Cleveland's Sizzling Hot Mexican Food

Last Updated: February 27, 2017

Tacos, chips, and salsa-a few of our must haves! Of course, we’re biased towards Barrio (they have the BEST queso we’ve ever eaten and so many flavor of margs!) but the others on the list are great picks as well. Head to Coastal Taco and you’ll also be able to enjoy a great view of The Flats while sitting out by the water. Or, if the weather is nice, head to Zócalo Tequilería on East 4th-they open the front windows of their restaurant during the summer making it a great place to enjoy live music and warm weather. Head down to the other restaurants and bars down East 4th when you’re done!

Coastal Taco


Coastal Taco is located on the water in the Flats. It’s a taco place with a twist-it also offers burgers, their signature bols, and more. Start with some chicken tacos or a veggie tamale and order a margarita while you’re at it. Sit out on the patio and enjoy the views and warm weather during the summer. Waiting on a table? Play a few rounds of cornhole outside the restaurant before you dine on some awesome tacos. Heading there on the weekend? Call ahead to see what the wait time is as they get super busy. After dinner check out the other restaurants and bars around the Flats!



Our FAVE Mexican restaurant, Barrio, has some of the best frozen margaritas and queso around! It’s a build your own tacos joint-grab a paper and check out the options then select what you want on the taco. Tip: make sure you start with the stoner tortilla. It’s a hard shell taco that is wrapped in a soft shell and it is amazing. Don’t forget your margarita, too. Our faves are blood orange and peach-frozen of course! Start with the queso and you won’t be disappointed. It’s thick and rich and is the perfect start to your meal. Hang for a while with friends before heading down the street to East 4th!



Nuevo offers casual upscale Mexican cuisine and is located in Akron and downtown Cle. The downtown location is a glass walled building. The restaurant is filled with natural light and the window walls allow an almost 360 view of the Cleveland Skyline and Lake Erie. Sit outside on their upstairs or downstairs patios to really enjoy the scenery. Nuevo also offers a tequila bar which has a variety of tequilas as well as handcrafted drinks. Their tequila selections are paired with complementary food courses. Sample some tequila while munching on queso and taco with friends and enjoy the views while you’re at it!

Zócalo Tequilería


Zócalo offers spicy south-of-the-border food that includes a wide selection of authentic cuisine. They also have the area’s largest offering of fine tequilas and Mexican beers. Located down East 4th, Zócalo is a great options for when you’re in the mood for some margs with chips and salsa. During the summer, they open the front patio and windows, allowing guests to enjoy the warm summer weather and listen to the live entertainment options down East 4th. They also feature acoustic performances throughout the summer, be sure to check out who’s playing before you go!