Mexican Restaurants in Cardinal

Up to 64% Off Tequila Tasting at Cien Agaves 

Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila

Old Town Scottsdale

$50 $22


Visit with representatives of three tequila companies for tastings of reposados, añejos, and blancos while learning about tequila history

45% Off at Ricky's Tacos & Beer

Ricky’s Tacos & Beer


$40 $22

Trios of homemade tortillas stuffed with chicken, steak, shrimp, and shredded cabbage

Half Off Mexican Food at El Hefe

El Hefe

Downtown Scottsdale

$40 $22


Tables outfitted out with personal taps, angus burgers laced with marmalade, and tacos stuffed with pork al pastor, carne asada, and duck

42% Off Mexican Food at Costa Vida

Costa Vida


$12 $7

Mexican dishes include raspberry-chipotle chicken burritos wrapped in handcrafted tortillas in nutritionally minded restaurant

48% Off Margaritas and Guacamole at Rita's



$30.94 $15.99


Guacamole is made tableside with fresh ingredients and is paired with a 64-ounce pitcher of margaritas

Up to 47% Off at La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop

La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop


$20 $11

Ingredients such as soft Oaxacan cheese, black mole chicken, and shrimp with poblano fill tacos, quesadillas, and burritos

43% Off New Mexican Cuisine at The Original Blue Adobe Grille

The Original Blue Adobe Grille

Downtown Mesa

$30 $17


New Mexican cuisine ranging from burgers cooked over a pecan-wood grill to enchiladas in blue corn tortillas

43% Off Mexican Food at Blue Agave

Blue Agave

Scottsdale 101 Shopping Center

$30 $17


Traditional and inventive Mexican food, such as fajitas and jefe pollo, served alongside margaritas and martinis in large, airy space

Half Off Modern Mexican Street Food and Margaritas at Modern Margarita

Modern Margarita

Desert Ridge

$30 $17


Sit on the 1,200-square-foot patio while sipping on Arizona prickly pear margaritas and eating gourmet street tacos and burgers

Up to 30% Off Casa Ramos II

Casa Ramos II


$10 $7

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

43% Off at Brushfire Tacos y Tapas

Brushfire Tacos y Tapas

Thunderbird Crossing

$7 $4


Upscale drive-thru and walk-up restaurant featuring Chef-designed tacos, burritos, and Spanish tapas

45% Off at Manny's Mexican Restaurant 

Manny's Mexican Restaurant


$40 $22


Appetizers range from queso dip to quesadillas to bean-covered nachos; premium margaritas are made with Patrón Silver or Hornitos

35% Off at The Original Raul and Theresa's Mexican Restaurant

The Original Raul and Theresa's Mexican Restaurant


$20 $13

Diners dig into traditional Sonoran-style Mexican dishes and American breakfast offerings at an eatery in business since 1968

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In 1986, the Tenorio family pooled their knowledge of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine to create a restaurant that combined authentic, south-of-the-border cuisine with quick service. They named it Filiberto’s after one of their own, Filiberto Tenorio. Since then, Filiberto’s Mexican Food has expanded to three states and 55 locations, but their commitment to fresh ingredients hasn’t changed. Available for dine-in or carry-out, the menu abounds with crispy chicken, beef, and pork tacos, hefty burritos, and combination platters that pair enchiladas, tacos, and chili rellenos with rice and beans or a compatible paper doll.

3215 E Thomas Rd

Only serious Mexican food lovers need apply to dine at La Barquita Restaurant, for these authentic aren’t dumbed down for mainstream palates. The décor is dive, with bars on the windows, but it’s clean and servers are friendly, even to people who are surprised to learn that the savory birria they just devoured was goat stew. One marvelous specialty is the molcajetes, big volcanic rock cauldrons of luscious soups stocked with delights like steak, chicken, chorizo grilled cactus, grilled green onions and ranchero cheese, all in a lavishly seasoned broth, to be scooped with warm flour tortillas, guacamole, salsa and refried beans. Margaritas are potent, in flavors like mango and strawberry.

2334 E McDowell Rd

Anyone who has lived in the Valley for more than a few years knows about this place – or should – since it’s been a favorite landing spot for decades, beloved by diners craving solid, satisfying Mexican food served by friendly, familial staff. Rosita’s Place is certainly not fancy, but it brims with shiny Saltillo floors, yellow walls, lodge pole accents, beer signs and jukebox music. All the classics are in fine form here, from good-and-greasy cheese crisps draped in soft green chile strips to machacha, fried whole fish and gringo favorites like chimichangas or a T-bone steak with fries. Rosita’s is also a good find for breakfast, be it the hangover cure of menudo (available with the hoof still in), or a nice shrimp omelet.

2310 E McDowell Rd

As the Phoenix New Times reported, Así Es la Vida was founded when Judy Anderson, an American vacationing in Mexico, left behind some money to Cozumel cook Moises Treves to help him realize the restaurant of his dreams—which he'd go on to name "Such Is Life" after one of her trademark sayings. (After the story was featured on Unsolved Mysteries two decades later, the pair was finally reunited.)

During the years between, the restaurant gained some ardent fans, and in 2003 some of them bought the spot and gave its name a Spanish translation. The new owners retained the menu of dishes exploring Mexico's diverse regional cooking styles. To name just a few, the Yucatán Peninsula contributes the slow-roasted orange-glazed pork dish cochinita pibil; the state of Puebla pitches in one of Mexico's most famous stews, mole poblano; and baked fish is prepared Veracruz-style with wine sauce, capers, and green olives. The chefs are also happy to adapt their dishes to be gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly for customers who make special requests or walk in wearing "Gluten Is Gross" T-shirts.

"Their faintly upscale little place is adorable, thanks to brightly colored walls, plants, Mexican art and furniture," Arizona Highways noted when it placed the family owned and operated Así Es la Vida on its list of the state's best restaurants of 2013. Burnished metal lanterns dangle above the tables, and baskets full of ferns and other leafy plants hung from the ceiling add extra color.

3602 N 24th St

Barrio Café: A User's Guide

Award-Winning Chef | Inventive Mexican Cuisine | 250 Types of Tequila | Calle 16 Mural Project
Sample Menu
  • Appetizer: guacamole with pomegranate seeds, prepared tableside
  • Entree: cochinita pibil—slow-roasted pork marinated in achiote and sour orange and topped with pickled onion and pico de gallo
  • Cocktail: Lowrider margarita blended with Don Julio Blanco tequila
  • Dessert: crepes with goat's-milk caramel and vanilla-bean ice cream
About the Chef: As the daughter of bakers, Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza has cooked all her life. Barrio Café, her first restaurant, has vindicated this lifelong passion. Since the restaurant opened in 2002, she's been inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and nominated three times for the James Beard award. Along the way, the tattooed epicurean hasn't lost an iota of her devil-may-care personality. See, for example, the menu: “Conserve water, drink tequila.”

When to Go: Stop in for Sunday brunch from noon to 2 p.m., when live music pairs with guava mimosas and breakfast dishes such as eggs and chorizo or chilaquiles with chili sauce.

While You're Waiting: Chef Esparza is one of the originators of the Calle 16 mural project, and Barrio Café is one of its cornerstones. Head to the parking lot to admire the vibrant murals of Mexican iconography—including skulls and luchadores—drawn by local artists and muralists who have flocked to the area.

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Chef Esparza also runs Barrio Queen (7114 E. Stetson Drive, Suite 105, Scottsdale), which features 30 types of tacos and 200-plus tequilas.

2814 N 16th St

As might be expected, tortas are a highlight at this family-run counter operation –rumor has it there’s an abuela back there in the kitchen – where ultra-friendly staff prepare quick-service lunchtime meals for hungry locals. Meats range from chicken and carne asada to seasoned and braised pork, al pastor, mole and more, each dressed with requisite pickled jalapeños, carrots, lettuce and avocado. The signature Cubana model is a bestseller at this clean white-tiled walk up, loaded with pork and ham in a filling bit of lunchtime excess – and washed down with horchata. Diners craving soft or crispy tortillas instead of squishy bolillo bread can get tacos or burritos with similar fillings. To finish it all up, a vibrant salsa bar offers great variety.

2518 N 16th St