13 Authentic Mexican Restaurants in Phoenix AZ

January 19, 2023
Author : Fida Chusna
Photo by Gonzalo Mendiola on Unsplash

The Southwestern desert metropolitan is a hot spot for good Mexican food, it is actually hard to pinpoint the best Mexican restaurants in Phoenix, thanks to the abundance of superb places. For you, we have compiled 13 of the best authentic Mexican Restaurants in Phoenix AZ:

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La Santisima

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4117 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

+1 602 254 6330

Website: https://lasantisimagourmet.com

If you are keen on pleasing your palate and eyesight, La Santisima is a good choice. Not only that they serve the best gourmet taco, you will also be pleased with a series of Calavera paintings (the infamous Mexican skull art) decorating their vibrant walls. 

This authentic Mexican restaurant in Phoenix AZ is committed to serving non-greasy, fresh Mexican cuisine. They are famous for their gluten-free gourmet taco and exceptional salsa bar, especially the peanut salsa. Bonus point for vegans, this restaurant offers quite extensive vegan-friendly menu choices. 


Mi Patio 

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3347 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

+1 602 277 4831

Website: http://www.mipatioaz.com/

Looking for best cheap Mexican food in Phoenix with great margarita? Mi Patio is definitely the answer. You can spend around $25 and still return home with left over to enjoy later on. Even better, their margaritas are something to die for. Margarita prices range from $3.19-8, depending on the type and size. 

Apart from serving delightful and affordable margaritas, apparently Mi Patio is also a spinach magician. Their spinach feta chimi and spinach enchilada are definitely worth trying. Their burro and Greek-inspired gyro are also good alternatives. 

Not only that their food are great and affordable, their service is also exceptional. Fast, friendly, and satisfactory.


Gallo Blanco 

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928 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

+1 602 327 0880

Website: https://galloblancocafe.com

“Good ingredients make good food” is the principle held dear by Gallo Blanco. Their commitment to use locally grown products to the table ensures the food quality. Doug Robson, owner and chef of the restaurant, cultivated his passion and expertise in Mexican cuisine from his upbringing in Mexico City. 

This cafe-slash-bar is arguably everybody’s favorite brunch place in the Phoenix city area. However, if you want the best Sunday brunch experience, it is advised to make a reservation in advance. Gallo Blanco hosts a high volume of customers every weekend brunch time. 

If you visit this place, give their pancake and corn cob a try. The bar also provides excellent service with a wide variety of beverages and a friendly bartender.


Don Jose Mexican Food 

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3734 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

+1 602-955-7870

Website: https://donjosemexicanfood.com

Every town has that one restaurant that gained its fame and legendary status passed down from word of mouth generation to generation. Don Jose is that kind of restaurant to the Phoenix folks. Established in the 1960s, Don Jose Mexican Food maintains their status as one of the most authentic Mexican restaurants in Phoenix AZ. 

This is also where you can find the best cheap Mexican food in Phoenix. You can get a full meal item starting from around $10-12. They serve the good old fulfilling, homey Mexican food. The highlighted menu item is their smoked meat (smoked chicken, pork, beef). 

The only downside of this place is their cash-only payment. But worry not, they have an ATM installed in the restaurant, so if you are short of cash, you can withdraw on site. 


The Original Carolina’s Mexican Food 

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1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

+1 602-252-1503

Website: Carolinasmex.com

What is better than a cheap, good old greasy, Texan-sized, luscious Mexican food? Nothing! This is what The Original Carolina’s Mexican Food is about. With rich, filling, generous portions, this is definitely a place where you can find the best cheap Mexican food in Phoenix. You can even buy tacos by the dozen here. 

Located in the valley, The Original Carolina’s easily find ways to everyone’s heart through their five-star Oaxaca special and green chili burrito. Their well-rounded service covers dine-in, delivery, and takeaway. Sadly, this place does not open on Sundays, but any other days of the week are perfect to visit.


Taco Guild 

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546 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012

+1 602-264-4143

Website: Tacoguild.com

Taco Guild is a taco heaven housed in a former church building with chandeliers and color-stained glass. Offering a wide selection of tacos, this place is number one when it comes to menu variety. Here, you can have every taco you could imagine: from lamb taco to lobster taco, all at its prime quality.

Not satisfied with their taco selections? Take a sip of their frozen margarita, or try the favorite cherry-braised steak. Another highlight from the menu includes street-style corn on the cob and duck taco. 

They have happy hour everyday from 2pm-6pm and Taco Tuesday, well, every Tuesday. Overall, this place has something for everyone, so much so that their relatively small parking space can not contain the vast amount of customers arriving daily. 


Cocina Madrigal Tacos + Tequila 

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4044 S 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85040

+1 602-243-9000

Website: https://www.cocinamadrigal.com

Cocina Madrigal Tacos + Tequila gained fame from its proximity to the airport. Located only around 7 minutes away from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, this place is traveler’s favorite stop by spot for some Mexican delicacies.

If you visited Cocina Madrigal Tacos + Tequila, give their beef tenderloin tacos a shot. This menu item is highest in the recommendation list. Otherwise, their mushroom enchilada, tropical fish taco, and elote (grilled corn) are also good alternatives. But do not forget to save some space for the cream pie for dessert, as it is rated 5 stars by customers. 


Comedor Guadalajara 

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1830 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, United States

+1 602-253-8299

Website: https://www.comedorguadalajara.com

Established over 50 years ago, Comedor Guadalajara started as a family business. Nowadays, it has become a legendary Mexican restaurant in Phoenix. 

They specialize in Sonoran-style Mexican food, marked with hearty meaty features. Additionally, the name Guadalajara refers to a city in the western part of Mexico, famous for beans-based foods and hearty tortas (sandwich) submerged in chili-based sauce. 

Comedor Guadalajara is also a go-to place if you love seafood. They have, perhaps, the most extensive seafood-combined-Mexican menu in this list. They serve shrimp tacos, tilapia pescado, and even octopus. But, one should never leave Comedor Guadalajara without trying their best-selling Parrilladas, abondigas, and machaca.


Rosita’s Place

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2310 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ

Website: Rositasplace.com

+1 602-244-9779

This restaurant has been a part of Phoenix landscape for more than 60 years and is currently being run by the 2nd generation of its founder. Having a reputation as the best authentic Mexican restaurant in Phoenix, this valley gem is everybody’s favorite place to go whenever they crave good, pocket-friendly Mexican food. 

Their menudo and chile relleno are must-tries. Or, you may also try their machaca, which has been crowned as some of the best in the valley. If you are a fan of green chillies, their green salsa and green chile surely will not disappoint.

Apart from serving food on site, they also do catering service. So, whenever you need some Mexican spice-up for your parties, Rosita’s Place is only one call away. 


Joyride Taco House Central 

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5202 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ

Joyridetacohouse.com

+1 602-274-8226

It is hard to beat the modern-vibrant vibe of Joyride Taco House Central. This is the place to go if you want a good bar atmosphere. They also have a cool patio if you prefer chilling outside. 

They have superb prices for happy hour, which reigns before 5 pm, when you can get tacos and margaritas for half the price. Alternatively, you can go on Taco Tuesday, when menu items are sold at discounted price all day. 

If you are up for some groovy margaritas, Joyride Taco House Central has your back. Their cucumber serrano pepper margarita received upstanding commentary, as well as the blood orange margarita. 


La Piñata Mexican Food Restaurant 

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5521 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ

Lapinatarestaurantaz.com

+1 602-279-1763

What is better than a burrito? A deep-fried burrito, a.k.a chimichanga. If you are a fan of good old Tex-Mex style Mexican food, rest assured, you will love La Piñata. They serve glossy, tasty, fulfilling chimichanga that reminds you of Grandma’s cooking. Ask every Phoenician, where is the best chimi? Everybody will definitely answer La Piñata.

La Piñata is also one of the best Mexican restaurants in Phoenix where you can enjoy authentic Sonoran style chow while being soothed by the crackling sounds of a fireplace (yes, they have a fireplace). Overall, the decor provides a good ambient vibe yet still vibrant and Mexican-y. 

Customers have left five star reviews on their machaca chimichanga, cheese crisp, and green chili chimi. Next time you stop by La Piñata, those menu items are worth the try.


Los Dos Molinos 

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1044 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014

8646 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042

Website: Losdosmolinosphoenix.com

+1 602-528-3535

This restaurant is so successful, they are open in two places in Phoenix: one on Camelback Road and one on Central Avenue. Named after their great grandmother’s chile grinder (‘molinos’), this restaurant has been running for about thirty years. 

If you are a Southwesterner who love Mexican food, dining in Los Dos Molinos would be a sweet trip back home. They take their New Mexican specialty very seriously, so there is no such thing as a ‘mild spicy’, as they only use New Mexico chile–which is quite powerful. 

Los Dos Molinos outdone everyone else with their adovada. This menu item is all-time favorite, followed by shredded beef, garlic roasted pork, and green chile stew. 


Valle Luna 

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3336 W Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ

+1 602-993-3108

1648 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032

+1 602-867-9100

Website: https://valleluna.com 

Valle Luna, literally translates to ‘moon valley’, was established by Tia Rita, an acclaimed Sonoran-style Mexican cook. In 1983, she and her family set up the original Valle Luna on West Bell Road. Now, they have the second establishment on North Cave Creek Road. 

This is a great place if you want to get a good custom-filled chimichanga with meats and beans of your choice. Their cheese crisps and Oli’s Mexican pizza are well-known as some of the best in the valley. For a reduced happy hour price, come before 7.30 PM and on Wednesdays to discover rousing daily specials. 


Conclusion

There are so many places to choose when it comes to Mexican food in Phoenix. Everything from a humble, hearty homey restaurants to starred fancy taco bars, Phoenix has it for you. You will never have a hard time finding authentic Mexican restaurants in Phoenix AZ.

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