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15 Terrific Taco Spots in Montreal

From carnitas and al pastor to nopales and more

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Montreal certainly isn’t as revered for its taco scene as say Los Angeles or Austin, but that doesn’t mean you can’t easily find decent — even delicious — ones peppered across the island. Neighbourhoods like La Petite-Patrie and the Plateau are great places to start, thanks to their clusters of more traditional spots, but even Chinatown and the West Island are home to some reliable options. As for the Sud-Ouest, the pandemic saw the fall of its premier taco destination, Grumman 78, but the area is still well-served by Tacos Frida, arguably serving up some of the city’s best, among others.

From the classic carnitas sprinkled with chopped onions and cilantro found at old favourites to the vegan Californian take of a newcomer, here are 15 solid choices to get anyone with a hankering for tacos.

Interested in Mexican food that isn’t tacos? Have a look at our map of Montreal’s marvellous Mexican restaurants.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mr. Azteca

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7349 Rue Saint Hubert, Montreal
QC, Canada
(438) 935-0805
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Villeray's Mr. Azteca, a taqueria and birrieria, serves up killer tacos, enchiladas, chilaquiles, burritos, quesadillas, flautas, tortas, and, seldom seen in Montreal, pambazos (a sandwich drowned in guajillo chile sauce). Desserts are homemade too.

2. Super Taco

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500 Rue Belanger E, Montreal
QC H2S 1G1, Canada
(514) 357-9335
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Low-key and cheap (four tacos for either $6 or $8 depending on the filling), Bélanger's Super Taco (previously called Impactaco) covers all the bases: chorizo, al pastor, cabeza, and more. The atmosphere may be plain, but the tacos ain't. Takeout only.

3. El Rey del Taco

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234 rue Jean-Talon Est, Montreal
QC H2R 1S7, Canada
(514) 814-3813
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On the perimeter of Jean-Talon Market, El Rey del Taco is one of the city’s most well-known taco-churning operations. Try the beef tongue tacos or chorizo and cheese tacos, and don’t be afraid to experiment with the tangy salsas.

4. Taco Trunp

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388 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1L7, Canada
(514) 834-9124
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Most of the city’s newer taco spots tend to elevate their prices — not so at Trunp, an unsubtle play on a certain former president’s name. With real-deal carnitas and pastor tacos and adjacent options like cheesy gringas, it’s a reliable pick in Little Italy.

5. Le Mariachi

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26 Rue Bélanger, Montréal
QC H2S 1C8, Canada
(514) 544-3466
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While many Montreal taquerias offer up at least one vegan option, this is the only spot on this map dedicated to them, and the results (from a duo comprising MasterChef Season 8 winner Dino Angelo Luciano and Sarah Tee, formerly of other nearby vegan haunt Umami Ramen) are astounding. Try the king trumpet mushroom “calamari” taco with roasted red pepper romesco and daikon slaw, or the “fish” taco, made with a flaky marinated bean curd and topped with salsa verde.

6. La Matraca

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4607 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2J 2L4, Canada
(514) 285-0777
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La Matraca is straight out of Mexico. Grab tacos de chuleta, chorizo, or the specialty, tacos de suadero. Filled with tender fried beef, they’re a must-try.

7. Maria Bonita

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5163 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1R9, Canada
(514) 807-4377
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Maria Chavez, chef and owner of Maria Bonita, brings some of the best food that Mexican cuisine has to offer to Montreal. Its takeout menu offers a nice range of vegetarian and meat tacos, as well other dishes like ceviche, mushroom and cheese quesadilla, and chicken adobo, served with rice, black beans, and guacamole. A great bet for elegant, homestyle Mexican.

8. La Tamalera

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226 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T, Canada
(438) 381-5034
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This cheery eight-year-old Mile End spot churns out tamales, chilaquiles, and tortas. La Tamalera's taco game is strong too, with the likes of al pastor, cochinita, and villamelon (a mix of beef, chorizo, cactus, and chicharron) available.

9. Tacos Tin Tan

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3828 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M2, Canada
(514) 903-9478
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This Plateau nook is a great place to grab Baja-style crispy fish tacos, but the menu runs the gamut from classic al pastor right through to a vegan chorizo option. Now also offering succulent birria tacos (with an accompanying consomé) on weekends.

10. Icehouse

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51 rue Roy Est, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 439-6691
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Icehouse is Montreal’s Tex-Mex mecca, with Chef Nick Hodge’s Lone Star state roots reflected in the décor and the food. The fried chicken taco with ranch dressing is unlike any other in the city, and the “old school” taco, a crisp shell packed with beef, cheddar, and iceberg lettuce is another winner.

11. La Capital

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1096 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J5, Canada
(514) 873-5255
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Partners Rafael Hernandez Vaillard, Paulino Martinez Cardenas, and Geoffrey Moreau, who hail from Monterrey and Mexico City opened this Chinatown taqueria in 2015, and it quickly ascended the ranks. During the pandemic, they added tortas, quesabirria, and new sides to their already delectable menu of classic tacos.

12. Escondite (multiple locations)

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12 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 1Y7, Canada
(514) 543-7484
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This home-grown taqueria chain from the folks behind Old Montreal izakaya Biiru and bubble tea spot Boba Boba sports some funky taco twists, as well as brawny tequila and mezcal cocktails — when on-site dining resumes.

13. Tacos Frida

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4350 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 2W6, Canada
(514) 553-2040
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Frida is a Oaxacan family affair, run by Aurora Morales Perez and sons Enrique and Hugo. Though downing a glass of horchata or hibiscus juice while waiting for your order and revelling in the cooking smells isn’t a possibility right now, customers can still pick up assorted Mexican grocery items, taco trios, and kits ranging from $40 to $50 for 15 tacos. Carnitas, beef, and mushroom tacos are available, and all good bets.

14. Amaranto

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5974 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1H1, Canada
(514) 510-1225
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NDG’s Mexican mainstay is also its top spot for tacos — there’s much more to this familial spot than just those filled tortillas, but if that’s what you’re looking for, they do chorizo, potato, cactus, and more.

Tacos al pastor
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15. Tacos Don Rigo

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4740 Boul Saint-Jean, Pierrefonds-Roxboro
QC H9H 4B2, Canada
(514) 696-9090
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Among the newer additions on this list, Tacos Don Rigo opened in November 2020 with a no-fuss menu of burritos, quesadillas, tortas, and — what else —tacos. Try the birria or quesabirria tacos (the latter has melted cheese), and cherish the cup of warm, rich, red consomé (beef broth) that comes with it.

1. Mr. Azteca

7349 Rue Saint Hubert, Montreal, QC, Canada

Villeray's Mr. Azteca, a taqueria and birrieria, serves up killer tacos, enchiladas, chilaquiles, burritos, quesadillas, flautas, tortas, and, seldom seen in Montreal, pambazos (a sandwich drowned in guajillo chile sauce). Desserts are homemade too.

7349 Rue Saint Hubert, Montreal
QC, Canada

2. Super Taco

500 Rue Belanger E, Montreal, QC H2S 1G1, Canada

Low-key and cheap (four tacos for either $6 or $8 depending on the filling), Bélanger's Super Taco (previously called Impactaco) covers all the bases: chorizo, al pastor, cabeza, and more. The atmosphere may be plain, but the tacos ain't. Takeout only.

500 Rue Belanger E, Montreal
QC H2S 1G1, Canada

3. El Rey del Taco

234 rue Jean-Talon Est, Montreal, QC H2R 1S7, Canada

On the perimeter of Jean-Talon Market, El Rey del Taco is one of the city’s most well-known taco-churning operations. Try the beef tongue tacos or chorizo and cheese tacos, and don’t be afraid to experiment with the tangy salsas.

234 rue Jean-Talon Est, Montreal
QC H2R 1S7, Canada

4. Taco Trunp

388 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal, QC H2S 1L7, Canada

Most of the city’s newer taco spots tend to elevate their prices — not so at Trunp, an unsubtle play on a certain former president’s name. With real-deal carnitas and pastor tacos and adjacent options like cheesy gringas, it’s a reliable pick in Little Italy.

388 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1L7, Canada

5. Le Mariachi

26 Rue Bélanger, Montréal, QC H2S 1C8, Canada

While many Montreal taquerias offer up at least one vegan option, this is the only spot on this map dedicated to them, and the results (from a duo comprising MasterChef Season 8 winner Dino Angelo Luciano and Sarah Tee, formerly of other nearby vegan haunt Umami Ramen) are astounding. Try the king trumpet mushroom “calamari” taco with roasted red pepper romesco and daikon slaw, or the “fish” taco, made with a flaky marinated bean curd and topped with salsa verde.

26 Rue Bélanger, Montréal
QC H2S 1C8, Canada

6. La Matraca

4607 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2J 2L4, Canada

La Matraca is straight out of Mexico. Grab tacos de chuleta, chorizo, or the specialty, tacos de suadero. Filled with tender fried beef, they’re a must-try.

4607 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2J 2L4, Canada

7. Maria Bonita

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

Maria Chavez, chef and owner of Maria Bonita, brings some of the best food that Mexican cuisine has to offer to Montreal. Its takeout menu offers a nice range of vegetarian and meat tacos, as well other dishes like ceviche, mushroom and cheese quesadilla, and chicken adobo, served with rice, black beans, and guacamole. A great bet for elegant, homestyle Mexican.

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

8. La Tamalera

226 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T, Canada

This cheery eight-year-old Mile End spot churns out tamales, chilaquiles, and tortas. La Tamalera's taco game is strong too, with the likes of al pastor, cochinita, and villamelon (a mix of beef, chorizo, cactus, and chicharron) available.

226 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T, Canada

9. Tacos Tin Tan

3828 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M2, Canada

This Plateau nook is a great place to grab Baja-style crispy fish tacos, but the menu runs the gamut from classic al pastor right through to a vegan chorizo option. Now also offering succulent birria tacos (with an accompanying consomé) on weekends.

3828 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M2, Canada

10. Icehouse

51 rue Roy Est, Montreal, QC, Canada

Icehouse is Montreal’s Tex-Mex mecca, with Chef Nick Hodge’s Lone Star state roots reflected in the décor and the food. The fried chicken taco with ranch dressing is unlike any other in the city, and the “old school” taco, a crisp shell packed with beef, cheddar, and iceberg lettuce is another winner.

51 rue Roy Est, Montreal
QC, Canada

11. La Capital

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

Partners Rafael Hernandez Vaillard, Paulino Martinez Cardenas, and Geoffrey Moreau, who hail from Monterrey and Mexico City opened this Chinatown taqueria in 2015, and it quickly ascended the ranks. During the pandemic, they added tortas, quesabirria, and new sides to their already delectable menu of classic tacos.

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

12. Escondite (multiple locations)

12 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Y7, Canada

This home-grown taqueria chain from the folks behind Old Montreal izakaya Biiru and bubble tea spot Boba Boba sports some funky taco twists, as well as brawny tequila and mezcal cocktails — when on-site dining resumes.

12 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 1Y7, Canada

13. Tacos Frida

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

Frida is a Oaxacan family affair, run by Aurora Morales Perez and sons Enrique and Hugo. Though downing a glass of horchata or hibiscus juice while waiting for your order and revelling in the cooking smells isn’t a possibility right now, customers can still pick up assorted Mexican grocery items, taco trios, and kits ranging from $40 to $50 for 15 tacos. Carnitas, beef, and mushroom tacos are available, and all good bets.

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

14. Amaranto

5974 Av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1H1, Canada
Tacos al pastor
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NDG’s Mexican mainstay is also its top spot for tacos — there’s much more to this familial spot than just those filled tortillas, but if that’s what you’re looking for, they do chorizo, potato, cactus, and more.

5974 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1H1, Canada

15. Tacos Don Rigo

4740 Boul Saint-Jean, Pierrefonds-Roxboro, QC H9H 4B2, Canada

Among the newer additions on this list, Tacos Don Rigo opened in November 2020 with a no-fuss menu of burritos, quesadillas, tortas, and — what else —tacos. Try the birria or quesabirria tacos (the latter has melted cheese), and cherish the cup of warm, rich, red consomé (beef broth) that comes with it.

4740 Boul Saint-Jean, Pierrefonds-Roxboro
QC H9H 4B2, Canada

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