The Best Mexican Restaurants in London | These are Nacho Average Taquerias
40 years ago, there were no Mexican restaurants in London.
Crazy, we know.
We live in a different city now, though. For starters: London has Mexican restaurants and even better… they’re actually good, because not only can you get some of the best Mexican food outside of Mexico, but the fact is that many of these restaurants would compete inside of Mexico, too. And for anyone that might disagree, we’ve suffered through the hard labour (you know, like eating a whole grilled octopus with bone marrow from the old head chef at Noma Mexico and spending an afternoon in Borough Market loading up on 24-hour marinated Al pastor tacos) to prove that this is indeed, a fact.
For convenience, OCD and potentially mapping out a taco tour purposes, this list has been divided into different parts of town – so if you live in Clerkenwell you can sleep easy knowing that although Kol is a journey (worth taking), somewhere like Breddos Tacos is just down the road. In addition, whatever intentions you may have planned for your visit – schooling yourself on the many kinds of agave, in need of fun places for birthday drinks – you can put money on any of these Mexican restaurants in London catering to it as they’re all extremely versatile venues.
Please find the full list below…
THE BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANTS IN CENTRAL LONDON
El Pastor – by now, most of us know it pretty well. And therefore we’re all pretty clued up on what makes it one of the best Mexican restaurants in London…. but in case you’re not, let’s recap anyways. El Pastor has everything from smaller bites (tacos and tostadas, made fresh in-house) to larger sharing platters (grass fed Angus short rib braised for 12 hours in a chipotle-muscovado-coriander seed rub), all topped with fresh, house-made salsas and washed down by nine different margaritas, as well as 15 different mezcals and 21 tequilas, after which, you’ll likely going to want to call a cab home.
Details: El Pastor: 7a Stoney Street, SE1 9AA | Walk-in only | El Pastor Soho: 66-70 Brewer St, W1F 9UP | Book here | Casa Pastor: Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, N1C 4AB | Book here
Temper | Soho, Covent Garden, The City
Temper started out as three restaurants, one serving Indian food, one serving pizza, and one serving Mexican food. And now it’s three restaurants serving Mexican food. Infer from that what you will, but one thing’s for sure – the menus are all delicious. Tacos appear as precursors to the hefty portions of barbecued meaty mains, and come with toppings like bone marrow, soy-cured beef, black vinegar mushrooms and even aged cheeseburger. Then, al pastor barbecue pork ribs, wood-roasted sea bass, and barbecue duck painted with a chipotle-guava glaze to follow. Tough to beat.
Details: Temper Soho: 25 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DF | Book here | Temper Covent Garden: 5 Mercer Walk, WC2H 9QP | Book here | Temper City: 2 Angel Court, 30 Throgmorton Street, EC2R 7HJ | Book here
Club Mexicana | Soho
Club Mexicana isn’t like any of the other Mexican restaurants on this list. The tacos are (animal product) free and their vegan takes on tacos and burritos replace baja fish with battered tofu, and pulled pork with fleshy barbecued jackfruit, to create some of the most filling of fillings. And at their Carnaby Street restaurant, you can even get a vegan Mexican-style fondue and tacos al pastor, sliced straight off the vegan spit spinning behind the open kitchen…
Details: Kingly Court, W1B 5PW | Book here
La Bodega Negra | Soho
La Bodega Negra – everyone’s favourite Mexican restaurant in London hidden behind a seedy looking sex shop… Find your way past the silicone toys and into the restaurant itself, and you’ll be presented with a candlelit cavern with a killer tequila list and some seriously strong date-night game. The food stretches from crispy squid tostadas, to soft shell crab and chipotle tacos, scallop & hibiscus ceviche, to slow-roasted lamb barbecoa and crispy pork belly. And it’s lovely.
Details: 9 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JF | Book here
THE BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANTS IN EAST LONDON
Del 74 | Dalston
Del 74 – which is run by two chef buddies, Enrique Vivas & Jorge Felizardo – is a lively den of Mexican goodness in the middle of Dalston. The music is loud, the decor extravagantly kitsch, and the menu is laden with tacos, which themselves are laden with house-made salsas, slow-cooked meats and hearty chunks of sweet potato.
Details: 129 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB | Book here
Breddos Tacos | Clerkenwell
Breddos Tacos have made an impressive jump from being kings of the street food scene to now contending as one of the best Mexican restaurants in London. They make all their taco bases in-house, following millennia-old techniques*… but the flavours are anything but traditional. Expect hits of pepper-punched kung pao pork belly and shredded Brixham crab with just enough Mexican flourishes to remember what you’re eating. They even make tlayudas; a sort of tortilla pizza, which they top with shredded chipotle chicken, avocado and Mexican herbs.
*They have their very own Mexican volcanic stone mill, on which they prepare their home-made tortillas
Details: 82 Goswell Road, EC1V 7DB | Book here
DF Tacos | Shoreditch
DF / Tacos is tucked into the Old Truman Brewery and comes from chef Thomasina Miers, who launched Wahaca, and with it, introduced modern Mexican food to half the country. Here, things are slightly more upscale. The tacos arrive in ingenious metal holsters, laden with buttermilk fried chicken with avocado mojo, marinated steak with grilled cheese, and oven-roasted mushrooms with ancho chilli and feta, and they’re damn good.
Details: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL | Book here
THE BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANTS IN SOUTH LONDON
Santo Remedio | London Bridge & Shoreditch
Santo Remedio is named after the Mexican expression for ‘holy remedy’, and the food at this vibrantly colourful spot will cure whatever ails you, thanks to tacos stuffed with the likes of soft shell crab, pork belly, or 8-hour braised beef. If you fancy going larger, then you can get a whole lamb shank sided by a host of sauces. And it’s all delicious with a helping of their signature guacamole. It’s some of the best in the city, but we should probably forewarn you – it comes topped with grasshoppers. Plural.
Details: London Bridge: 152 Tooley Street, SE1 2TU | Book here | Shoreditch: 55 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HP | Book here
Tacos Padre | London Bridge
Tacos Padre – tucked away in Borough Market – is a grab-and-go taqueria that, during the summer months, expands to include a leafy, alfresco restaurant that feels….just that little bit closer to Mexico. Sit in and, as well as tacos, you can feast on a whole load of other small and large Mexican sharing plates – everything from grilled lamb chops with salsa boracaha and cucumber salad to 300g of Carne asada rib-eye, with burnt spring onions and beef adobo, as well as house-made tortillas and a seriously delicious selection of salsas. As for the booze, think margaritas and mezcal, there to be sipped or thrown back with fervour, depending on where the rest of the night is set to take you.
Details: Borough Market Kitchen, Winchester Walk, Jubilee Place, London Bridge, SE1 9AG | Book here
THE BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANTS IN WEST LONDON
Cavita | Marylebone
Cavita, since since opening in May 2022, has swiftly risen to become quite possibly the best Mexican restaurant in London. It’s the debut solo spot from Adriana Cavita, who’s spent years working in some of the world’s top kitchens, including El Bulli (three Michelin Stars), Pujol (currently 12th on the World’s 50 Best list), and Aska (two Michelin Stars). So we can count ourselves lucky that she chose London for her own restaurant (and secret mezcal bar, Mayahuel) with sharing dishes like wood-grilled chicken and whole sea bream cooked inside banana leaves.
Details: 60 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, W1U 2RZ | Book here
Kol | Marylebone
KOL is what Santiago Lastra decided to open, in Marylebone, after running Noma Mexico (and blowing everyone’s socks off doing it). Now, you may think that this would set expectations for his debut restaurant unreasonably high, and you’d be right. But then, Santiago Lastra is unreasonably talented. Kol is beautiful. It’s welcoming. It’s got an extraordinary menu, stuffed with dishes like lobster & smoked chilli tacos, whole grilled octopus with bone marrow, and chalk stream trout tostada with berries and black garlic. You can also enjoy those as part of the Kol chef’s table experience, and there’s a separate mezcaleria for all manner of smoky cocktails…
Details: 9 Seymour Street, Marylebone, W1H 5BT | Book here
Decimo | King’s Cross
Decimo comes courtesy of two-Michelin Star chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, and you’ll find it on the top floor of The Standard Hotel in King’s Cross. Head into the bright red elevator that skims across the building’s facade, and you’ll be welcomed into a retro-rustic space with a striking view out across the capital. So far, so good. But it’s the menu that’ll really marks it out as one of the best Mexican restaurants in London – the kitchen is built around the huge grill, which is scorching the likes of turbot, scallops, XL-sized langoustines, hulking ribs of beef, suckling pig shoulder, lobsters, and quails with mole glaze, and that’s just the start of it…
Details: The Standard London, 10 Argyle Street, WC1H 8EG | Book here
THE BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANTS IN NORTH LONDON
Taqueria Exmouth Market | Clerkenwell & Notting Hill
Bookending the city in Exmouth Market and Notting Hill, Taqueria Exmouth Market started out the truly authentic way, as a street stall hawking tacos and agua fresca. And now you should make the most of the chance to enjoy their soft corn tacos indoors. They make sure all their produce is ethically sourced, with free range chicken, line-caught fish, and locally farmed pork & beef, and you can wash them all down with beers or a couple of mean margaritas.
Details: 8-10 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QA | 141-145 Westbourne Grove London W11 2RS | Book here
Looking For Mexican Bars In London?
On the off chance that you’re looking for drinks laced with agave spirits to enjoy into the wee small hours… well you’re in luck, because the capital is pretty well-stocked in that regard, and in a even greater stroke of luck, we’ve made a list of all our favourite London tequila bars for you to check out too.
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