When talking about tacos, most people think of a tortilla with meat, but in Mexico, restaurants and taco joints have a wide variety of options listed on their menu; you’ll find tacos with seafood, chicken, pork, or vegetables. Take a look at our guide to discover which restaurants serve the tastiest tacos in Cancun.
A local tradition for the past 16 years, El Polilla is a culinary gem serving mouthwatering street eats. It’s not a restaurant but rather a typical “puesto de tacos,” which is a small place on the street or in the markets. Go to market Ki Huic, and when you see a line of people waiting, you’ll know that you’ve found your destination. Every order has two tortillas and a lot of meat so that you can make two tacos, with highlights being surtido (mixed), sesadillas (meat and cheese) and maciza (pork).
Two things will attract your attention at Tacos Los Parejas: tacos de costilla (ribs) and the service. Their food is so good that they have expanded their operations, and all the waiters will call you “pareja” (which means partner) and ask you things such as “What’s up, parejita?” and “What are you having, parejita?”—it’s friendly and warm. Their menu includes bistec with cheese, suadero, and campechano, but on Saturdays and Sundays, they offer other delicious specials, including the famous barbacoa (sheep meat).
Located in the Isla Mall, Taco y Tequila has the Mexican folklore and colors you might be looking for. When you arrive, grab a sombrero (hat) and take a selfie for your Instagram account. Then, choose the best seat overlooking the Nichupté lagoon or next to the babbling fountains. The restaurant’s menu includes all sorts of tacos, refreshing cocktails, and a variety of salsas with various spice levels. Try the tacos sirloin and al pastor while you watch the cooks making handmade tortillas. Have a margarita and enjoy the dazzling sunset and the lagoon breeze.
Going to a taco joint after a night of partying is a tradition in Mexico, so follow the flow and hit Caminero Tacos Cancún, located right in the hotel zone near La Vaquita, after taking a bar tour. The food, service, and prices are excellent. Have nachos as a starter, and drink lemonade to quench your thirst. For something heartier, try the pork pastor or skirt steak tacos, accompanied by six types of sauces. If you’re still hungry, try the traditional Mexican beans.
A friendly Japanese cook prepares tacos the Mexican way at Tacos Oishi, and what makes the service special is that everything is made to order. Try the tacos karague, marinated crispy chicken with ginger inside of a hand-made tortilla, and savor Mexican and Japanese fusion cuisine. Customize your meal with Mexican flavors from the free condiments table, and add on some side dishes, such as nopalitos and refried beans.
Located close to Market 28, La Patrona has the homemade Mexican food that both tourists and locals want. Find the daily special at 1:00 pm or wait until 6:00 pm for the Grill Taco’s menu. Recommended options include the sirloin tacos with salsa, nopalitos and charros beans. The chilaquiles, a traditional Mexican dish made with a tortilla, cheese, and salsa, is also a must-try. For dessert, the flan is delightful. The prices and portions are excellent, and the waiters are friendly.