At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Austin's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Mexican food in Austin, we head to Curra's Grill - a reader favorite - or we count on Fonda San Miguel's 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 South Austin area.



This ever-growing local chain is everything Mexican restaurants should be in this city: creative, tasty, affordable, friendly and filled with funky Austin style. Born from a phenomenally successful food truck, Torchy's dishes up enormous,...  Read More

Habanero Mexican Cafe
Photo courtesy of Habanero Mexican Cafe


A satisfying kick in the taste buds awaits diners at this authentic Mexican cafe. In fact, it's safe to say that if you can't take the heat, you should probably stay out of Habanero, where even the fresh salsa packs quite a punch....  Read More

South Congress Avenue
Güero's Taco Bar


Güero's is a relative newbie on the Austin Mexican restaurant scene, having just opened in 1986. It's a bustling spot on trendy South Congress and is especially so at lunch when sidewalk tables fill up fast. Evenings can be lively as well,...  Read More

La Palapa


With its thatched roof, La Palapa is certainly easy to spot, which is a good thing since you'll want to get inside and get down to the serious business of eating as quickly as possible. The food is that good – from queso flameado to chile...  Read More



Mexican and Tex-Mex joints are a dime a dozen in Austin, but Abuelo's stands out for both ambience and an extensive menu. The restaurant is reminiscent of a posh Mexican courtyard with its colorful murals, statuary, and plenty of lush foliage....  Read More

South Austin
Matt's El Rancho


Matt's first opened in 1952, and age has not diminished its appeal one bit. It's classy, with tall ceilings and authentic art, but the Texas uniform (jeans, cowboy boots, and a Western shirt) is certainly appropriate attire. The signature...  Read More

South Austin


One of Austin's favorite spots for Mexican food, Curra's has numerous dining areas, a large patio, and great eats. Start with queso flameado, an amazing combination of melted jack cheese, peppers, and chorizo. Standout main dishes include Punta...  Read More

Congress Avenue


Manuel's first location, an industrial-looking place in the heart of downtown, invites folks to partake of campechana, a soup-like dish of seafood, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and serrano peppers. It also presents pollo en molé and Tex-Mex...  Read More

Fonda San Miguel


Great things sometimes come in unassuming packages – such is Fonda San Miguel. Located in an ordinary neighborhood in south-central Austin, it offers an interior and food that are nothing short of extraordinary. The decor transports you to an...  Read More