Highest-rated Mexican restaurants in Columbia, according to Tripadvisor

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July 25, 2022
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Highest-rated Mexican restaurants in Columbia, 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 Columbia?

To find out, Stacker turned to Tripadvisor to compile a list of the highest-rated Mexican restaurants in Columbia. Tripadvisor rankings factor in the average rating and number of reviews. Some restaurants on the list may have recently closed. Keep reading to see if your favorite spot made the list.

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#22. Chipotle Mexican Grill

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (28 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.0/5), Service (2.5/5), Value (3.0/5)
- Price: $
- Address: 619 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201
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#21. El Jimador Restarante

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (10 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: not available
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 715 Fashion Dr, Columbia, SC 29229-4224
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#20. San Jose Mexican Restaurant

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (28 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 4525 Hard Scrabble Rd, Columbia, SC 29229-8561
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#19. Monterrey Mexican Restaurant

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (16 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: not available
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 327 Killian Rd, Columbia, SC 29203-8929
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#18. Tios Tex-Mex Cantina

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (50 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 921 Sumter St underneath the Cornell Arm building, Columbia, SC 29201-3961
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#17. Monterrey Mexican Rstrnt-La

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (60 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 931 Senate St, Columbia, SC 29201-3153
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#16. Diablo's Southwest Grill

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (17 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Price: $
- Address: 460 Killian Rd Suite 5, Columbia, SC 29203-9742
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#15. Hola Mexico

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (34 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 10014 Two Notch Rd Ste C, Columbia, SC 29223-4317
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#14. San Jose Mexican Restaurant

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (51 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 801 Sparkleberry Ln, Columbia, SC 29229-6553
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#13. Salsarita's Fresh Mexican Grill

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (21 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Price: $
- Address: 275 Park Terrace Dr #800, Columbia, SC 29212-3726
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#12. Sure Fire Tacos

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (86 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Price: $
- Address: 916 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201
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#11. Moctezumas Taqueria

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (13 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: not available
- Price: $
- Address: 506 Beltline Blvd, Columbia, SC 29205
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#10. Taqueria Jalisco Mexican

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (36 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $
- Address: 612 Saint Andrews Rd Ste 10, Columbia, SC 29210-5120
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#9. Tacos Nayarit

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (19 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Price: $
- Address: 1531 Percival Rd, Columbia, SC 29223-3748
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#8. Chapala Mexican Resturant

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (38 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 7001 Saint Andrews Rd Ste Q, Columbia, SC 29212-1137
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#7. COA Agaveria Y Cocina

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (49 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 823 Lady St Basement, Columbia, SC 29201-3103
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#6. Don Tequilas Mexican Grill & Cantina

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (65 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 114 Afton Ct, Columbia, SC 29212-2241
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#5. El Salto Restaurant

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (32 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (5.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1801 Decker Blvd, Columbia, SC 29206-3423
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#4. Publico

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (122 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2013 Greene St, Columbia, SC 29205-1638
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#3. Cantina 76

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (194 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2901A Devine St, Columbia, SC 29205-1841
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#2. Cantina 76 Main Street

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (189 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $
- Address: 1301 Main St Corner of Main & Lady St, Columbia, SC 29201-3203
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#1. Real Mexico Restaurant Y Tienda

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (413 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Price: $
- Address: 2421 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29210-5680
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