Go Way Beyond Nachos at Las Vegas' 10 Best Mexican Restaurants

Las Vegas has a wide assortment of Mexican restaurants, with many places featuring food inspired by the cuisine in Northern Mexico and Baja. “Authentic” Mexican food comes in a few incarnations in Vegas, from well-loved, traditional dishes to modern interpretations and new creations.

A number of Las Vegas’ Mexican restaurants are casual and family-friendly. Diners will find menus with an abundance of tacos, enchiladas, burritos and combination dishes, not to mention great beer, tequila, and Margaritas. At Border Grill, these classics have been given a twist, and expanded with flavors you won’t find elsewhere.

Family and regional recipes are popular at many Mexican restaurants. Local favorites like Lindo Michoacan have a dedicated following for those unique, memorable dishes. One taste of the food, and it’s easy to understand why. A short drive off the Strip will lead you to several local, family-owned favorites. Aficionados who are sticklers for authentic flavors will find some gems.

No Mexican restaurant is complete without a solid selection of tequilas, and connoisseurs will find plenty of restaurants offering an tantalizing array to choose from. Margaritas, flights of tequila, and mescal are commonly found at Las Vegas’ Mexican restaurants.

You can order chips and salsa at many Strip hotels, but with a little searching you’ll find a place that earns a spot on your go-to list. For more suggestions, check out our list of Las Vegas’ best Mexican restaurants.



The name says a lot at Juan's Flaming Fajitas, where heaping plates of fajitas are delivered in little cast-iron containers that get set on fire with a flourish right before delivery to your table. This family-friendly restaurant in southwest...  Read More



Casa Don Juan has been a fixture along Main Street in Las Vegas for many years, and with the growth of the 18B Arts District and the vintage shops along Main Street, it continues to make new fans. Traditional Mexican food is served in simply...  Read More



Salud Mexican Bistro and Tequileria offers diners its own interpretation of Mexican food. While you will find combination plates, burritos and tacos, it would be a shame not to venture out of your comfort zone here. The menu is full of tempting...  Read More



When Tacos el Gordo location on the Strip re-opened, devoted fans of this restaurant were delighted. There's nothing fancy here—it's a walk-up counter where you order and pick up at the same place—but the tacos are worth it. Sure, you can...  Read More

East Of The Strip


Lindo Michoacan's food comes in generous portions and is served in an adorably designed area full of authentic décor. The original location on East Desert Inn is known as a favorite stop for locals and tourists. The original owner learned to...  Read More



Located a few blocks west of the Strip, the El Dorado Cantina is a family-owned Mexican restaurant with an authentic touch, inspired by several regions of Mexico. There's a large selection of street tacos—carne asada, carnitas, al pastor,...  Read More



Hussong's Cantina at Mandalay Bay almost feels like you're on Spring Break: live music, plenty of great beer and some terrific food. It's a casual, easy-going atmosphere with dishes like tacos, fajitas, carne asada, flautas, burritos and...  Read More



Canonita is one of the restaurants at The Venetian's Grand Canal Shoppes with a great location right on the Grand Canal, giving diners a wonderful place to enjoy a unique view. The dishes include traditional Mexican favorites like enchiladas,...  Read More



Javier's is originally from Southern California, and its food reflects that influence. The decor is striking here, with a distinctive Latin flair. Located directly off Aria's casino, Javier's candle-lit atmosphere feels miles away from the slot...  Read More

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Celebrity Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger give Mexican food a few new twists at Border Grill. You'll certainly find standards like tacos and enchiladas, but most dishes have a bit of a twist to them. For instance, the lunch menu's...  Read More


Meet Terrisa Meeks

Terrisa Meeks is a native born, life-long resident of Las Vegas. She's watched Las Vegas grow and change over the years, especially the ever-evolving Las Vegas Strip. She still enjoys hanging...  More About Terrisa