Where to Find Great Mexican Food in Santa Cruz

Where to Find Great Mexican Food in Santa CruzSanta Cruz is full of amazing restaurants offering countless types of cuisine and all dining atmospheres from drive-thrus to cafes, to fine dining establishments with dress codes. If you are a fan of Mexican food and are relocating or have just moved to Santa Cruz you may be wondering where Santa Cruz's best Mexican restaurants are. While the true best Mexican restaurant is all subject to personal preference, we can help steer you toward the most popular Mexican restaurants to help you find your favorite. 

Santa Cruz's Most Popular Mexican Restaurants

Taqueria Los Pericos

This just might be THE most popular Mexican restaurant in Santa Cruz. Located in downtown Santa Cruz just steps from the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. This is a top-rated Santa Cruz restaurant by tourists, but also by locals. When it is beloved by locals who come over and over again, you know it's good. The venue is smaller but features some great authentic Mexican favorites. 

Taqueria Los Pericos is popular and the limited space can make it feel a bit overcrowded at times. If you are not a fan of crowds grabbing some food to go is well worth the maze of people, trust me. The favorite entrees here include the breakfast burritos, chips and salsa, Fish Tacos, and Camarones al Mojo de Ajo. 

Taqueria Santa Cruz

 If you are looking for Mexican food favorites that give a comfort food vibe this is the place to go. Taqueria Santa Cruz is a proudly family-owned restaurant with a presence in Santa Cruz for over 30 years. The restaurant is tucked into an area of Santa Cruz that is often missed by tourists and locals love that it is. It is located at 2215 Mission Street. 

The restaurant has several regular locals. Some of the most popular dishes include the Super Burrito, the plate of 4 Krispy Tacos, and Grande Carne en su Jugo. There are of course all the traditional favorites including tacos, enchiladas, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, and more. If you are planning a move to Santa Cruz and Mexican is your favorite this will probably become your favorite place to eat out regularly. 

El Palomar

El Palomar is known for its unique yet authentic Mexican offerings. Located in downtown Santa Cruz it is easy to find at the Palomar Inn. The restaurant offers sit-down dining and takeout options for those busy nights when you need to bring dinner home. The large portions and delicious food have made it one of the most popular restaurants in Santa Cruz. Not only is the food amazing, so is the venue and the staff. The bar is a popular place to get a seat quickly and enjoy a margarita or specialty drink. The menu is extensive with salads, seafood, vegetarian, soups, and all the classic Mexican favorites. If you ask Santa Cruz residents what to order they will probably recommend the Tacos de Carne Asada, Chimichangas, or the Enchilades Verdes. This is a great family-friendly venue that offers a special menu for kids 10 and under with special deals. 

There is no end to the amazing food options you can find in Santa Cruz, from the Boardwalk to the wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains you will find a restaurant you love in Santa Cruz. If you are relocating to Santa Cruz and would like help finding a Santa Cruz home, contact me anytime. I am here to help you find a Santa Cruz home you will love. Contact me with any Santa Cruz real estate needs. 

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