Dubai’s top hot and happening Mexican joints

  • Adding a modern twist on timeless classics, Loca's menu is loaded with the superstars you love - tacos, tamales, and taquitos. A Mexican feast is incomplete without a heaping bowlful of fresh guacamole, and Loca's skills in that department are gold. It's a slippery slope to falling into the Texmex zone for Mexican restaurants outside Mexico. On a mission to break that mold, Loca has swept Dubai-based Mexican enthusiasts off their feet with its authentic spread. recommends: Pulpo Mexicano ceviche, Bedel Tres Leches, and Tacos El Codero.

    Good to know: Keep your eyes peeled for Loca Lito, the restaurant's offshoot food truck. Launched on September 1st, find it parked up at La Mer beach project in Jumeirah 1.

  • From the cool kids that brought Dubai the beloved Tom&Serg, Muchachas is the team's latest passion project. Dripping with chill vibes and refreshing splashes of turquoise, the eatery is cozily tucked away in the burbs. While your friends are honking their way through traffic in Dubai Marina and Downtown, you can casually swing in and nab a table at Muchachas in Al Safa. Checking all the boxes for an indulgent meal, all the eats are packed with zing, zest, and a bold crunch! recommends: Charcoal octopus ceviche, tomato and cactus salad, and veal sope.

    Good to know: Don't risk your takeaway tacos going mushy on the ride home!  Muchachas will send over a piping hot package of sinfully fresh tacos via Deliveroo.

  • Serving up the best of Latin American, Asian, and South African cuisine - Zoco is all about injecting soul into its food. The restaurant and cocktail bar sure knows how to crank up a party with its fiery eats and authentic Latino cocktails. There's a permanent essence of celebration in the air - staying loyal to the La Buena Vida philosophy of life. It's a stylish venue to kick back and soak up the energy. Taco hounds, mark your calendar for Taco Tuesday priced at 125 dirhams per person. recommends: Street corn, bone marrow burrito, mole fondant.

    Good to know: Zoco hosts a SeƱoritas & Margaritas ladies' night every Monday. Senoritas are welcomed with three frozen margaritas on the house. If you're looking for a bit of Friday fun, check out Zoco's weekend brunch. Prices range from 250 dirhams to 420 dirhams.

  • Considered one of the finest Mexican restaurants in Dubai, Maya has been carving a stellar reputation for itself since the day it opened its doors. Designed for sharing, round up your amigos and head to Maya for a legendary night out. The restaurant is spearheaded by Richard Sandoval, a passionate chef with 45 dining concepts to his name. Renowned for its weekend brunch, it's more than just unlimited food and drink here. Guests also get all-day pool and beach access! recommends: Langosta tacos, Sope Huichol, and Maya nachos.

    Good to know: From folk to reggae, head down to Maya for live music sessions.

  • La Tablita promises to give diners an authentic taco shop experience. Buzzing with kitchen cacophony and social chatter, the energy in the atmosphere is contagious. In addition to regular nights, the restaurant hosts a Mexican fiesta every month. Here, it serves a Latino culinary superstar, mole. An indulgent chocolate-tinged sauce drizzled over savory eats - La Tablita's mole is something to write home about. The Mexican fiesta is priced at 180 per person. recommends: Mole, Con Pato, Vuelve A La Vida ceviche, and the churros.

    Good to know: Wet your whistle with a drink laced with La Tablita's master tequiler.

  • Californian taquerias are in a league of their own. Bringing the signature flavors, iconic personality, and unbeatable freshness to Dubai - Tortilla has set up shop with a mission to steal your heart. Not a single detail is skimped on, whether it's sourcing the finest rice or serving up oven-fresh tortillas. While the eatery dishes out chunky burritos, there's more to the menu than that. It also does quesadillas, salads, nachos, and desserts. Beat the heat with a sip of its zingy virgin margaritas! recommends: Shrimp burrito, churros, and the virgin margarita.

    Good to know: Skip the drive and order online at Tortilla's website.

  • Indulge in a sun-kissed Mexican feast while swaying to the gentle tune of Tortuga's resident Mariachi band. Loaded with vibrance and classic Latino personality, the restaurant and bar hits all the right spots with its food and cocktails. Located at the enchanting Mina A'Salam in Jumeirah, a meal at Tortuga feels like a mini vacation from the hustle and bustle of central Dubai. Boasting an active menu, there's always something going down at Tortuga. recommends: Tamarind margarita and anything off the signature menu.

    Good to know: Drink up at Tortuga's Sunday Luna Y Sol (three Sol beers for 99 dirhams), raise the roof at Margarita Monday, belly up at Taco Tuesday, and get dancing at Wednesday ladies' night.

  • When you bite into something from Taqado, you're biting into a slice of Mexico. One of the trendiest eateries in Dubai, Taqado sources its ingredients straight from Mexican farms. Savor every morsel of your taco, this place marinates its meat for a whopping 24 hours! Taqado is sprouting up all over the city - right from the seashore to food truck pop ups. Don't like cilantro? Want your burrito box swimming in hot sauce? Every meal at Taqado is tailored to your taste! recommends: Roasted poblano chili soup and anything off the taco menu.

    Good to know: Taqado dishes up an all-day breakfast featuring spicy chorizo burrito, chili con carne burrito, Mexican hash and omelet, and huevos rancheros.

  • JLT's latest Mexican obsession, Chalco's, is currently the It Girl of the district's lunch scene. Stepping into the local dining game in January, it's already got people swearing by its authentic fare. Realizing that project deadlines and extended meetings can chomp into your lunch hour, Chalco's is happy to send your Mexican fix over via Deliveroo. Take your pick from the eatery's range of burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and salad bowls - and make sure you wash it down with an ice-cold Jarritos. You can find Chalco's cozied up in JLT's Cluster D. recommends: Enchiladas, Carne Asada Plate, and California Burrito.

    Good to know: Chalco's offers wholesome vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.