Last updated May 1st 2023
After living in San Diego for 12 years, which is more like Mexico than the U.S. in many regards, the Mexican cuisine has become one of my favourites. There is nothing like a good burrito to comfort my stomach and a margarita for my soul. Or vice versa. Hence I was so happy when a Mexican trend made its way to TLV!
Here is our list of recommendations to enjoy delicious Mexican food in Tel Aviv!
Central Tel Aviv | Traditional Mexican food | Levontin 28
Located directly across from Abraham Hotel, Taqueria offers a pleasant ambiance, delicious Mexican food and a killer margarita. For reasonable prices, Taqueria has a range of menu options featuring tacos, burritos and quesadillas made from fresh ingredients that you will enjoy in a very comfortable setting. The nachos are also excellent! We recommend you try a few starters before attacking the rest. Make sure to try the margarita flavour of the day — you can’t go wrong when they have strawberry. With such a convenient location, you can’t miss stopping by for some authentic food and a great place to reenergise!
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Central Tel Aviv | Mexican-Caribbean food | Hayarkon 66
La Otra is a gorgeous gourmet place with fantastic Latin and Caribbean influenced Mexican food. The chef here does fantastic work in mixing flavours, with exotic dishes and great local favourites – the grilled fish tacos are phenomenal! We also recommend you try the ceviche, empanadas, and grilled meats. In addition, this place shares the floor with the world renown Imperial bar, and the cocktails here carry that worldly fame justifiably. The restaurant also hosts regular salsa nights and other latino events, making it a popular spot for a fun night out with friends!
Florentin | Mexican food | Vital 2
Mezcal is probably the most authentic Mexican food you’ll get in Tel Aviv (trust this statement, it comes from a Mexican). Their food is delicious, their salsas are what you want in a salsa, portions are big and price is reasonable. We know how tempted you’ll be to order the tacos, but trust us, try some more exotic dishes, you will love them! The restaurant prides itself on using high-quality ingredients and incorporating traditional Mexican techniques into its dishes and you can feel it. They also have an extensive mezcal and tequila selection – a particular highlight, making it a great spot for a night out with friends.
South Tel Aviv | Mezcal’s little brother | Herzl 77
Mezcalito: Taco, Burrito, Quesadillas – definitely our Mexican Trinity in Tel Aviv! Mezcalito is Mezcal’s little brother, Mezcalito is the trendy version of the Mexican food temple. The team continue to emphasise on traditional Mexican flavours, its innovative and original dishes. The restaurant’s signature dish is produced in a large oven and offers five filling options. The atmosphere is super lively and colourful, ideal for a nice lunch or dinner, or drink with good food. Overall, Mezcalito is a must-visit for anyone looking for a taste of Mexico in the heart of our favourite city.
Central Tel Aviv | Mexican food in the shuk | HaCarmel 36 | LUNCH ONLY
Viva Mexico — you’ve probably walked by it many times. This Mexican-owned restaurant is the perfect place to go for a taste of home-cooked Mexican food. The menu offers typical street food dishes like tacos, burritos, nachos and flautas. For a great price, you’ll get a large meal piled on with rice, beans, cheese, guacamole and a whole lot of tortilla. The service is extremely quick and personal: it feels like a true home-cooked experience while they prepare the food right in front of your eyes. Viva Mexico definitely brings the heat to the shuk!
South-East Tel Aviv | Mexican food | Shvil ha-Merets 5
Enter an old industrial complex in the Southeast of the city and discover the modern and innovative Mexican cuisine offered by Mala. The restaurant is a unique Mexican fusion of traditional and contemporary flavours. The menu features a variety of original and creative dishes, such as the grilled octopus with jalapeno aioli, the roasted beet salad with avocado creme, and the queso fundido with chorizo. The ambiance is super trendy, with artist workshops and galleries, and a lively bar scene hosting regular DJ nights, known as “Discotaco” which are incredibly popular!
Central Tel Aviv | New Mexican food | Nahalat Itzjak 4
La Catrina offers a fusion of inventive concepts and authentic Mexican cuisine. Enjoy the homemade salsas, guacamole, spice blends, and delicious margaritas throughout the whole week. Who said margaritas were only for the week-ends? The restaurant offers hearty recipes meant to be shared among loved ones and provide a handcrafted, culinary experience for all. From fundidos, quesadillas, tacos, and enchiladas to an extensive assortment of margaritas, indulge in the Mexican way of life!
Central Tel Aviv | Caribean food | Yehuda ha-Levi 52
Authentic Caribbean flavours, great mojito and great music, what more could you desire? Flatbush is a new Afro-Latin restaurant in Tel Aviv named after the neighbourhood in New York where Afro-American cuisine fused with Central American raw materials. The menu features plantain chips, spicy salsas, and grilled chicken with a unique marinade. Owner and chef Yigil Kadosh, who was born in New York to Israeli parents, has extensive experience with Mediterranean cuisine but decided to bring Afro-Latin cuisine to Tel Aviv. Flatbush offers a light and rhythmic atmosphere, exotic flavours, and affordable prices, making it a great spot to try something new in Tel Aviv.
¡Ay caramba! Still looking for a new place to spice up your dinner plans? This tasty restaurant never lets you leave hungry. Their menu provides options for everyone — the vegetarian, the meat lover, those who don’t enjoy spicy, and those who think the hotter the better. It’s a great place to share with such large, and not to mention pricey, portions, however, with such a satisfying meal you might just want it all to yourself. Once you hit this delicious spot in Tel Aviv, you’ll never want to say adiós again.