Best Mexican Restaurants in Nashville

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Fresh basket of hot chips and some spicy salsa? Yes, please. There are several local Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants in Nashville that are perfect for fulfilling that Mexican-cuisine craving. While many of the best Mexican restaurants are outside the city, these are some of the best options within the neighborhoods covered on Nashville Guru.

Best Mexican Restaurants in Nashville


Saint Anejo

Neighborhood: The Gulch

Saint Anejo in the Gulch is a modern Mexican restaurant with a creative menu and a cantina-chic vibe with funky lanterns and red lights. When the weather is suitable, the windows open to the exterior, allowing for an open-air experience. Grab a seat on the patio and enjoy a jerk shrimp taco and one of the hundreds of tequila options.

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Pancho & Lefty’s

Neighborhood: SoBro / Downtown

For tasty street tacos, burritos, quesadillas, street corn, and margaritas, make your way to Pancho & Lefty’s across from Bridgestone Arena in Downtown Nashville. The cantina is located in Nashville’s oldest building and has a rooftop patio, private rooms, and a rustic space. A second location is opening in Sylvan Park soon.

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Taco Mamacita

Neighborhood: Edgehill Village

Taco Mamacita has a lively atmosphere, including a covered patio with a front-row view of Edgehill Village. There’s a wide variety of options, including a vegan menu. The margaritas are always a hit, especially on 2-for-1 Wednesdays. Popular items are the chicken tortilla soup and the Korean BBQ tacos.

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Mas Tacos

Neighborhood: East Nashville

Mas Tacos began as a food truck and is hands-down one of the top Mexican restaurants in Nashville. The fish tacos are the best in town and the fried avocado tacos deserve attention, too. Don’t let the small, unassuming building in East Nashville fool you—this joint has big taste.

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Rosepepper Cantina

Neighborhood: East Nashville

Rosepepper in East Nashville is most well-known for having amazing margaritas and clever sayings on their outdoor sign. It’s a one-of-a-kind place that usually has a nightly wait, which is always a sign of good grub. Three salsas are served with the chips, which is a plus. If you have any room left for dessert, go for the chocolate chimi.

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Bakersfield

Bakersfield

Neighborhood: SoBro / Downtown

Bakersfield is a popular spot in the SoBro neighborhood. You may have had this Mexican cuisine at one of their seven other locations in other states. This is one of the few super-savory options in the Downtown area to get tacos and tequila.

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Bajo Sexto Taco

Bajo Sexto

Neighborhood: SoBro / Downtown

This SoBro-area venture from celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman is a casual taqueria with a limited menu of Mexican cuisine, including tacos, flautas, handmade tortillas, wine, beer, and, of course, margaritas. Under the direction of Oaxacan-born chef Kaelin Ulrich Trilling, you can expect authenticity at Bajo Sexto.

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Nada

Neighborhood: Midtown

Nada is a taco and cocktail restaurant that opened in 2018 in the Midtown neighborhood. Nashville marked the fourth location for the brand, which also has locations in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Indianapolis. From guacamole to tacos to margaritas, this is a fresh spot for modern Mexican cuisine.

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Taqueria del Sol

Neighborhoods: 12 South + West Nashville

Taqueria del Sol is a fast-casual Mexican restaurant based out of Georgia, which has seven locations total. They have two Nashville outposts in the bustling 12 South neighborhood as well as on Charlotte Avenue. Expect a simple menu of tacos, enchiladas, sides, soups, and chili with rotating weekly specials for lunch and dinner.

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Chago’s Cantina

Neighborhood: Belmont Boulevard

Chago’s Cantina on Belmont Boulevard is always full of young college kids since it’s located across the street from Belmont University. They have a mix of Latin American and Mexican cuisine. Chago’s is known for having a variety of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu, too.

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Baja Burrito

Neighborhood: Berry Hill

Baja Burrito has been in Nashville since 2000, which means they’ve mastered how to make a mean burrito. They’re located in the Berry Hill neighborhood, which is just south of downtown Nashville. They’re locally owned and operated, which is a big plus. Despite their popularity, the service is usually speedy. Baja fans love the fish tacos and the fruit tea.

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El Jaliciense

Neighborhood: East Nashville

This authentic Mexican restaurant in East Nashville has been a favorite, award-winning spot for years. El Jaliciense has an expansive menu with everything from cheese dip to burritos to tacos.

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Popular Mexican Chains

While local restaurants are the focus here at Nashville Guru, the chains below are good options if you’re looking for Mexican or Tex-Mex food near Downtown. A couple of these chains are small and locally-driven, so they are worth a visit.


Bartaco

Neighborhood: 12 South

This restaurant in 12 South is one of the most popular spots in town due to its hip setting, tasty cuisine, and sun-soaked patio. Bartaco Nashville is the tenth location for the small chain, and it’s easy to see (and taste) why they’ve had such tremendous success since opening in 2015.

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Las Palmas

Las Palmas - Best Mexican Restaurant in Nashville-1

Neighborhood: West End / Midtown

Las Palmas is affordable and consistent. Nashville natives probably remember the days when Las Palmas was one of the few places to grab Mexican cuisine back in the day. There are now eleven locations in the Nashville area, and we’ve been going to several of those regularly for years (in other words, since the 90s). The service is always reliable, the food is cheap and delicious, and the restaurants are clean. If you want an inexpensive Mexican fix, Las Palmas is worth checking out.

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Chuy’s

Neighborhood: Midtown

Large chains are rarely highlighted on Nashville Guru, but the chip stations at Chuy’s are hard to overlook. The Midtown location is also overly convenient when you’re barhopping and need a bite to eat. Grab a seat on the patio to watch all the Midtown action.

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Other Great Authentic Mexican Restaurants in Nashville

If you want to branch outside of the neighborhoods covered on Nashville Guru, some other popular places include:


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