Mexican cuisine is true all-weather food. In summer, there’s nothing better than knocking back a few a fish tacos with a Margarita or cerveza in-hand. In winter – especially in full-blown lockdown, when comfort is a priority – Mexican food’s winning combo of carbs and sinus-clearing spice is tough to beat. Then there’s the added bonus that many of Mexico’s most famous dishes – tacos, burritos, et al – are an inherently good fit for takeaway (we have our friend, the tortilla, to thank for that user-friendliness).

Most of Melbourne’s Mexican restaurants have gracefully handled the transition to takeaway and delivery-only. These are the best. With the city now in stage four lockdown, fingers crossed you live within five kilometres of one of these places (for takeaway) or within the wider delivery zones.

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Hotel Jesus

Popular Mexican joint Mamasita is currently touring Melbourne, one postcode and venue-takeover at a time (stay tuned here). It’s left younger sibling Hotel Jesus to hold down the fort. This Smith Street taqueria is offering a greatest-hits mash-up of favourites from both venues.

174 Smith Street, Collingwood

Frankie's Tortas and Tacos

This street stall in Collingwood is known for its tortas (a type of Mexican sandwich), but for lockdown round two it’s added a series of heat-at-home, family-size meals to the menu. Add corn chips and guac or rice and beans, and finish with a horchata panna cotta (a creamy vanilla cinnamon-spiced scenario). Pick up a $1 filter coffee while you’re there, too. Check it out.

384 Smith Street, Collingwood

The Happy Mexican

This Hoddle Street taqueria is known for its excellent, generously stacked tacos: with pork al pastor and charred pineapple; slow cooked beef; and deep-fried flathead with cabbage slaw and chipotle mayo. Now you can get them all delivered along with ceviche tostadas and California-style burritos (or burrito bowls) filled with rice, corn, black beans, cheese, salsa and roast chicken or mushrooms. Wash it all down with a Mexican beer or a classic Margarita. Order here.

106 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford


This taqueria and bottle shop has steadily expanded its takeaway offering since lockdowns started in March. The burritos and churros are particular highlights. And while you’re at, be sure to order some horchata to drink. Order here.

350 Drummond Street, Carlton
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Good Times Milk Bar

During the day, Good Times focuses on California-style burgers and milkshakes. In the evenings, its focus shifts south of the border, to tacos. There’s more than a bit of American barbeque influence to be found in the tacos at Good Times’ evening alter ego, Tropico Taqueria. This isn’t the most authentic option, but there’s a broad variety of crowd-pleasing flavours.

83 Tucker Road, Bentleigh

Bodriggy Brewing Co

This mammoth Abbotsford brewery is already running a great beer shop, but its new takeaway taco offering is very worthwhile. Bodriggy’s head chef Johny Dominguez is manning “Dominguez Takeaway” a taco-stand at the bottle shop. It runs from 12pm–4pm, Friday to Sunday. So it’s a pick-up, lunch-only affair. But if you live nearby, trust us, you’re gonna wanna go to the effort of making it here.

245 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

La Tortilleria

La Tortilleria’s menu is more like what you’d find in Los Angeles or Mexico than many of Melbourne’s other Mexican restaurants. The hand-made tortillas are the star of the show here, vessels for the myriad toppings – slow-cooked pork, chicken, fish and more – and salsas. And even in lockdown, Taco Tuesdays are still very much a thing: it’s $12 for three. Order here.

72 Stubbs Street, Kensington

Los Hermanos Mexican Taqueria

The tacos and gorditas here are the real deal. Owner Bruno Carreto was born in Mexico and did a stint in a taqueria there before opening Los Hermanos. Be sure to add on some churros for dessert. Order here for pick-up, or you can find Los Hermanos on most major delivery platforms.

339 Victoria Street, Brunswick
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Radio Mexico

A lot of Radio Mexico’s charm comes from its location, it’s just off St Kilda beach. But this taqueria’s popular pivot to the takeaway era has proved that it hasn’t been coasting by on its looks. There’s build-your-own taco sets, cook-at-home meals (including a range of slow-cooked meats) and of course, Margaritas. We’d go for the one litre flagon. It’s $60, and pours six Margaritas. That’s a good deal.

11-13 Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Bodega Underground

If you live near the CBD, this is your spot for picking up some great tacos. Usually, Bodega Underground is a raucous basement bar and taqueria. It’s tough to replicate that fiesta atmosphere at home, but ordering some tacos, quesadillas and Margaritas is a fine place to start. Order here.

55 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Hot Lips Hacienda

Highett’s favourite Mexican cantina is still running for takeaway. There’re five kinds of tacos; dinners for couples, families and groups; cocktail pouches; plus a killer range of hot sauces.

2 Railway Parade, Highett
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Hello José

This West Melbourne taqueria recently reopened for lockdown take-two with its entire menu available. The multifarious taco menu includes Baja-style battered-fish tacos, carnitas and chicken tinga. Plus, nachos, hot wings, cocktails and more. To order, call (03) 9326 3934 or find Hello Jose on Uber Eats.

85 Peel Street, West Melbourne

Si Senor Art Taqueria

The tacos here are great – but it’s the lengthy burrito menu that’s drawn our eye. There’re eight hefty numbers to choose from. The rest of the menu, which includes tostadas and quesadillas, pushes further into Tex-Mex territory than the other options on this list. Order here.

193 Carlisle Street, Balaclava

El Sabor

This small restaurant in North Melbourne is the offshoot of El Cielo one of Melbourne’s biggest handmade tortilla players. There’s a great line-up of classic dishes on the menu, from chilaquiles (strips of fried corn tortillas and served with salsa) and enfrijoladas (like enchiladas, but with a black bean sauce) to black beans soup. There’s a robust taco roster too, and the “to share” options are good value. You can find El Sabor on Uber Eats, or text or call 0415 555 512 to order.

500 Victoria St, North Melbourne

The Black Toro

The menu here isn’t especially authentic – e.g. a fried chicken torta – but it’s not thoughtless fusion, either. Order here for creative spins on quesadillas, “tlayudas” (Mexican pizza, in effect) and achiote chicken. You’re going to have to plan this meal well in advance, it’s tough to get a delivery or pick-up slot at the moment.

79 Kingsway, Glen Waverley

Village Cantina

Who needs Taco Tuesday when you can have Burrito Thursday and Nacho Sunday? Sure, they don’t roll of the tongue as well, but the deals speak for themselves. At Village, a big bowl of nachos is $10 on Sundays. The Thursday deal is even better: two burritos for $20 (they’re also very large). It’s backed up by a menu filled with favourites such as churros, croquetas, and plenty of tacos. Order here.

30 Ballarat Street, Yarraville