Happy Cinco de Mayo! If you haven’t yet picked the perfect place to celebrate over a meal, Patch Picks is here to help. Here are five great Mexican restaurants in the area that reviewers say serve up an authentic, delicious dish. Enjoy!
185 Main St., Los Altos
Regulars at Casa Lupe point to the restaurant’s “no-fuss, no-frills” approach to authentic Mexican food as their number reason for returning, time and time again. Casa Lupe has been around for ages, serving up its signature enchiladas rancheras, pork tamales, burritos de carne asada, baja-style tacos and more. Grab a table inside, or take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy a seat in the courtyard.
301 State St., Los Altos
The cool, breezy patio seating is one of the favorite things about Fiesta Vallarta that many locals will point to, when asked—and if you’ve got little ones with you, be sure to ask for a courtyard table near the restaurant’s famous, 200-gallon fish tank. It’s free entertainment! Not sure what to try? More than a few Yelpers call the Beef Enchiladas Guajillo the best they’ve ever had.
2020 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View
Vive Sol is one of the highest-rated Mexican restaurants in the area, according to 400 Yelpers. Fans name the excellent service, delicious chips and salsa, juicy margaritas, and tomatillo sauce among their favorite items. However, make a reservation, they say—Vive Sol is one popular place!
735 Villa St., Mountain View
Are you a tequila aficionado? If so, Fiesta Del Mar Too is the place for you. They boast more than 200 tequilas behind the full bar, and the employees are said to be experts at the subtle differences between every last one of them. Regulars also say, you just can’t pick a bad menu item—now, that’s more than enough reason to call Fiesta Del Mar Too a safe bet for your Cinco de Mayo dinner spot, if not a good place to go, anytime.
3740 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Celia’s is known for the freshness of its food, from out-of-this world, homemade guacamole and salsa, to tasty tortillas and tamales. Regulars also praise the reasonable prices and lively bar scene—particularly their signature margaritas. We suggest you order one up and dive into a heaping plate while moving to the beat of Celia’s live, in-house mariachi band.