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Discover Tasty Tacos in Atlanta

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated 15 January 2020

Atlanta, Georgia has a rich history shaped by the American Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. And today, the hometown of Coca-Cola has a vibrant, young population. Traditional Southern charm blends with Atlanta's recent immigrants, making this a melting pot of cultures from all over the United States and around the world. Restaurants vying for the best tacos in Atlanta showcase the diversity, mixing Southern cooking styles with flavors from Mexico (of course), Korea, China, Greece, South America and beyond. But where are the city's smartest, savviest diners headed out to when seeking the best tacos in Atlanta? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Here, we've gathered information from in-the-know diners to put together a list of the best tacos in Atlanta. From family recipes passed through the generations to funky seafood joints, the best tacos in Atlanta offers something for everyone. Reserve a table and grab a meal tonight!

A photo of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern - Dunwoody restaurant
4.2
4.2 (483)
$30 and under
Sports Bar
Dunwoody
About the restaurant
A midtown favorite with a superb craft beer menu, HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern is home to some of the best tacos in Atlanta. For tacos with a kick, try the spicy shrimp tacos with avocado, creamy coleslaw, and peach-habanero vinegar. The Tavern french fries are another standout. Enjoy these fried treats with buttermilk ranch, blue cheese dressing, or "not-so-secret" sauce. Head to the burgers and sandwiches menu to try the hobnobber burger. This burger includes two 5-oz. patties with caramelized onions and HOBNOB beer cheese sauce.
Top review
Charlotte
Dined 4 days ago
Great! Can’t wait to go back - always delicious :)
A photo of Bar.bacoa restaurant
4.8
4.8 (856)
$30 and under
Mexican
Virginia Highland
About the restaurant
This warm and welcoming place in the Virginia Highland neighborhood is a hip, modern joint for tapas and tacos. Step into this pleasant hot spot for a bite to eat with family and friends. The house beef barbacoa tacos are a menu highlight. These tacos include slow-braised beef with red onion, salsa verde, and double-corn tortilla. Korean beef tacos feature marinated skirt steak, kimchee, Korean barbecue sauce, and sesame seeds. For a seafood twist on tacos, try the lobster tacos with chihuahua cheese, peppers, onions, and Cascabel chile-cream sauce.
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Chris
Dined on 15 May 2024
We have been dining at Bar.Barcoa for many years and have never been disappointed. Our favorite dishes include bacon wrapped dates, the brisket mac and cheese taco and goat cheese fritters. Service is fast and friendly. Outside seating is comfortable and cozy. Bar.Barcoa is a hidden gem in one of the coolest neighborhoods of Atlanta.
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4.7
4.7 (2137)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Decatur
About the restaurant
For some of the best Southern recipes and tacos in Atlanta, Spring Restaurant is the must-go hot spot. The made-from-scratch menu at this local favorite includes a wide array of the region's best creations. Try the grouper tacos, made with pineapple pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, jalapeno slices, and white corn tortillas. Southern small plates include grit fries with Cajun tomato gravy, pimento cheese with bacon jam, and collard green queso with artichokes. A "World Famous Sprig" burger features CAB burger pimento cheese, fried pickles, and bacon jam.
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StevenJuneL
Dined on 12 May 2024
The food was incredible especially the crab cakes (super good). The service was fantastic - 5 stars. It was Mother's Day which was very busy but food and service were right on time. Thanks for all at the restaurant who made it special for both our mom's and others.
A photo of Iberian Pig - Decatur restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5196)
$30 and under
Spanish
Decatur
About the restaurant
A colorful tapas place in the heart of Atlanta's Decatur suburb, the Iberian Pig is an excellent spot for a date night or outing with family or friends. It's also the home to some of the best tacos in Atlanta. Grab some of the pork cheek tacos, made with braised pork, grilled corn salsa, avocado crema, and cilantro. Be sure to have the Iberico ham tasting and a couple of selections off the Pig's extensive queso menu. For a hearty meal, try the wagyu and Berkshire burger, made with roasted garlic aioli, escabeche, and toasted brioche.
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FeliciaJ
Dined 6 days ago
Great food! Great staff!! We truly enjoyed our experience.
A photo of True Food Kitchen - Alpharetta restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1036)
$30 and under
American
Alpharetta
About the restaurant
For a refreshing, health-forward restaurant option, True Food Kitchen is at the top of the list in Atlanta. With a comfortable atmosphere and a real emphasis on health-forward ingredients and recipes, True Food Kitchen is a standout in the Atlanta dining scene. It's also home to some of the best tacos in Atlanta. Grass-fed steak tacos and grilled fish tacos include tomatillo avocado salsa with pickled jicama, dried sweet corn, and coconut lime crema. For another intriguing entree, try the spaghetti squash casserole with caramelized onion and fresh mozzarella.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great lunch meal and outdoor seating. Service was great with a very friendly server.
A photo of The Big Ketch Buckhead restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1043)
$30 and under
Seafood
Buckhead
About the restaurant
Describing itself as "a beach getaway in the heart of the city," The Big Ketch is an oasis of coastal food in the heart of Atlanta. Start with the Caribbean lobster bisque or the crispy fried shrimp with sweet mango chili and green onion sauce. Baja-style tacos with crispy shrimp or grouper include mixed greens, grilled corn relish, and cilantro. The "Signature TBK" menu boasts southern-fried catfish with grits, collard greens, and remoulade. Try the Charleston curry seafood bowl, with scallops, shrimp, calamari, and Macadamia nuts. Grouper Louisiane features jumbo lump crab and "Nawlins BBQ sauce."
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ElizabethK
Dined 2 days ago
Food was great, service excellent. Love sitting outside. Great place to take people from out of town as well as meeting in town friends there. Highly recommend!
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4.5
4.5 (13771)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Buckhead
About the restaurant
One of the top places for fresh-from-the-sea treasures in the city is also home to some of the best tacos in Atlanta. Try the fresh fish or shrimp tacos as an appetizer for the table or as an entree. For dinner, select for some of the restaurant's fresh catches. The wide-spanning selection includes Maine cod, Scottish salmon, Chilean sea bass, and Block Island swordfish. Try the fish "Hong Kong" style with sherry soy and scallions or "sauteed, broiled, or blackened." There's also a selection of soups and chowders to choose from. Try the fresh Savannah crab bisque, creamy New England clam chowder, or New Orleans fresh seafood gumbo.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Good food good service good drinks nice atmosphere
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4.5
4.5 (183)
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
Dunwoody
About the restaurant
One of the funkier and more colorful restaurants in Atlanta, Tin Lizzy is a hip joint with a creative menu of food and drinks. Try the "chicken con queso" tacos, with buttermilk fried chicken, queso Blanco, and sliced jalapenos. The menu also features a grilled mahi-mahi taco with grilled fish, sliced avocado, and Baja slaw. The Tin Lizzy skillets are also much acclaimed. Try the "hot mess," with tater tots, pork, queso Blanco, and chipotle barbecue. The "cowboy" skillet includes rice, fried chicken tenders, and blue cheese crumbles. Stick around for dessert to try the "choco taco" or chimichangas with cinnamon sugar.
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MakinSawdust
Dined on 8 May 2024
The food is great! I don’t like to have to pay for chips and salsa, they should be provided. It’s a little loud inside, but overall a great place for lunch.
A photo of Seasons 52 - Perimeter restaurant
4.8
4.8 (7241)
$31 to $50
American
Dunwoody
About the restaurant
Wine and tacos are a top-notch combination, and Seasons 52 is one of the best spots in Atlanta for both. Stop into this stylish Buckhead favorite for some of the best tacos in Atlanta and one of the bar's 52 select wines. Start with the blackened mahi-mahi tacos or the lump crab cake done Maryland style. Avocado toast features wood-grilled sourdough with toybox tomatoes and pickled red onions. For a Southern-style entree, try the shrimp and grits with chorizo, bacon, and stone-ground grits. Wood-grilled handline tuna boasts mint tabouli, tomato salad, and preserved lemon hummus.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great staff and great service. Staff was very attentive and the food was amazing.
A photo of Iberian Pig - Buckhead restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2237)
$30 and under
Spanish
Buckhead
About the restaurant
One of the top spots for tacos in town is also one of the best places for tacos in Atlanta. This colorful and welcoming Spanish tacos place is an excellent spot for a night out with friends or just an intimate dinner with someone special. Head to the tacos menu to try the pork cheek tacos, with braised pork, grilled corn salsa, and lime. The tapas menu also features an Ancho-spiced Cornish hen, Hakurei turnips, and charred leek. Try the "Empanadas de Carne," with braised beef short rib, Mahon, salsa verde, and creme fraiche.
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LaurenM
Dined 2 days ago
My husband and I throughly enjoyed our meal at Iberian Pig. Each course was delicious, and the timing of food was perfect. Out waiter, Elliott, was especially kind and attentive. We would absolutely visit again if ever back in ATL!
A photo of Yebo Beach Haus restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1801)
$31 to $50
Southern African
Buckhead
About the restaurant
The Yebo Ski Haus brings an authentic taste of South Africa to the heart of Atlanta. This intriguing, welcoming restaurant is full of unique flavors and recipes. Start with the peri-peri shrimp tacos, with avocado, mango pico de gallo, and flour tortillas. South African ostrich sliders include roasted tomatoes and arugula rosemary aioli. Other entrees include red snapper in crawfish butter and seared tuna with quinoa.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent attention to detail and food. A+ experience
A photo of Alma Cocina - Downtown restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2394)
$30 and under
Latin American
Downtown
About the restaurant
A new twist on classic Mexican cuisine defines this celebrated downtown restaurant. With an innovative flair and inviting atmosphere, Alma Cocina is one of the top restaurants in Atlanta. It also boasts some of the best tacos in Atlanta. The "signature tacos" menu includes grilled pork tenderloin tacos with apple-poblano pico and roasted apple-mole poblano. Scallops and shrimp tacos feature butternut squash esquites. Alma Cocina also includes an excellent street tacos menu, including the standout Masa-fried shrimp taco with apple-celery root slaw.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
What an amazing lunch spot! Had the most delicious chicken mole!
A photo of Agave restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3503)
$30 and under
Southwest
Cabbagetown
About the restaurant
The celebrated restaurant Agave brings a taste of the Southwest to the American Southeast. This inviting restaurant includes an excellent selection of craft cocktails along with some of the best tacos in Atlanta. For an entree, try the barbacoa and chorizo chile taco. This includes a grilled flour tortilla with shredded slow-braised Angus beef short rib and New Mexico green chiles. For another comfort-food special, try the veal, chorizo, and hatch green chile meatloaf with honey cider collard greens.
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Susanvip
Dined 5 days ago
We had a good time. The food was great as was our table service. Parking was a breeze with valet. The only issue is that we had to wait approx. 20 minutes to be seated, despite a reservation and there is no good place to wait. Also, the hostesses seemed frazzled, which made for a less than optimal greeting. I recommend going at less popular times if possible, which should make for a more all around pleasant experience. We loved the food and menu - they have a vegetarian/vegan menu, which helped our daughter order with confidence. Our waiter was great and others who came by, once we were seated, were very pleasant and professional.
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