It’s time to dust off your sombrero and enjoy some Mexican cuisine!
Some cravings pop up and disappear just as quickly as soon we get a look at something else that looks tasty. As we all know, though, there are some cravings that we can never quite seem to shake until we’ve given in and let ourselves indulge in them. For whatever reason, the most difficult craving to shake is one that stems from Mexican cuisine. Whether it be tacos, burritos, or even tamales, once you’ve had a taste of them, you’ll be craving them for the rest of your life.
Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of the eight best restaurants to have a Mexican fiesta at in Nashville.
Address: 2910 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
Neighborhood: South Nashville
Looks can be deceiving, so don’t let the unassuming exterior of this authentic Mexican restaurant dissuade you from stopping by. They have some of the most delicious tacos in all of Nashville.
You won’t want to miss out on these fresh ingredients piled onto homemade tortillas. You’ll find amazing reviews for them on any website that offers reviews - and for good reason. Carniceria Y Taqueria Don Juan is a hidden gem in a sea of Nashville-based Mexican restaurants.
Once you get your hands on one of these warm, freshly made tortillas that are the heart and soul of their tacos, you’ll never be able to go back to the store-bought kind.
“You might fly past this place if you frequent the Nolensville Road area right near the Woodbine area of Nashville, but trust me when I say to swing by and grab some food here!” - Yelp Review
Address: 2526 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
Neighborhood: 12 South
There’s no denying that tacos are a hot commodity to Nashville locals. How exactly they prefer their tacos varies from person to person, but if you’re someone who likes to be able to pick and choose how you’d like to dress up your tacos, you won’t want to miss out on Bartaco.
Using a tallying sheet that they’ll hand you when you first sit down at your table, you can easily select a variety of special taco recipes they’ve concocted to try out. Tacos aren’t all they have to offer, either.
You can indulge in a whole spread of classic Mexican cuisine here. The decor isn’t half-bad either - with white walls and bright lighting, you may just feel like you’re on a beach in Mexico instead of landlocked Nashville!
“I loved the atmosphere, cool lighting, amazing music (the playlist was from the 2000s and my friend and I were dancing at the table the whole time), and great service!” - Yelp Review
Address: 732 Mcferrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
When you think about Mexican food, your thoughts might immediately jump to tacos, and that’s not a bad thing. Tacos are a main staple when it comes to street fare all throughout Mexico, but they’re also not all that Mexican food has to offer.
In fact, in most Mexican homes, you’ll probably find that one of the most traditional meals they make (and quite frequently) is actually tamales.
Whether you’re familiar with tamales or not, if you’re looking for a place to get some of the best tamales Nashville has to offer, Mas Tacos Por Favor is the place for you. Their servings are always massive, so be sure to stop by when you’re hungry!
“Perfect, no frills taco spot in Nashville...Our food was ready quickly, and everything was delicious! Cash or check only, but there is an ATM inside. We will definitely be back when in Nashville!” - Yelp Review
Address: 3736 Annex Ave, Ste 107, Nashville, TN 37209
Neighborhood: West Nashville
Looking for an easygoing bar where you can get some delicious Mexican cuisine as a side to some of the best tequila you can find? Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant would love to be the source of your next fun night out.
Don’t miss out on Mexican favorites, like carnitas, specialty quesadillas, burritos, and even chimichangas. At Tequila’s Mexican restaurant, they offer all of your old favorites, as well as some options that incorporate fish and different meats into their recipes.
When you stop by, you can expect top-notch service every time. They’ll treat you so well, you’ll start to wonder if every other restaurant you’ve ever been to was just having an off-day.
“I love this place!!! The service here is always top notch and the servers are the sweetest. Add in the $15 pitchers, perfectly chunky salsa and awesome food, you have yourself a win. Fajita quesadilla for life.” - Yelp Review
Address: 1612 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212
If you’re looking for a new favorite Mexican restaurant where they care about their local Nashville community just as much as they care about themselves, Taco Mama is a must-visit for you.
Here, they like to locally source all of the ingredients they possibly can to make sure that they’re supporting local vendors as they run their own business. Because of this, you can find some of the freshest ingredients in every dish at Taco Mama.
You can find simple classics like tacos, burritos, nachos much like you’d find them along the coast right here in Nashville - and they’re all delicious! To top it off, they’ve created an extensive margarita menu to help you pair your meal with a tasty drink.
“One of my favorites in Nashville. Always a fun vibe full of college kids and young people. Food is fresh and good, missing the tacos, shrimp steak and chicken are all good. Get a pitcher when you're here too.” - Yelp Review
Caption. Image courtesy of Taqueria Del Sol Instagram.
Address: 2317 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
Neighborhood: 12 South
Though it originated in Atlanta, the moment they opened a location in Nashville, Taqueria Del Sol quickly became a fan favorite among Nashville natives. Touted in reviews all over the internet as one of the best places to get queso, you definitely won’t want to pass on this one.
Especially if you’re a queso fan (and let’s face it: the only people who aren’t are lactose intolerant), you have to check out what they have to offer. They’ve kept their menu pretty simple, but they prefer it that way because it really allows you to relish in the strong flavors they do offer.
Here at Taqueria Del Sol, they’re also well-known philanthropists. Each year, they host “A Taqueria Holiday,” where they help to raise money for Nashville’s Safe Haven Family Shelter as a way of giving back to the community that has given so much to them over the years.
“I don't want to toot my own horn here, but I know a good queso. I'm somewhat of a queso connoisseur. And I loved the ‘cheese dip’ here. More like a queso blanco with big chunks of jalapeño.” - Yelp Review
Address: 135 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201
What’s better than some delicious handcrafted tacos and quesadillas to curb those cravings you’ve been having for Mexican food lately? Some delicious, handcrafted tacos and quesadillas with a side of tequila.
At Cerveza Jack’s they like to keep things as simple and tasty as they possibly can - and a combination of tacos and tequila really hits the spot. Here you don’t have to choose between sweet and savory when you order.
Cerveza Jack’s is a tequila lover’s dream, so if you love yourself a margarita, don’t be afraid to stop in for a good time and some even better eats.
“Whenever we are anywhere in the vicinity we make sure to stop here. The nachos are by far the best nachos we have ever had! All the food there is spectacular.” - Yelp Review
Address: 722 Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37217
Neighborhood: South Nashville
Looking for a new favorite Mexican restaurant that goes above and beyond when it comes to customer service? Baja Burrito is a locally owned, family run business that does things a little differently than you might be used to, but above all else they want you to enjoy your time with them.
And so many people do! Most days, you’ll find a line stretching all the way out the door of people eager to get their hands on one of these delicious burritos, but don’t let the line deter you - they make sure it moves fast.
To make things even better, they’ve even instituted a helpful option that allows you to skip the line if you’re especially in a hurry. Simply download the fax form on their website to place your order, fax it back to them, and your order should be ready by the time you arrive!
“Baja - in my opinion - is one of those quick, easy and delicious classic places that's always a good idea. It's the place you find comfort in going to because it's always consistent... and consistently good!” - Yelp Review
There is no shortage of Mexican restaurants in Nashville, but finding the one that you’ll stick with for years to come isn’t always easy. These are some of the best. Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below!