San Mateans Dish on Favorite Mexican Eats

Whether you crave crab, prawns and chicken sautéed in butter and wine, soft tacos or roasted pork smothered in a savory sauce and topped with cheese, discover eight San Mateo restaurants serving crowd-pleasing flavors of Mexico.

El Sinaloense Restaurant at 1622 Palm Ave. Try the Pollo en Mole.

 “The best Mexican seafood in the Bay Area. It doesn’t matter what you eat, it’s all delicious.” – Ahna B., Yelp

 “This is my family’s “go to” place for Mexican food in a sit down restaurant. The seafood dishes and mariscos are superb.” – Nathan N., Yelp

El Palenque Taqueria at 15 N Kingston St. Online ordering available. Try the Super Quesadilla.

 “I love this place!! It is quick, great food and kind friendly staff. I found a new favorite nachos supreme with lengua. They have a new salsa bar and their fresh pico is amazing!” – Beamer T., Yelp

 “10000stars and more if possible to the AMAZING quesadilla, it looks like a calzone pizza. Perfectly juicy and soft inside and golden outside.” – Michelle Manu Z., Yelp

Pancho Villa Taqueria at 365 B Street. Online ordering is available. Try the 3 Taco Deal.

If you’re looking for a quality burrito, tacos, quesadilla, or enchilada then THIS is the place to come.” – Robert F., Yelp

“Hands down this has become one of my favorite places to go to for Mexican food in the peninsula. The burrito was absolutely delicious and the chicken mole was very rich, flavorful and cooked perfectly.” – Nathan N., Yelp

Celia’s Mexican Restaurant at 504 Peninsula Ave. Try the Espresso Burrito.

 “This place has the most addicting food. I go for the enchilada plate. The cheese they use is so good. Quality ingredients. The chips and salsa are addicting too.” – Angela O., Yelp

 “My family loves Celias in San Mateo. The food is fresh and always served nice and hot. The flavors are perfect.” – Cindy S., Yelp

Tacos Al Vapor at 602 B E 4th Ave. Try the homemade tortillas.

 “This review has been a long time coming, because these tacos are like nothing I have ever had. The seasoning on the meat is on point and the homemade tortillas are so fresh.” – Ashley W., Yelp

 “Legit Mexican food. I got 3 Al Pastor tacos and they were superb, I of course had to go with the handmade tortillas.” – J B., Yelp

Taqueria El Nayarita at 660 E 3rd Ave. Online ordering available. Try the Super Burrito.

 “This is my favorite, authentic go to taco place.” – Susan C., Yelp

 “I don’t give 5 stars very often but this place was worth it. We tried the horchata, taco pastor, taco camarones, taco carnitas. All excellent!” – Hamresh L., Yelp

Charlie’s Taqueria at 725 South B St. Online ordering available. Try the chicken enchiladas.

 “It is a no nonsense place for Mexican food. We loved their chicken and beef enchiladas.” – Jeannie C., Yelp

 “We have been going to this restaurant since it first opened and it has been great food, great service and a great atmosphere the whole time!” – Woodstock B., Yelp

Fernando’s Mexican Restaurant at 63 37th Ave. Try Fernando’s Super Special.

 “I always enjoy my meals here the service is good staff are friendly the prices are average. The food has good taste and the drinks are great.  My favorite is their Tortilla Soup it’s so good.” – Geneva W., Yelp

 “The best Mexican food I’ve had in the bay. Their food is full of flavor with a homemade taste. So tasty, margaritas on point and they give you a starter of chicken soup that is to die for. I give it all the stars.” – Nicole A., Yelp

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