10 Mexican Restaurants in Scottsdale for Tacos, Tequila and More

Traditional yet modern, Scottsdale's best Mexican food restaurants run the gamut from tiny neighborhood take-out joints to richly elegant dining rooms featuring creative, modern Mexican fare. 

When you find yourself in Old Town, stop by Cien Agaves Tacos and Tequila, where the fun atmosphere is rivaled only by the impressive selection of top-shelf tequila.

For gourmet fare, head to The Mission, located next door to Scottsdale's small historic mission at the edges of Old Town. The menu is a whimsical blend of haute cuisine and creative modern Mexican and Latin American fare. Try the fun and savory crispy pork and cola lime glaze, which features pork belly marinated in cola, lime and served with chiltepin, peanut, pickled red onion and iceberg lettuce.  

If your goal is to luxuriate in Scottsdale resort living, pay a visit to the posh Fairmont Scottsdale Resort, where you will find La Hacienda. This elegant restaurant features a menu by celebrity chef Richard Sandoval, who blends traditional Mexican flavors with top-notch ingredients to create award-winning dishes.

In south Scottsdale, stop by The Blind Pig for a taste of fresh Mexican food prepared with flair. The house nachos are a favorite with repeat customers, as is the chunky house guacamole. The pork chop with mole and wild mushroom quesadillas are winners, as well. 



Los Favoritos Taco Shop is a local Mexican food chain that is well-loved for its tasty selection of unpretentious, flavorful fare. The menu is replete with combo platters, and the selection includes down-home staples like hard shell tacos, carne...  Read More

The Mission


If ever there was a place to enjoy a sophisticated dinner amid the flicker of candlelight, The Mission in Scottsdale is it. This casual upscale restaurant specializes in "modern Latin cuisine" skillfully prepared by Chef Matt Carter using a...  Read More



Fun, funky and right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Cien Agaves Tacos and Tequila is a favorite stopping point for out-of-towners and anyone with a soft spot for tasty tacos and top shelf tequila. The heart of the menu is The Taco Stand,...  Read More



This small, unassuming south Scottsdale cafe dishes out some of the city's best Mexican food. The Blind Pig may not sound like your typical Mexican restaurant, but the plates are brimming with traditional and authentic flavors. For starters, try...  Read More



There's nothing fancy about the small dining room at Tacos Jalisco in Scottsdale, but sometimes all you need is good food served up by expert cooks. This is the case at Tacos Jalisco, a tiny neighborhood restaurant located next to a laundromat...  Read More



If you're looking for a break from the conventional Mexican restaurant combo platter, head over to Diego Pops. The stylish diner is home to a unique menu of modern Mexican fare served with a tropical and cosmopolitan twist. The botanas (snacks)...  Read More



Barrio Queen offers Mexico City-style dishes, described here as "Mexico City soul food." You know you are in for an above-average meal when your tortillas are made fresh in-house, which is what you'll find on the restaurant's expansive taco...  Read More



This family-owned restaurant, tucked into a shopping center in far north Scottsdale, offers an accessible menu of regional Mexican specialties. You'll find everything from nachos to Yucatan-style cochinita pibil, or roasted pork shoulder....  Read More

La Hacienda at The Fairmont


This award-winning Mexican restaurant is located at the elegant Fairmont Princess Resort in Scottsdale and features signature dishes created by Richard Sandoval, an internationally-renowned chef with restaurants around the world. The menu...  Read More



If you're craving tasty Mexican grub in Scottsdale, Mucha Lucha Taco Shop is here to serve. As its name implies, you'll come to this stylish fast-casual restaurant - which features bright pink walls and oversize murals of Mexican luchadores -...  Read More


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