Top 14 Mexican Restaurants in Tokyo
Here are the 14 best Mexican restaurants in Tokyo. From burrito shops to taco stands to Tex-Mex restaurants, we got them all.
We’ll be honest with you, Tokyo isn’t exactly bursting with quality Mexican food. There are plenty of restaurants, but most are either comically inauthentic or ridiculously expensive. There are a few exceptions, however. Well, 14 by our count. We’ll run you through each of them, below.
Frijoles, near Tokyo Station
Frijoles is a pretty blatant rip-off of everyone’s favourite burrito fast-food pioneers, Chipotle. Burritos are obviously the main draw but there are also salads and other items available, all endlessly customisable. The burritos are some of the best in the city and perfect for a quick lunch if you’re around Tokyo Station.
The portion sizes and prices aren’t great (a large chicken burrito comes in at 1,460 yen) but if you need a Mexican fix, you won’t be complaining too much.
Other locations include Azabu-Juban, Roppongi and Shinbashi.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00 - 22:00/Sat 11:00 - 18:00 (Closed on Sunday) Address: Otemachi First Square East 1F, 1-5-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo Access: Otemachi Station or Tokyo Station Phone Number: 03-6256-0388 Website: Frijoles
Umum Good Burritos! near Tokyo Station
Umum, almost admirably, isn’t too concerned with authenticity. In fact, that’s part of the charm. This burrito chain serves up exciting creations all of its own, using inspiration from all over. Past favourites include the beef kalbi burrito and the sloppy joe burrito but there’s always something new to try out. Best of all, they’ll only set you back a paltry 700 yen. If you don’t like queueing, avoid lunchtime, when Umum is always packed with office workers.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 - 21:00/Sun 11:00 - 20:00 Address: Marunouchi Building B1F, 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo Access: Nijubashimae Station or Tokyo Station Phone Number: 03-3284-3301 Website: umum
Rainbow Burritos, Shinjuku
Rainbow Burritos can be found right in the heart of Ni-chome, Tokyo’s brilliantly effervescent LGBT quarter. The restaurant serves up some of the most authentic Mexican food you’ll find anywhere. Their secret? Simplicity. Cheese, sour cream, salsa, Mexican rice and the choice of carne asada (grilled beef), pollo rojo (marinated chicken) or vegetables—nothing more, nothing less (well, maybe you could add jalapenos if you really wanted). All this for a very affordable 500 yen (or 800 yen for a large size).
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 19:00 - 24:00 Address: Shinjuku Building #303, 3-1-32 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo Access: Shinjuku-Sanchome Station Phone Number: 070-4349-5810 Website: Rainbow Burritos
Fonda de la Madrugada, Harajuku
Away from the crowds of Takeshita Street, down an inconspicuous stairwell, discover Fonda de la Madrugada, another example of Mexican dining done well in Tokyo. Everything screams Mexico here, from the live mariachi band to the decor, and, of course, the food.
Of the many traditional Mexican dishes that grace the menu, we recommend the tri-color enchiladas, though it’s all wonderful. Why not pair your food with a Mexican beer, cocktail, or, if you’re very keen, a tequila and really get into the spirit of things. Prices are pretty steep but that’s to be expected considering the quality.
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 17:30 - 02:00/Fri&Sat 17:30 - 05:00 Address: Villa Bianca B1F, 2-33-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Harajuku Station Phone Number: 03-5410-6288 Website: Fonda de la Madrugada
Guzman y Gomez, Harajuku
With over 60 stores all over Asia, you know Guzman y Gomez is doing something right. The chain makes a point of using only the freshest ingredients and real Mexican spices in all its stores, so customers are rarely left disappointed. Select your burrito, choose your salsa and top it off with some red onion, jalapeno or coriander and get eating. Don’t miss the frozen margarita either.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 11:00 - 21:00 Address: Laforet Harajuku 2F, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Harajuku Station Phone Number: 03-3470-0770 Website: Guzman y Gomez
Chiles Mexican Grill Harajuku
Born and raised in Mexico City, chef Carlos Batres now dedicates himself to sharing his passion for his homeland’s cuisine with lucky Tokyoites. At Chiles, his quaint but ever-popular eatery, you can get in on the action too.
Find here a variety of traditional Mexican dishes from hearty nachos to juicy grilled chicken burritos. Head over on a Tuesday for 500 yen tacos and drinks!
Opening Hours: Mon 11:00 - 16:00/Tue-Fri 11:00 - 21:00/Sat 10:00 - 22:00/Sun 10:00 - 20:00 Address: 1-8-24 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Harajuku Station or Meiji Jingumae Station Phone Number: 03-6434-9693 Website: Chiles Grill
Hacienda de Cielo, Daikanyama
A spacious, modern restaurant with great views of the city, Hacienda is a slightly more upmarket take on the classic Mexican restaurant. Spread over two floors, the restaurant is also home to its own bar and an outdoor terrace where diners can choose to sit in the summer. If you’re not hungry, head here for a cocktail and watch the city go by below. The food is a sort-of Mexican tapas; the menu packed with small, shareable dishes, all of which are delicious but fairly pricey.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 - 04:00/Sat 11:00 - 04:00/Sun 11:00 - 23:00 Address: Mansard Daikanyama Building 9F, 10-1 Sargakucho, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Daikanyama Station Phone Number: 03-5457-1521 Website: Hacienda
Inspired by his time in San Diego and frequent trips to Mexico, Hideaki Arima opened Junkadelic, a fun and very popular Nakameguro Tex-Mex joint. Green, white and red fills the rooms, as well as a whole load of Mexican knickknacks, creating the perfect backdrop for a meal bursting with the flavours of Mexico. We recommend the cheese nachos to start, followed by either the chicken quesadillas or the pork chimichangas to wrap it up. Cap it off with a frozen margarita, of which there are nine varieties to choose from, and you can’t go wrong.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 18:00 - 24:00/Sat&Sun 11:00 - 16:00, 18:00 - 24:00 Address: 4-10-4 Kamimeguro, Meguro, Tokyo Access: Naka-Meguro Station Phone Number: 03-5725-5020 Website: Junkadelic
La Jolla, Hiro-O
Just minutes from Shibuya Station, you won’t fail to spot La Jolla’s bold sombrero signboard. Inside, the restaurant is decked out with pinatas, ponchos and graffitied walls—all the trappings of a charming little Mexican restaurant. The food menu is changed around monthly to reflect the season, though classics like enchiladas and tacos are ever-present. With 30 types to choose from, don’t pass up the opportunity to sample some authentic Mexican tequila either.
Opening Hours: Weekday 11:30 - 14:00, 17:00 - 22:30/Weekend 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:30 (Closed on Tuesday) Address: Koyasu Building 2F, 5-16-3 Hiro-O, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Hiro-O Station Phone Number: 03-3442-1865 Website: La Jolla
Hidden away on the second floor of a pretty nondescript building in gaijin (foreigner) hotspot Azabu-juban, find BURRI, a casual burrito and taco shop with few frills but great food. The ingredients are all laid out behind the counter, allowing customers to personalise their choice in any way they like. There’s also free Wi-Fi, which is a nice touch.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 10:00 - 22:00 Address: 2F, 2-1-8 Azabujuban, Minato, Tokyo Access: Azabu-Juban Station Phone Number: 03-6809-6938 Website: BURRI
Taco Rico, Roppongi
What do you get when you combine Japanese hospitality and Mexican authenticity? Taco Rico! The tacos come with your choice of filling, from avocado shrimp to pulled pork or vegetarian, with a variety of toppings to choose from as well. For something a little more substantial, try a burrito. The newly added bistec (salted and peppered sirloin) burrito comes particularly highly recommended. All the food is fresh and the tortillas are all made in-house.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 - 21:00 Address: Ark Hills Mori Building 2F, 1-12-32 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo Access: Roppongi-itchome Station Phone Number: 03-3505-1570 Website: Taco Rico
Kumi Takizawa, Tepito’s owner, has long been entranced by Mexican culture after hearing a mariachi song on the radio as a teenager. Her charmingly authentic Mexican restaurant is the end result.
Tepito offers ultra-traditional dishes such as tamales, menudo and cactus salad, though we recommend the flavorful pozole soup which takes a whopping three days to prepare! Tepito also houses over one hundred kinds of tequila with even more in Takizawa’s home. Tepito deserves a trip but be sure to take note of the limited opening days to avoid disappointment.
Opening Hours: Thu-Sat 18:00 - 22:30 (Closed Sunday to Wednesday) Address: 3-19-9 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo Access: Shimokitazawa Phone Number: 03-3460-1077 Website: Tepito
Wahoo’s Fish Tacos & More, Odaiba
Wahoos can be found on the rooftop of DiverCity in Odaiba. The first Tokyo branch of the popular California-based chain, Wahoos is a casual taco joint but one that doesn’t slack when it comes to the food. Their signature fish tacos are a must, but the mouthwatering wet burritos are equally as good if you’ve got the room.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 11:00 - 22:00 Address: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 7F H.L.N.A. Skygarden, 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto, Tokyo Access: Daiba Station Phone Number: 03-6457-1868 Website: Wahoo's
Mike’s Tex-Mex Restaurant, Yokota
Mike’s prides itself on its down-to-earth vibe and deliciously simple home cooking. Their margaritas, hot sauce and guacamole are all made from scratch and serve as the perfect accompaniments to the staple tacos and burritos. If you’re hungry, the “hungry homebre special” includes a burrito, enchilada and taco, all for just 1,580 yen. The restaurant mainly caters to folk from the nearby Yokota Air Base and is over an hour from central Tokyo, so perhaps tick off our other choices before making the trip.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 11:30 - 14:30, 17:300 - 22:00 Address: 2-3-1 Kamidaira, Fussa, Tokyo Access: Fussa Station Phone Number: 042-513-5210 Website: Mike's
Honorable Mention: Taco Bell, Shibuya
After an aborted attempt to establish itself in Japan in the 80s, Taco Bell is back with vengeance. Though not the most authentic, nor the cheapest, Taco Bell does what it does well, and certainly hits the spot in times of need. There are now four locations in Tokyo, though the Shibuya branch is perhaps the most convenient. Despite a slightly curtailed menu, don’t worry, you can still find Taco Bell favourites such as loaded fries and cheesy beef burritos.
Other locations include Aoyama, Shinbashi and Odaiba.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 10:00 - 23:00 Address: 2-25-14 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Shibuya Station Phone Number: 03-6427-8543 Website: Taco Bell