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 that have at least a 4.2 rating on Google.
Best Mexican Restaurants in 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 a big taste.
Taqueria del Sol
Taqueria del Sol is a fast-casual Mexican restaurant based out of Georgia, which has six locations in total. There are is one Nashville location on Charlotte Avenue. Expect a simple menu of tacos, enchiladas, sides, soups, and rotating weekly specials for lunch and dinner.
If you’re in the mood for Tex-Mex cuisine, add Superica to your list. The concept from chef-owner Ford Fry has Nashville loving everything from the atmosphere to the delicious food. Guests can expect Tex-Mex staples, such as Wood-Grilled Fajitas, Shrimp Tacos, and freshly-made flour and corn tortillas. For beverages, house-made margaritas are the most popular.
Ladybird Taco is a fast-casual breakfast and lunch restaurant located in the 12 South neighborhood. This popular taco spot serves house-made tortillas, fresh salsa, queso, and some of the best breakfast tacos in town. The #1 Breakfast Taco and #8 Lunch Taco come highly recommended.
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 their Fish Tacos and fruit tea.
Saint Anejo, M Street Restaurant Group’s premier Mexican restaurant, offers modern Mexican cuisine, Latin mixology, and one of Music City’s most extensive tequila and mezcal lists. On the food side, expect creative tacos, house-made guacamole, and popular weekend brunch options like Huevos Rancheros and Horchata French Toast. The restaurant’s patio is a highlight, which shares an indoor/outdoor bar with the interior.
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. There are now nine 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 delicious, and the restaurants are clean. If you want an inexpensive Mexican fix, Las Palmas is worth checking out.
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.
Taco Chela, located within L&L Market, is known for its creative selection of tacos and its margarita bar. The menu features delicious tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and salads, all made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. If you’re a fan of spice and tequila, we recommend trying the Ghost Pepper Margarita.
Bakersfield is a popular restaurant located within the SoBro neighborhood. Guests can expect Mexican street fare, a selection of over 100 tequilas and American whiskeys, and a lively atmosphere. Only a short walk from Broadway, Bakersfield makes for a perfect dinner spot before a fun night out on the town.
This taco restaurant is one of the most popular spots in town due to its hip settings and tasty cuisine. bartaco has recently opened a second location in East Nashville’s growing Five Points neighborhood. You can’t go wrong with dining at either spot!
Taco Mamacita has reopened in Germantown! This popular Mexican restaurant has a lively atmosphere, including a spacious and covered back patio. Popular menu items are Chicken Tortilla Soup and Hot Chicken Tacos. The margaritas are always a hit!
Cinco De Mayo
Cinco De Mayo has been serving authentic Mexican cuisine since the year 2000. Stop by either of their Nashville locations, Downtown Nashville or East Nashville, for delicious food and daily drink specials. Their Queso Fundido and frozen margaritas will not disappoint.
Pancho & Lefty’s
For tasty street tacos, burritos, quesadillas, street corn, and margaritas, make your way to Pancho & Lefty’s. The Sylvan Park location has a spacious outdoor patio which is great for larger groups. The Melrose location has a fun Mariachi Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm!
Taco Mama in Hillsboro Village is a favorite among college students. The counter-service restaurant offers delicious tacos and refreshing (strong) margaritas. If you love burritos we recommend trying The Judge made with marinated chicken, black beans, cilantro-lime rice, shredded cheddar, lettuce, mild salsa ranchera, and creamy cilantro pesto.
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. Chips are served with fresh salsas and if you have any room left for dessert, go for the Chocolate Chimi.
Blanco Cocina + Cantina
Blanco Cocina + Cantina is located at Fifth + Broadway in Downtown Nashville. The Sonoran-style Mexican restaurant is situated across from Bridgestone Arena, which makes it a perfect dining destination before and after events. Guests can expect a fresh twist on Mexican cuisine with featured menu items like Tiger Shrimp Fajitas, Baja Breakfast Burritos, and Grilled Mexican Street Corn.
Nada is a taco and cocktail restaurant situated in the Midtown neighborhood. Nashville marked the fourth outpost for the brand, which also has locations in Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, and more recently North Bethesda. From guacamole to tacos to margaritas, this is a fresh spot for modern Mexican cuisine.
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: