October 4 is National Taco Day! Celebrate all month long by enjoying tacos from these must-visit taco spots in Canada’s capital. Whether you’re looking for an authentic, classic taco or something more adventurous, there’s something for everyone at these nine restaurants.
With locations in two of Ottawa’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, El Camino's reputation as a popular taco spot is well-deserved. Boasting a vibrant and trendy atmosphere, the restaurant offers a fusion of Mexican-inspired flavors and innovative culinary twists. The menu has staples like beef, fish and chicken, but also offers unique options like a tuna tartare crispy taco and an ox tongue taco. From succulent meats to vegetarian options, El Camino caters to everyone. El Camino also offers an array of handcrafted cocktails to sip on while you indulge in the tacos! In the summertime, the Elgin Street location has an extended patio with plenty of space for a fun night out. Don’t forget to check out the ByWard Market’s location boasting a rooftop patio!
Toro Taqueria has many tacos and Mexican-inspired delights for you to enjoy. Seamlessly blending tradition and innovation, the menu features Latin-inspired family recipes from the Patrona (boss lady) who’s originally from Honduras. Bursting with authentic flavours and creative combinations, you’ll find what you’re looking for no matter what your food preference is. Conveniently located downtown on Bank Street, you can easily savour this unforgettable taco adventure that will quickly become one of your favourite taco places in Ottawa.
Found in Ottawa’s lively Chinatown neighbourhood, Torta Boyz brings the bold and flavourful world of Mexican tortas to Canada's capital city. This unassuming eatery offers mouthwatering tortas and tacos you won’t be able to get enough of. With each bite, you're transported to the vibrant streets of Mexico, thanks to their authentic ingredients and attention to detail. Whether you're a fan of the classic Torta Cubana stacked with layers of savory meats, or you prefer a vegetarian option bursting with fresh flavours, Torta Boyz has something to satisfy every palate.
If you find yourself in Ottawa’s Little Italy neighbourhood craving tacos instead pizza or pasta, check out Eldorado Taco, the restaurant that exploded onto Ottawa’s culinary scene in 2019. Owner Anthony Balestra is committed to bringing the flair of South Florida to Ottawa. The tacos served at Eldorado Taco are a re-imagined version of this traditional Mexican classic! The restaurant also boasts an incredible cocktail menu you have to try. Sip on a coconut margarita or try something even more unique like one of their Amigovio shooters.
For an authentic Mexican culinary experience, head to Mona’s Taqueria on Bank Street. Complete with a small section of Mexican groceries for you to take home, you’re able to truly savour the Latin American flavours here. Mona's prides itself on authenticity, with a menu that boasts numerous dishes including delicious tacos, of course. Whether you're a fan of traditional classics like carnitas or adventurous enough to try their creative fusion options, Mona's Taqueria delivers a fiesta of flavours in every bite.
Found in the vibrant Wellington West neighbourhood, near Hintonburg and Westboro, is La Bonita. Prepare for an explosion of colour with decorations lining both the inside and outside of the restaurant and funky cocktails you’ll want to take pictures of. La Bonita's menu is a celebration of traditional Mexican flavors, featuring classics like enchiladas, tacos and tamales. Their commitment to authenticity shines through in every dish.
The Soca Kitchen, with two locations, one in the Glebe and one in New Edinburgh, is a culinary haven that beautifully fuses the vibrant flavors of Spain and Latin America. This restaurant is a testament to the art of sharing good food in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The menu at The Soca Kitchen is a symphony of bold and creative dishes, showcasing the rich tapestry of Spanish and Latin American cuisines. From delectable tapas like patatas bravas and empanadas to sumptuous main courses like paella and slow-roasted meats, every bite is a tantalizing journey.
La Fiesta Latina
The menu at La Fiesta Latina is a culinary tour de force, featuring dishes that celebrate the rich flavours and ingredients of Latin America. Whether you're indulging in traditional Mexican tacos, savoring Peruvian ceviche or enjoying a hearty Colombian arepa, each bite is a celebration of Latin American food. Located in Chinatown, La Fiesta Latina is an authentic culinary experience you need to try!
This lively spot in the Glebe with a large patio open three of the four seasons has firmly established itself as a go-to destination for taco lovers in the city. Tacos filled with succulent meats, fresh vegetables and zesty salsas will leave you wanting more. Whether you're craving classic favorites like carne asada or adventurous combinations, Banditos consistently delivers a burst of deliciousness in each taco.