The 10 Best Mexican Restaurants in Rhode Island!

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Start off the fiesta right with one of Rhode Island’s top Mexican restaurants! You’ll be surprised at the authenticity you’ll find this far north. But you’ll also find other restaurants offering more California-Mexican style food or TexMex, or just their own fresh take on Mexican classics. Here are our 10 favorite Mexican restaurants in the Ocean State. 

1. Condesa Restaurante Mexicano, Smithfield, RI

Good Mexican good isn’t just for meat eaters—Condesa offers some of the best vegan and vegetarian Mexican food around. Try some of the incredible guacamole made tableside, as well as the delicious bean dip. Go for some margaritas and tacos and you’ll soon feel stuffed!

2. Paco’s Tacos Mexicali, Cranston, RI

Paco’s Tacos came out of Rhode Island’s food truck trend in 2013 and has become so popular that it was able to open up a new brick and mortar location. If you love the truck, you’ll go wild over the restaurant—locals love the Poblano rings and the California-Mexican soft tacos brimming over the edge with toppings! 

3. El Rancho Grande, Providence, RI

Owner Maria Meza immigrated to the United States in 1992 and went on to open El Rancho Grande with her son in 2007, so you can be sure that you’ll be eating authentic Mexican food—and it doesn’t come at too steep of a price, either. Get there early, as the location is small and often packed. 

4. Tallulah’s Taqueria, Providence, RI

The chefs at Tallulah’s take their own twist on classic tacos, while still boasting a traditional flavor. The food is tangibly fresh—pickled radishes offer a mild sweetness alongside a refreshing lime squeeze and the clean taste of cilantro. Feeling adventurous? Try the beef tongue taco, an incredibly tender and delectable creation. 

5. Diego’s, Newport, RI

Diego’s always has something going on to lure you in. Try Thursday night taco night, come in on Sunday for a $40 dinner for two, or enjoy $3 tacos on Monday with trivia! Mexican brunch is equally as delicious—try the breakfast torta or a breakfast burrito with homefries and bacon. 

6. Taco Inc., Providence, RI

This new taco shop has quickly become a favorite among Providence locals. Whether you’re going for the simple yet flavorful carnitas taco or the juicy steak taco, make sure to grab some of that incredible spicy sauce to smother all over your entrée. 

7. Tio Mateo’s Mexican Grille & Greenwich Bay Gourmet, Greenwich, RI

Tio’s new 70 Cliff Street location boasts a façade whose windows open right onto the street, making it the ideal restaurant to grab a few glasses of sangria or beer on a warm summer night. Tio’s makes everything from scratch, including their daily soups. No matter what you get, you won’t be disappointed.

8. El Fuego Mexican Grill, Wakefield, RI

Even after the most filling meal, you’ll be craving El Fuego after you leave. Their Mexican street tacos in a soft shell are toasted to give them a bit of a crunch, and the red onions bode well with the juicy pulled pork. Go for that, or get one of their famous Ranchero burritos. 

9. Perro Salado, Newport, RI

Perro Saldo is located in a quaint Newport home that offers a cozy and welcoming environment. It’s the perfect location for feasting on some empanadas or quesadilla—but go for some of their meat choices as well such as the wings or sweet and tender ribs.

10. Casa Margaritas, Bristol, RI

This family owned restaurant has some of the largest plates of Mexican food around. Start off with a giant bowl of guacamole, and from there you’ll have to choose between countless great options—carne asada tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas—all served in a TexMex style.

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