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25 Boston-Area Tacos to Try

Hint: Taco Bell is not on the map

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Chicken taco from Amelia’s Taqueria
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Whoever said that Boston is a city without any decent tacos hasn’t actually eaten tacos in Boston, at least not lately. Is Boston Los Angeles or Santa Fe or Dallas? No, of course it’s not. But it’s not exactly Dawson City, Canada, either. Boston boasts a number of taquerias — and a few unexpected restaurants — serving very good to great tacos, and you should eat at all of them and stop proclaiming that Boston has no tacos. Here are 25 to try.

Note: Map points are listed geographically from north to south, not ranked.

See also: Where to Find Taco Tuesday Deals in Boston; Where to Eat Burritos in and Around Boston; The United States of Mexican Food

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This map was originally published on April 26, 2018; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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1. Tenoch Mexican

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24 Riverside Ave
Medford, MA 02155
(781) 395-2221
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Tenoch is perhaps best known for its tortas — and by all means, eat one — but the tacos are also of extreme quality. In addition to the Medford location, there’s also one in Boston’s North End and another in Somerville’s Davis Square, plus two food trucks regularly rotating around the area. And the team’s opening a sit-down tequila bar in Medford Square, El Tacuba, later this year.

2. La Victoria Taqueria

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12 Medford St
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 859-5503
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With locations in Arlington and Beverly, La Victoria Taqueria mostly features tortas on its short menu, but don’t miss the tacos, which include fillings that aren’t found everywhere, such as beef tongue, pork skin and meat, and Mexican sausage.

La Victoria Taqueria tacos La Victoria Taqueria/Official Site

3. La Brasa

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124 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 764-1412
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Chef and owner Daniel Bojorquez grew up in Hermosillo, Mexico, and while his cuisine at La Brasa isn’t Mexican (aside from some influences), he once referred to the carnitas taco as the restaurant’s hamburger thanks to its approachability. It’s the best thing on the menu at a restaurant doing many things well.

4. Rincón Mexicano

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99 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 776-1200
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Rincón is great any night of the week, but it’s best on Tuesdays when customers can get pollo, pastor, or veggie tacos for just $1 each.

5. Taco Loco Mexican Grill

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44 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 625-3830
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Tacos are just $2 at Taco Loco, and they’re very good. Get three tacos and sides for $8, and stuff yourself on Broadway for less than a tenner.

Plastic takeout container with three tacos, rice with a lime wedge, black beans, and radishes for garnish
Tacos from Taco Loco
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6. Taquería Jalisco

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291 Bennington St
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-6367

Taquería Jalisco serves one of the best lengua tacos in the city. Go eat some tongue. Now!

7. Angela's Cafe

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131 Lexington St
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-4972
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Angela’s cuisine focuses on food from Puebla, which is where the restaurant’s namesake lived much of her life. The tamales caseros de Puebla are a must, as are the carnitas tacos. There are two locations, both in East Boston, and both are worthy of your dough.

8. Felipe's Taqueria

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21 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-9944
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Felipe’s is probably better known for its burritos — and its roof deck — but the tacos are solid, too. Go there this summer, eat two or three tacos, and drink frozen margaritas on the roof deck.

9. Taqueria El Amigo

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196 Willow St
Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 642-7410
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Taqueria El Amigo makes trekking to Waltham very much worth it. Get the beef cheek or the beef tongue.

El Amigo in Waltham
This cash-only joint is worth hitting an ATM for
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10. Taco Mex

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65 Maverick Sq
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 569-2838
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The portions are ample at Taco Mex — get three tacos (choose between beef, chicken, pork, and lengua) with rice and beans, and leave full and happy.

The taco combo at Taco Mex
The taco combo at Taco Mex
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11. La Cancun

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192 Sumner St
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-4449
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The tacos at La Cancun are exactly what tacos should be: simple and clean.

12. Naco Taco

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297 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 945-1548
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The fish taco at Naco Taco — made with cod — is the one. The restaurant also serves a duck confit taco, which is a little twee...but also tasty as hell.

Naco Taco
Naco Taco
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13. Villa Mexico Cafe

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121 Water St
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 957-0725
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Do yourself a favor and get over to Villa Mexico for the fish taco.

14. Lone Star Taco Bar

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479 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 782-8226
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At Lone Star (the Boston location and the Cambridge location), it’s all about the barbacoa and the carnitas. Everything is good, but these two are especially good. Lone Star also does daily specials — if you’re lucky, you’ll catch it on a fried clam taco day.

Two tacos sit on a plate with a sliver of lime
Tacos at Lone Star
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15. Taqueria El Carrizal

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254 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 779-0022
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This Guatemalan, Mexican, and Salvadoran joint in Allston serves a mean taco (get it with chicken, beef, pork, or lengua.) Get the fried sweet plantains while you’re at it. And the shrimp ceviche.

Tacos from Taqueria El Carrizal
Tacos from Taqueria El Carrizal
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16. Amelia's Taqueria

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180 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 787-7672
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The original Amelia’s in Allston is a neighborhood favorite. There are two more now — one near Northeastern’s campus and one in Cleveland Circle. Try the spicy chicken and the chile verde.

Chicken taco from Amelia’s Taqueria
Chicken taco from Amelia’s Taqueria
Amelia’s Taqueria/Official Site

17. Coreanos

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172 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 208-8822
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Coreanos isn’t a taco joint, but don’t tell that to the galbi short rib taco. Coreanos takes the best of Allston — the neighborhood is lousy with great Korean food — and puts it in a taco. This is a very good thing.

Tacos at Coreanos
Tacos at Coreanos
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18. Habanero Mexican Grill

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166 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-0299

Habanero Mexican Grill’s burritos are peerless, and the tacos are pretty special too. Allstonians are lucky to have this spot.

19. Maria's Taqueria

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226 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 357-7399
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The burrito at Maria’s is well-loved, but don’t sleep on the tacos.

Tacos from Maria’s
Tacos from Maria’s
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20. Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar

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271 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 369-5609
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The interiors at both Lolita locations (Back Bay and Fort Point) are gorgeous and will set the tone for a great night out. The blackened mahi-mahi tacos will seal the deal, but don’t miss the hot chicken tacos.

21. Dorado Tacos

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401 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-2100
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The baja fish taco at Dorado is the play. Dorado has a little patio, and it’s almost patio weather, so go eat some fish tacos while sipping on a cold beer. On a patio.

Dorado Tacos
Dorado Tacos
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22. El Pelón Taqueria

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92 Peterborough St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 262-9090
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El Pelón is, rightfully so, known for its burritos. But its tacos — and especially the fish tacos and the caramelos tacos — aren’t too shabby, either. (There’s also a Brighton location.)

23. Anna's Taqueria

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1412 Beacon St #1
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 739-7300
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Anna’s has been open for more than 20 years, and it has grown from one location to eight in that timespan. The Beacon Street location in Brookline is the OG, but they’re all doing equally tasty tacos, so hit up whichever spot is closest.

24. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

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412 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 917-5626
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Tacos and oysters? Yes, please.

Tacos at Loco Taqueria
Tacos at Loco Taqueria
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25. Chilacates

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224 Amory St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-6000
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Get the elote (street corn) — it’s as good as it gets in the city — and get the papas con chorizo (potatoes with chorizo) taco. Chilacates now has five locations: Jamaica Plain (two), Chestnut Hill, Mission Hill, and the South End, with Roslindale coming next.

Three tacos in an aluminum takeout container on a picnic table
Tacos at Chilacates
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1. Tenoch Mexican

24 Riverside Ave, Medford, MA 02155

Tenoch is perhaps best known for its tortas — and by all means, eat one — but the tacos are also of extreme quality. In addition to the Medford location, there’s also one in Boston’s North End and another in Somerville’s Davis Square, plus two food trucks regularly rotating around the area. And the team’s opening a sit-down tequila bar in Medford Square, El Tacuba, later this year.

24 Riverside Ave
Medford, MA 02155

2. La Victoria Taqueria

12 Medford St, Arlington, MA 02474
La Victoria Taqueria tacos La Victoria Taqueria/Official Site

With locations in Arlington and Beverly, La Victoria Taqueria mostly features tortas on its short menu, but don’t miss the tacos, which include fillings that aren’t found everywhere, such as beef tongue, pork skin and meat, and Mexican sausage.

12 Medford St
Arlington, MA 02474

3. La Brasa

124 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

Chef and owner Daniel Bojorquez grew up in Hermosillo, Mexico, and while his cuisine at La Brasa isn’t Mexican (aside from some influences), he once referred to the carnitas taco as the restaurant’s hamburger thanks to its approachability. It’s the best thing on the menu at a restaurant doing many things well.

124 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

4. Rincón Mexicano

99 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

Rincón is great any night of the week, but it’s best on Tuesdays when customers can get pollo, pastor, or veggie tacos for just $1 each.

99 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

5. Taco Loco Mexican Grill

44 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145
Plastic takeout container with three tacos, rice with a lime wedge, black beans, and radishes for garnish
Tacos from Taco Loco
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Tacos are just $2 at Taco Loco, and they’re very good. Get three tacos and sides for $8, and stuff yourself on Broadway for less than a tenner.

44 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

6. Taquería Jalisco

291 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

Taquería Jalisco serves one of the best lengua tacos in the city. Go eat some tongue. Now!

291 Bennington St
Boston, MA 02128

7. Angela's Cafe

131 Lexington St, Boston, MA 02128

Angela’s cuisine focuses on food from Puebla, which is where the restaurant’s namesake lived much of her life. The tamales caseros de Puebla are a must, as are the carnitas tacos. There are two locations, both in East Boston, and both are worthy of your dough.

131 Lexington St
Boston, MA 02128

8. Felipe's Taqueria

21 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Felipe’s is probably better known for its burritos — and its roof deck — but the tacos are solid, too. Go there this summer, eat two or three tacos, and drink frozen margaritas on the roof deck.

21 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

9. Taqueria El Amigo

196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453
El Amigo in Waltham
This cash-only joint is worth hitting an ATM for
Katie Chudy/Eater

Taqueria El Amigo makes trekking to Waltham very much worth it. Get the beef cheek or the beef tongue.

196 Willow St
Waltham, MA 02453

10. Taco Mex

65 Maverick Sq, Boston, MA 02128
The taco combo at Taco Mex
The taco combo at Taco Mex
Taco Mex/Official Site

The portions are ample at Taco Mex — get three tacos (choose between beef, chicken, pork, and lengua) with rice and beans, and leave full and happy.

65 Maverick Sq
Boston, MA 02128

11. La Cancun

192 Sumner St, Boston, MA 02128

The tacos at La Cancun are exactly what tacos should be: simple and clean.

192 Sumner St
Boston, MA 02128

12. Naco Taco

297 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Naco Taco
Naco Taco
Naco Taco/Official Site

The fish taco at Naco Taco — made with cod — is the one. The restaurant also serves a duck confit taco, which is a little twee...but also tasty as hell.

297 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

13. Villa Mexico Cafe

121 Water St, Boston, MA 02109

Do yourself a favor and get over to Villa Mexico for the fish taco.

121 Water St
Boston, MA 02109

14. Lone Star Taco Bar

479 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02134
Two tacos sit on a plate with a sliver of lime
Tacos at Lone Star
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

At Lone Star (the Boston location and the Cambridge location), it’s all about the barbacoa and the carnitas. Everything is good, but these two are especially good. Lone Star also does daily specials — if you’re lucky, you’ll catch it on a fried clam taco day.

479 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02134

15. Taqueria El Carrizal

254 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Tacos from Taqueria El Carrizal
Tacos from Taqueria El Carrizal
Taqueria El Carrizal/Official Site

This Guatemalan, Mexican, and Salvadoran joint in Allston serves a mean taco (get it with chicken, beef, pork, or lengua.) Get the fried sweet plantains while you’re at it. And the shrimp ceviche.

254 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134

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16. Amelia's Taqueria

180 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Chicken taco from Amelia’s Taqueria
Chicken taco from Amelia’s Taqueria
Amelia’s Taqueria/Official Site

The original Amelia’s in Allston is a neighborhood favorite. There are two more now — one near Northeastern’s campus and one in Cleveland Circle. Try the spicy chicken and the chile verde.

180 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134

17. Coreanos

172 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134
Tacos at Coreanos
Tacos at Coreanos
Coreanos/Official Site

Coreanos isn’t a taco joint, but don’t tell that to the galbi short rib taco. Coreanos takes the best of Allston — the neighborhood is lousy with great Korean food — and puts it in a taco. This is a very good thing.

172 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134

18. Habanero Mexican Grill

166 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

Habanero Mexican Grill’s burritos are peerless, and the tacos are pretty special too. Allstonians are lucky to have this spot.

166 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134

19. Maria's Taqueria

226 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
Tacos from Maria’s
Tacos from Maria’s
Maria’s Taqueria/Official Site

The burrito at Maria’s is well-loved, but don’t sleep on the tacos.

226 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

20. Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar

271 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

The interiors at both Lolita locations (Back Bay and Fort Point) are gorgeous and will set the tone for a great night out. The blackened mahi-mahi tacos will seal the deal, but don’t miss the hot chicken tacos.

271 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116

21. Dorado Tacos

401 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
Dorado Tacos
Dorado Tacos
Dorado Tacos/Official Site

The baja fish taco at Dorado is the play. Dorado has a little patio, and it’s almost patio weather, so go eat some fish tacos while sipping on a cold beer. On a patio.

401 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

22. El Pelón Taqueria

92 Peterborough St, Boston, MA 02215

El Pelón is, rightfully so, known for its burritos. But its tacos — and especially the fish tacos and the caramelos tacos — aren’t too shabby, either. (There’s also a Brighton location.)

92 Peterborough St
Boston, MA 02215

23. Anna's Taqueria

1412 Beacon St #1, Brookline, MA 02446

Anna’s has been open for more than 20 years, and it has grown from one location to eight in that timespan. The Beacon Street location in Brookline is the OG, but they’re all doing equally tasty tacos, so hit up whichever spot is closest.

1412 Beacon St #1
Brookline, MA 02446

24. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

412 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
Tacos at Loco Taqueria
Tacos at Loco Taqueria
Loco Taqueria [Official Photo]

Tacos and oysters? Yes, please.

412 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

25. Chilacates

224 Amory St, Boston, MA 02130
Three tacos in an aluminum takeout container on a picnic table
Tacos at Chilacates
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Get the elote (street corn) — it’s as good as it gets in the city — and get the papas con chorizo (potatoes with chorizo) taco. Chilacates now has five locations: Jamaica Plain (two), Chestnut Hill, Mission Hill, and the South End, with Roslindale coming next.

224 Amory St
Boston, MA 02130

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