Mexican food in Prague is “not the best, but good enough to kill the craving.” So says one Mexican expat summing up the general consensus. If that’s true, why isn’t anyone asking the experts? Where can we find the good stuff? We asked Mexican and Mexican-American expats, including the 2,100 member Mexicanos en Praga (Mexicans in Prague) Facebook group, to share their uncensored opinions. Combined with LasSaboritas reviews, here is a breakdown of the best Mexican food in Prague.
Best Mexican Restaurant in Prague: Alebrijes Cocina Mexicana
Mexican natives Sergio, Miguel, and Esteban set out to build a place where people in Prague could experience traditional Mexican cuisine and a few Tex-Mex options.
- Ceviche – A classic Mexican preparation of white fish marinated in citrus with chile, cucumber, avocado, and onion.
- Enchiladas – Corn tortillas stuffed with filling and smothered in sauce. Try mole poblano, a complex sauce made of spices, nuts, seeds, chile and chocolate.
- Guacamole – Voted best flavor in Prague by our Mexican friends, this is fresh avocado mashed with salt, lime juice, cilantro, onion and tomato.
Los Alebrijes on Všehrdova is a cozy underground bar/restaurant with a varied Mexican menu. Nachos with steak and a surprisingly tasty movie-theater style cheese sauce, tacos campechanos and chicken tostadas hit the spot. Tamarindo agua fresca tastes like my childhood. 🌶🌶🌶🌶 pic.twitter.com/PlKLxXZaO4
— 𝗟𝗮𝘀𝗦𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘀 (@LasSaboritas) September 29, 2019
Best Service at a Mexican Restaurant in Prague: Las Adelitas Restaurante Mexicano
With four locations plus La Taquería, Chef Rodrigo Flores and his team are the most well-known chain in the city since opening in 2009.
- Margaritas – The best in Prague according to our Mexican friends. LasSaboritas recommend the herradura clásica and tamarindo chile flavors.
- Quesadillas Fritas – Unlike tortilla-based quesadillas, Las Adelitas serves deep-fried masa pockets filled with mushrooms, chicken or pork. Be adventurous with mixtas (one of each).
Best Tacos in Prague
Quintessential Mexican street food, the taco predates the arrival of Spanish colonizers in Mexico. Every taco should be made with the best corn tortilla, generous meat or vegetable filling, complementary toppings, and salsa.
Little Mexico on Moravská is a cozy spot w bright flavors. The gordita was a little "flaquita" + pastor slightly dry, but carnitas had rich pork flavor, crema was sour + the bistec flank was tender. Homemade salsa made for great nachos. Friendly barman.
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— 𝗟𝗮𝘀𝗦𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘀 (@LasSaboritas) December 20, 2019
- Tacos de Bistec (Little México) – Grilled flank steak, onion, cilantro and lime. Props for their house-made salsa.
- Tacos de Pato (Las Adelitas) – Braised duck meat.
- Fish/Shrimp Tacos (Paco Fish Tacos)
- Tacos Campechanos (Alebrijes) – Grilled beef and minced chorizo (spicy pork sausage).
- Queso y Poblano Taco (Mexicali Mercado) – Cheese and roasted pepper is the vegetarian standout.
- Cafe Latino – Good marks for warm service and tamales, a hard-to-find dish in Prague.
- Agave – Modern creativity with queso fresco, crunchy bacon & pumpkin seeds in guacamole or a caramelized pepper walnuts & pomegranate version. Not traditional, but still delicious – like their tacos with pulled goat, deep-fried avocado, or grilled octopus.
Agave on Masná in Staré Město delivers tasty Mexican food in a chic interior. The guacamole with queso fresco, bacon & pepitas and chicken nachos were a hit, the shrimp tacos were hard to eat and the salsa sampler was bland. We want more spice! 🌶🌶🌶 pic.twitter.com/ZLyknafTi3
— 𝗟𝗮𝘀𝗦𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘀 (@LasSaboritas) March 17, 2019
Room for improvement
We have to agree with our Mexican friends that authentic options are still lacking. “The flavors are mild, not spicy like they are in Mexico,” is a repeated complaint over ingredient swapping. Fresh, house-made tortillas, a staple of Mexican meals, are rare. Other favorites like sopa de tortilla, chilaquiles, tamales, and sopes are missing from most menus.
Expats want a bigger selection of Mexican beer. Beyond Corona and Sol (export favorites), major brands like Modelo, Bohemia, and Dos Equis are scarce, not to mention Mexican craft brews. Plus, the Mexican crowd craves after-hours food: “It would be great if taco places were open late.”
Mexicali Mercado near O2 Arena is an import shop + taco restaurant. The meal was very hit (cheese poblano taco, mezcal, salsa verde) & miss (tinga, camaron taco, mango salsa). Extra chile for reasonable prices: 680 Kč for 9 tacos, 2 beers, & nachos. Why close at 18:00? 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️ pic.twitter.com/HnEtT4zksM
— 𝗟𝗮𝘀𝗦𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘀 (@LasSaboritas) February 20, 2019
The Mexican food scene in Prague is ever-evolving. “Mexican Street Kitchen” La Patrona opened May 11, 2020 behind the Kotva department store. Will it satisfy the critics and bring what Mexican food lovers are missing, or will it be more of the same?
Let’s hear it, Mexican food fans. Do you agree or disagree about Mexican food in Prague? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us at @lassaboritas today.
Mentioned in this article:
Masná 620/2, Prague 1 – Old Town
Alebrijes Cocina Mexicana
Všehrdova 17/436, Prague 1 – Old Town
Opening hours: 12:00 to 23:00
Betlémské nám. 1, Prague 1 – Old Town
Tues – Sat: 10:00 – 18:00; Sun: 10:00 – 19:00; Closed Mondays
Nám. Republiky 8, Prague 1 – Old Town
Open daily 11.00 – 22.00
Las Adelitas Restaurante Mexicano
Locations throughout Prague, hours vary
Moravská 1503/21, Praha 2 – Vinohrady
Mon-Fri: 12.00 – 22.00, Sat: 14.00 – 22.00
Mexicali Mercado Taco Bar
Kovářská 939/4, 190 00 Praha 9-Libeň
Paco Fish Taco
Pop-up vendor at festivals and farmer’s markets