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Best Mexican Restaurants & Taquerias in Santa Cruz, CA

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz BRE 01455690


Everyone has their own opinion about where to find the best Mexican Restaurants in Santa Cruz County and being a life long resident of Santa Cruz I certainly have my opinion!  Here are my pics for some of the top Mexican food restaurants and taquerias in Santa Cruz.  Check out the map to view them all:


Manuel's Restaurant:
Right by Seacliff State Beach you will find Manuel's Restaurant which has been a beloved fixture in the local dining scene for over five decades. This family-owned establishment prides itself on serving traditional Mexican fare made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. My daughter loves the carne asada tacos and I am a big fan of the chile relleno and Margaritas.  The restaurant's cozy ambiance and great service make it the perfect spot for a casual lunch or a festive dinner with friends and family.


Located in the Seascape Village in Aptos with ocean views and a great bar, Palapas is a long time favorite with both locals and tourists.  My favorite meal at Palapas is the ceviche tostada.  They have great chips & salsa and stong Margaritas.  Very festive and fun vibe that makes you feel like you are on vacation.

Tacos Morenos:

No exploration of Mexican cuisine in Santa Cruz would be complete without a visit to Tacos Morenos. This beloved taqueria has been a favorite locals and visitors alike with its authentic street-style tacos and burritos since 1992.  This is a casual taqueria in Santa Cruz that won't break the bank.

Must-Try Dish: Super Burrito – A hearty burrito stuffed with your choice of meat, rice, beans, cheese, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream, all wrapped in a warm flour tortilla.

There are soooooo many Taquerias in Santa Cruz county and good Mexican Restaurants, these are just a few of my favorites.  Check out the map to see all of the best Mexican Restaurants and Taquerias in Santa Cruz, CA


George Souto
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Jessica Wallace Mexican food is what my wife and I are having tonight for dinner.  ☺️

Feb 16, 2024 01:43 PM
Jessica Wallace

My favorite for sure :)

Feb 16, 2024 05:21 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jessica, nothing better than knowing where the best Mexican food can be found!

Feb 16, 2024 06:14 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Welcome to the Rain. Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a follower. I would love the follow back. Also, then we both get 50 points. Bill

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Feb 17, 2024 04:57 AM