The 9 Best Mexican Restaurants in Richmond, VA
With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, we’re taking a look at 9 of our favorite Mexican restaurants in Richmond. So get out to one of these spots and celebrate a Mexican victory over France this weekend (what, you thought Cinco de Mayo was an independence celebration?)
Now this is Richmond we’re talking about – there is so much amazing food, nobody could possibly try it all. So we’re not claiming to know the 9 best Mexican restaurants in Richmond, but rather, 9 of the best. And even if we could try them all, it’s all a matter of opinion anyway. If (when?) you disagree with our choices, just let us know in the comments! Maybe we’ll come around to your way of thinking after trying out your faves!
Without further ado, and in no particular order, here’s where River City Food Tours will probably celebrate May 5th:
Maya Mexican Grill & Tequila Lounge
Skirt steak. That is all you need to know about Maya. Ok, fine, we’ll say more: don’t let the Short Pump location fool you, this place makes some seriously good Mexican food, and if you’re not too full after dinner, they’ve got a chocolate margarita to sip on for dessert. But, seriously, the skirt steak! Update: you can now find Maya’s second location in downtown Richmond!
Don’t Look Back
There’s no kitschiness at Don’t Look Back. Just excellent tacos (some might say the best in RVA) and an extensive tequila bar. We recommend the chicken skin tacos, if they have them, and the carnitas if they don’t. Or maybe get the potato tacos. Or perhaps pulled chicken. They’re all good!
Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant
You’ll have to leave the city a bit to get to this one, but it’s worth it. Get the Chesterfield Burrito (who knew that was even a thing?), eat as much as you can, and bring the rest home for your very own Seis de Mayo celebration the next day. The portion sizes might be bigger at Pepe’s than at any other Mexican restaurant in the Richmond area.
A relatively new entry to the Richmond food scene, Lalo’s on Broad Street is making waves with their quesadillas and free chips & salsa (and that white sauce). The food is inexpensive and tasty, and they’ve also got quite an extensive margarita list, for those who are so inclined.
Wong Gonzalez opened along Grace St.’s “restaurant row” in 2016, and introduced a unique food concept to Richmond in the process: Mexican-Chinese cuisine. The idea was born in southern California, where the two cultures often collide, and brought back to Richmond with dishes such as tempura fish tacos, chorizo fried rice, and stir fry/fajita combinations.
Did you know that Wong Gonzalez is regularly a stop on our Arts District Food Tour? Try it, plus several other restaurants in a single afternoon on a food tour!
This Midlothian Turnpike restaurant sure isn’t shy about kitchiness, but if there’s one thing that can make you forget all the bright colors, lights, and Pitbull music, it’s the flavors and the friendly service. Tres Machos prides itself on made-from-scratch, family recipes and treating diners with genuine kindness. And it doesn’t hurt to have 20 flavors of homemade ice cream in house, either.
This authentic Mexican restaurant from the owner of Millie’s Diner has so much going for it. It’s menu and flavors are inspired by taquerias in Los Angeles and Mexico, including the unique cactus tacos, plus nine other available taco fillings. The restaurant is completely gluten-free. And it’s located right in Shockoe Bottom. That might be all Tio Pablo needs.
Casa Del Barco
This restaurant comes to you from the same folks that brought Boathouse to Richmond, which should surprise no one, since the name translates directly to “Boat House.” Casa Del Barco is an upscale Mexican spot, with items such as mahi or braised lamb tacos feeling right at home on the menu. It can be tough to find if you’re not familiar with Richmond’s downtown canal system, but once you get there, the front patio is hard to beat (and they validate parking)!
This Fan neighborhood restaurant is an extension of the original, and very popular, Charlottesville restaurant of the same name. The menu at Continental Divide features a mix of true Mexican and southwestern-inspired flavors, so if you’re a fan of mexican/southwest-style brunch, this is your place. Try the Benny Divide, with chipotle-peppered bacon with jalapeño béarnaise.
You Might Also Like: