Good Mexican food is as much for the soul as it is for the body. Between delicious tacos, fortifying fajitas and burritos, and exquisite cocktails, not to mention tequila, Mexican food has something to entice the tastebuds of everybody.
Thankfully, the Mexican food scene in Dublin has grown from strength to strength over the past few years. From fancy tequila and taco joints to simple yet satisfying burrito bars, there is an option to suit every palate, occasion, and wallet out there.
In this post, we share our guide to the best Mexican food in Dublin.
Map of Restaurants
The following map shows the location of every Mexican restaurant highlighted in this post:
Enjoying an authentic Mexican meal at El Grito feels like eating at your best friend’s house. The taqueria, situated on the north side of the city on Mountjoy Square, is decorated in a vibrant, homely manner, and the staff are welcoming and friendly.
It’s the food, however, that’s the undoubted star of the show at El Grito. The taqueria serve up a host of classic Mexican fare, including the obligatory range of tacos, tortes, burritos, and nachos. Also on the menu are some more exotic Mexican treats such as horchata (a delicious sweet drink made from rice), gringas (a type of taco with cheese that’s cooked like a quesadilla), and avocado pie.
We recommend taking a friend and ordering anything that catches your eye to share. El Grito serve up Mexican beers to wash down your food.
More information on El Grito can be found here.
Location: 20 Mountjoy Square East, Mountjoy, Dublin
Established in 1999, Acapulco on Georges Street in the city centre may well be the oldest Mexican restaurant in the capital. Acapulco serves up the full range of Mexican flavours in their fajitas, nachos, enchiladas, chimichangas, tacos, and chillis, not to mention their delicious margaritas. With the option to choose from a classic lime, mango, passionfruit, or strawberry margarita, each drink is made from the house tequila with a splash of agave syrup for the real Mexican experience.
The interior of the restaurant is beautifully decorated in classic Mexican style, and while relatively small in size, the excellent, friendly service and cheerful atmosphere makes for a more than pleasant dining experience.
Location: 7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin
The Hungry Mexican
Nestled on the Liffey close to the Ha’penny bridge, The Hungry Mexican is a quality Mexican restaurant that does not disappoint. The adventurous menu features such bold delights as fried plantain, spicy tequila chicken wings, and smokey pork ribs. The restaurant is famous however for its peerless chimichangas, their delicious baked burritos topped with spiced tomato sauce, sour cream, and cheese. The dessert menu isn’t lacking either, with the deep fried ice cream and Nutella churros the standouts.
There’s no chance of leaving The Hungry Mexican with anything but a full belly and a smile.
Location: 5 Aston Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin
Masa on Drury Street in the heart of the city is one of the most stylish restaurants in the neighbourhood. This slick taco joint serves up a concise but comprehensive modern Mexican menu. Along with the tacos on offer, there are also quesadillas and ‘small plates’ that include nachos, Mexican bravas (potato), and elotes (grilled Mexican street corn). The taco menu includes a range of vegan tacos.
The al pastor tacos are the pick of the bunch at Masa. Stuffed with pork, red chili, achiote berry, pineapple, onion, and coriander, the pineapple and pork coalesce into a delicious combination that has to be tasted to be believed.
While the dessert menu is a sole option of churros and chocolate, there is plenty of variety on offer in terms of drinks, with the obligatory margaritas available as well as Mexican beers and wine.
Location: 2-3 Drury Street, Dublin
One of the most stylish restaurants in the city, 777 (pronounced ‘triple seven’) are more than just a pretty face. This Mexican restaurant serves up gourmet taquitos, ceviche, ensalada (Spanish salad) and cocktails.
While the food is good, the cocktails are superb. The star of the show is the ice cold house margarita, made with premium blanco tequila, triple sec, lime, and sugar syrup. However, all of the cocktails on the extensive drinks list are guaranteed to hit the spot.
777 is the perfect spot for an energetic and fun night, but anyone looking for a quiet evening out should be warned that the music can be loud at times.
Location: Unit 7 Castle House, South Great George’s Street, Dublin
The burrito bar chain Boojum are the biggest purveyors of burritos in the capital, with several locations scattered across the city. There’s little doubt that they are behind the biggest and best burritos in Dublin, offering good value for money.
Boojum serve up burritos and bowls, as well as nachos, tacos, and salads, with a great range of meat and vegetarian options to choose from.
A full list of Boojum locations can be found here.