We’ve done the legwork for you and found the seven best Mexican in Byron Bay, each serving dishes that we know to be true to the traditional cuisine of Mexican restaurants.
Funny sombreros, bottomless nachos, and swimming-pool-sized margaritas aren’t inherently offensive, but they can’t compare to the authentically bold and fresh flavours of authentic Mexican cooking. The Byron Bay restaurants that specialise in Mexican cuisine have honed their craft to a fine art.
Their homemade tortillas and quesadillas loaded with cheese and truffles will have you wishing that Tuesday was Taco Night every day of the week. The Mexican restaurants we recommend in Byron will make your mouth wet, and so will the mezcal cocktails you can get there.
The trendy open-air eatery, popularly known as Miss Margs, serves Mexican cuisine with a laid-back vibe reminiscent of Byron Bay’s beaches. You can choose from a large selection of Mexican dishes, such as nachos, quesadillas, tacos, and burritos, for lunch. Dinner specials include enchiladas and fajitas. The menu features a wide range of burritos with ingredients ranging from crispy fish and mango to garlic mushrooms and zucchini.
Traditional cocktails, margaritas, beer, wine, and liqueurs including mezcal and tequila are available at discounted prices between 5 and 6 p.m. daily during happy hour. Miss Margs is a popular restaurant in the region, so in the summer, you may have to wait for a table.
Just ten minutes away in Suffolk Park is Chupacabra, a hidden gem that is well worth the trip from Bryon. The restaurant’s bright and airy decor, which includes primary colours painted on white walls and an abundance of plants, will make you feel as though you’ve been transported to Mexico.
Like the chargrilled reef fish collars and crispy pig belly with agua sauce, the tacos and dishes on the menu are meant to be split among several diners. The Mexican surf and turf is served on two elegant platters, and it includes rump steak, scallops, and mussels. After working up a sweat, cool off with a beer, wine, margarita, or one of the many flavorful refrescos.
At Taco Joe’s, you can expect to enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine that has been prepared with care and is served with a kind grin. The interior and outside of this restaurant, which is one of several excellent dining establishments located on Bay Lane, are decorated in a Mexican style.
On the menu, you’ll find all of the traditional Mexican fare, such tacos, burritos, and nachos, in addition to some fan favourites like ceviche and chilli lime corn. There is a wide selection of Mexican cocktails to pick from, in addition to the five different kinds of Mexican beer and the many different wines. Every day from 5 to 6, we host a social gathering that we call happy hour.
Chihuahua Taqueria is a Mexican restaurant in Byron Bay that packs a lot of flavour into its little space. The flavours are genuine, and the cooking is clean and uncomplicated. In addition, the pricing are reasonable, the portions are generous, and the service is warm and welcoming.
The mouthwatering taco selection is the centrepiece of the menu, and the daily specials board has rotating dishes. Standout items on the menu include grilled corn and jalapeo poppers as sides. Although the establishment is more of a hole in the wall than a full-fledged restaurant, there is some sitting available within the arcade.
In Byron Bay, you’ll find Don Pedros, a cantina with a menu and decor inspired by those of Mexico and Southern California.
The atmosphere is warm and fun, much like a typical Latin American cantina. Bright and modern, with fabrics and wall decor inspired by Latin America, the room is warmed by strategic lighting.
Homemade nachos offer great texture and flavour for being a relatively simple snack. Priced at $8, this taco features shrimp, iceberg, lime mayo, and pico de gallo. Also popular at our table were the tacos topped with lamb shoulder, slaw, chimichurri, and pulled pork belly, slaw, and chipotle mayo.
El Camino Cantina is known for its famed margaritas and cheap, tasty Mexican fare.Traditional Tex-Mex fare such as tacos, burritos, fajitas, buffalo wings, and nachos are offered, as are margaritas served either frozen or on the rocks.
All of their tortillas, guacamole, and burritos are created fresh daily, and they only use the highest quality ingredients. Their wild shenanigans begin during the week with $2 Taco Tuesdays, 10 cent Wing Wednesdays, and 50% off Fajita Thursdays, and continue throughout the weekend with louder music, busier kitchen and bar, and more margaritas.
OzyMex – takeaway only
Just back from Main Beach on Jonson Street, OzyMex is the perfect option for a quick fix after a day on the beach. Their no-nonsense menu consists of tacos, nachos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, and gluten-free salads. Everything is offered with smoky sour cream and a choice of eight different chilli sauces made by Byron Bay Chilli Co., which range in heat from Mild House Salsa to the blow your head off Death by OzyMex.
Usually, you’ll find a few stools to sit inside, but at the moment, OzyMex is takeaway only. Service is speedy and friendly, though, which is particularly handy in the summer months when everywhere else is busy with long wait times.