5 places to eat authentic Mexican food in Montreal

Jason Lee

Jason is a food eater and picture taker. As the blogger behind Shut Up and Eat, he covers everything food, from recipes to reviews. Jason has vowed that he will not stop until he has officially eaten his way across Montréal. It’s a big claim, and it’s one he’s making.

This article was updated on June 13, 2022.

Montréal’s colourful Mexican restaurant scene is vast. From neighbourhood taquerias and cervecerias serving fun quick bites, to restaurants that go beyond the taco and celebrate regional variations; we’ve got it all. If you’re up for exploring the intricacies of what Mexican cuisine has to offer, here are some places you need to try.

Maria Bonita

5163 Saint-Laurent Boulevard | Website

This gem in the Mile-End has been serving up some of the finest Mexican dishes for years. Chef and owner Maria Chavez specializes in cazuelitas. Mexican delicacies consisting of stewed meats, poultry and fish served in small terracotta dishes with a side of piping hot homemade tortillas. From mole poblano to ceviches, Maria invites you to experience the passion and her family’s culinary expertise passed down through generations. There is something for everyone, vegetarians included.

El Meson

1678 Saint-Joseph Boulevard | Website

The husband and wife duo of Victor Lopez and Elena Garcia, welcome you to experience the tastes and flavours of their native Mexico. Located along the iconic Lachine Canal in an old brick house, El Meson serves of secret family recipes. Try their signature Nopalitos con carne (Cactus with beef), Pescados Yucatan and Pechuga con mole as you enjoy the views from two terraces. A visit to El Meson comes with a warning, “Once you step inside El Meson, you’ll never want to leave.”

El Rey del Taco

232 Jean-Talon Street | Website

The name literally translates to “The King of Taco” and you can guess what they specialize in. This Jean-Talon Market taco outpost offers a staggering menu consisting of Mexican breakfast plates, grilled meats and seafood, soups, quesadillas, tortas (sandwiches) and of course tacos. They sell all their homemade sauces including imported Mexican items and meat by the pound.   Sample the arrachera, birria, pozole and pancita; the King’s got it all.

La Selva

862 Marie-Anne Street | Website

La Selva has been a local go-to for decades. This cozy neighbourhood restaurant located in the heart of the Plateau is a favourite destination for their daily table d’hôte specials that showcase the variety of regional Mexican cuisine. This spot also serves weekend brunch. Enjoy classic chilaquiles topped with your choice of meat, ceviches and a variety of ranchero dishes all served with $5 mimosas!

Escondite

Several locations | Website

This homegrown taqueria also calls itself as a “cervecería de barrio” or neighbourhood bar. They’ve got five locations across the city slinging delicious tacos and nachos and tapas-style bites that include vegetarian options. Great creative cocktail menu and imported Mexican sodas as well.

Jason Lee

Jason is a food eater and picture taker. As the blogger behind Shut Up and Eat, he covers everything food, from recipes to reviews. Jason has vowed that he will not stop until he has officially eaten his way across Montréal. It’s a big claim, and it’s one he’s making.

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