Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in Surprise for Tacos, Tortas & Other Mexican Delights

Surprise is a good place to find yourself if you are in the mood for tasty Mexican food on Phoenix's west side. This fast-growing city, which is surrounded by the neighboring cities of Sun City, El Mirage and Peoria, is home to everything from mom-and-pop taco shops to well-known chain eateries. 

One of the best places for Mexican take-out in the Surprise area is Rito's. This family-owned Mexican restaurant is the westside satellite of the beloved central Phoenix take-out joint, which has been feeding foodies since the 1970s. Everything here has been slow-cooked to exacting standards, so it's hard to go wrong. We, however, are partial to the green chile burrito. 

Another good option for homespun Mexican food is the Rio Mirage Cafe, where the house motto is "Not fast food, not fast paced." Sit back and relax as you enjoy the restaurant's menu of Sonoran-style fare. Enjoy seasonal dishes and classic favorites like the juicy carne asada. 

Looking for a great mom-and-pop Mexican restaurant? Try Yaya's Mexican Bar + Grill, which offers craveable home-style Mexican dishes, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. 



Modern revisions of classic Mexican dishes is what's on the menu at this popular regional chain, known for its steaming hot platters of enchildas, tacos, chimichangas, burritos and other Mexican, Tex-Mex and Southwestern favorites. The Macayo's...  Read More



Federico's Mexican Food is a regional chain with locations in Arizona and New Mexico. The menu collects all your favorite Mexican staples under one roof, including huge burritos, tostadas, quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, tortas and more. The...  Read More



Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant offers an upscale dining room to enjoy classic and modern Mexican dishes. The Peoria location is part of a regional chain, all of which are designed to evoke the romance and artistry of an open-air Mexican courtyard....  Read More



Caminero Mexican Food is a favorite of Mexican food lovers in Phoenix's northwest Valley. The family-owned restaurant serves a comprehensive menu of casual and craveable Mexican food that has turned many locals into regulars. You'll find...  Read More



Authentic, gourmet tacos and tasty, Spanish-style tapas are the name of the game at this west Phoenix eatery. Brushfire Tacos & Tapas offers a fun, fast casual ambiance and a menu that brings together classic Mexican and Spanish cuisine....  Read More



What started out as one of the city's first (and possibly only) gluten-free Mexican food trucks is now one of Surprise's most interesting and exciting Mexican restaurants. Owners Lizz and Esteban Garcia first brick-and-mortar restaurant, Yaya's...  Read More



This Phoenix institution, with locations around the Valley, has been dishing out some of the best home-style Mexican food for decades. Don't be fooled by the humble exterior and lackluster dining area: the food is hot, tasty, and top-notch....  Read More



When you're craving fast, hot and tasty Mexican food on the west side, Roliberto's Mexican Food delivers on all counts. This mom-and-pop eatery, popular with locals in the know, has a huge menu of Mexican staples, including burritos, tacos,...  Read More



Luscious plates of Mexican food classics fill the menu at Rio Mirage Cafe, a family-owned eatery on Phoenix's west side that delivers big flavors and hospitality. The house motto here is "Not fast food, not fast paced," so settle in for...  Read More



This family-owned restaurant is the west side location of the popular central Phoenix Mexican take-out market that has been feeding local Mexican food lovers since the 1970s. The Surprise location delivers the same homespun flavors and comfort...  Read More


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