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A trio of tacos from Tacos Frida
A trio of tacos from Tacos Frida
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15 Terrific Taco Spots in Montreal

From carnitas and al pastor to nopales and more

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A trio of tacos from Tacos Frida
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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.

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Mr. Azteca

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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.

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Tacos from Mr. Azteca
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Super Taco

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Low-key and affordable, 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 aren’t. Takeout only.

El Rey del Taco

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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.

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The window at El Rey del Taco.
El Rey del Taco

Taco Trunp

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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.

Four tacos next to each other in a red basket.
Tacos from Taco Trnp.
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La Matraca

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La Matraca has tacos de chuleta, chorizo, or the specialty, tacos de suadero. Filled with tender fried beef, they’re a must-try.

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Tacos from La Matraca.
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Maria Bonita

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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.

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A taco from Maria Bonita.
Maria Bonita

La Tamalera

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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 al pastor, cochinita, and villamelon (a mix of beef, chorizo, cactus, and chicharron) available.

Tacos Tin Tan

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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. There are also succulent birria tacos (with an accompanying consomé) on weekends.

Icehouse

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Icehouse is Montreal’s Tex-Mex destination, 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.

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Hard tacos from Icehouse.
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La Capital

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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.

Escondite (multiple locations)

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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.

This relatively new, terrazzo-clad taqueria has both the basic tacos (carnitas, al pastor, etc.) and some fun spins, like cheeseburger, BLT, and pastrami tacos.

Tacos Don Rigo

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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.

Tacos Frida

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Frida is a Oaxacan family affair. Carnitas, beef, and mushroom tacos are available here, and all are good bets.

Amaranto

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This Mexican mainstay is also a 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.

Four pork tacos lined up next to each other on a platter.
Tacos al pastor from Amaranto.
Amaranto/Facebook

Mr. Azteca

three tacos with lime wedges on plate
Tacos from Mr. Azteca
Mr. Azteca/Facebook

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.

three tacos with lime wedges on plate
Tacos from Mr. Azteca
Mr. Azteca/Facebook

Super Taco

Low-key and affordable, 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 aren’t. Takeout only.

El Rey del Taco

A person in a carryout window holding a taco.
The window at El Rey del Taco.
El Rey del Taco

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.

A person in a carryout window holding a taco.
The window at El Rey del Taco.
El Rey del Taco

Taco Trunp

Four tacos next to each other in a red basket.
Tacos from Taco Trnp.
Taco Trunp/Facebook

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.

Four tacos next to each other in a red basket.
Tacos from Taco Trnp.
Taco Trunp/Facebook

La Matraca

Four tacos on a plate on a green tablecloth.
Tacos from La Matraca.
La Matraca/Facebook

La Matraca has tacos de chuleta, chorizo, or the specialty, tacos de suadero. Filled with tender fried beef, they’re a must-try.

Four tacos on a plate on a green tablecloth.
Tacos from La Matraca.
La Matraca/Facebook

Maria Bonita

A taco closeup with garnishes of cilantro.
A taco from Maria Bonita.
Maria Bonita

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.

A taco closeup with garnishes of cilantro.
A taco from Maria Bonita.
Maria Bonita

La Tamalera

This cheery 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.

Tacos Tin Tan

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. There are also succulent birria tacos (with an accompanying consomé) on weekends.

Icehouse

Two tacos in crispy shells.
Hard tacos from Icehouse.
Icehouse/Facebook

Icehouse is Montreal’s Tex-Mex destination, 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.

Two tacos in crispy shells.
Hard tacos from Icehouse.
Icehouse/Facebook

La Capital

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.

Escondite (multiple locations)

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.

Pancho

This relatively new, terrazzo-clad taqueria has both the basic tacos (carnitas, al pastor, etc.) and some fun spins, like cheeseburger, BLT, and pastrami tacos.

Tacos Don Rigo

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.

Tacos Frida

Frida is a Oaxacan family affair. Carnitas, beef, and mushroom tacos are available here, and all are good bets.

Amaranto

Four pork tacos lined up next to each other on a platter.
Tacos al pastor from Amaranto.
Amaranto/Facebook

This Mexican mainstay is also a 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.

Four pork tacos lined up next to each other on a platter.
Tacos al pastor from Amaranto.
Amaranto/Facebook

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