10 Best Mexican Restaurants in Dallas: From Refreshing Ceviches to Mouthwatering Moles

If you're in the mood for Mexican cuisine - and we don't mean Tex-Mex - you're in luck because Dallas has some of the best Mexican spots on this side of the border! The truth is that most people (including Texans!) mistake Tex-Mex dishes like nachos, crispy tacos and fajitas for Mexican food. Mexican cuisine is a whole world away from these types of foods, as it features some of the most gourmet dishes in the world.

This type of cuisine is comprised of fresh seafood, vegetables, grilled meats and delicious sauces, such as mole, made from chiles and chocolate. Mexican cuisine is actually light, refreshing and healthy. Some of the best Dallas spots to find traditional Mexican seafood - think grilled red snapper and cool ceviche (raw fish and seafood marinated and cooked in lime juice), are La Calle Doce - a reader favorite - Cafe Veracruz or Mesa.

If you're more in the mood for Mexican tacos, go to Taco Diner or Torteria Insurgentes, which also has delicious Mexico City-style tortas. If you want an elevated gourmet Mexican dinner, go to Javier's Gourmet Mexicano's which has a solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Mexican cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Bishop Arts District area.

Located in the heart of Downtown Dallas, Iron Cactus is a sleek, trendy Mexican restaurant that's perfect for a night out on the town. This three-story building features outdoor patios with skyline views ideal for pleasant Dallas weather. The...  Read More

Avila's Restaurant

This cozy, family-run spot has been satisfying Dallas's craving for authentic Mexican food for over 25 years. The restaurant is newly renovated but Anita & Octavio Avila's recipes haven't changed a bit. Only the freshest ingredients are used...  Read More

Taco Diner

The hot, delicious fare found at so many corner taco stands in Mexico goes upscale at this much-loved local chain. The McKinney Avenue offshoot has added appeal thanks to a West Village location among trendy shops and restaurants. Grab a coveted...  Read More

Located in the trendy Uptown neighborhood, Komali delivers a cool scene and authentic Mexican cuisine. In fact, its tamarind margarita was voted the Best Margarita in Dallas for the past two years, and it certainly earned the top spot as it's...  Read More

Looking for authentic Mexico City (D.F. as it's called by its locals) food? Head on over to Northwest Highway and Webb Chapel to Torteria Insurgentes. This special gem features the same menu items that delight Mexico City residents every day. If...  Read More

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Opening in Fall 2015 in the always-trendy Shops of Highland Park, Madrina is Dallas' newest restaurant. The cuisine marries traditional Mexican food with French cooking techniques and features fabulous entrees like Lobster Bisque en Croute with...  Read More

A Dallas standout, Mesa in the Oak Cliff neighborhood features traditional Mexican favorites such as mole and ceviche. This gem is upscale Mexican cuisine at its finest and a great place to take out of town visitors who don't want typical...  Read More

Veracruz Cafe

Not your typical fajitas and burritos joint, this hip addition to one of Dallas's more up-and-coming neighborhoods has carved out a cozy niche for itself. Indeed, the locally-owned eatery presents a gourmet slant on traditional Mexican cuisine,...  Read More

This popular Mexican eatery distinguishes itself with a focus on tasty seafood dishes that defy your expectations of south-of-the-border fare. The restaurant itself is a tiny converted house with a lovely covered patio, which is great for...  Read More

Javier's Gourmet Mexicano
Photo courtesy of Javier's Facebook

If you're looking for authentic Mexican cuisine (not Tex-Mex), visit this popular dining treat in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood at the edge of Highland Park. This upscale Mexican restaurant is where Dallas power players and foodies unite, and...  Read More


Meet Denise Brandenberg

Born and raised in Dallas, Denise Brandenberg has been a self-proclaimed “Dallas Ambassador” for out-of-town friends and colleagues for years.

Denise started her career as an advertising...  More About Denise

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