Highest-rated Mexican restaurants in Houston, according to Tripadvisor

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

To find out, Stacker turned to Tripadvisor to compile a list of the highest-rated Mexican restaurants in Houston. 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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#30. Arnaldo Richard's Picos

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (327 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 3601 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098-3911
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#29. Habanera & the Guero

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (100 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 9902 Gulf Fwy, Houston, TX 77034-1043
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#28. Torchys Tacos

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (167 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Price: $
- Address: 2400 Times Blvd. Rice Village, Houston, TX 77005
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#27. Lupe Tortilla

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (128 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 15315 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77090
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#26. Ambriza Social Mexican Kitchen

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (97 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 10115 Louetta Rd Suite 400, Houston, TX 77070
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#25. El Tiempo Cantina- Navigation

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (134 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2814 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003-1236
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#24. Lopez Mexican Restaurant

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (172 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 11606 S Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77099-4755
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#23. Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (152 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1511 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009-3605
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#22. Bodegas Taco Shop

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (215 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $
- Address: 1200 Binz St Ste 160, Houston, TX 77004-6900
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#21. El Tiempo Cantina - Richmond

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (213 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 3130 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098
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#20. Churrascos

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (271 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2055 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098-1598
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#19. Pappasito's Cantina

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (641 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1600 Lamar St Hilton Americas Hotel, Houston, TX 77010-5012
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#18. Edgar's Hermano

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (101 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1700 Smith Street, Houston, TX 77002
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#17. Chuy's

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (411 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098-1205
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#16. Gringo's Mexican Kitchen Restaurant

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (203 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 12348 Gulf Fwy, Houston, TX 77034-4587
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#15. Guadalajara Mexican Grill & Bar

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (250 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2925 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77098-4503
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#14. Pappasito's Cantina

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (325 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 10409 Interstate 10 Frontage Road, Houston, TX 77024
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#13. Lupe Tortilla

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (288 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2414 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77098-4602
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#12. Irma's Southwest

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (255 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1314 Texas St Suite 100, Houston, TX 77002-3512
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#11. Velvet Taco

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (149 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Price: $
- Address: 4819 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007
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#10. Pappasito's Cantina

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (606 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2515 S Loop W, Houston, TX 77054
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#9. Little Pappasito's Cantina

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (270 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2536 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX 77098
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#8. Torchys Tacos

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (285 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $
- Address: 2411 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019
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#7. guadalajara del centro

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (349 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1201 San Jacinto St 1201 San Juanita, Houston, TX 77002-6930
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#6. Ninfa's on Navigation

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (786 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003-1517
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#5. Lupe Tortilla's

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (468 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 318 Stafford St, Houston, TX 77079-2325
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#4. Hugo's

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (905 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1600 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006-3728
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#3. El Tiempo Cantina- Washington

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (458 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 5602 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007-5135
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#2. Caracol

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (643 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Price: $$$$
- Address: 2200 Post Oak Blvd Suite #160, Houston, TX 77056-4700
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#1. Xochi

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (354 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1777 Walker St Suite A, Houston, TX 77010-5023
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