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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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4607 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2J 2L4, Canada
(514) 285-0777
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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.

Four tacos on a plate on a green tablecloth.
Tacos from La Matraca.
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6. 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.

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

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

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

9. 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 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.
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10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Pancho

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6939 Bd Décarie, Montréal
QC H3W 3E4, Canada
(514) 657-2649
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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.

13. Tacos Don Rigo

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4740 Boul Saint-Jean, Pierrefonds-Roxboro
QC H9H 4B2, Canada
(514) 696-9090
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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.

14. 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. Carnitas, beef, and mushroom tacos are available here, and all are good bets.

15. Amaranto

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5974 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1H1, Canada
(514) 510-1225
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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.
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1. Mr. Azteca

7349 Rue Saint Hubert, Montreal, QC, Canada
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.

7349 Rue Saint Hubert, Montreal
QC, Canada

2. Super Taco

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

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.

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

3. El Rey del Taco

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

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

4. Taco Trunp

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

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

5. La Matraca

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

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

6. Maria Bonita

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

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

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

226 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T, Canada

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

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

9. Icehouse

51 rue Roy Est, Montreal, QC, Canada
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.

51 rue Roy Est, Montreal
QC, Canada

10. 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

11. 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.

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

12. Pancho

6939 Bd Décarie, Montréal, QC H3W 3E4, Canada

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.

6939 Bd Décarie, Montréal
QC H3W 3E4, Canada

13. Tacos Don Rigo

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

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

14. Tacos Frida

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

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

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

15. Amaranto

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

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

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