The Best Tacos in Montreal: Our suggestions

Even though tacos are typically Mexican, they are a favourite food around the globe; including, of course, in Montreal. Many places serve them across the city, much to the delight of their respective neighbourhoods. Whether the place is run by a Mexican family or by Quebecers, the tacos can be equally good. Whether they’re more traditional or with an inventive touch, we love all tacos—and the messier, the better!

The beauty of a taco is surely its versatility. While the corn tortilla is typically the fixed element across the board, the sky is the limit for fillings and garnishes. From many different kinds of meat, fish, tofu, and vegetables for fillings; to guacamole, sour cream, salsa, lime, cilantro, hot sauce, and cheese, for garnishes—the possibilities are virtually endless! Of course, we love to accompany these little delights with a good Mexican cocktail like a margarita or a paloma.

Our list of the best tacos in Montreal presents you with delicious little dishes to enjoy with friends! The great thing about these addresses is that they are also perfect for any occasion: group parties, romantic outings, birthdays, or taco Tuesday’s. Tacos bring people together, and are typically more affordable for a fun evening out!

Without further ado, here is our list of the best tacos in the city!

Capital Tacos 

Capital Tacos is a Mexican address in Chinatown—and a very good one at that. Here, you can find some of the best tacos in Montreal, and you can enjoy them in a simple but tasteful space. We particularly like the rosarito, rib eye, and gringa tacos, but they are all very good. Expect to pay about ten dollars for 3 small tacos or 1 quesadilla. Here the service is friendly and attentive. Photo: La Capital

1096 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

Ta Chido Snack-bar mexicain

This tiny Mexican restaurant on Avenue du Parc is absolutely adorable. In the heart of Mile End, you can enjoy excellent tacos in a relaxed atmosphere. Here you will find delicious tacos, tostadas, tortas and quesadillas. The decor is bright and a little kitschy—adding to the charm of the space—and the prices are reasonable. Photo: Alison Slattery

5611 Avenue du Parc
Montréal

Amaranto Épicerie et Cuisine Mexicaine

This small grocery store and Mexican counter offers authentic Mexican cuisine. You’ll find delicious tacos – especially the chorizo one – ceviches and other specialties of the house. The place is picturesque and the service is friendly. We return often for a most original, charming, and delicious experience.

4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

Super taco

Ravenous foodies love this place. For $5, you can get 4 tacos: pastor, chorizo, carnitas, steak, tongue, cabeza or vegetarian. The small establishment is also known for its $1 tacos on Wednesday nights! The tacos and burritos here are very good, and the staff is very attentive. We also recommend the gordita and the gringa to ensure a complete experience.

500A Rue Bélanger
Montréal

La Matraca

La Matraca is a very small restaurant that evokes Mexico. The place is almost like a cafeteria, but it is very colourful, and the service is friendly. Note that the establishment has a small terrace in summer. We like the conviviality of the place and the authenticity of the tacos—our favourites are the suadere and el pastor. Photo: La Matraca

4607 Rue Saint-Denis
Montréal

Tacos Victor

At Tacos Victor, the atmosphere is festive and the staff absolutely charming. That’s what keeps us coming back every time. That, plus the tongue tacos, the hot sauce and the low prices. We love the quick service, fresh food, the music, and the warmth of the establishment. Photo: Alison Slattery

4280 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

La Tamalera

This tiny establishment on Fairmount Street is reminiscent of the warmth of Mexico. The decor is charming and the service friendly—although sometimes a little slow. This is made for in the fact that their tacos are very tasty; pork, vegetables, braised beef, shrimp, chorizo and more are available (between $7 and $10). You can also enjoy La Tamalera‘s delicious Mexican brunches on Saturday and Sunday!

226 Avenue Fairmount Ouest
Montréal

Escondite

This restaurant is part of our list of fun, festive and affordable restaurants in Montreal. Escondite offers a selection of original tacos. The braised tongue taco and the cod taco are particularly popular. You must also try their churros. The atmosphere here is lively, and the place is always full. The tacos are a little more expensive than other addresses on this list, but the decor is nice, and the service is friendly. Photo: Alison Slattery

1206 Avenue Union
Montréal

Icehouse

Icehouse does not serve “authentic” tacos, but Tex-Mex influenced tacos; these are a bit more expensive than most of the others on this list, but they are delicious! You’ll find vegetable, fried chicken, fish, octopus and beef tacos. There is a nice little terrace open during the summer, and you have to try the Bourbon Lemonade! Photo: Steph Polic

51 Rue Roy Est
Montréal

Tacos Frida

Located in Saint-Henri, Tacos Frida is a charming and unpretentious neighbourhood restaurant that serves delicious southern Mexican cuisine in a very friendly atmosphere. On the menu, you can enjoy classic Mexican dishes such as tacos and quesadillas. Photo: Alison Slattery

4350 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

Calaveras

Calaveras is a warm Mexican address located in Rosemont. Run by two charming owners, the restaurant offers delicious dishes at low prices. Among them, there are excellent traditional tacos: carnitas, chorizo, pollo chipotle, mole, veggie, and more; and all of them come with the traditional toppings, for a true Mexican feast. Note that the address has live music on Fridays and Saturdays, for a festive atmosphere! Photo: Alison Slattery

2040 Rue Beaubien Est
Montréal

La Toxica

La Toxica is a great place to enjoy tacos! The portions are generous and the tastes are truly authentic. Great prices, great value, and great products. A must try.

7221 Rue Saint-Hubert
Montréal

Mojito & Margarita

Mojito & Margarita is a small 30-seat restaurant in Old Rosemont. You can eat very good tacos and drink generous mojitos and – you guessed it – margaritas! The menu is affordable, and the portions are generous. Our favourite taco? The cochinita tacos (grilled pork, marinated with citrus juice and Mexican spices).

3127 Rue Masson
Montréal

La Toxica

La Toxica est une excellente adresse où savourer des tacos! L’adresse propose des portions généreuses et les goûts sont vraiment authentiques. Une des adresses avec le meilleur rapport qualité-prix et les meilleurs produits (l’adresse fait d’ailleurs partie des meilleurs restaurants beaux, bons, pas chers!). Des tacos birria, aux tacos de crevettes, en passant par les tacos cochinita pibil (une recette de porc rôti très lentement dont l’origine remonte aux Mayas — nos préférés), les goûts sont recherchés et tout en fraîcheur.

7221 Rue Saint-Hubert
Montréal

Mojito & Margarita

Mojito & Margarita, c’est un petit restaurant de 30 places dans le Vieux-Rosemont. On y mange de très bon tacos et on y boit de généreux mojitos et – vous l’aurez deviné – des margaritas! Le menu est abordable et les portions généreuses. Notre tacos coup de coeur? Le tacos de cochinita (au porc grillé, mariné avec jus d’agrumes et des épices mexicaines).

3127 Rue Masson
Montréal
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Photography by Alison Slattery



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