The Best Mexican Restaurants in Paterson, New Jersey

Tuck in to a tasty Mexican feast
Tuck in to a tasty Mexican feast | © Guilian Frisoni / Flickr
Photo of Katherine Oakes
21 March 2018

There’s simply nothing like authentic Mexican food – from tacos to tamales, these dishes are quick to get your mouth watering and your brain thinking about where you can find them. If you’re in Paterson, New Jersey, and want to know where to find the best spots in town, check out our pick of the best around.

Taquiera Brenda Lee III

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$

Chow down on Mexico City-style tacos at Taqueria Brenda Lee III in downtown Paterson. Made with fresh ingredients daily, enjoy generous portions plus flavorful Mexican side dishes like nopales, radishes, cucumbers and limes with their famous hot sauce.

Antojitos Poblanos

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
Chips and dip | © marcelokato / Pixabay

Antojitos Poblanos has as much flair as its dishes do flavor. This Mexican spot is housed in an old diner that has been converted into a full-service restaurant which is easy to notice given its retro barstools and counter. Check them out for authentic Mexican food and a cool experience.


Restaurant, Mexican, $$$

From sizzling fajitas to steamy burritos and everything in between, Hacienda serves up mouth-watering traditional Mexican food in Paterson. As delicious as it is, Hacienda does warn diners that their plates are spicy. So you can choose how you’d like your food prepared.

La Cemita Loka

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
Delicious Mexican food | © Pexels / Pixabay

Situated on the corner of Main Street in Paterson, La Cemita Loka is a cozy and upbeat Mexican restaurant. They serve plenty of traditional cuisine but the real star is their expansive cemita and torta menu, which happens to be their specialty. Order one of these spicy and flavorful Mexican sandwiches while you’re here.

El Mexicano

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$

El Mexicano is a festive, fun and lively food joint that has a colorful storefront and traditional Mexican cuisine. Inside, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported south of the border, thanks to its decor and authentic dishes. Just make sure to grab one of their famous margaritas while you’re here!

Taquiera Los Gueros

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$

This spot prides itself on serving two very especiale items: a signature trompo-style pork, and pastor tacos. Local to New Jersey, the chain serves fresh and delicious food that taste homemade.

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