Ottawa is full of multicultural restaurants that don't get enough credit. We're lucky to have two parts of town dedicated to certain countries, Little Italy and China Town, but we can't forget about the other amazing countries around the world and their delicious cuisine. We have so many Mexican restaurants to explore that are worth visiting so we better get to it. Here are 11 Mexican restaurants in Ottawa that will make you feel like you've just stepped off the plane and into a restaurant in Mexico:
El Camino // 380 Elgin Street
El Camino is the prime spot for Mexican food in Ottawa. Not only are the items super affordable, you can either dine in or dine out but we recommend dining in for their eclectic array of tequila. We recommend going early if you are going to try this delicious place out, because it is truly never not packed for all good reasons.
Taqueria La Bonita // 1128 Cadboro Road
Taqueria La Bonita serves authentic, homemade Mexican food that will become a staple comfort food in your life. They thrive on using fresh ingredients, and you'll want to go back everyday to enjoy their wide variety of dishes.
Ola Cocina // 62 Barrette Street, 1079 Wellington West
Just when you think Mexican food couldn't get any better, they find a way to serve you brunch. Ola Cocina offers brunch on the weekend and every other day of the week they offer a small variety of all day Mexican breakfast on their regular menu. They also have every single version of tacos you could think of, so basically it's a must to try out this place.
Agave Grill // 1331 Wellington Street West
Agave Grill is a little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant in Westboro that is popular for their delicious margaritas. There is every type of dish on the menu that you could want, it's vegetarian friendly, and there are options on the menu that picky eaters will still love.
Burrito Borracho // 105A Clarence Street
Burrito Borracho is a laid-back restaurant that is comparable to Chipotle or Mucho Burrito, but more gourmet and with a mouthwatering drink menu. They have few options, but all of their options are the ones you already know you want.
Taqueria Kukulkan // 1730 Montreal Road
Taqueria Kukulkan is the real deal. They make their own corn masa which helps them make their own fresh tortillas, and they specifically take each recipe from where it originated from in Mexico as well as hand-me-down family recipes. Their long menu of Mexican food and tequila options make sure you're getting an authentic Mexican experience.
TacoLot // 999 Wellington Street West
TacoLot is the cutest taco shop in Ottawa by far. This little shack has a short menu of options, but they're all so delicious you won't even notice. You can eat outside or take it to go, but the view of the cute little shack we recommend sticking around.
Ahora Mexican Cuisine // 307 Dalhousie Street
Ahora Mexican Cuisine is placed in the ByWard Market and this adorable and colourful restaurant is authentic as it gets. Most of the staff speaks Spanish, so feel free to test yourself if you're feeling adventurous that day. They have options for those who are vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian which makes their delicious food already so much better.
Corazón de Maíz // 55 Byward Market Square
Corazón de Maíz will fill your mouth with tons of flavours you haven't experienced before. This authentic Mexican Restaurant is in the heart of the ByWard Market, and they offer all of the traditional Mexican foods you'll ever need. Their decor is also adorable, which definitely helps the vibe of the restaurant.
Ace Mercado // 121 Clarence Street
Ace Mercado is the fanciest Mexican restaurant you'll eat at in Ottawa by far. The atmosphere is completely different from other Mexican restaurants in Ottawa, yet that doesn't mean that the food isn't genuine and mouthwatering. Their menu is small, however they put twists on the menu that make this restaurant more eclectic than most.
Pancho Villa // 361 Elgin Street #8
Pancho Villa is a hidden away gem in Ottawa that is has fresh Mexican food as well as authentic Mexican decor. It's a small restaurant and a small menu, but what they do offer will never disappoint. If you're looking for a quaint and quiet place to take a date, this is the place for you.
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