(514) 564-8858
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Agave’s new location on St Laurent next to Theatre Rideau Vert is an outpost of its already successful Boucherville and Terrebonne locations. Get your fix of cochinita pibil and mole here with a side of mariachis, who perform once a month.

7. Tacos Frida

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4350 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 2W6, Canada
(514) 935-9696
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Founded by a Oaxacan family and arguably the reigning monarchs of Montreal’s taco scene, Frida is a formidable destination for classics like carnitas or tinga dished up in corn tortillas, but it deserves credit as much more than a taqueria. A full breakfast menu features chilaquiles and huevos rancheros, and dishes like a soul-warming pozole round out the very affordable menu. —Tim Forster

8. La Selva

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862 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal
QC H2J 2A9, Canada
(514) 525-1798
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Plateau restaurant La Selva has been around for almost 40 years, and for good reason: its tasting menu, great value table d’hôte and Taco Thursday deals show off the restaurant’s versatility and skill across a range of regional Mexican cuisines. La Selva’s seafood game is strong, with ceviche, salmon tartare Mexican style, and several riffs on octopus. Bring your own wine — there’s an SAQ on the way there from Mont-Royal métro.

9. La Cantina

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2022 Rue Stanley, Montréal
QC H3A 1R6, Canada
(514) 357-2173
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A welcome new addition to downtown Montreal’s dining options, La Cantina offers twists on traditional plates (think octopus and bacon tacos), lunch-friendly options like tortas and tostadas, a fun ambience, and an inventive range of cocktails.

10. El Sabor de México

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5013 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1Y1, Canada
(514) 362-8888
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Verdun neighbourhood spot El Sabor de Mexico gives diners the option of extra chapulines (grasshoppers) with your guacamole — Oaxacans see them as an essential part of the dish, and if you haven’t tried them, you should.

11. La Capital

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1096 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J5, Canada
(514) 873-5255
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First time visitors to La Capital will find the deliberate kitsch of its Chinatown location charming, from melamine plates with Chinese themes to the maneki fortune cat with the Lucha Libre mask waving to you from the counter. The printed menu features appetizers, tacos, and quesadillas; the chalkboard promotes daily specials where you’ll find dishes that veer towards traditional platters, special beverages, and desserts. Check out the tasting flights for a range of agave-based drinks.

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12. Alejandro

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1481 Rue Atateken, Montréal
QC H2L 3L2, Canada
(514) 527-6000
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Head to Village favourite Alejandro’s sunny premises (formerly called Chipotle & Jalapeño) for creative Mexican brunches and fresh takes on traditional fare. The sopa azteca, adorned with avocado and crunchy bits, is a must if it’s available.

1. El Meson

1678 Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Lachine, QC H8S 2N1, Canada

This Lachine restaurant has been bringing in aficionados of simple Mexican food for over 25 years. The menu hits all the traditional food options, with tortilla soup, guacamole, chiles rellenos, and fish filets in a garlicky tomato sauce. Sit near the front windows for a view of the river.

1678 Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Lachine
QC H8S 2N1, Canada

2. El Rey del Taco

232 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal, QC H2R 1S7, Canada

This anchor of the Jean Talon Market spot has a dizzying menu that runs the gamut from tacos and enchiladas to the famous vuelve a la vida (return to life) seafood cocktail hangover cure. It’s hard to avoid all things tortilla here, but don’t miss their warming Mexican triumvirate of innard stews in non-terrasse season: pozole, menudo, and birria. 

232 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal
QC H2R 1S7, Canada

3. Mexico Restaurant

2524 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal, QC H2A 1T7, Canada

Unassuming and tucked relatively far east in St-Michel, Mexico is an almost absurdly cheap option for tacos, plates loaded high with beans and rice, soups, and other saucy, homey dishes. The atmosphere ain’t much, but the price is right. —Tim Forster

2524 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal
QC H2A 1T7, Canada

4. Calaveras (multiple locations)

2040 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2G 1M4, Canada
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More than a taco bar, this family restaurant now has two locations: an expanded Rosemont space here, near Cinéma Beaubien, and a new “Express” spot on Rachel and Henri-Julien on the Plateau. It serves all manner of folded tortilla-based dishes, plus ceviches, calamari, and a ribs special. Happy hour on Wednesdays features deals on tequila drinks, and a live music soundtrack — mariachis included — is a frequent feature at the Beaubien location.

2040 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2G 1M4, Canada

5. Maria Bonita

5163 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R9, Canada

Mile End gem Maria Bonita has tacos at lunchtime and a full menu of Mexican specialties in the evening. Have a quesadilla with huitlacoche (an umami corn fungus, sometimes described as “Mexican truffle”), nopale cactus paddles au gratin, or specialty stews of fish, meat, or chicken served in cazuelita clay pots. 

5163 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1R9, Canada

6. Agave

4902 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R5, Canada

Agave’s new location on St Laurent next to Theatre Rideau Vert is an outpost of its already successful Boucherville and Terrebonne locations. Get your fix of cochinita pibil and mole here with a side of mariachis, who perform once a month.

4902 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1R5, Canada

7. Tacos Frida

4350 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 2W6, Canada

Founded by a Oaxacan family and arguably the reigning monarchs of Montreal’s taco scene, Frida is a formidable destination for classics like carnitas or tinga dished up in corn tortillas, but it deserves credit as much more than a taqueria. A full breakfast menu features chilaquiles and huevos rancheros, and dishes like a soul-warming pozole round out the very affordable menu. —Tim Forster

4350 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 2W6, Canada

8. La Selva

862 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal, QC H2J 2A9, Canada

Plateau restaurant La Selva has been around for almost 40 years, and for good reason: its tasting menu, great value table d’hôte and Taco Thursday deals show off the restaurant’s versatility and skill across a range of regional Mexican cuisines. La Selva’s seafood game is strong, with ceviche, salmon tartare Mexican style, and several riffs on octopus. Bring your own wine — there’s an SAQ on the way there from Mont-Royal métro.

862 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal
QC H2J 2A9, Canada

9. La Cantina

2022 Rue Stanley, Montréal, QC H3A 1R6, Canada

A welcome new addition to downtown Montreal’s dining options, La Cantina offers twists on traditional plates (think octopus and bacon tacos), lunch-friendly options like tortas and tostadas, a fun ambience, and an inventive range of cocktails.

2022 Rue Stanley, Montréal
QC H3A 1R6, Canada

10. El Sabor de México

5013 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1Y1, Canada

Verdun neighbourhood spot El Sabor de Mexico gives diners the option of extra chapulines (grasshoppers) with your guacamole — Oaxacans see them as an essential part of the dish, and if you haven’t tried them, you should.

5013 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1Y1, Canada

11. La Capital

1096 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J5, Canada
Tacos al pastor
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First time visitors to La Capital will find the deliberate kitsch of its Chinatown location charming, from melamine plates with Chinese themes to the maneki fortune cat with the Lucha Libre mask waving to you from the counter. The printed menu features appetizers, tacos, and quesadillas; the chalkboard promotes daily specials where you’ll find dishes that veer towards traditional platters, special beverages, and desserts. Check out the tasting flights for a range of agave-based drinks.

1096 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J5, Canada

12. Alejandro

1481 Rue Atateken, Montréal, QC H2L 3L2, Canada

Head to Village favourite Alejandro’s sunny premises (formerly called Chipotle & Jalapeño) for creative Mexican brunches and fresh takes on traditional fare. The sopa azteca, adorned with avocado and crunchy bits, is a must if it’s available.

1481 Rue Atateken, Montréal
QC H2L 3L2, Canada

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