7 Authentic Mexican Restaurants to try in Dublin

Whether you’re a homesick Mexican missing the food, or a curious foodie interested in trying out new options, Dublin has no shortage of Mexican restaurants offering authentic and delicious dishes. With the growing interest in Mexican culture and Mexican food, a number of restaurants claiming to serve authentic food have popped up all over the city. In the list below are some of the best authentic Mexican restaurants Dublin has to offer. 

1. El Grito

A previous Temple Bar favourite, now hidden away on Mountjoy Square, El Grito offers patrons perhaps the most authentic tacos Dublin has to offer, and at a very reasonable price. El Grito offers a variety of Mexican drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, such as Mexican soft drinks and a selection of Mexican beers. With the Latin music playing in the background as you eat, the traditional Mexican decor, and the traditional choice in beverages, El Grito provides the perfect experience for anyone wishing to be immersed into a Mexican atmosphere. And if you’re visiting on your birthday, don’t forget to let the waiters know and they’ll make sure to serenade you with Las Mañanitas.

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2. Masa

Located on Drury Street, Masa serves a variety of Mexican dishes from tortilla chips with salsa, to quesadillas, to tacos, even offering vegan tacos to those looking for that option. Masa also serves a large variety of different margarita cocktails that include ingredients such as passionfruit, grapefruit juice, and even jalapeños for those willing to try something new. When the weather is warm, Masa opens up its glass walls to create a more open environment and offers diners the option to take advantage of the outdoor seating.

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3. Salsa

Found a little bit farther from the other restaurants on this list, in the International Financial Services Centre, Salsa serves a variety of different tacos, chilaquiles and enchiladas for those looking to try something new. Salsa also offers seating inside and outside so you can enjoy your Mexican food out in the sun, when we are lucky to experience it. Inside, Salsa’s walls are decorated with murals of famous Mexican people and characters, and with the traditional Mexican music playing as you eat, this small restaurant will make any Mexican feel at home, at least for the duration of your meal. If you do visit this small Mexican restaurant, make sure to check out the wall of Mexican slang upstairs!

  • Address: Custom House Square, Mayor Street Lower, International Financial Services Centre, Dublin.

11 King Street North, Dublin 4

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4. 777

Claiming to be Ireland’s only contemporary Mexican restaurant, and promising to combine the bold flavours of Mexico City with international influences, 777 delivers this by offering a variety of Mexican dishes. Located on South Great George’s Street, the flavours of Mexico are experienced right here in Dublin in dishes such as the carne asada, and taquitos that are served. The international influences are felt in dishes like tuna sashimi tostadas, along with ingredients that are not traditionally used in Mexican cuisine seen throughout the menu, providing a wide variety and mix of flavours for anyone who visits.

  • Address: Castle House, 7 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, D02 HX99
  • Website: https://777.ie/

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5. Acapulco 

Located on South Great George’s Street, Acapulco is Ireland’s oldest Mexican restaurant serving well known dishes such as nachos and quesadillas, along with lesser known Mexican favourites like cochinita pibil and pork flautas. Offering both vegetarian and gluten free options, Acapulco is a perfect option for anyone wanting to try traditional and experimental flavours. The traditional food and use of traditional Mexican style chairs at each table transports anyone eating there from the streets of Dublin to a warm and friendly restaurant in Mexico. Make sure to plan your visit in advance though, as Acapluco is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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6. The Hungry Mexican 

Open every night until 11pm, The Hungry Mexican, located on Aston Quay, promises a vibrant atmosphere resembling that of a Mexico City salón. Serving fan favourites such as enchiladas and enfrijoladas, The Hungry Mexican provides a friendly and inviting atmosphere for anyone looking for a delicious cocktail and the opportunity to experience a small snippet of Mexican culture. The Hungry Mexican also offers a variety of vegan and vegetarian options to cater to a larger audience who would like to experience a little taste of Mexico.

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7. Tolteca

If tacos are not your thing and are looking for some really good burritos, or burrito bowls, Tolteca, with five different locations in Dublin, is a fantastic option. With large portions and a simple ordering process, it is no wonder that Tolteca remains a favourite for anyone craving a burrito. With minimal and monochromatic art inside, Tolteca ensures a relaxing and enjoyable option for a meal. 

  • Address: 38 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, D04 A2P2 

40 Camden Street, Dublin 2, D02 DC43

Unit 15, Swan Centre Rathmines, Dublin 6, D06 FF08

21 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, D02 WA48

Spar, Unit D Montrose, Stillorgan Road, Dublin 4, D04 N8C8

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We hope you enjoy these suggestions and get the opportunity to try out at least one of these authentic Mexican restaurants. Make sure to check out our website for more food guides such as this one.

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