Denver Loves Mexican: 10 Can't-Miss Mexican Restaurants from Traditional to Nouveau

The Mile High City has no lack of Mexican restaurants, but they’re not all created equal. Some are downhome traditional, such as Patzcuaro's, while others, including Lola Mexican Fish House, are upscale-contemporary by design. A few fuse both styles and are places where you can get hearty chicken enchiladas as well as delicate pan-roasted mahi-mahi. Tamayo falls in that category. By its nature, much of Mexican cuisine is gluten free, and south-of-the-border dishes have long been vegetarian friendly, centered as many are around chiles, rice and beans, to say nothing of chips, salsas and guacamole. Mexican is in many ways the Latin version of comfort food, its dishes warm, filling and recalling a welcoming home where someone’s grandmother has been in the kitchen all day preparing for guests to arrive. While you can find Mexican in almost every Denver neighborhood, the northern neighborhoods stand out, giving diners a wealth of choices including El Chingon, Patzcuaro's, Lola's, La Loma and Paxia. For those who prefer their spicy dishes accompanied by Mexico’s renowned national spirit, tequila, there are many options as well. Tequila is front and center in its many forms at these restaurants, from affordable and best mixed in a margarita to carefully aged and perfect for sipping. It may be cliché to say Denver’s Mexican restaurants offer something for everyone, but that doesn't mean it's not true. 



If you're in Cherry Creek and craving Mexican-fusion tacos, you can't do better than Marg's. The house-made flour-tortilla soft tacos get their culinary inspiration from around the globe--Korea, India, Vietnam, Italy, Japan and good old American...  Read More

Tacos Tequila Whiskey
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Tacos Tequila Whiskey evolved from the cheekily named Pinche Taco food truck, but the name didn't fit the slightly more sophisticated aesthetic of a sit-down restaurant in the City Park neighborhood. While the truck retired from street service,...  Read More

Machete Tequila & Tacos
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In March 2014, Machete opened its second restaurant, this one in LoDo situated between Coors Field and Union Station. While the original Cherry Creek eatery has a charming Mexican dive-bar feel, the aesthetic in LoDo is more upscale. Interesting...  Read More

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Taking its name from an idyllic lake high in the mountains of Michoacan, Mexico, Taqueria Patzcuaro offers good food that's well priced and served up in a compact but comfortable space. Meats feature heavily on the menu, such as grilled pork...  Read More

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Owner Rayme Rosello describes Comida as a "small, funky, not overly precious neighborhood joint filled with the flavors we have come to love over the years while visiting family and friends in Mexico." The flavors are familiar but Comida offers...  Read More



Exceptionally friendly service, excellent food and appealing decor make this north Denver restaurant well worth a visit from anywhere in the city--and it has a parking lot. Ceviche here is made with octopus and fresh orange and lime juice, among...  Read More

Lola Mexican Fish House
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Evoking the flavors and colors of coastal Mexico, Lola's fresh seafood sizzles with south-of-the-border flair. The LoHi restaurant is casual, upbeat and comfortable, and among its highlights is a stellar cocktail program featuring more than 200...  Read More

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Tamayo is one of the most popular restaurants on historic Larimer Square with good reason. Richard Sandoval, of Zengo and La Biblioteca fame, has created a posh, airy space in which Mexican is reimagined as an artful, surprising cuisine yet true...  Read More



Perennially a Denver favorite, La Loma is located in a historic house in northwest Denver and celebrates foods typical of the Yucatan, Mexico City and Acapulco, among other areas. The menu offers the best of Mexico's traditional dishes, from...  Read More



This gem in the Berkeley neighborhood serves fresh food in an intimate setting accommodating. Gloria Nunez, a native of Mexico City, and her grandson, David Lopez, opened El Chingon in this charming old house on Tennyson Street in December 2013....  Read More


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