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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
1,292 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
91% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
671 reviews
  • Fun
  • Casual
  • 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
89% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

El Compadre - Hollywood

$$$$·Mexican·
Hollywood
284 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fun
  • Good for Birthdays
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
Group Bookings in Hollywood
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Petite Taqueria

$$$$·Mexican·
West Hollywood
159 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • 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
88% recommended
Late Night Find in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

Bar Amá

$$$$·Tex-Mex·
Downtown
146 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Casual
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
95% recommended
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Tortilla Republic WeHo

$$$$·Mexican·
West Hollywood
1,347 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • 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
91% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

Toca Madera Los Angeles

$$$$·Mexican·
West Hollywood
1,592 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Hot Spot
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
92% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

Gracias Madre - West Hollywood

$$$$·Mexican·
West Hollywood
3,968 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
90% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

SOL Mexican Cocina - Playa Vista

$$$$·Mexican·
Playa Vista
268 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Authentic
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
95% recommended
Mexican in Los Angeles

Dia de Campo

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Manhattan Beach / Hermosa Beach
475 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
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
Brunch in Beach Cities

Cafe Habana

$$$$·Cuban·
Malibu
367 reviews
  • Worth the Drive
  • Fun
  • Casual
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
Hot Spot 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
292 reviews
  • Fun
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
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
89% recommended
Hot Spot in Hollywood

Luminarias

$$$$·Mexican·
Monterey Park
568 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
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
84% recommended
Scenic View in Pasadena / San Gabriel

Rosa Mexicano - Los Angeles

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,561 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Group Bookings
  • Romance
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
Group Bookings in Downtown / South and East LA

Blue Plate Taco

$$$$·Mexican·
Los Angeles / Orange County
631 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·
Manhattan Beach / Hermosa Beach
653 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • People Watching
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
81% 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
790 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
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
Vibrant Bar Scene in Pasadena / San Gabriel

Trejo's Cantina

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Hollywood
196 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Authentic
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
94% recommended
Child Friendly in Hollywood