Restaurants in El Paso

El Paso, Texas, is located on the Rio Grande and the United States–Mexico border, across from Ciudad Juárez. A high percentage of the city’s population has Mexican roots and speaks Spanish at home. So it’s no surprise that El Paso restaurants have some of the best Mexican food and Tex-Mex in the entire country. El Paso is where you need to go if you’re looking for authentic menudo, unique rolled tacos, or traditional albondigas. And because El Paso is first and foremost a Texas city, it’s easy to find great steak and barbecue, too.

Best Mexican Restaurants in El Paso

It’s hard to pick the best Mexican restaurants in El Paso because there are so many good ones. But here are a few you can’t miss:


  1. Cafe Mayapan: Both a restaurant serving up authentic eats (such as caldo tlalpeño) and a nonprofit providing job training to the community.
  2. El Taco Tote Real Mexican Grill: Originally located in Ciudad Juárez and known for its tacos.
  3. Julio’s Mexican Food: Still relies on a lot of the recipes Guadalupe Ramirez used when she and her husband ran the restaurant in downtown Juarez in 1944.
  4. Andale Mexican Cuisine: Mexican food like Grandma makes it (not to be confused with Andales, Real Housewife Vicky Gunvalso’s favorite Mexican bar).
  5. Casita Linda: Casual joint serving up authentic Mexican and beloved sopapillas.

Cafe Central: Upscale Bistro Food in Downtown

This consistently appears on the best restaurants in El Paso lists, and it’s certainly one of the top restaurants in downtown El Paso. The bistro originally opened just over the border in Juarez in 1918, but moved to El Paso after Prohibition ended. Now, it’s known for its upscale food, ornate New Orleans–style patio, and thoughtfully curated wine list. Such standout dishes include the rack of Colorado lamb, quail pibil stuffed with mofongo and dressed in habanero oil, and the signature cream of green chili soup.

Menudo, The Best Hangover Remedy in El Paso

If you’re not from El Paso (or Mexico), you may not know this, but Menudo—a Mexican soup made with hominy and beef tripe— just may be the best hangover remedy. Why? It’s relatively unclear. Perhaps it’s the dried chilies in the soup, which force you to sweat out any alcohol. Perhaps it’s simply that it’s extremely comforting, and when you’re hungover, you need all the comfort you can wrap your shaky hands around. Either way, it doesn’t matter to El Pasoans, who love to ring in the New Year with a bowl of menudo. It has become a tradition in the city, and it can be found all over year-round.

Chico’s Tacos: El Paso’s Most Famous Restaurant

There’s no El Paso restaurant more famous than Chico’s. It has appeared on the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate with chef Aarón Sánchez and in Gabriel Iglesias’s special I’m Not Fat … I’m Fluffy. It’s an El Paso tradition and unlike anything else. Chico’s specializes in rolled-and-fried tacos doused in a watery tomato salsa and a thinly sliced mound of cheddar cheese. It’s not the prettiest plate of food, but it is delicious.

Cattleman’s Steakhouse: One of the Best Steakhouses in the U.S.

Texas is serious about its steak, so it’s not surprising that one of the best steakhouses in the U.S. is in Texas. Cattleman’s is located on an honest-to-God desert ranch just outside El Paso. The chefs there will cut your steak as big as you like, and it’s not uncommon for people to request a 4-pound behemoth. The giant steaks seasoned with a secret spice mixture aren’t the only draw. El Pasoans love making the journey out to the ranch to see the sun setting over the famed ranch, which has been featured in various movies, including Courage Under Fire and The Day After Tomorrow.

Zino’s Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine: When You Need a Break from Mexican

One of the best restaurants in El Paso specializes in moussaka, not enchiladas. Zino’s serves up Greek and Mediterranean food created by Zino Souikni, a Le Cordon Bleu grad who used to work in the kitchens at The Venetian and The Bellagio in Las Vegas. Here’s what some of our customers have to say about his food:


“The food was very tasty. Gyro sandwiches were very good and with a lot of meat. Falafel were very good seasoned and hummus was one of the best I have had.” – Jose M.


“Food is amazing! Service is great! Best Mediterranean food in town hands down!” – Marlyse O.

“I love trying new Greek/Mediterranean restaurants when they open. However, I always come back to Zino’s because they have the best tasting food.” – David S.