6 Top Boston Taco Restaurants For South-of-the-Border Flavor

From Tex-Mex to Baja-style, tacos satisfy our cravings

As fast-food giant Taco Bell says, 'think outside the bun." We encourage you to do just that when a craving for South-of-the-border flavor hits and you find yourself in Boston. These six local restaurants make terrific tacos, from authentic to modern, Tex-Mex to Baja-style.

Naco Taco

This Central Square restaurant is not only packed with eager customers, but flavorful Mexican food and an endless drink menu, too. Get your fill of shrimp, chicken, beef and lamb while sipping on sangria.

Lone Star Taco Bar

At locations on both sides of the Charles River, this restaurant puts a prime focus on artisanal products and knocks it out of the park with its house-roasted and slow-cooked Tex-Mex street food. When it comes to drinks, bartenders use fresh juices and housemade additions; not to mention, the beer selection is designed to pair perfectly with the menu.

Dorado Tacos

Cemitas, guacamole, and tacos, oh my! This Brookline-born spot now has a sister location in New York City. Mouthwatering dishes are ideal for Mexican food lovers and tacos are prepared from the Baja region, traditional and otherwise. A children’s menu makes it family friendly.

El Triunfo

At lunch time, don't be surprised to find a line streaming out the door and down East Berkeley Street. El Triunfo serves up modern interpretations of classic Mexican dishes made with high-quality, fresh ingredients. Sit-down dining is available, but the restaurant's diminutive size makes takeout a better option.

Anna’s Taqueria

With roots that reach to San Francisco, this veteran taqueria with seven Boston-area locations has been satisfying cravings for more than 20 years. Our pick for best bet; the specialty taco al pastor.

Pedro’s Tacos

This California-based taco shop made its way to Boston to set up its only East Coast restaurant. A light and beachy vibe makes for chowing down on fried fish tacos in a relaxed atmosphere.