Highest-rated Mexican restaurants in Raleigh, according to Tripadvisor

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May 2, 2022
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Highest-rated Mexican restaurants in Raleigh, according to Tripadvisor

Mexican fare ranks with Italian and Chinese as Americans' top-three favorite global cuisines, according to the National Restaurant Association. Mexican flavors and ingredients have permeated all corners of American cuisine, infusing vibrant and varied tastes into Americans’ daily diet. But while tacos and enchiladas may seem commonplace in America now, that wasn’t always the case.

To be sure, Americans have been influenced by the flavors of our neighbor to the south for hundreds of years. But it wasn't until refugees from southern and central Mexico brought their culinary traditions north to the U.S. during the Mexican Revolution that dishes like tacos found their way into the mainstream. An increasingly global culture (and a growing number of Mexican fast-food mainstays and high-end restaurants) have cemented Mexican food's beloved role in U.S. cuisine. Which begs the question: Where does one go for the best Mexican food in Raleigh?

To find out, Stacker turned to Tripadvisor to compile a list of the highest-rated Mexican restaurants in Raleigh. Keep reading to see if your favorite spot made the list.

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#30. Cocula Mexican Restaurant

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (16 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1428 Garner Station Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27603-3600
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#29. Plaza Cafe

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (17 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Price: $
- Address: 411 Fayetteville St Ste 109, Raleigh, NC 27601-1750
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#28. Dos Taquitos Xoco

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (64 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 410 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603-1249
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#27. San Jose Mexican Restaurant

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (35 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 11201 Galleria Ave, Raleigh, NC 27614
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#26. El Rodeo

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (51 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
- Price: $
- Address: 329 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1803
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#25. Transfer Co. Food Hall

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (16 reviews)
- Detailed ratings:
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 500 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1955
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#24. Fiesta Mexicana

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (47 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2839 Jones Franklin Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606-4007
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#23. El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (42 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 4511 New Bern Ave Ste 120, Raleigh, NC 27610-1587
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#22. bartaco

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (57 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 4121 Main At North Hills Street Suite 105, Raleigh, NC 27609
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#21. Mi Cancun

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (41 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 6675 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615-6803
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#20. Taqueria El Toro

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (36 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Price: $
- Address: 3615 Junction Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27603-3636
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#19. Toreros Mexican Restaurant

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (74 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 4721 Atlantic Ave Ste 101, Raleigh, NC 27604-8106
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#18. San Jose Mexican Restaurant

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (101 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 5811 Poyner Village Pkwy, Raleigh, NC 27616-3376
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#17. Gringo A Go Go

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (62 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 100 N Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1046
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#16. El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (37 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 4112 Pleasant Valley Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612-6256
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#15. San Marcos Mexican Restaurant Raleigh

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (85 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 5300 Homewood Banks Dr, Raleigh, NC 27612-8069
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#14. La Santa Modern Mexican Food

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (23 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 222 Glenwood Ave Suite 107, Raleigh, NC 27603-1479
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#13. 13 Tacos and Taps

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (17 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 10511 Shadowlawn Dr, Raleigh, NC 27614-8554
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#12. Los Tres Magueyes

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (82 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 10410 Moncreiffe Rd Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27617-7832
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#11. Cafe Capistrano

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (70 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 8471 Garvey Dr, Raleigh, NC 27616-3369
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#10. Dos Taquitos Mexican Restaurant

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (151 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 5629 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612-6316
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#9. Cantina 18- Cameron Village

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (101 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 433 Daniels St, Raleigh, NC 27605-1314
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#8. La Rancherita

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (103 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 4325 Glenwood Ave Ste 3000, Raleigh, NC 27612-4532
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#7. Chuy's

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (228 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 4020 Market At North Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609-5772
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#6. Driftwood Cantina

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (182 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 8460 Honeycutt Rd #112, Raleigh, NC 27615-2242
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#5. Gonza Tacos y Tequila

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (121 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2100 Hillsborough St Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27607-7351
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#4. Jose & Sons

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (239 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 327 W Davie St Ste 102, Raleigh, NC 27601-1702
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#3. Centro

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (146 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 106 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1432
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#2. Salt & Lime Cabo Grill

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (241 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 6006 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609-3526
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#1. Gonza Tacos y Tequila

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (641 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 7713 Lead Mine Rd Ste 39, Raleigh, NC 27615-4805
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