Mexican Restaurants in Las Vegas

by Diana Edelman on April 27, 2010

Las Vegas may not be on the border, but it’s plethora of authentic (and delicious) Mexican food seems to be never-ending. And, like its love for the cuisine, Las Vegas also knows how to bring on the party every Cinco de Mayo.

Las Vegas Mexican Restaurants on the Strip

Dos Caminos, one of Las Vegas’ best Mexican establishments, housed in The Palazzo Las Vegas once again celebrates Cinco de Mayo (May 5) with a day-long celebration. Beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing well into the wee hours of May 6, visitors are entertained in the hip venue. At noon, mariachis kick off the event and a few hours later, magicians, models (this is Las Vegas) and ludachores will hang out while DJ Lezlee spins music with live musicians.

Around 10:30 p.m. is when things get taken up a notch — a surprise celeb MC and DJs Chonz and Cyber Kid take over the turntables. Aside from the entertainment, Dos Caminos will also feature Bocadito specials including Hamachi Tostaditos, Crispy Rock Shrimp Tacos, Squash Blossom Rellenos, BBQ Pork Sopes and – of course – Corzo Tequila Cocktails.

If Dos Caminos isn’t a fit, there are plenty of other Strip locations sure to attract Cinco de Mayo faithful (and general partiers).

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Isla Mexican Kitchen at TI is a must visit for fans of Tequila

In Treasure Island, check out ISLA Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar. This hot spot near the Cirque theater offers a massive selection of tequila, including the oft missed dessert tequila. ISLA sweetens the deal with its special Happy Hour – buy one get one free drinks of draft beer, house margaritas and tequila shots. Foodies will appreciate the menu, created by James Beard award-winning Chef Richard Sandoval, who puts his own unique spin on Mexican classics.


Across the street, swing by Taqueria Canonita, nestled up against The Venetian Resort – Hotel – Casino’s Grand Canal in the Grand Canal Shop area. The restaurant, which serves up “Mexico City Soul Food” offers a bounty of tacos and quesadillas, all prepared in the open-air kitchen. Atmosphere inside and out isn’t a problem – indoor dining is rustic and features “Day of the Dead” art and outdoor dining provides water-side views of the Grand Canal.

Planet Hollywood is also in on the action with Yolos Mexican Grill, a less expensive but equally tasty option. Here, traditional Mexican meals are interweaved with international styles, creating dishes inspired by the Pacific Rim, South America and the Caribbean. Further south on The Strip is T & T, Tacos and Tequila, an open-air restaurant in Luxor Hotel with divine salsas, a creative menu, once again courtesy of James Beard award-winner Richard Sandoval, and lots of flavorful and fruity margaritas.

Next door at Mandalay Bay is Border Grill and Hussongs Cantina Taqueria, a new addition to the Mexican scene in town, but a sure thing. This Southern California staple only planted itself on the Las Vegas landscape recently, but its history of serving up the best margarita have made it a fan favorite quickly. Border Grill, a well-known Las Vegas dining option, boasts Chef Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger’s, dubbed “Too Hot Tamales” by Food Network, spicy creations amidst two levels of patio (and additional) dining overlooking Mandalay’s pool.

There’s also Diego at MGM Grand, a bright restaurant featuring traditional Mexican fare. Its six salsa sampler is a must, and its tequila selection will not disappoint – it’s got some gems not available anywhere else in America. Rounding out The Strip offerings is Diablo’s Cantina at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. This multi-floored restaurant treats diners to views of the Strip from the upstairs deck. This venue doubles up as a hot dining option and a great place to start (or end) any fiesta.

Off Strip Options

Not all of the Mexican action happens on The Strip. There are some great options for diners (and partiers) off Las Vegas Boulevard. Near the Strip are restaurants like Pink Taco (Hard Rock Hotel and Casino) with a hopping happy hour, and Lindo Michoacan, a local’s favorite as evidenced by its numerous Las Vegas Review-Journal honors for Best Mexican Food, and feature authentic cuisine and a lively atmosphere (and sweet Cinco de Mayo celebrations). Further jaunts, but equally tasty menus, include Agave with magnificent outdoor and Dona Maria Tamales.

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