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Tacos at Asadero Ballard with a side of salsa.
Asadero Ballard has a wonderful selection of tacos.
Audrey Kelly

Where to Get Some of the Best Tacos in the Seattle Area

From doraditos in Ballard to birria in Burien, and beyond

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Asadero Ballard has a wonderful selection of tacos.
| Audrey Kelly

As Seattle restaurants continue to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic and gradual reopening, taco spots remain a vital part of the food scene. The dish makes for a great grab-and-go item, and there are a wide variety of options to choose from, whether it’s meaty carnitas, birria, machaca, or Hawaiian-Korean twists. Here are some of the best options across the area, listed from north to south.

Though all the restaurants on the list offer takeout, a handful have resumed limited dine-in service as well. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the King County’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Asadero Ballard

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5405 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 659-4499
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The Ballard spin-off of the popular Kent steakhouse brings the same meaty A-game. As far as tacos, the tortillas made on-site are loaded with ribeye, New York strip, tenderloin, and wagyu. One standout is the doradito, a fresh corn tortilla that’s been smoked and then fried to perfect crispiness and stuffed with chorizo, chicken, or asada. Available for takeout and limited dine-in.

Tacos at Asadero Ballard with a side of salsa.
Asadero has some of the best steak tacos in the city.
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2. Gracia

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5313 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 268-0217
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The tacos at this popular Ballard spot celebrate local and sustainable meat and seafood and come on masa made from Oaxaca-grown heirloom corn. Currently, there are a few special to-go options like a taco kit for two, plus menu staples like lengua or carnitas tacos. The restaurant has limited dine-in service, and delivery is available via DoorDash and Caviar.

Tacos at Gracia
Gracia’s tortillas use Oaxaca-grown heirloom corn.
Gracia [Official Photo]

3. Off The Rez Cafe

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4300 15th Avenue Northeast Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Seattle, WA 98105

The U District spinoff of the popular Native American food truck at the Burke Museum is open for pick up and contactless delivery. On the menu: those beloved fluffy fry bread tacos, served either solo or with a variety of savory and sweet toppings, along with wild rice bowls with toppings such as braised bison.

A fry bread taco topped with meat, cilantro, and pickled onions from Off the Rez Cafe
Fluffy fry bread tacos are the specialty at Off the Rez.
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4. Pablo y Pablo

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1605 N 34th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 973-3505
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The kitchen at this restaurant just north of Gas Works Park uses local masa and tops these handheld beauties with a drizzle of aioli and a touch of pico de gallo for a Baja-leaning taco. At brunch, there’s also a jalapeño pancake twist topped with fried chicken and chipotle maple syrup. Available for takeout, delivery via DoorDash, and limited dine-in.

Top-down view of tacos and more at Pablo y Pablo.
Pablo y Pablo uses local masa for its tortillas.
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5. Sazon Kitchen

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2232 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 556-4939
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An offshoot of the well-liked food truck Sazon Tacos, the Mexican restaurant (with a location in Ballard as well as Queen Anne) has expanded its repertoire with some brunch dishes, such as chilaquiles. But the tacos are still on point, with some comforting stewy protein options, such as machaca and chicken alambre. Available for takeout or delivery via Uber Eats and DoorDash.

6. Tacos Chukis

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219 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 382-4447
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This hotspot tucked away on Capitol Hill churns out tacos and burritos from a limited but still terrific menu. The tiny tacos are all good, especially the pork adobada topped with grilled pineapple. And the growing company also dishes them out at less-hidden locations in South Lake Union, Central District, and Beacon Hill. Available for takeout only.

A bird’s eye view of adobada pork tacos with guacamole and slices of pineapple on a wooden table, alongside a salt shake.
Adobada pork tacos topped with pineapple
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7. Carmelo’s Tacos

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110 Summit Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 659-0159

Hiding inside Capitol Hill’s Hillcrest Market, this Mexico City-style taqueria is a true gem. Among the highlights are the campechano, featuring chorizo, steak, and potato, as well as a satisfying vegan taco with mushrooms, refried beans, garlic, guajillo chili, and onions. It’s open for takeout daily, with delivery via GrubHub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash. There’s also a bigger outpost in the works, with a planned opening soon.

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8. Standard Brewing

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2504 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 535-1584
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This excellent Central District brewery sneakily has some on the best tacos in the city, despite its tiny kitchen. Super star chef Jason Stratton, a James Beard Award nominee, is at the helm now, overseeing the menu of tacos topped with coconut milk- and turmeric-braised brisket, smoked pork shoulder, or lemon butter and smoked carrots. Open for curbside pickup and limited dine-in.

A top-dpwn image of the brisket taco at Standard Brewing.
Standard Brewing now serves tacos alongside its beer.
Standard Brewing [Official Photo]

9. Marination Ma Kai

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1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 328-8226
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Though this popular mini-chain has pared down its operation during the pandemic (closing its Capitol Hill location), the West Seattle flagship and South Lake Union offshoot are still open for takeout and some limited dining. It’s hard to go wrong with the menu’s flavorful Hawaiian-Korean fusion fare, including the superb miso ginger chicken and kalbi beef options with Nunya sauce.

Korean-inspired tacos at Marination in a paper tray.
Marination has Hawaiian-Korean tacos, with various protein options.
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10. Taqueria El Asadero

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3513 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 476-0793
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This beloved Columbia City taco bus serves all manner of tacos, from tongue to tripe to pork adobada. El Asadero also does a fine beef birria taco, plus offers some satisfying tortas and burritos. There’s covered outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery via Uber Eats and Grubhub.

A closeup of several tacos on a white plate topped with chopped onions and cilantro
The Columbia City bus has some of the best tacos in the city.
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11. Taqueria La Fondita

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15th Ave SW
Seattle, WA
(206) 551-0529

This inexpensive, stationary food truck in White Center is one of the Seattle area’s best. Plates pile up with carne asada, adobada, and lengua tacos, and a special request for extra grilled mini-onions and spicy serrano peppers is key. The truck is still open during regular business hours, but encourages diners to call ahead and order; delivery is available via DoorDash and other apps.

Tacos with sides in a white container from Taqueria la Fondita
Taqueria La Fondita serves some of the best tacos in the city out of a truck.
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12. Taco Street

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7114-7126 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 659-0583
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This taco sensation near the Othello station serves soft tacos Northern Chihuahua-style, naked with a choice of meat, plus burritos, tortas, and breakfast burritos. There's a large selection of sauces, salsas, and toppings like cilantro and pickled red onions to customize these beauties. Available for takeout, with some family meal options as well.

Tacos at Taco Street on a white plate against a checkered mat.
Tacos at this spot are Northern Chihuahua-style.
Taco Street [Official Photo]

13. El Catrin

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9641 15th Ave SW suite a
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 708-6341

The White Center standout serves a bright array of tacos, from beef cheek to carnitas to chicharron and beyond — 15 in all. The simple counter service restaurant pays attention to the details of every dish coming out of the kitchen, and it shows. The restaurant has takeout service with orders accepted online.

A top-down image of a plate of tacos at El Catrin.
El Catrin serves 15 types of tacos.
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14. Birrieria Tijuana

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1111 SW 128th St
Burien, WA 98146
(253) 259-9465
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Burien’s taco counter inside a Mexican supermarket specializes in birria tacos, which involve slow-cooked, shredded beef topped with gooey mozzarella inside fried tortillas, best washed down with a refreshing horchata. There are also new locations in Lakewood and Everett.

A close-up of birria tacos at Birrieria Tijuana
Burien’s Birrieria Tijuana specializes in birria tacos.
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1. Asadero Ballard

5405 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Tacos at Asadero Ballard with a side of salsa.
Asadero has some of the best steak tacos in the city.
Audrey Kelly

The Ballard spin-off of the popular Kent steakhouse brings the same meaty A-game. As far as tacos, the tortillas made on-site are loaded with ribeye, New York strip, tenderloin, and wagyu. One standout is the doradito, a fresh corn tortilla that’s been smoked and then fried to perfect crispiness and stuffed with chorizo, chicken, or asada. Available for takeout and limited dine-in.

5405 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

2. Gracia

5313 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Tacos at Gracia
Gracia’s tortillas use Oaxaca-grown heirloom corn.
Gracia [Official Photo]

The tacos at this popular Ballard spot celebrate local and sustainable meat and seafood and come on masa made from Oaxaca-grown heirloom corn. Currently, there are a few special to-go options like a taco kit for two, plus menu staples like lengua or carnitas tacos. The restaurant has limited dine-in service, and delivery is available via DoorDash and Caviar.

5313 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

3. Off The Rez Cafe

4300 15th Avenue Northeast Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle, WA 98105
A fry bread taco topped with meat, cilantro, and pickled onions from Off the Rez Cafe
Fluffy fry bread tacos are the specialty at Off the Rez.
Off the Rez/Facebook

The U District spinoff of the popular Native American food truck at the Burke Museum is open for pick up and contactless delivery. On the menu: those beloved fluffy fry bread tacos, served either solo or with a variety of savory and sweet toppings, along with wild rice bowls with toppings such as braised bison.

4300 15th Avenue Northeast Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Seattle, WA 98105

4. Pablo y Pablo

1605 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Top-down view of tacos and more at Pablo y Pablo.
Pablo y Pablo uses local masa for its tortillas.
Pablo y Pablo [Official Photo]

The kitchen at this restaurant just north of Gas Works Park uses local masa and tops these handheld beauties with a drizzle of aioli and a touch of pico de gallo for a Baja-leaning taco. At brunch, there’s also a jalapeño pancake twist topped with fried chicken and chipotle maple syrup. Available for takeout, delivery via DoorDash, and limited dine-in.

1605 N 34th St
Seattle, WA 98103

5. Sazon Kitchen

2232 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

An offshoot of the well-liked food truck Sazon Tacos, the Mexican restaurant (with a location in Ballard as well as Queen Anne) has expanded its repertoire with some brunch dishes, such as chilaquiles. But the tacos are still on point, with some comforting stewy protein options, such as machaca and chicken alambre. Available for takeout or delivery via Uber Eats and DoorDash.

2232 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

6. Tacos Chukis

219 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
A bird’s eye view of adobada pork tacos with guacamole and slices of pineapple on a wooden table, alongside a salt shake.
Adobada pork tacos topped with pineapple
Tacos Chukis/Facebook

This hotspot tucked away on Capitol Hill churns out tacos and burritos from a limited but still terrific menu. The tiny tacos are all good, especially the pork adobada topped with grilled pineapple. And the growing company also dishes them out at less-hidden locations in South Lake Union, Central District, and Beacon Hill. Available for takeout only.

219 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

7. Carmelo’s Tacos

110 Summit Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Hiding inside Capitol Hill’s Hillcrest Market, this Mexico City-style taqueria is a true gem. Among the highlights are the campechano, featuring chorizo, steak, and potato, as well as a satisfying vegan taco with mushrooms, refried beans, garlic, guajillo chili, and onions. It’s open for takeout daily, with delivery via GrubHub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash. There’s also a bigger outpost in the works, with a planned opening soon.

110 Summit Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

8. Standard Brewing

2504 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144
A top-dpwn image of the brisket taco at Standard Brewing.
Standard Brewing now serves tacos alongside its beer.
Standard Brewing [Official Photo]

This excellent Central District brewery sneakily has some on the best tacos in the city, despite its tiny kitchen. Super star chef Jason Stratton, a James Beard Award nominee, is at the helm now, overseeing the menu of tacos topped with coconut milk- and turmeric-braised brisket, smoked pork shoulder, or lemon butter and smoked carrots. Open for curbside pickup and limited dine-in.

2504 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

9. Marination Ma Kai

1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126
Korean-inspired tacos at Marination in a paper tray.
Marination has Hawaiian-Korean tacos, with various protein options.
Marination/Facebook

Though this popular mini-chain has pared down its operation during the pandemic (closing its Capitol Hill location), the West Seattle flagship and South Lake Union offshoot are still open for takeout and some limited dining. It’s hard to go wrong with the menu’s flavorful Hawaiian-Korean fusion fare, including the superb miso ginger chicken and kalbi beef options with Nunya sauce.

1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

10. Taqueria El Asadero

3513 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
A closeup of several tacos on a white plate topped with chopped onions and cilantro
The Columbia City bus has some of the best tacos in the city.
Uber Eats

This beloved Columbia City taco bus serves all manner of tacos, from tongue to tripe to pork adobada. El Asadero also does a fine beef birria taco, plus offers some satisfying tortas and burritos. There’s covered outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery via Uber Eats and Grubhub.

3513 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

11. Taqueria La Fondita

15th Ave SW, Seattle, WA
Tacos with sides in a white container from Taqueria la Fondita
Taqueria La Fondita serves some of the best tacos in the city out of a truck.
Teresa Lam

This inexpensive, stationary food truck in White Center is one of the Seattle area’s best. Plates pile up with carne asada, adobada, and lengua tacos, and a special request for extra grilled mini-onions and spicy serrano peppers is key. The truck is still open during regular business hours, but encourages diners to call ahead and order; delivery is available via DoorDash and other apps.

15th Ave SW
Seattle, WA

12. Taco Street

7114-7126 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118
Tacos at Taco Street on a white plate against a checkered mat.
Tacos at this spot are Northern Chihuahua-style.
Taco Street [Official Photo]

This taco sensation near the Othello station serves soft tacos Northern Chihuahua-style, naked with a choice of meat, plus burritos, tortas, and breakfast burritos. There's a large selection of sauces, salsas, and toppings like cilantro and pickled red onions to customize these beauties. Available for takeout, with some family meal options as well.

7114-7126 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

13. El Catrin

9641 15th Ave SW suite a, Seattle, WA 98106
A top-down image of a plate of tacos at El Catrin.
El Catrin serves 15 types of tacos.
El Catrin/Facebook

The White Center standout serves a bright array of tacos, from beef cheek to carnitas to chicharron and beyond — 15 in all. The simple counter service restaurant pays attention to the details of every dish coming out of the kitchen, and it shows. The restaurant has takeout service with orders accepted online.

9641 15th Ave SW suite a
Seattle, WA 98106

14. Birrieria Tijuana

1111 SW 128th St, Burien, WA 98146
A close-up of birria tacos at Birrieria Tijuana
Burien’s Birrieria Tijuana specializes in birria tacos.
Birrieria Tijuana/Facebook

Burien’s taco counter inside a Mexican supermarket specializes in birria tacos, which involve slow-cooked, shredded beef topped with gooey mozzarella inside fried tortillas, best washed down with a refreshing horchata. There are also new locations in Lakewood and Everett.

1111 SW 128th St
Burien, WA 98146

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