Chips, salsa, and margaritas, oh my! It's hard to find cuisine that's as fun as it is tasty, but the best Mexican restaurants in Gainesville combine authentic cuisine alongside a vibrant culture. Try one of these Gainesville Mexican restaurants (or all of them!), but here's the only warning: don't eat too many chips before your meal comes! 

La Tienda

Located just south of the University of Florida, La Tienda serves up traditional Mexican food. Known for a vast menu, friendly service, and using fresh ingredients, this is a can't-miss spot. They also have a vegetarian menu, so there are flavorful and authentic dishes for everyone! 

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Chuy's offers Tex-Mex cuisine in a fun, laid-back environment. Daily specials and a Monday through Friday happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. makes this a great spot for nearby college students on a budget. They even make their own tortillas: count us in! 

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Boca Fiesta

Boca Fiesta is known for their eclectic tacos and open daily for dinner until 2:00 a.m., making this place a go-to for a perfect late night snack. They also serve lunch on Fridays and brunch on Sunday. There are also vegan and vegetarian options plus a bar making hand-squeezed margaritas. 

Linda Vista

In the mood for authentic Mexican? If so, check out Linda Vista. Some classic favorites include taquitos dorados, chorizo con queso, and chile poblano stuffed peppers. Eat in the beautifully-decorated dining room or order take-out for an at-home fiesta! 

Costa Vida

If you're looking for a quick, healthy bite to eat but craving Mexican, Costa Vida is the place for you. With an assembly line set-up, you're able to build your own tacos, burritos, enchiladas, bowls, and salads. With a variety of meats and topping options, you can personalize your own perfect meal. 

Felipe's Taqueria

Delicious Mexican food paired with daily drink specials makes Felipe's Taqueria one of the hottest spots in Gainesville. From entrees like burritos, nachos, and, of course, tacos as well as Mexican dessert, this place has got it all! 

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Kick back, relax, and enjoy some 'mole and margaritas at the best Mexican restaurants in Gainesville.

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