In the last few years, things have come a long way for Mexican food in Korea! Whether you’re a “ko-mex” convert or a strict purist, Seoul can now boast restaurants pandering to almost any Mexican craving you could imagine. With the help of our readers, we’ve compiled a list of 2017’s 10 best Mexican restaurants in Seoul!
Here they are, in no particular order…
El Pino 323 | Itaewon
This fresh Mexican place is taking Seoul by storm. Easily a fan favorite, El Pino 323 is known for its dedication to authenticity down to the last spice. Chef D has brought the taste of his abuela’s kitchen right here to Seoul and guests are loving it.
Though business hours start at 6 pm, don’t be surprised to find a line of people waiting before they’ve even opened their doors. Meals here are filling and flavors are perfectly balanced. Adding to the experience, you’re in store for some classy plating, friendly staff, and relaxing mood music. And did we mention they have horchata?!
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Tomatillo | Itaewon
At TomaTillo, the menu is all about fresh flavors. When it comes to their standard Mexican lineup of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and tostadas, they really know what they’re doing. While the menu is simple, each item is tasty and beautifully plated.
The restaurant prides itself on its wide selection of craft beers and staff are ready to recommend the perfect pairing for your meal. Choose between generous helpings of fish, shrimp, and calamari, topped with salads and a solid lineup of sauces. The sangria is not to be missed!!!!!
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Don Charly | Itaewon
Don Charly has boasted the title of one of the best Mexican restaurants in Seoul since it opened in 2015. You’ll find authentic tacos, tortas, enchiladas and more on the menu at this Mexican food nook in Gyeongridan.
This one-man kitchen serves up a big punch of “real Mex-Mex cuisine” hailing straight from Mexico. The menu is dedicated to Mexican sandwiches and tacos, served piping hot to your table. Enjoy the genuine flavors of Mexico with their spicy grilled homemade choriqueso and multiple flavors of Jarritos drinks.
Don Charly’s interior, with its lucha libre wrestling masks, Frida Kahlo paintings, and Dia De Los Muertos dolls, will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to Mexico.
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Gusto Taco | Sangsu
Rated number #1 out of 122,700 restaurants in Seoul on Tripadvisor, Gusto Taco claims the website’s top spot for good reason. Describing themselves as a restaurant that serves, “casual and handmade Mexican meals to budget conscious consumers,” the restaurant’s flavors and portion sizes have everyone leaving full and satisfied.
Gusto Taco serves their meals with hand pressed tortillas, made fresh daily. Try their mole enchiladas with a piña colada or corona, to feel like you’ve been whisked away to Mexico!
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B’Muchos Cantina | Yeonam-dong
If you’re after authentic Mexican flavor, then make a beeline to B’Mucho Cantina. The traditional cantina has served a simple menu of traditional Mexican fare since 2013.
Nestled in Yeonnam-dong, the cozy restaurant is crammed with adorable furniture and decor that may as well have been plucked right out of a cantina in Mexico. Try their enchiladas or beef tacos with a corona for a little taste of Mexico right in the heart of Seoul.
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Coreanos Kitchen | Various Locations
If you like your Mexican mixed up with fusion flavors, Coreanos Kitchen is the Korean-tex-mex melting pot you’ve been looking for. Starting out as a humble food truck in Austin, Texas back in 2010, Coreanos Kitchen found fame in the US after they were awarded “One of America’s Best Food Trucks” by Fox News.
Since bringing their fusions tastes to Korea, the Coreanos name now boasts 3 stores with residencies in Itaewon, Gwanghwamun and Apgujeong Rodeo. They serve fan favorites like their award-winning “Three Wise Fries” (Fries topped with chicken, kalbi beef, pork, onions, and cilantro and served with three different hot sauces), and the “OG Burrito” (a kalbi beef burrito with cabbage slaw, onion, cilantro, caramelized kimchi, and sesame oil vinaigrette)
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Vatos | Itaewon
Hailed as the “heroes of ko-mex”, the guys behind Vatos, slang for “men” or “dudes”, are largely attributed with kicking off the trend in Korea. Anyone who’s familiar with the restaurant knows that the shared love of spicy and strong flavors makes this cross-cultural mash-up an unlikely match made in heaven.
The three Korean owners grew up in the US, where they were exposed to authentic Mexican flavors. Teamed with the traditional Korean food they grew up eating at home, a unique combination of Korean-Mexican fusion cuisine was born. Go pay Vatos a visit and dig into fusion favorites like the Kimchi Carnitas Fries, Kalbi Beef Tacos, and Spicy Chicken Quesadillas.
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Taco Amigo | Itaewon, Garosugil
Taco Amigo has been cooking up authentic Mexican food for locals and visitors to Itaewon for over 10 years. Keeping to the classics, Taco Amigo serves their tacos al pastor, the traditional way.
Their menu covers hard to find, authentic dishes that are less commonly found in the establishments of their competitors. Here you’ll find hidden treasures like tamales, chilaquiles, pollo con mole and enchiladas verdes.
The restaurant also boasts an extensive drink list with a range of fruity margaritas, sangrias and horchata cocktails made with fresh fruit and top-shelf tequila or rum. This is the perfect place for fun, authentic Mexican food that you can’t find anywhere else!
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Mitotera Taqueria | Mapo-gu
Inspired by the originality of taquerias in New York and California, Mitotero Taqueria serves inventive Mexican food, with a twist. Try their specialty salsa, made in house from natural peppers and fruits.
They also offer a variety of different tacos, burritos, as well as Tex-Mex inspired dishes. Try one of the delicious house-made drinks they have available: Sangria, Mojito, Margarita, Corona, or even a Corona Margarita!
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El Cantina | Apgujeong
With this blazing hot summer, what better way to beat the heat than sipping an ice cold Coronita (frozen margarita served with a corona) in a tree shaded beer garden? Choose from all your Mexican favorites like taco salads, nachos, quesadillas, and fajitas, or have a bit of everything in a set menu.
Their set menus include different options of starters, entrées, and soft drinks for an intimate date or a group outing.
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