The Best Tacos in Toronto

With Cinco de Mayo coming up in just a few weeks, it’s time to start planning which restaurant(s) you’ll be visiting to chow down on some of the best tacos the city has to offer.

Here’s a list of our top 5:


  1. Playa Cabana
    With a number of different locations to choose from around the city, Playa Cabana is a great spot for Tacos. Playa Cabana knows how to build tacos with bold flavour. The crispy shelled version topped with ancho braised shortrib ($14) is one example, while the fancified tacos de langosta ($18) loaded with steamed Canadian lobster, guac and queso fresco are just undeniably delicious.
  2. Grand Electric 
    If you love tacos and cocktails then Grand Electric is the place for you. You can’t go wring with an order of bourbonade and an assortment of beef cheek ($4), pork belly ($3.60), and crispy cauliflower ($3.60) tacos.
  3. Campechano
    Campechano means no fuss. It’s also a taqueria on Adelaide where the menu features half a dozen tacos, four quesadillas, a gauc, a ceviche, and a single dessert. The menu opens with chip-dipping classics like guacamole ($6) and ceviche ($8). When it comes to tacos, you’ll discover that the tortillas are impressively fresh and the toppings, while bold in flavours, don’t rely on crema or fancy garnishes. They’re loaded with things like shrimp ($4.50) in smokey chipotle sauce with pineapple salsa over a base of guacamole.
  4. Al Pastor 
    Al Pastor might just be the most popular type of taco in Mexico, but now it’s also the name of a Toronto restaurant in the Junction. The menu painted on the wall bills tacos, quesadillas and burritos. Al pastor is of course the star. A single al pastor taco sells for $3.50, but it’s $10 if you want four. Other tacos on offer include brisket-chorizo ($3.50), chicken ($3.50), steak ($3.50), and oaxaca cheese with fried chorizo ($9 for 3). The vegetarian option ($3.50) is like a meatless fajita loaded with sauteed mushrooms, onions and peppers.
  5. El Caballito 
    El Caballito is a tequila and taco bar where the menu offers ten or so different tortillas topped with balanced flavours like cochinita pibil ($4.50) with habanero sauce and pickled onions, or chicken tinga ($4.50) with tomato soffritto and cotija cheese.

Which ones have you tried already, or can’t wait to try this Cinco de Mayo?


  • Tess


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