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The Lowcountry is home to some of South Carolina’s finest Mexican food. You just can’t beat the southern charm of Charleston or its fabulous cuisine!
Below you’ll find some of the best local Mexican restaurants in the Charleston area. We relied on our own experiences dining at these places before including them in the list… but also made sure that each of them had excellent reviews on Yelp, Google, and TripAdvisor. Click on the words “Yelp”, “Google” or “TripAdvisor” within the restaurant’s listing to see what people say about each.
The restaurants are listed alphabetically.
Juanita Greenberg’s Nacho Royale
439 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Right in the heart of the “Holy City”, Juanita offers a truly savvy Charleston meal! Customers can’t get enough of its retro-styled interior, casual dining experience, and tasty Mexican food with an added flair.
La Nortena Taqueria & Mexican Grill
Started in 2003, this award-winning and family run Mexican grill is dedicated to serving incomparable Mexican food and unforgettable dining experiences from start to finish. Their menu melds together traditional foods from the central Jalisco area of Mexico with contemporary Mexican-American dishes. Make sure to check out their fun variety of menu options here!
Maui Tacos Mexican Surf Grill
You might not believe that the intense spices of Mexican cuisine could so wonderfully compliment the tropical flavors of Hawaii, but Maui Tacos specializes in debunking this misconception! Promoted as “A Vacation You Can Eat”, Maui Tacos promises to provide an exciting meal within a one-of-a-kind colorful environment. The rainbow mango salad, Hawaiian BBQ pork burrito, and pineapple salsa are just a select few of customer’s favorites at the surf grill!
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina
This place is quite popular with Charleston locals and visitors! Named after Mexico 1, the famous Mexican Federal Highway that runs alongside the Baja California Peninsula, Mex 1 Coastal Cantina smokes all its chicken and pork on-site, and cooks its plates in-house daily. Its wide variety of tacos, quesadillas, baja rice bowls, tortas, and salads are locally sourced and absolutely addicting!
Yo Bo Cantina Fresca
It’s two Charleston locations in West Ashley and Park Circle were named Charleston’s #1 Top Nachos in 2019 by Eater Charleston. With Yo Bo’s inexpensive prices and praising ratings on Google, TripAdvisor, and Yelp, you’ll definitely be blown away by this hidden gem!
You just can’t beat the fresh and natural ingredients Zia puts into all of its plates! Secluded in an old-fashioned strip mall, this quick service joint offers a trendy dining atmosphere and Southwestern-styled bites inspired from the tang of New Mexican cuisine.