In Austin, little is held more dear than the taco. Locals can’t get enough of them, and for good reason: they are portable, can be eaten at all hours of the day + night, and most of all, they’re really good.
Whether you’re a regular taco connoisseur looking for a new spot, or just getting to know our local taco scene, here are 21 restaurants with excellent tacos to try.
Cenote, 1010 E. Cesar Chavez St. | Price per taco: $4.50+, or $13 per order
The tacos at this coffee shop are generously sized and proportionally scrumptious.
Cisco’s Restaurant, Bakery and Bar, multiple locations | Price per taco: $3.50+
The cafe’s East Austin spot is a picturesque place to spend an afternoon.
Con Todo, 10001 Metric Blvd. | Price per taco: $4.75+
Tortillas are made in-house daily at this restaurant, focusing on food from the Rio Grande Valley, where tacos are served “con todo” or “with everything.”
Cosmic Saltillo, 1300 E. 4th St. | Price per taco: $3.50+
Cosmic Saltillo will keep you supplied with delicious drinks and good vibes.
Cuantos Tacos, 1108 E. 12th St. | Price per taco: $2.25+
Don’t be afraid to order a few of these Mexican-style street tacos, which are about two-to-three bites each.
Discada, 1319 Rosewood Ave. | Price per order: $7.25+
These “cowboy wok"-made tacos are all a signature blend of beef, pork, bell peppers, and onions.
El Alma, 1025 Barton Springs Rd. | Price per taco: $4.50+
Tacos at this central restaurant come with exciting ingredients like lamb barbacoa, roasted duck, and nopalitos.
Ensenada ATX, 1108 E. 12th St. | Price per taco: $6
Lovers of shrimp and fish tacos will definitely want to give this Austin Food and Wine Fest alumnus a shot.
Este, 2113 Manor Rd. | Price per order: $18+
This Mexican seafood restaurant is known for its swordfish tacos on homemade corn tortillas.
Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon, multiple locations | Price per taco: $5.25+
City Editor Figi here. You can never go wrong with Fresa’s — it’s my go-to when I have people in town.
Güero’s Taco Bar, 1412 S. Congress Ave. | Price per taco: $3.50+
This South Congress mainstay is known for frequently hosting live music in its outdoor taco garden.
La Condesa, 400 W. 2nd St. | Price per order: $16
This restaurant serves carnitas tacos during the dinner service, but stop by during happy hour on weekdays from 5-6 p.m. for $3 taco specials at the bar and patio.
Nixta Taqueria, 2512 E. 12th St. | Price per taco: $6+
Lovers of corn tortillas will be especially impressed with this restaurant, which is headed by James Beard Award-winning chef Edgar Rico.
The Peached Tortilla, multiple locations | Price per taco: $4.50+
You’ll want to stop in on Taco Tuesday for Asian-inspired tacos.
Pueblo Viejo, multiple locations | Price per taco: $2.55+
Load up on tasty tacos at one of Pueblo Viejo’s five locations across the city.
Suerte, 1800 E. 6th St. | Price per order: $20+
The taco platters at this upscale restaurant are made with fine ingredients, confit wagyu brisket and avocado crudo.
Tamale House East, 1707 E. 6th St. | Price per taco: $3.25+
When the weather permits, this restaurant makes a great place to dine outdoors. Pro tip: if you’re not in the mood for tacos, you can’t go wrong with the tamales.
Tyson’s Tacos, 4905 Airport Blvd. | Price per taco: $2.25+
Not only are Tyson’s Tacos cheap and tasty, this taco joint is also open 24/7.
Vaquero Taquero, multiple locations | Price per taco: $3+
This restaurant serves up mind-melting tacos at an affordable price.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, 308 S. Main St., Buda | Price per taco: $2.50+
Get to this spot early, because Valentina’s is known to sell out before the afternoon.
Veracruz All Natural, multiple locations | Price per taco: $4.25+
This local mini-chain is owned by a pair of sisters who grew up watching their mother cook in a restaurant in Mexico.
This is far from all of Austin’s taco restaurants — let us know if there’s a place you would like to see on this list.