Visit One of These 10 Restaurants for the Best Tacos in Boston

Source: Yelp

Who doesn’t enjoy a delicious taco? Tacos are small, savory, and easy to customize! Whether you like a simple chicken taco with green sauce or something more creative like a KBBQ taco, you can find some delicious tacos in Boston. In fact, you may be pleasantly surprised by the wide selection of taquerias the city has. Next time you’re in the mood for some tacos, give one of these 10 spots a try. 

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1. Taqueria Jalisco

Charming, laid back restaurant known for its appetizing taco combinations

Need to feed some people for a big event? Taqueria Jalisco has you covered. Image courtesy of Taqueria Jalisco

291 Bennington St | East Boston 

As soon as you step inside Taqueria Jalisco, you are sure to fall in love with it immediately. This quaint and charming restaurant serves a wide selection of Mexican staples including, of course, tacos. The restaurant itself is pretty laid back and casual, so don’t worry about dressing up. Your attention will soon be directed to the restaurant’s appetizing menu. 

If you’re just here for the tacos, we recommend ordering the combo, which comes with a side of rice and beans. From the Birria Tacos to the Dozen Pork Tamales, everything is made to perfection at this popular restaurant. 

“We ordered the Birria Tacos. They were 13.99 per meal and they gave three tacos, broth, onions, cilantro, hot sauce, and one last pink vegetable. We of course put all the extra ingredients in the broth and began dipping the tacos. The tacos were so good that none of us talked for 20 minutes. It was so savory and crunchy and had a hint of zest.” - Yelp Review

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2. Lone Star Taco Bar

Rustic bar that specializes in mezcal, tequila, and Mexican street food

Treat yourself to some savory and authentic Tacos. You deserve it! Image courtesy of Yelp.

479 Cambridge St | Allston | lonestar-boston.com

Lone Star Taco Bar is one of the newer restaurants on the list, having opened in 2012. But it has quickly garnered an impressive reputation for its savory Mexican dishes. Tacos stuffed with carnitas pork, beef barbacoa, fundido chorizo, and more savory fillings can be found on the restaurant’s extensive menu. 

If you’re ordering take out, you can get one of their famous taco kits! Each kit comes with all the ingredients needed to make three delicious tacos. Beer, wine, and cocktails are all available to enjoy alongside your taco plate. And yes, they do come in to-go kits as well!

“The tacos are delicious and the local/hip/small joint vibe at this place is unbeatable. The carnitas and birria are highly recommended! I've gone on 3 dates here and they've all gone pretty well so take that into consideration too.” - Yelp Review

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3. El Pelón Taquería

Authentic tacos made using only the freshest ingredients

Photo of El Pelón Taquería - Boston, MA, United States. Chicken tacos topped with fresh, crunchy veggies
The chicken tacos are stuffed with fresh and crunchy vegetables. Image courtesy of Yelp.

92 Peterborough St | Fenway | elpelon.com

Since 1998, Boston locals have flocked to El Pelon Taqueria for its savory and authentic Mexican cuisine. The tacos are also a huge draw for guests. Special taco combos like the Pescado and Caramelos are available as well as individual tacos that can be purchased separately. The braised pork, grilled chicken, and grilled steak tacos can all be mixed and matched onto a platter. 

In addition to its fine taco selection, El Pelon Taqueria also serves burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, and other specialty plates. The Chicken Chimichanga and Fish Plate are both popular among guests. Thirsty? El Pelon doesn’t have a bar, but it does serve soft drinks and juice. 

“The prices are reasonable for much better food than you'll find at chipotle or maybe even other spots in the area. Here I went with my friend and he had the Carnitas taco and steak torta which both looked delicious and per his review the torta blew him away.” - Yelp Review

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4. Chilacates Mexican Street Food

Hidden gem that produces some of the best tacos in Boston

Chilacates is about to become your favorite taco spot. Image courtesy of Yelp.

224 Amory St | Jamaica Plain | chilacates.mx

Chilacates Mexican Street Food has several branches around Boston. While we are focusing on the Amory Street location for this article, you are sure to enjoy delicious, high-quality tacos at any of the other branches you might visit. 

All tacos come with your choice of filling plus onions, cilantro, and radish. You can also order a taco plate, which features three tacos and a side of rice and beans. Chicken tinga, papas con chorizo, al pastor, pork, grilled chicken, lengua, carnitas, and veggies are all available as fillings. Grilled fish, carne asada, and shrimp are also available for an extra charge. 

“Chilacates satisfies even the strongest Mexican food cravings! Ordering via phone was quick (there's also a text-to-order option), and we easily paid upon arrival and picked up our food. Make sure to ask for containers of their hot sauce before you leave!” - Yelp Review

5. Naco Taco

Late-night taco spot offering indoor and outdoor seating

Sit down and enjoy some delicious scratch-made tacos with friends. Image courtesy of Yelp.

297 Massachusetts Ave | Kendall Square/MIT | nacocentral.com

Naco Taco is another popular spot in Boston for grabbing delicious and authentic tacos. Want to enjoy the nice summer weather? The restaurant offers outdoor seating! You can also find a food truck version of Naco Taco on Newbury Street. 

Guests can order tacos as a pair or a trio. All of their corn tortillas are made in-house and are gluten-free and vegan. Fried shrimp, smoked tofu, chorizo, and other savory tacos are available. If you’re coming with a few friends, make sure you share some chips and guacamole! Naco Taco also offers an extensive drink list filled with margaritas, cocktails, beer, and wine. 

“These are literally my favorite shrimp tacos ever. The chipotle aioli sauce on it gets me every time  & whoever said corn off the cob is for cowards LIED. It's totally satisfying & delicious. All of their tacos are gluten free & they have a food truck usually located on Newbury Street as well.” - Yelp Review

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6. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

Upbeat and trendy taco spot located in South Boston

Ready for some fresh tacos, chips, and a margarita? Of course you are! Image courtesy of Yelp.

412 W Broadway | South Boston | locosouthboston.com

At Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, you can expect to be treated to some of the best tacos in Boston. This fun, upbeat restaurant specializes in three key things: tacos, oysters, and tequila. Our favorite tacos are the Cajun Blackened Tuna Taco, Smoked Brisket Taco, and Chicken Pesto Taco. 

Are you a fan of margaritas? They have plenty of those at Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar. From the Frozen Margarita to the Little Devil, all of Loco Taqueria’s drinks are guaranteed to please and delight you. Whether you come for dinner or brunch, you are sure to quickly fall in love with this popular restaurant. 

“I went this past weekend with a few friends and all of our food was fantastic. We had the birria tacos and the Cubano along with a bunch of oysters of course. Nice presentation of all the food and good portions.” - Yelp Review

7. Cosmica

Neighborhood eatery specializing in Cal-Mex cuisine

Enjoy some of the best tacos in Boston at this trendy eatery. Image courtesy of Yelp.

40 Berkeley St | South End | cosmicaboston.com

Located in the South End neighborhood, Cosmica serves an appetizing selection of Cal-Mex cuisine including, of course, tacos. Cosmica’s most popular tacos include the Fried Clam Tacos and Chicken Verde tacos. If anyone in your party isn’t in the mood for tacos, they can check out the bowls and small plates. Tuna ceviche, shrimp quesadilla, crab churros, and other savory dishes are available for your enjoyment. 

Have you ever had a boozy slushie? Cosmica’s popular Acapulco Dream slushie and Frozen Mango Margaritas are perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot day. 

“FRIED CLAM TACOS!!! I'm already a fan of fried clam, but as a taco?? -- yes, I went for it. 10/10.” - Yelp Review

8. Taco Loco Mexican Grill

Classic Mexican food served in a cozy, laid back atmosphere

46 Broadway | East Somerville | tacolocorestaurant.com

Since 1994, locals have flocked to Taco Loco Mexican Grill for its authentic and savory Mexican dishes. On the menu, you’ll find a wide selection of proteins to stuff inside your taco including adobada pork, beef tongue, chicharron, fish, and steak. A vegetarian option is also available. All tacos are served with cream, cheese, onion, and cilantro on a 6” corn soft tortilla. 

If you manage to save enough room for dessert, we recommend trying the Arroz Con Leche or Flan. Want something a little less sweet? Taco Loco also serves natural fruit and vegetable shakes. 

“Really nice, clean place. Lots of food options and fast to go service. Everything is fresh and made to order. Chicharrón taco was delicious. Burritos were a great portion for size and price. Quesadilla was very delicious and filling.  All came with sides of chips and salsa which was great!” - Yelp Review

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9. Rincon Mexicano

Popular restaurant known for its $1 Taco Tuesday special

Photo of Rincón Mexicano - Somerville, MA, United States. Shrimp and fish tacos - loved the colors and presentation!
Treat yourself to some delicious Shrimp and Fish Tacos. Image courtesy of Yelp.

99 Broadway | East Somerville | rinconmexicanosomerville.com

Out of all of the other restaurants on the list, Rincon Mexicano probably offers the best deal. For Taco Tuesday, Rincon offers special $1 tacos for dine-in guests. All tacos are served with cilantro and onions. However, you can add extra fillings like guacamole and lettuce. 

Two special plates are also offered, the Tacos de Camaron and Tacos de Pescado. The Tacos de Camaron features three corn tortillas filled with fried shrimp and the Tacos de Pescado features three corn tortillas filled with fried fish. 

“I love this place. Favorites are the fish tacos, vegetarian nachos, and carne Burrito. It is a small take-out spot that rivals the other local Mexican places.” - Yelp Review

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10. Citrus & Salt

Stylish and upbeat Mexican restaurant located in Back Bay

Photo of Citrus & Salt - Boston, MA, United States. Pork Belly and Fish Taco
Pictured above are the Pork Belly and Fish Tacos. Don’t they look delicious? Image courtesy of Yelp.

142 Berkeley St | Back Bay | citrusandsaltboston.com

Citrus & Salt has a small but creative selection of tacos. The full selection includes B&B Battered Fish Tacos, Buttermilk’s Nashville Hot Chicken Tacos, Braised Brisket Crunchy Tacos, and Butter Poached Lobster Tacos. There are two tacos per order. A number of shareable plates such as the Shrimp & Blue Corn Grits and Tecate Braised Lamb Shank are perfect for small groups. Hungry for dessert? You can’t go wrong with their Made to Order Churros or Dole Whip. 

“I went to Boston for the weekend and Citrus and & Salt was probably my favorite place. The ambiance and energy is great. The drinks were amazing! I got the beacation and loved it. The food was very good and fresh, I ordered the lobster tacos.” - Yelp Review

While Boston might not be the first city that comes to mind when discussing tacos and other Mexican dishes, it does house a wide selection of restaurants that serve delicious, high-quality tacos. What restaurants on the list do you plan to visit next? Let us know in the comment section below!

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