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Tacos in Montreal: 19 to Try Now

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A couple of years back, Montreal saw somewhat of a deluge of taquerias — and now the trend has settled, many of the best ones have stuck around, along with some old favourites.

Add on the fact that Montreal has the largest number of Spanish-speakers in Canada — over four percent of the population is fluent, a healthy portion of which, needless to say, comes from Mexico. That means it's time to talk tacos.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Nopales

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8517 Rue Hochelaga, Montréal
QC H1L 2M1, Canada
(514) 493-0080
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The only Mexican eatery of note out east on the Island, stop by the eminently affordable Nopales for an array of classics like carnitas and chorizo, classic soups (tortillas, pozole), alongside a few Tex-Mex items thrown in as well.

2. Azteca

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7349 Rue Saint Hubert, Montreal
QC, Canada
(438) 935-0805
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Villeray's Azteca, a taqueria and birrieria, serves up four tacos for $5, and the likes of enchiladas, chilaquiles, burritos, quesadillas, flautas, tortas, and, seldom seen in Montreal, pambazos (a sandwich drowned in guajillo chile sauce). Desserts are homemade too.

3. Charro's

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7002 St-Hubert, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 271-2223

A no-nonsense kind of spot that fits right in on the retro St-Hubert Plaza. Classics like al pastor and carnitas are just a dollar Monday to Thursday, but even on weekends it's still one of the cheapest taco spots in town.

4. 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 $6), Bélanger's Super Taco (previously called Impactaco) covers all bases: lengua, chorizo, pastor. The atmosphere may be plain, but the tacos ain't.

5. 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 biggest taco-churning operations. Try the beef tongue tacos or chorizo and cheese tacos, and don’t be afraid to experiment with the tangy salsas available.

6. 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 presidential name. It may not be to the orange man’s tastes, but with real-deal carnitas and pastor tacos and adjacent options like cheesy gringas, it’s a welcome addition to St-Zotique.

7. Caifan

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67, Rue Beaubien Est, Montreal
QC H2S 1R1, Canada
(514) 903-8585
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A touch swankier than some of the dollar taco haunts a little to the east, Caifan goes beyond just tacos with sopes and alambres, or if it's meat on tortillas you want, splash on the arrachera (steak) tacos.

8. Fortune

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6448 Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 303-3111
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This cocktail-heavy Little Italy snack bar from an ex-Notre Dame Des Quilles principal was partly inspired by taco stands in the southern U.S. The menu features a few riffs like roasted cauliflower with avocado and fresh ricotta and squash and cheese-stuffed jalapeño with avocado, arugula, radish and chorizo, at slightly higher prices than the more classic taquerias a little to the east, but the tacos are very well loaded with toppings.

9. Maïs

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5435 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S5, Canada
(514) 507-7740
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Maïs is all about the details. The tacos range from standard Mexican fare, like carnitas, to more innovative offerings, like the carrot, almond, pumpkin seed, and lime crema taco. It's the little things that make this place great — for example, jalapeños en escabeche are on offer as an extra, perfect for adding a little extra acidity and spice.

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10. 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, de chorizo, or the specialty tacos de suadero: Filled with tender fried beef, they’re a must-try.

11. 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. By lunch, there’s a regular range of tacos yet at dinner it’s perhaps more of a DIY affair: meat or fish dishes are served in cazuelitas, small terracotta pots, and served with tortillas allowing the option of DIY taco-making. A great bet for elegant, homestyle Mexican.

12. La Tamalera

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226 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T, Canada
(438) 381-5034
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This cheery Mile End spot churns out tamales, chilaquiles and tortas. La Tamalera's taco game is strong too, with the likes of barbacoa, ahogadas, al pastor and cochinita available.

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13. 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 one place to grab Baja-style crispy fish tacos (which are slightly tough to find in the city), but the menu runs the gamut from classic al pastor right through to a vegan chorizo option.

14. 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. Chef Nick Hodge’s Lone Star state roots are reflected in the décor and the food. The fried chicken taco with ranch dressing is unlike any other in Montreal. It goes wonderfully with an order of cheese-stuffed jalapeños — wash it all down with a margarita or a michelada.

15. La Capital

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1096 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J5, Canada
(514) 808-1800
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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. "We love this city, and we love the dynamic of Chinatown. It's very family-oriented and at night it has the potential to be a pre-party place. Have a bite, and go party in the Plateau or Old Montreal."

16. Escondite (multiple locations)

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1206 Avenue Union, Montréal
QC H3B 3A7, Canada
(514) 419-9755
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This new wave downtown taqueria from the folk behind Biiru izakaya sports some funky taco twists, as well as brawny tequila and mezcal cocktails — it's so popular there's now locations near the Bell Centre and in Laval.

17. 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 family affair, run by Aurora Morales Perez and sons, Enrique and Hugo. Customers can pick up assorted Mexican grocery items to go or indulge in mom's tacos. Chicken, beef, carnitas, and mushroom tacos are available, all served with pico de gallo. Wash it all down with the house-made horchata.

18. Grumman’78

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630 rue de Courcelle, Montreal
QC H4C 3C7, Canada
(514) 290-5125
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Grumman’78 is best known for leading Montreal’s food truck movement, but its brick-and-mortar location has been going strong for over half a decade. The food is sprinkled with influences from beyond Mexico, so items like Szechuan tofu tacos are also something you might find on this rotating menu. (Note that this is the permanent restaurant; find the food truck by following Grumman on social media.)

19. 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 as the options.

Tacos al pastor
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1. Nopales

8517 Rue Hochelaga, Montréal, QC H1L 2M1, Canada

The only Mexican eatery of note out east on the Island, stop by the eminently affordable Nopales for an array of classics like carnitas and chorizo, classic soups (tortillas, pozole), alongside a few Tex-Mex items thrown in as well.

8517 Rue Hochelaga, Montréal
QC H1L 2M1, Canada

2. Azteca

7349 Rue Saint Hubert, Montreal, QC, Canada

Villeray's Azteca, a taqueria and birrieria, serves up four tacos for $5, and the likes of 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

3. Charro's

7002 St-Hubert, Montreal, QC, Canada

A no-nonsense kind of spot that fits right in on the retro St-Hubert Plaza. Classics like al pastor and carnitas are just a dollar Monday to Thursday, but even on weekends it's still one of the cheapest taco spots in town.

7002 St-Hubert, Montreal
QC, Canada

4. Super Taco

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

Low-key and cheap (four tacos for $6), Bélanger's Super Taco (previously called Impactaco) covers all bases: lengua, chorizo, pastor. The atmosphere may be plain, but the tacos ain't.

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

5. 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 biggest taco-churning operations. Try the beef tongue tacos or chorizo and cheese tacos, and don’t be afraid to experiment with the tangy salsas available.

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

6. 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 presidential name. It may not be to the orange man’s tastes, but with real-deal carnitas and pastor tacos and adjacent options like cheesy gringas, it’s a welcome addition to St-Zotique.

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

7. Caifan

67, Rue Beaubien Est, Montreal, QC H2S 1R1, Canada

A touch swankier than some of the dollar taco haunts a little to the east, Caifan goes beyond just tacos with sopes and alambres, or if it's meat on tortillas you want, splash on the arrachera (steak) tacos.

67, Rue Beaubien Est, Montreal
QC H2S 1R1, Canada

8. Fortune

6448 Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada

This cocktail-heavy Little Italy snack bar from an ex-Notre Dame Des Quilles principal was partly inspired by taco stands in the southern U.S. The menu features a few riffs like roasted cauliflower with avocado and fresh ricotta and squash and cheese-stuffed jalapeño with avocado, arugula, radish and chorizo, at slightly higher prices than the more classic taquerias a little to the east, but the tacos are very well loaded with toppings.

6448 Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada

9. Maïs

5435 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S5, Canada
Randall Brodeur/Eater Montreal

Maïs is all about the details. The tacos range from standard Mexican fare, like carnitas, to more innovative offerings, like the carrot, almond, pumpkin seed, and lime crema taco. It's the little things that make this place great — for example, jalapeños en escabeche are on offer as an extra, perfect for adding a little extra acidity and spice.

5435 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S5, Canada

10. La Matraca

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

La Matraca is straight out of Mexico. Grab tacos de chuleta, de 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

11. 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. By lunch, there’s a regular range of tacos yet at dinner it’s perhaps more of a DIY affair: meat or fish dishes are served in cazuelitas, small terracotta pots, and served with tortillas allowing the option of DIY taco-making. A great bet for elegant, homestyle Mexican.

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

12. La Tamalera

226 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T, Canada

This cheery Mile End spot churns out tamales, chilaquiles and tortas. La Tamalera's taco game is strong too, with the likes of barbacoa, ahogadas, al pastor and cochinita available.

226 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T, Canada

13. Tacos Tin Tan

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

This Plateau nook is one place to grab Baja-style crispy fish tacos (which are slightly tough to find in the city), but the menu runs the gamut from classic al pastor right through to a vegan chorizo option.

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

14. Icehouse

51 rue Roy Est, Montreal, QC, Canada

Icehouse is Montreal’s Tex-Mex mecca. Chef Nick Hodge’s Lone Star state roots are reflected in the décor and the food. The fried chicken taco with ranch dressing is unlike any other in Montreal. It goes wonderfully with an order of cheese-stuffed jalapeños — wash it all down with a margarita or a michelada.

51 rue Roy Est, Montreal
QC, Canada

15. 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. "We love this city, and we love the dynamic of Chinatown. It's very family-oriented and at night it has the potential to be a pre-party place. Have a bite, and go party in the Plateau or Old Montreal."

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

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16. Escondite (multiple locations)

1206 Avenue Union, Montréal, QC H3B 3A7, Canada

This new wave downtown taqueria from the folk behind Biiru izakaya sports some funky taco twists, as well as brawny tequila and mezcal cocktails — it's so popular there's now locations near the Bell Centre and in Laval.

1206 Avenue Union, Montréal
QC H3B 3A7, Canada

17. Tacos Frida

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

Frida is a family affair, run by Aurora Morales Perez and sons, Enrique and Hugo. Customers can pick up assorted Mexican grocery items to go or indulge in mom's tacos. Chicken, beef, carnitas, and mushroom tacos are available, all served with pico de gallo. Wash it all down with the house-made horchata.

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

18. Grumman’78

630 rue de Courcelle, Montreal, QC H4C 3C7, Canada

Grumman’78 is best known for leading Montreal’s food truck movement, but its brick-and-mortar location has been going strong for over half a decade. The food is sprinkled with influences from beyond Mexico, so items like Szechuan tofu tacos are also something you might find on this rotating menu. (Note that this is the permanent restaurant; find the food truck by following Grumman on social media.)

630 rue de Courcelle, Montreal
QC H4C 3C7, Canada

19. 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 as the options.

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

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