35+ Places for Tasty Tacos in CT: 2019 Edition

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

October 4 is National Taco Day- and we have so much to TACO-bout before then!  Delicious versions of these tasty handhelds can be found all across the state, from classic renditions to creative twists.  Whether you’re in search for a hidden gem or a popular hangout, here are over 35 places where you can enjoy some great tacos to celebrate the “holiday.”

Evarito’s, Norwalk

With a killer cocktail list and a newly opened rooftop bar, Evarito’s in South Norwalk is a hotspot to grab a taco.  The tender steak taco, made with grilled, onions, peppers, salsa, has a non-lingering but spicy kick.

El Segundo, Norwalk

Be sure to check out El Segundo’s Taco Tuesdays.  For just $16, feast on all you can eat tacos.

El Pollo Guapo, Wethersfield and Hartford

Readers rave about El Pollo Guapo, with locations in Hartford and Wethersfield.  The self-proclaimed “neighborhood rotisserie joint” features whole roasted chickens, fresh sides, tacos, and salads.  “C'mon, I'm a Fun-Gai” includes Seared Mushrooms, Crispy Brussels, Pico De Gallo, Queso Fresco, Caramelized Onions, and Citrus Aioli.

Malibu Taco, Fairfield

From the owners of The Sinclair comes Malibu Taco.  he tacos range from sliced sirloin with chimmichurri, to black eyed pea falafel, chorizo, Japanese lentil, pastrami reuben, and more.

Azteca Restaurant, Bridgeport

Azteca Restaurant is a family run eatery based on recipes learned back in Mexico.  From sirloin to swordfish to cochinita pibil, there are so many tacos to choose from.  Run- don’t walk- to this hidden gem.

Lucky Taco, Manchester

Tex-Mex inspired Lucky Taco has 19 tacos on the menu, with several options for customization.  Make it a plate with rice and beans, opt for gluten-free, or choose one of their many vegetarian offerings.

El Camion, Woodbury

What once started as a food truck is now a full-fledged restaurant.  Its beloved fish tacos are made fresh with cornmeal crusted white fish marinated in coconut milk and lime, mango salsa, shaved cabbage, and sour cream.

Bartaco, Stamford, Westport, & West Hartford

As if Bartaco’s taco selection wasn’t expansive enough, be sure to order the #bartacosecret.  This rotating off-menu special embraces the freshest ingredients from the season and is a must for die-hard Bartaco fans.  Past selections have included fried avocado, lobster, Miso marinated cod, and more.

East Coast Taco, Niantic

While East Coast Taco served up more traditional tacos like shrimp and fish, they also have playful twists like the Philly Cheese Steak Taco.  Everything is made fresh to order and patrons can eat in or take out.

Te Amo Tequila Bar, New Haven

Though they promise to have you loving tequila, they’ll soon have you saying “te amo tacos!”  Options include Sweet Plantain Tacos with Pork Belly, Blackened Tuna Tacos, Duck Confit Tacos, and more.  Visit them for happy hour, dinner, and brunch.

Sayulita, Glastonbury

This hidden gem does not take reservations and is eat-in only.  The delicious menu includes tacos like Braised Duck Carnitas, Roasted Cauliflower, Red Chili Seared Scallop, and more.  Check their website and Facebook page for the latest menu.

Greenhouse Café & Tavern, Burlington

Greenhouse Café & Tavern prides itself on locally sourced ingredients and fresh meals.  On Tuesdays, join them for their all-you-can-eat taco bar from 4-8pm for just $14.95 per person.  Plus, enjoy $5 margaritas and $2.50 Coronas.

Los Garcias Mexican Fusion, Waterbury

Readers rave about Los Garcias Mexican Fusion in Waterbury, calling it “as authentic as it gets.”  In addition to a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, you can also check out its food truck.  The Baja Shrimp tacos are a favorite.

Taqueria La Grande, New Britain

Family-owned Taqueria La Grande serves quick delicious authentic Mexican food.  The tortillas are homemade in house and the fresh green and red sauces add the ultimate finishing touch.

Monterray, Bristol

Founded in 2008, Monterray Restaurant serves Mexican and Ecuadorian dishes.  The tacos are tasty on their own, but the homemade salsa takes them above and beyond.  It is made fresh throughout the day to ensure bold flavor.

Soltoro, Mohegan Sun

Soltoro offers fun, festive Mexican fare at Mohegan Sun, a Connecticut hotspot.  They have an assortment of taco platters, like the Carne Asada and Baja Fish, that come with rice and beans.  They’ll even make your guacamole tableside.

Los Charros Cantina, Centerbrook

The sister restaurant of The Essex, Chef Colt Taylor brings authentic Mexican street food to Connecticut at Los Charros Cantina.  The taco menu is broken down into three sections- traditional, ancient, and modern- so you can literally choose your own adventure.

Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill, New Haven & Fairfield

Geronimo is admittedly known for its extensive selection of tequila.  However, guests stay for the food menu, which has tacos like Tejano (braised short rib), Lobster Infladita (poached lobster), and Mahi Mahi.

Bodega Taco Bar, Darien & Fairfield

Try Bodega’s delicious tacos in Darien or Fairfield, or find its food truck rolling into a town near you.  Over 10 tacos appear on the menu with items like the Cochinita Pibil- slow cooked pork, refried beans, pickled red onion, and cilantro- and the Seared Tuna with crushed avocado, ginger carrots, and sriracha aioli.

Ocho Café, West Hartford

With choices like Emilio's Calamari Tacos, Short Rib Korean Tacos, and Tempurs Fish Tacos, it’s no wonder that taco enthusiasts rave about Ocho Café.  Plus, they have a full salsa bar so you customize your food with plenty of spicy options.

Taco Loco, Bridgeport

Taco Loco Mexican Restaurant opened as a small taco shop in 1982 on Main Street in Bridgeport.  Today they have a larger space in the Black Rock neighborhood and a fleet of trucks for festivals and parties.  Be sure to check out their NFL party packages, which comes with all the taco fixins and signature menu items.

Monte Alban, West Hartford

Offering authentic Mexican food in West Hartford, Monte Alban has over 13 tacos on its menu to choose from.  Those with an adventurous palate can select the Barbacoa (steamed beef cheek) and Lengua (steamed beef tongue), while those preferring something more classic can get the Bistec or Pollo.

Jefes Tacos n Grill, Stamford

Jefe's Tacos n Grill food truck makes authentic Mexican food with fresh ingredients and seasoned spicy marinated meats cooked on a flat top grill. They also serve salads and burgers.

Crazy Taco Mex, Stamford

Crazy Taco Mex food truck travels the streets of Stamford with tacos, quesadillas, burritos, tortas, and sides.

HAPA Food Truck, Stamford

HAPA Food Truck, based in Stamford, serves three types of tacos: Korean short rib, Philippine chicken adobo, and Nonny’s sweet peppers.

Taqueria Las Salsa, Norwalk

Located in the Auto-Zone parking lot several days a week, Taqueria Las Salsa serves 4” tacos as well as plates of Mexican food. There are 15 kinds of tacos ranging from cuerito (pork skins) to bistek (beef) to lengua (tongue).

Tacos El Azteca, Norwalk

El Azteca taco truck in Norwalk serves 4” tacos topped with some of the best fillings in the area.  

El Charrito Taco Truck, Stamford

El Charrito is one of the original food trucks in Fairfield County. Found daily at Jackie Robinson Park in Stamford CT, it serves some of the best Mexican food around. For example, the Alambre is an open-faced corn tortilla with meat, sauteed peppers, onions, cheese, and cactus.

Tacos La Rosa, Willimantic

Classic authentic Mexican taco truck featuring Sausage Tongue Taco as well as a Beef Tripe Taco. This is the real deal people. 

Tequila Mockingbird, New Canaan

It has been around for ages, and there is a reason. Good Mexican food (if a bit pricey), completely kid-friendly without feeling like you are there more for the kids than the adults, and lots and lots of tequilas. Everyone will like the over-the-top decor.

Los Garcia Mexican Fusion

This spot is a fan favorite. CTbites reader says “Los Garcia behind Waterbury mall is the best I've had. 🙌🙌🙌.” Go try it for yourself.

Rincon Taqueria, Norwalk

From the owners of Bistro du Soleil in SoNo comes a menu that includes Huevas Rancheros, Burritos, Chilaquiles, Tacos, Empanadas, Tamales and a Chicken Quesadilla. Mix and match the tacos, from Baja fish to pork.

Tacos Mexico, Norwalk

Head over for the chipotle chicken tacos, but consider yourself warned: the hot sauce is HOT.  Cool yourself down with an Orange-Ginger Mojito.  Plain from the outside, but pleasant inside, and very reasonably priced. 

Southwest Café, Ridgefield

This Tex-Mex spot has been serving up some of the most incredible Mexican food in CT for over 25 years. At the cornerstone of her dishes is a deep reverence for chilies, complex sauces, and great ingredients. Don't miss the Tacos Del Mar.

Four Burritos Diner, West Haven

 14 taco combinations make this taco heaven. The menu combines classic Mexican dishes with unique and modern culinary techniques and the food is delicious.

Casa Villa, Stamford

This taco hotspot has two locations in the same town. East Main is the restaurant/full bar and West Main is mostly take-out/self-serve. 

Agave Canteen, Hartford

A pretty swanky, state-of-the-art truck churning out blue corn tacos, quesadillas with “Mexican Buttery Cheddar” (such lovely words), Sante Fe salad, empanadas, churro-tots with caramel sauce...yummm.

Los Poblanos, Norwalk

Authentic Mexican in Norwalk. These guys also have a food truck for catering.