9 Great Tacos to Try in Reno
Estella Tacos y Mezcal
Estella’s Tacos y Mezcal serves upscale Mexican street tacos on heavenly, fresh-pressed corn tortillas. All their tacos are excellent, but the smoked oyster mushroom tacos are a revelation. It has crispy mushrooms topped with peanut Morita salsa, queso fresco, and microgreens. Carnivores will drool over the carnitas, al pastor, and chicken chirmol tacos.
Tacos Los Campesinos
Tacos Los Campesinos is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Reno. The barbacoa tacos and quesabirria are real standouts. The shells are grilled to crunchy perfection then stuffed with tender meat and served alongside a flavor-packed sauce for dipping. For non-taco options, don’t sleep on the gorditas!
Adventurous eaters will love the variety of authentic tacos at Anna’s. Try the tacos Diablo with chile colorado style pork stewed in a spicy Diablo sauce, or the Tacos de Marco, filled with flank steak, bacon, grilled potatoes, and Oaxaca cheese. If you’re feeling especially hungry, go big with the “All-you-can-eat” street tacos!
Cielito Lindo Taqueria
Hidden in a shopping center on King’s Row, Cielito Lindo Taqueria is a small restaurant with big flavors. People swear by the quesabirria tacos with guacamole. Stop in for happy hour to get a cold margarita paired with carnitas tacos or warm posole.
Taco Shop (with the pink door) 811 S Center St Reno, NV 89501
This trendy Midtown taco shop sits in the alley behind Death & Taxes. You can spot it by its bright pink doors. It has a simple but tasty menu. Their signature dish is the cheeseburger tacos with ground beef, house special sauce, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion.
You can get two types of tacos at Mexcal. Dorado tacos with crispy shells and Avenue tacos with soft corn tortillas. The spicy lamb dorado style is tender and spicy, topped with jalapeno chimichurri. The octopus avenue taco has smoky charred octopus, lime, and cilantro. Other great options are duck confit, grilled mushroom, and short rib.
Chihuahua’s Cantina & Grill
Chihuahua’s is a quintessential family Mexican joint that opens at 10:30am so that you can get tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Get there in the AM for the tacos de huevos con chorizo. For lunch, try the Baja tacos with grilled cod or shrimp, creamy chipotle, and pineapple pico. At dinner, grab the Chile Colorado, pork, and potatoes stewed in a red chile sauce.
If you’ve been on a Reno Food Tour, you know the fish tacos at Mari Chuy’s are incredible, and it’s worth a re-visit to try even more of their offerings! If you’ve never been, you should fix that, by joining us on an upcoming food tour. Vegetarians and vegans will love the jicama tacos, with thinly sliced jicama root, sauteed seasonal veggies, and topped with cilantro pesto.
Carlillo’s Cocina continually makes the list of most beloved restaurants in America on Yelp. Carlillo’s occupies a 1950s diner, and the retro space has 20 counter seats where you can watch the food prepared. They’re known for their massive breakfasts, but their tacos are not to be forgotten. Arrive early (7 am) or late (after 1 pm) to avoid the crowds.