The Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles

The OpenTable Team

The Spanish first settled Los Angeles back in 1784, calling it Nuestra Señora Reina de Los Ángeles Asistencia (say that 5 times fast). Since, the Hispanic population continues to influence the culture of Los Angeles, making it one of the best places in the world to eat Mexican food. This city loves its Mexican food and doesn’t care to discriminate over venue, authenticity or regionality. From food trucks slinging street tacos to the post-bar crowd in Hollywood to downtown establishments presenting the finest Baja-inspired seafood, Angelenos celebrate them all. But what do the savviest foodies consider the best Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles? Check out the Tastemaker 20. We used data covering thousands of restaurants to discover the top 20 spots in the city. For locals and visitors craving amazing Mexican fare in LA, we suggest booking a table at one of these amazing restaurants and rapido!

Restaurants:Broken Spanish, Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar, El Compadre - Hollywood
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mexican
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St., Hollywood
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Broken Spanish

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,380 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
At Broken Spanish in downtown Los Angeles, chef Ray Garcia brings together his own heritage with his classical training at some of the city’s top fine dining restaurants. The resulRead more
82% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
697 reviews
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
  • Creative Cuisine
Imagine Tom Petty and Johnny Cash took a trip to Tijuana to drink mezcal and feast on street food – such is the inspiration for Petty Cash Taqueria’s vibe. It’s the brainchild of cRead more
88% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

El Compadre - Hollywood

$$$$·Mexican·
Hollywood
305 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
El Compadre is an LA institution that celebrates classic Mexican dining at its kitschiest. There are now three venues across the city, but the original El Compadre on Sunset BoulevRead more
87% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles
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Petite Taqueria

$$$$·Mexican·
West Hollywood
173 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Fun
Petite Taqueria is an inviting and eclectic space on La Cienega with vintage touches, vibrant art, velvet booths and candlelight. There’s an outdoor patio as well. The trendy West Read more
100% recommended
Romance in Los Angeles
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Bar Amá

$$$$·Tex-Mex·
Downtown
169 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
Downtown diners craving Tex-Mex would be hard-pressed to find a better spot than Bar Amá. Here, chef Josef Centeno elevates the classics of Tex-Mex cuisine with top-quality ingrediRead more
94% recommended
Best Value in Downtown / South and East LA
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Tortilla Republic WeHo

$$$$·Mexican·
West Hollywood
1,413 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Fun
Modern Mexican cuisine prepared using organic, locally sourced produce is the signature of Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood. The restaurant is open for dinner and happy hour nigRead more
85% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

Toca Madera - West Hollywood

$$$$·Mexican·
West Hollywood
1,693 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Bar Seating
West Hollywood’s Toca Madera is often described in the press as sexy, probably due to its flaming drinks and super-sleek space with its centerpiece 100-foot bar of crystal quartz. Read more
89% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

Gracias Madre - West Hollywood

$$$$·Mexican·
West Hollywood
4,120 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Gracias Madre serves Mexican cuisine for the vegan and organic crowd, yet its lovely rustic space draws diners of all kinds. The team behind Gracias Madre (and the original in San Read more
88% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

SOL Mexican Cocina - Playa Vista

$$$$·Mexican·
Playa Vista
320 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
SOL Mexican Cocina presents produce-forward Baja-style cuisine in an upscale setting in Playa Vista. There’s an outdoor patio warmed at night by fire pits. Meanwhile the airy, lighRead more
93% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

Dia de Campo

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Hermosa Beach
489 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Cosy
Dia de Campo draws on a range of complementary inspirations, among them East LA cocinas, classic West Coast fish houses and surf shacks. All befit its location just a block from thRead more
Hot Spot in Beach Cities

Cafe Habana

$$$$·Cuban·
Malibu
381 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Cosy
A casual eatery in the Malibu Country Mart, Café Habana presents modern and mostly healthy versions of Mexican-Cuban cuisine. The kitchen uses organic vegetables, USDA-certified orRead more
89% recommended
Healthy in Beach Cities

Lula Cocina

$$$$·Mexican·
Santa Monica
191 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Child Friendly
Authentic regional specialties, some 300 tequilas and a vibrant space adorned with museum-quality art characterize Lula Cocina Mexicana in Santa Monica. Chef-owner Geraldine GillilRead more
89% recommended
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Pink Taco - Sunset

$$$$·Mexican·
Hollywood
304 reviews
  • Fun
  • Group Bookings
  • Happy Hour
Pink Taco, a small regional chain of restaurants plus a fleet of taco trucks, has a popular venue on Sunset Boulevard. The brand specializes in straightforward SoCal versions of MeRead more
Late Night Find in Los Angeles

Luminarias

$$$$·Mexican·
Monterey Park
616 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
For more than 40 years, Luminarias has drawn diners from all over Los Angeles with its stunning Spanish hacienda setting on a Monterey Park hilltop. Sweeping views across the San GRead more
83% recommended
Brunch in Pasadena / San Gabriel

Rosa Mexicano - Los Angeles

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,640 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
Rosa Mexicano at the LA Live entertainment complex downtown is modeled after the original restaurant established in New York City in 1984. It’s a cheerful, colorful and stylish spaRead more

Blue Plate Taco

$$$$·Mexican·
Los Angeles / Orange County
632 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
  • Lunch
Inside the Shore Hotel, just half a block from the Santa Monica Pier, is Blue Plate Tacos. With ocean views and a bright, beachy vibe, it’s a casual and popular spot for modern tacRead more
88% recommended
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Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila

$$$$·Mexican·
Hermosa Beach
664 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • People Watching
  • Fun
Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila specializes in Cabo San Lucas-style seafood, and is also known for its bright, flavorful cocktails. Margaritas in many flavors and two types of sangrias mRead more
92% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

Mijares Mexican Restaurant

$$$$·Mexican·
Pasadena
288 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
The oldest restaurant in all of Pasadena, Mijares Mexican Restaurant has proffered margaritas and fantastic Mexican cuisine since 1920. The spacious hacienda-inspired venue startedRead more
90% recommended
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El Cholo Cafe

$$$$·Mexican·
Pasadena
808 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Casual
  • Special Occasions
El Cholo Café first opened downtown in 1923, making it one of the oldest as well as one of the best Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles. The current cafe, a cheerful and sprawling hRead more
Group Bookings in Pasadena / San Gabriel

Trejo's Cantina

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Hollywood
202 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Well-known actor Danny Trejo is becoming as famous for his Los Angeles-based chain of Mexican restaurants as he is for his movies. Trejo’s Cantina in Hollywood is the second in an Read more
100% recommended
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