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Mexican Restaurants to Try on the North Shore

From tasty tacos to fabulous fajitas – here’s a list of the top recommended Mexican restaurants in the local area from our Facebook audience.  

It’s always been a bit hard to find delicious Mexican food on the lower North Shore. But in the last year, several new eateries have sprung up serving everything from tacos to tamales, and margaritas to mezcal. Here’s the best in our neighbourhood as voted by you!

Four Hundred, North Sydney 

Four Hundred is a Mexican bar and kitchen with a fun and super stylish atmosphere. They offer bold flavours from Mexico, Peru, Spain, Argentina and Cuba alongside creative cocktails. Whether you’re looking for an after-work drink or a celebratory night out, Four Hundred is a great option.

Indulge in their signature Asada Beef Tacos, try the rich flavours of Beef Quesadillas, or dive into the refreshing Snapper Aguachile. Feeling the need for a celebration? Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday with 3 for $18 tacos all day! Unwind with Margaritas during Happy Hour ($14 from 4-6pm Tues-Sat) – choose from spicy, Tommy’s or classic styles. And for the ultimate weekend brunch, indulge in bottomless margaritas and spritzes with delicious food for $89pp every Saturday from 12pm.

Drawing inspiration from the Aztec legend of Mayahuel, the goddess of agave who birthed four hundred party-loving rabbits known for their fondness for pulque, an early form of tequila. Four Hundred is all about embracing the good life with friends and enjoying a fun night (or afternoon) out!

Address: Greenwood Plaza Rooftop, 36 Blue Street, North Sydney 2060

Phone: 02 8354 3400

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 11:30am – late

Website: https://fourhundred.com.au/ 

SoCal, Neutral Bay

Brought to you by boutique hospitality group Applejack Hospitality, SoCal Neutral Bay offers a fresh and modern take on share-style dining. The menu features Mexican dishes and North American-inspired flavours, highlighting fresh seafood and slow-cooked meats. Complemented by an extensive beverage list, including a dedicated Margarita menu, SoCal evokes a laid-back Southern Californian surf vibe, creating casual and memorable dining experiences.

With a weekday Happy Hour, $4 tacos for Taco Tuesdaylive music over the weekends and plenty of ongoing events there’s always something exciting happening under the palms.

Address: 1 Young Street, Neutral Bay, 2089

Phone: +61 2 9904 5691

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 5pm – Late

Friday: 3pm – Late

Saturday to Sunday: 12pm – Late

Website: https://socalsydney.com.au

Taqueria, Cammeray

Cammeray Square just scored itself a go-to Mexican eatery for date nights, friendly catch-ups, and celebrations. Taqueria draws inspiration from the taco trucks and hole-in-the-wall taquerias that are scattered across Mexico.

The menu is stylish but still authentic to its Mexican roots. Choose between traditional slow-cooked meats, fresh-cooked seafood, vegan ceviche, tostadas, tacos, and larger plates to share.

Book in for Bottomless Margaritas paired with a 6-course meal on the weekend or stop by for happy hour every Friday and Saturday from 2:30-5pm with 2 for 1 margaritas and tacos/bontanas from $5.

Address: 405 Miller Street, Cammeray, 2062

Phone: (02) 7202 0045

Opening Hours: Tue 5-9pm, Wed-Fri 12-2:30pm & 5-9pm, Sat-Sun 12-3pm & 5-9pm

Website: https://www.taqueria.com.au

Sayulita, Lane Cove

Say hola to Sayulita, Lane Cove’s favourite Mexican eatery which has joined their famous Eat Street in the Canopy precinct. There’s a really great vibe here with the buzz from outdoor dining for all the restaurants and a lovely grassed area and children’s playground in the centre.

Sayulita is one of the newer restaurants but is fast gaining a reputation for its modern menu, curated by Mexican-born chef Luis Zaleto. The menu has some stand out mouth- watering items to try such as the Chicharrones: salted pork crackling with a trio of salsas, and the Salmon Carpaccio: salmon, avocado mousse, blood orange, soy sauce, chipotle aioli, onion, coriander, sesame seeds.

Mains include steak, beef, chicken and prawns in various delicious sounding marinades, herbs and spices. And there’s a variety of quesadillas and tacos to try as well. Dessert is a tough pick with items such as the Mexicano Affogato: Kahula, burnt caramel ice cream and churros bites or the Chocolate Flan served with mixed berry Tequila sauce.
    
There’s a fun kids (“Ninos”) menu too – if you can get them off the amazing play structure. It includes cheese quesadilla, fish and chips, and churritos with dulche de leche.

Those who enjoy a Mexican tipple will be thrilled with the extensive Tequila, Mezcal and Margarita menu!  

Address: The Canopy, 3/2 Rosenthal Avenue, Lane Cove, 2066

Phone: (02) 7202 0042

Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 12-3pm & 5-8:30pm

Website: https://www.sayulita.com.au

Chico’s Mexican Bar and Grill, Kirribilli

Kirribilli has welcomed a taste of Mexico, thanks to the brand-new Chico’s Mexican Bar and Grill. After opening in the beginning of January at the former site of Street Market Asian Tapas, it has already proven to be a hit with locals, thanks to their full bar and diverse menu. The owners, brothers Sharif and Ahmed, hail from California, grew up with authentic Mexican food at their doorstep, and after struggling to find adequate options in the area, wanted to bring that same goodness to Kirribilli. Their take on Birria tacos, slow-cooked lamb in a crispy shell and served up with Consommé dipping sauce, is one of their more unique menu items, with an offering not seen at other local venues, but certainly worth a try in Sharif’s books. They’ve been very pleased with the support shown by our community so far.

“Most of the feedback [from locals] has been ‘we’ve been waiting for a place like this to open up, this area really needed a place like this’”, co-owner Sharif said.

“Everyone has been excited about us. We’re pretty happy about that and we’re really grateful for the community.”

Chico’s’ menu caters for a range of dietary requirements, with gluten free tortillas, vegan cheese and even Nopales (Cactus) filling for plant-based diners, or anyone looking for a taste of the desert! Their full bar also offers a range of Margaritas, Tequila and Mezcal, Wine, and Beer, with their own Cerveza on tap. Whether you’re a fan of classic Tex-Mex, or you’re ready to bring Tijuana to your tastebuds, there’s sure to be something at Kirribilli’s new dining hotspot, Chico’s!

Chico’s Mexican Bar and Grill
12 Fitzroy Street, Kirribilli NSW 2061

Hours:
Tuesday 5-10pm
Wednesday – Sunday 12-10pm

0432 050 331
Instagram: @Chicos.mexican

Chololo

For Mexican with a twist, head to Chololo, a popular Mexican restaurant now open in St Leonards (previously at North Willoughby). Chololo has quickly gained a reputation for its slow-braised Birria tacos, served with warm tortillas for dipping into a rich flavourful broth.

Beyond Birria, Chololo offers a variety of tacos, ramen and tempting sides like creamy guacamole and elotes (Mexican street corn) on their menu. Whether you’re a taco aficionado or simply looking for a delicious Mexican dining experience, Chololo is definitely worth a visit!

Shop 5, 1-5 Albany Street, St Leonards

Tuesday-Sunday 11am-9pm

Instagram: @chololo.sydney

Main image: Four Hundred