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The 10 Best Taco Restaurants in Ottawa

By JESSICA NASRALLAH

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Best Tacos in Ottawa: Stone Soup Foodworks dishes heavenly taco options in Ottawa (Photo: Jamie Kronnick Photography)

No longer just a fast-food option, tacos are becoming one of the trendiest eats in Canada’s culinary scene. Various types of tacos—from beef to tofu—can be found in restaurants across Ottawa. Some are serving up authentic recipes, while others are taking a more exotic and fusion-style approach to this Mexican delight. Here, we give you our picks for the top 10 taco restaurants in Ottawa.

BEST OTTAWA TACOS: Ahora
The energy in this Mexican hot spot could not get any more lively. The small but vibrant underground restaurant is always packed around lunch and dinner and it’s no wonder why. Not only is the atmosphere fantastic, but so are the authentic dishes and the impressive salsa bar. Get your choice of tacos served with rice, salad or chips ($5.25+). And don’t forget to treat yourself to a refreshing margarita.
Ahora, 307 Dalhousie St., 613-562-2081, ahora.ca
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BEST OTTAWA TACOS: Aperitivo
Tucked in Kanata, west of downtown Ottawa, Aperitivo is one of the city’s gluten-free gems, with fare that includes their popular fish tacos. Their tilapia tacos are marinated in agave and tequila, served with a mango-pineapple salad, pablano cream, and pickled red onions ($12). Bonus points: They have Taco Tuesday specials where the fish taco and featured taco are available for $4-$5.
Aperitivo, 655 Kanata Ave., Unit L2, 613-592-0004, aperitivo.ca
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Best Ottawa Tacos: Aperitivo’s gluten-free taco creations are worth the trip to this west-end restaurant (Photo: Steven MacDonald)

BEST OTTAWA TACOS: Burrito Borracho
Satisfy your taco craving with a choice of meat ($3.50) or fish ($4.25) at this somewhat hidden Mexican joint. Select one of six creative and savoury homemade salsas to add that extra kick to your meal; there’s nothing like fresh guacamole or homemade chipotle mayo to top off your taco!
Burrito Borracho, 105 Clarence St., 613-789-9115, burritoborracho.ca
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BEST OTTAWA TACOS: Burrito Gringo
Although it may feel like a chain restaurant, this Mexican establishment is the furthest thing from that. Family-owned and big on fresh, homemade ingredients, this is a great option for those in a rush. Select from soft corn, flour or crispy shells with either vegetarian, chicken, steak, beef or pork fillings ($3.50/taco).
Burrito Gringo, 566 Bronson Ave., 613-564-9696, burritogringo.ca
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BEST OTTAWA TACOS: Corazon de Maiz
Located in the heart of the Byward Market, this modest Mexican restaurant whips up some scrumptious crispy corn tortilla tacos right before your eyes. Tacos are served with a generous portion of homemade guacamole on the side ($3.50/taco).
Corazon de Maiz, 55 Byward Market Sq., 613-244-1661
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Best Ottawa Tacos: Los Tacos de Mauro is one of the coolest taco spots in Ottawa, doubling as a disco nightclub (Photo: Jessica Nasrallah/where.ca)

BEST OTTAWA TACOS: Los Tacos de Mauro
Experience a phenomenal aroma as five bowls of toppings are set before you: cilantro, white onion, lime wedges, salsa, and green creamy jalapeno salsa. Soft corn tortillas are topped with your choice of seasoned meat ($3.95/taco). Extra bonus points: This taco joint turns into a disco nightclub when the sun sets.
Los Tacos de Mauro, 349 Dalhousie St., 613-562-9756
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BEST OTTAWA TACOS: The Manx
Finally, a vegetarian taco that isn’t just beans and a shell! This nifty and always-packed underground pub serves some of the best vegetarian tacos in town. Their hard shell tofu tacos are a must-try (even for hardcore carnivores) and are served with fresh greens and tomato salsa on the side ($16).
The Manx Pub, 370 Elgin St., 613-231-2070, manxpub.com
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BEST OTTAWA TACOS: Pancho Villa
This hip spot provides quite the bang for your buck. The two taco combo comes with rice, beans and salad for $13.95—and the portions are generous. Bonus tip: Take advantage of their patio in the summer; it’s one of the best spots to throw back some margaritas.
Pancho Villa. 361 Elgin St., 613-234-8872
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Best Ottawa Tacos: Although small in size, the tacos at Sidedoor are filled with huge flavours (Photo: Jessica Nasrallah/where.ca)

BEST OTTAWA TACOS: Sidedoor
Although tiny, these tacos pack a massive flavour punch. Sidedoor, a chic restaurant in Ottawa’s ByWard Market, lets you choose between two chicken, bajan fish, spicy beef, lamb or pulled pork tacos for $9. These little guys are so delicious you may end up trying them all.
Sidedoor, 18b York St., 613-562-9331, sidedoorrestaurant.com
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BEST OTTAWA TACOS: Stone Soup Foodworks
This food truck has a number of heavenly taco choices including Fitzroy Beef Farmer’s Co-op brisket (pico de gallo, cheddar and slaw); Vegetarian Organic Beans (mango lime salsa, slaw, feta and house pickled jalapenos); and Voltigeres Chicken (salsa verde, feta, slaw and house jalapenos). These tasty tacos are delicious and affordable, costing only $5 each. Gluten-free options available. Tacos available every Tuesday, most days in the summer, and most Thursdays during the fall and winter.
Stone Soup Foodworks, University of Ottawa Campus from Sept. to Apr. and various locations during summer, 613-627-5383, stonesoupfoodworks.ca
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