There’s nothing like a dose of Mexican culture to warm your soul and spice up an evening – throw together some festive feels, lots of lively eats, and a few tequila cocktails, and you’ve got a sure-fire mood-booster. Grab your mates and check out our list of Sydney’s best Mexican food!
Grab your mates and check out our list of Sydney’s best Mexican food!
Poco’s has been serving up incredible Mexican food to the good people of Randwick for over 12 years. The focus here is on wholesome, authentic and hearty Mexican food in an intimate space that is sure to delight. Poco’s is always bustling with incredible dishes and energetic staff whisking the delectable scents of tacos, enchiladas and burritos around the room gilded with hand-made Mexican goods. Our favourite is the classic chicken fajitas, served with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo ($23.5).
One of Sydney’s best Mexican establishments on wheels, Cantina Movil has grown to fame through its incredible burritos. The décor feels just like home (because they will actually come to your home if you want), and the service is both efficient and friendly. But the food… oh the food! The menu is condensed, but Cantina Movil offers all the crowd favourites – we’re talking burritos, nachos and tacos. If you’ve got a birthday or function coming up soon, you simply must bring Cantina Movil along. Our favour is the pork classic nachos – with corn chips, pinto beans, queso fresco, chipotle mayo, fresh coriander & guacamole.
Rocking a hip, urban look, and offering a produce-driven spin on regional Mexican fare, this CBD bar and restaurant is a clever coming together of cultures. A market-to-table focus grounds the bright and lively menu, while the drinks offering runs from easy-drinking Mexican beers, to snappy cocktails and a hefty range of Margaritas. What’s more, the selection of tequila and mezcal is enough to blow even the most avid agave enthusiast’s mind. You absolutely must try the pork belly tacos, skewered in a sweet spicy miso, with charred onion puree & compressed apple slaw ($14).
This local Glebe haunt has become an institution for incredible cheap tacos and good times all round. The aesthetic and servings are bustling and messy (just the way it should be), with a vibrant exuberance that breathes life into the overall experience. While the tacos are fantastic, we absolutely cannot go past the chimichanga (deep fried burrito), topped with mole negro, poblano ranch, queso fresco & greens served with charro beans and rice ($20).
If you prefer your Mexican bars with a rock’n’roll, Tex-Mex edge, then hotfoot it to your spiritual home of El Camino Cantina. Big, loud, and lively, this is a place where the good times roll freely, and evenings are best spent ripping into gutsy, US-inspired fare, huge Margaritas, and a soundtrack of classic rock. Round up the crew for tacos, tequila, and late-night vibes. If you’re heading there with a friend, try out the 1kg chilli smoked beef ribs – southern prime grain fed beef, ancho chilli sweet BBQ sauce & chargrilled Mexican corn ($39).
Step through the doors of El Loco and you’ll find cheery pops of colour everywhere you look. The vibrant Mexican bar and cantina is as upbeat as they come, serving up flavour-packed eats, stacks of great tequila, and holiday vibes all round. Kick back beneath the palm fronds for a feast of tacos and twisted Margaritas, or head inside for late-night DJ tunes, each Friday and Saturday. And with 3 tacos for $20, you can’t go wrong!
A bright and breezy homage to Southern California, this American-style bar is heavy on the surfer vibes, guaranteed to put you in a holiday state of mind. Kick back amongst the pops of colour and the palm fronds and pretend you’re somewhere on Venice Beach, sipping snappy cocktails, tucking into vibrant Mexican-inspired plates, and treating your ears to a soundtrack of cruisy coastal tunes. Our favourite is definitely the fried halloumi tacos, with jicama salsa, jerk dressing and slaw ($6).
The multi-level Eastern Hotel is a venue of many personalities, but up on the rooftop, it’s all about the flavours and colours of Oaxaca. A Mexican bar and eatery with a youthful energy and a vibrant look, El Topo Mexican offers a contemporary take on traditional fare. Backing up the eats, there’s an impressive drinks offering, including over 100 Mexican spirits, lots of South American wines, and no less than five varieties of Margarita.
Hidden deep within Kings Cross, Chula focuses more-so on the exploration of the seafood elements of Mexican cuisine. The space is light and airy, with clean lines and rustic overtones. While the menu sports the ever faithful tacos, there’s more depth in the offering that is very much worth exploring. Our favourite has to be the pork belly carnitas – slow cooked free range pork belly, chorizo, slaw & pickled jalapeños ($28). Oh, and the cocktails are to die for!
Housed in a stylish CBD basement space, this Mexican bar is your go-to for all kinds of tequila-infused revelry, offering a gutsy range of agave spirits, Herradura flights, and clever signature cocktails. The food menu runs to all your Mexican-leaning favourites, and the late-night game is strong, with resident DJ’s dropping funky soundtracks every Friday and Saturday night. If you’re looking for a little bit of everything, you have to go for one of their set menus! Our favourite is the grandes (only $55).