Best Mexican Restaurants in Columbia and Lexington SC

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Below you’ll find some of the best Mexican restaurants in Columbia and Lexington 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.

7 Mares

4360 Augusta Road Lexington SC

Single location Mexican restaurant in Lexington on US Hwy 1. Known for its adherence to traditional Mexican cooking styles, and offering authenticity in its menu. Popular with Mexican families. Good reviews on TripAdvisor, Yelp and Google

Takeout | Delivery through DoorDash | Menu

Seafood dish – 7 Mares

Cantina 76

2901-A Devine St. and 1301 Main St. Columbia

Independently owned and operated, the Cantina 76 locations in Columbia are the originals. Known for their creative spin on Mexican-inspired cuisine. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, Yelp and Google.

Limited Outdoor Seating | Curbside Pickup | Delivery via Bite Squad

Cantina 76

Cocos & Beer Authentic Mexican Grill

4405 Fort Jackson Blvd, Columbia, SC 29205

This locally owned restaurant is known for its huge portions and quality ingredients. Located just outside of downtown Columbia near Midlands Technical College. This restaurant has excellent reviews on Yelp and Google.

Takeout | Outdoor Dining

Coco’s & Beer Authentic Mexican Grill

Cecilia’s Mexican Restaurant

6169 Saint Andrews Road

Small family-operated Mexican restaurant located in Seven Oaks Shopping Center on St. Andrews Road in Columbia near Zorba’s. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, Yelp and Google.

Takeout | Curbside Pickup

Cecilia’s Mexican Restaurant’s Nachos

El Jimador Restaurante

4 Area Locations (Two in Lexington, One in Columbia, One in Cayce)

Named for the workers who cut the agave plants that tequila is made from. Four locations in the Midlands of South Carolina. Good reviews on TripAdvisor, Yelp and Google.

Takeout & Delivery | Menu

El Jimador Dinner for Two

Hola Mexico Authentic Mexican Restaurant

9009 Two Notch Road

Independent, single-location Mexican restaurant in Northeast Columbia. Has been a fixture in this area for many years. Good reviews on TripAdvisor, Yelp and Google.

Indoor & Outdoor Seating | Take Out

Moctezumas Taqueria

506 Beltline Blvd.

This independent Mexican restaurant is a star on both Yelp and Google. They’re known for fresh Mexican cuisine, big portions and very good prices.

Take Out and Delivery

Tacos from Moctezumas Taqueria

Publico Kitchen Tap

2013 Greene St.

Publico Kitchen & Tap in Five Points isn’t really Mexican, but its menu gets a lot of its inspiration from the bolder flavors of Latin cuisine. Tacos are anything but typical… they have a truly inventive menu. Call 803-661-9043 for pick up or @chownow @ubereats @grubhub @bitesquad. Great reviews on TripAdvisor, Yelp and Google.

Take Out, Delivery and Outdoor Patio Dining

Tacos from Publico Kitchen and Tap

Real Mexico Restaurant Y Tienda

2421 Bush River Road

This place gets top reviews on Yelp, TripAdvisor and Google. It’s authentic, fresh Mexican food and the service is top notch. They have some unique menu items that make them stand out from typical Mexican fare. They don’t have a website, but you can view their menu on Facebook.

Limited Outdoor Seating, Take Out and Curbside

Tacos from Real Mexico

San Jose Mexican Restaurants

15 Locations Across the Midlands

San Jose Mexican Restaurants are family-oriented and you’ll find crowds of kids with parents or little league as well as people hanging out after work. They have lots of locations so there is one nearby most anywhere in the Midlands. They have solid reviews on TripAdvisor, Yelp and Google. (each restaurant is reviewed separately)

Limited outdoor seating | Takeout | Menus

San Jose Fiesta Wrap