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11 Must-Try Mexican Restaurants in Montreal

Go beyond the tacos with pozole, mole, tostadas, and more

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Montreal’s taco scene is decent (and we have a whole guide to it), but there’s more to Mexican food in this town. There’s a sizable Mexican and Central American community here, with restaurants dishing specialty dishes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Mole (a complex sauce that incorporates chiles, cocoa, and spices), Mexican-style aguachile, breakfast faves like chilaquiles, and seasonal plates like chiles en nogada (peppers smothered in walnuts and pomegranate seeds) can all be found — and that’s where this map comes in.

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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 Sabor de México

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5013 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1Y1, Canada
(514) 362-8888
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This Verdun favourite replicates classic flavours of Mexico, starting with the chef’s specials of fried quesadillas, tacos de birria (braised beef), and enmoladas (stuffed corn tortillas napped in mole). 

3. 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, Frida is a formidable destination for classics like carnitas or tinga dished up in corn tortillas, with homemade chorizo and a hefty burrito menu. Check out their cochinita braised pork option, or go for the El Flaco option featuring the chef’s special cecina grilled beef, Oaxacan style.

4. La Cantina

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2022 Rue Stanley, Montréal
QC H3A 1R6, Canada
(514) 357-2173
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Downtown’s La Cantina offers a table d’hôte lunch (including a vegetarian cauliflower and chickpea taco along with meaty choices), a dinner menu featuring chapulines, cactus tempura, and other dishes like Mexican-style brisket not seen elsewhere. 

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 a full menu of Mexican specialties, featuring homemade tortillas, tlacoyos, and sopes appetizers, moving on to specialty stews of fish, meat, or chicken served in cazuelita clay pots. Dairy-loving vegetarians can be happy here, with an alluring choice of meatless options. 

6. 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.

7. 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 with a new outlet in Mile End has a dizzying menu plus a grab-and-go section 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 during non-terrasse season: pozole, menudo, and birria. 

8. Cafe Grain D'Or

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250 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1R7, Canada
(514) 272-3905
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This Beaubien café on the southern edge of Little Italy proffers hearty Mexican breakfasts, with a team of home cooks churning out Aztec soup, chilaquiles, and enchiladas from the tiny kitchen. Saturdays are coffee roasting days from the Guatemalan co-ops the owners are connected with; there’s an evocative soundtrack and Wi-Fi for longer daytime visits. 

9. 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: a great value weekend table d’hôte and Thursday/Sunday 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, Mexican-style salmon tartare, and several riffs on octopus.

10. Alejandro

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1481 Rue Atateken, Montréal
QC H2L 3L2, Canada
(514) 527-6000
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Alejandro’s sunny Village premises features brunches with fresh takes on traditional fare. From benedictos with chipotle cream to pancakes with dulce de leche and a range of smoothies and coffee, Alejandro’s got breakfast covered. 

11. Calaveras

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2040 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2G 1M4, Canada
(514) 701-0123
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This family restaurant near Cinéma Beaubien bills itself as a taco bar, but it’s more: In addition to all manner of folded tortilla-based dishes, they offer ceviche, aguachile, and classic plates like enchiladas (red or green) and mole-based mains. There’s brunch on weekends, and occasional music performances, too.

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 Sabor de México

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

This Verdun favourite replicates classic flavours of Mexico, starting with the chef’s specials of fried quesadillas, tacos de birria (braised beef), and enmoladas (stuffed corn tortillas napped in mole). 

5013 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1Y1, Canada

3. Tacos Frida

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

Founded by a Oaxacan family, Frida is a formidable destination for classics like carnitas or tinga dished up in corn tortillas, with homemade chorizo and a hefty burrito menu. Check out their cochinita braised pork option, or go for the El Flaco option featuring the chef’s special cecina grilled beef, Oaxacan style.

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

4. La Cantina

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

Downtown’s La Cantina offers a table d’hôte lunch (including a vegetarian cauliflower and chickpea taco along with meaty choices), a dinner menu featuring chapulines, cactus tempura, and other dishes like Mexican-style brisket not seen elsewhere. 

2022 Rue Stanley, Montréal
QC H3A 1R6, Canada

5. Maria Bonita

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

Mile End gem Maria Bonita has a full menu of Mexican specialties, featuring homemade tortillas, tlacoyos, and sopes appetizers, moving on to specialty stews of fish, meat, or chicken served in cazuelita clay pots. Dairy-loving vegetarians can be happy here, with an alluring choice of meatless options. 

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

6. La Capital

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

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

7. El Rey del Taco

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

This anchor of the Jean Talon Market with a new outlet in Mile End has a dizzying menu plus a grab-and-go section 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 during non-terrasse season: pozole, menudo, and birria. 

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

8. Cafe Grain D'Or

250 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1R7, Canada

This Beaubien café on the southern edge of Little Italy proffers hearty Mexican breakfasts, with a team of home cooks churning out Aztec soup, chilaquiles, and enchiladas from the tiny kitchen. Saturdays are coffee roasting days from the Guatemalan co-ops the owners are connected with; there’s an evocative soundtrack and Wi-Fi for longer daytime visits. 

250 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1R7, Canada

9. 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: a great value weekend table d’hôte and Thursday/Sunday 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, Mexican-style salmon tartare, and several riffs on octopus.

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

10. Alejandro

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

Alejandro’s sunny Village premises features brunches with fresh takes on traditional fare. From benedictos with chipotle cream to pancakes with dulce de leche and a range of smoothies and coffee, Alejandro’s got breakfast covered. 

1481 Rue Atateken, Montréal
QC H2L 3L2, Canada

11. Calaveras

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

This family restaurant near Cinéma Beaubien bills itself as a taco bar, but it’s more: In addition to all manner of folded tortilla-based dishes, they offer ceviche, aguachile, and classic plates like enchiladas (red or green) and mole-based mains. There’s brunch on weekends, and occasional music performances, too.

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

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