Best Mexican Food in the South Bay

Best Mexican Restaurants in the South Bay

Who doesn’t love good Mexican Food. Although there are many different styles of cooking, here’s a round up of all the best local restaurants in the South Bay that our the members of our South Bay Mommies & Daddies group said are their favorite!

You may also be interested in best tacos in the South Bay or our entire list of favorite restaurants in the South Bay! 

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Best Mexican Food in the South Bay 

El Segundo Mexican Food

El Gringo
El Gringo was established in Hermosa Beach in 1986. Local restaurateur Bill Graw had a vision when he saw the Hermosa Beach landmark El Gringo for sale in 2001. After taking over the operation, El Gringo Mexican Restaurant has become wildly popular with locals and visitors alike. El Gringo has consistently been voted Best Mexican Restaurant by the locals. In 2004, El Gringo opened its second location in Manhattan Beach. In 2006, a location was opened in Redondo Beach based on the same model. The fourth El Gringo opened in El Segundo in 2017 serving full liquor. Through the years, as the beach communities have transformed, El Gringo has adapted to meet the changing lifestyles as a result of listening to the feedback of our loyal customers. We are proud to offer a variety of healthy items in addition to wines and craft beers. El Gringo has certainly come a long way in the past 30 years! We appreciate you choosing El Gringo as one of your dining choices.

El Tarasco Mexican Food
The story of El Tarasco starts with an elopement back in the early 1960s in the Mexican state of Michoacan. Despite the wishes of her family , a young woman named Celia saw something special in the poor but industrious Moises Palomo and married him. He worked hard picking strawberries, avocados, or whatever needed to be harvested, until he was able to send for his wife, Celia arrived and began working  in a factory while Moises worked a number of jobs.

Manhattan Beach Mexican Food

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Located in downtown Manhattan Beach, “El Som” or “The Hat” as known by locals, has been building relationships with people since 1975. El Som is a small family owned restaurant with a big heart. If you are one of those people that loves tradition, family, and enjoys a simple, little-town feel, then El Som is the place for you. El Som has been ingrained in the Manhattan Beach community for 40 years  

El Tarasco Mexican Food
We offer a wide array of fresh food – Chile Relleno Burrito, Chorizo & Egg Burrito, Carnitas, Rice & Beans, Fish Dinner, Quesadilla w/ Shrimp, Chicken Salad, and Enchilada. We use the freshest ingredients in preparing our food to provide the best quality and taste. Try our delicious food today!

El Gringo
El Gringo was established in Hermosa Beach in 1986. Local restaurateur Bill Graw had a vision when he saw the Hermosa Beach landmark El Gringo for sale in 2001. After taking over the operation, El Gringo Mexican Restaurant has become wildly popular with locals and visitors alike. El Gringo has consistently been voted Best Mexican Restaurant by the locals. In 2004, El Gringo opened its second location in Manhattan Beach. In 2006, a location was opened in Redondo Beach based on the same model. The fourth El Gringo opened in El Segundo in 2017 serving full liquor. Through the years, as the beach communities have transformed, El Gringo has adapted to meet the changing lifestyles as a result of listening to the feedback of our loyal customers. We are proud to offer a variety of healthy items in addition to wines and craft beers. El Gringo has certainly come a long way in the past 30 years! We appreciate you choosing El Gringo as one of your dining choices.

Panchos
South Bay’s favorite for Mexican food, margs, comedy & fun! Join us for brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner & daily live entertainment.

Mercado Restaurant Manhattan Beach
Contemporary & Traditional Mexican Food

Tacolicious 
Tacolicious is a modern, casual Mexican restaurant in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Manhattan Beach, LA. We source our ingredients responsibly, take our tacos as seriously as our cocktails, and offer a fun sit-down, full-service experience.

Caló Kitchen + Tequila
Since 1962, the Heredia family has created vibrantly authentic restaurants dedicated to providing thoughtful service, warm hospitality and a menu inspired by three generations of real family cooking.

Hermosa Beach Mexican Food

Rosa’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant
Starting as a modest small store, we began our journey in traditional homemade original flavors that will delight your taste. Our master chef has been with us since 1973, providing more than 45 years of experience and good taste that has excelled in the South Bay Area. In 2010 we began a new generation of improved service, with the goal of customer satisfaction to 100%, but always keeping our line quality and good taste. We are proud to serve the best Authentic Mexican Food where you can enjoy inexpensive and savory big portions of Mexican dishes. Expect a family-friendly and the best dining atmosphere with our traditional Mexican look and feel.

Hermosa Mexican Cuisine
Hermosa Mexican is a family run business with home made mexican food. We strive to maintain quality and to spoil our customers.

El Tarasco  
We offer a wide array of fresh food – Chile Relleno Burrito, Chorizo & Egg Burrito, Carnitas, Rice & Beans, Fish Dinner, Quesadilla w/ Shrimp, Chicken Salad, and Enchilada. We use the freshest ingredients in preparing our food to provide the best quality and taste. Try our delicious food today!

El Gringo
El Gringo was established in Hermosa Beach in 1986. Local restaurateur Bill Graw had a vision when he saw the Hermosa Beach landmark El Gringo for sale in 2001. After taking over the operation, El Gringo Mexican Restaurant has become wildly popular with locals and visitors alike. El Gringo has consistently been voted Best Mexican Restaurant by the locals. In 2004, El Gringo opened its second location in Manhattan Beach. In 2006, a location was opened in Redondo Beach based on the same model. The fourth El Gringo opened in El Segundo in 2017 serving full liquor. Through the years, as the beach communities have transformed, El Gringo has adapted to meet the changing lifestyles as a result of listening to the feedback of our loyal customers. We are proud to offer a variety of healthy items in addition to wines and craft beers. El Gringo has certainly come a long way in the past 30 years! We appreciate you choosing El Gringo as one of your dining choices.

Redondo Beach Mexican Food 

Ortega 120 
At Ortega 120 we use all fresh, natural and hormone free meats, seafood and poultry whenever possible. We work closely with our growers and purveyors to provide the finest and freshest quality ingredients.

 El Burrito Jr

Mexican Riviera
Better known by locals as “The Riv”. Riviera Mexican Grill is a staple in the South Bay community. See you at The Riv.

El Tarasco Mexican Food
We offer a wide array of fresh food – Chile Relleno Burrito, Chorizo & Egg Burrito, Carnitas, Rice & Beans, Fish Dinner, Quesadilla w/ Shrimp, Chicken Salad, and Enchilada. We use the freshest ingredients in preparing our food to provide the best quality and taste. Try our delicious food today!

El Gringo
El Gringo was established in Hermosa Beach in 1986. Local restaurateur Bill Graw had a vision when he saw the Hermosa Beach landmark El Gringo for sale in 2001. After taking over the operation, El Gringo Mexican Restaurant has become wildly popular with locals and visitors alike. El Gringo has consistently been voted Best Mexican Restaurant by the locals. In 2004, El Gringo opened its second location in Manhattan Beach. In 2006, a location was opened in Redondo Beach based on the same model. The fourth El Gringo opened in El Segundo in 2017 serving full liquor. Through the years, as the beach communities have transformed, El Gringo has adapted to meet the changing lifestyles as a result of listening to the feedback of our loyal customers. We are proud to offer a variety of healthy items in addition to wines and craft beers. El Gringo has certainly come a long way in the past 30 years! We appreciate you choosing El Gringo as one of your dining choices.

Kalaveras
We’re creating a new concept of modern rustic dining with a fusion of traditional and vanguard Mexican ingredients. Our food is chef-driven, using classic cooking techniques with fresher and healthier options. We’re elevating bold, authentic flavors and presenting a new way of eating. In the bar you’ll find over 90 different tequilas and Mezcal spirits.

Palos Verdes Mexican Food 

The (Original) Red Onion
Homemade & Authentic, The Red Onion’s Sonora-style cuisine represents a celebration of flavors and main dish entrees inspired by owner Jeff Earle’s great grandmother Catalina Castillo over 100 years ago. Three generations of the Earle family have followed in the restaurant business developing and perfecting traditional Mexican dishes while providing their customers a wide range of American cuisine favorites.

The finest selection of fresh produce and high quality meats and seafood make the signature dishes like Carne Ortega, Carnitas Pork, Chicken Mole and Shrimp La Paz stand out among other Mexican restaurants. A wide variety of fresh salads, steaks, seafood, sandwiches and breakfast items offer something enjoyable for the most particular customer. Add to this a fine selection of wines and spirits and an enjoyable dining experience is always assured.

Maria’s Mexican Restaurant

Hawthorne Mexican Food

Licha’s Mexican Restaurant

Torrance Mexican Food 

La Capilla Mexican Restaurant
Persistent striving for perfection. Warm, inviting, friendly and with a family feel, La Capilla is Mexican food at its most comforting and authentic. 

Madre! Oaxacan Restaurant and Mezcaleria
Ivan Vasquez has been growing his empire of Oaxacan restaurants with the power of mole and mezcal. And Angelenos have responded to the high quality of the food and cocktails at his Torrance and Palms establishments, leading Vasquez to finally debut his big West Hollywood location in the former Pitfire Pizza/Gesso space with the country’s largest selection of mezcal, upwards of 400 bottles. This Madre started with a takeout-only window in July, but beginning next Monday, diners will be able to have cocktails, dinner, and brunch with on-premise outdoor dining.

Tacos El Goloso

Tom’s Tacos
Home of the hard shell tacos and fresh salsa!

Lomita Mexican Food

El Tarasco Mexican Food
We offer a wide array of fresh food – Chile Relleno Burrito, Chorizo & Egg Burrito, Carnitas, Rice & Beans, Fish Dinner, Quesadilla w/ Shrimp, Chicken Salad, and Enchilada. We use the freshest ingredients in preparing our food to provide the best quality and taste. Try our delicious food today!

The Original Alfredo’s Restaurant
Spacious spot dishing up a variety of familiar Mexican fare with a Mayan-style backdrop.

Gardena 

Burnt Tortilla 
Family-style Mexican joint offering hearty portions of classic fare in a casual setting.

Taco’s & Mariscos El Antojito
Popular taqueria serving fish tacos, tortas & other Mexican street eats in unassuming environs.

Josie’s
According to Facebook, the best chicken tacos in town since 1952!

Tio Rico’s

San Pedro Mexican Food

Green Onion Mexican Restaurant
Festive spot for seafood, burritos & margaritas (plus some American fare) with a dining room & bar. With locations in San Pedro and Moreno Valley, The Green Onion has been a Southern California tradition for 30 years. Its inviting atmosphere makes it a perfect place for friends and family to gather. The charming decor and warm, friendly staff will make you feel right at home. Each dish is prepared fresh using only the finest, highest quality ingredients. With so many delicious options to choose from, you can’t go wrong! Stop by the Cantina for a grande margarita or try our signature soft tacos and you’ll definitely be coming back for more. Soon you’ll find that you are a part of the Green Onion family!

Kalaveras
We’re creating a new concept of modern rustic dining with a fusion of traditional and vanguard Mexican ingredients. Our food is chef-driven, using classic cooking techniques with fresher and healthier options. We’re elevating bold, authentic flavors and presenting a new way of eating. In the bar you’ll find over 90 different tequilas and Mezcal spirits.

Carson Mexican Food

El Taco Charro
Our business is unique to the area due to our family atmosphere and our authentic food! Mexico is such a large country; Mexican food is diverse, and Mexican recipes vary from region to region. Thanks to differences in climate, ethnicities and the fact that the Spanish influence had varying degrees of success throughout Mexico, a Mexican recipe in one part of the country may be completely different from one in another part. The unique flavor of our cuisine comes from Guadalajara a city in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Although dishes vary from region to region, a few things are constant in our food; one is the prevalence of a few distinct spices, most notably oregano, cumin and chili powder. One example, in the state of Jalisco, is tortas ahogadas, a sandwich covered in a tasty red (hot!) sauce one of our specialties.

El Pescador Family Restaurant
Casual chain with a seafood-focused menu of classic Mexican food, plus beer & cocktails.

Lawndale Mexican Food

El Amigo

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