Taqueria Downtown

Taco Place and Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Van Vorst Park, Jersey City
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  • This taco place is famous for their Mexican food. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Vishal M.
    "Lamb Tacos > Fish Tacos > Pork Tacos in that order :)"(16 Tips)
    Danielle H.
    "Cactus tacos are on point and the guac is awesome"(6 Tips)
    Tony W.
    "Chorizo tacos are really good and steak tortas."(7 Tips)
    O K.
    "Order some great fish tacos, and try the nopales (cactus) ones, too."(31 Tips)
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  • Amol K.
    Amol KAugust 26
    As a native Angeleno, I'm so disappointed that this place co-opts the city. Terrible service, terrible drinks, don't even bother with this place.
  • Alejandra G.
    The barbacoa tacos are amazing (order them with the sauce on the side if you can't handle spice). Tostadas (I ordered carnitas) are also delicious!
  • Abner A.
    Solid taco spot in the heart of Jersey City. So many meat options! Make sure to ask how spicy the sauces are in your tacos, they can get up there.
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzMay 29
    Really good food! Tacos are awesome, pair them with margaritas
  • Lisa V.
    Lisa VignaApril 22
    Been here 5+ times
    Guacamole and margaritas, both dynamite!!
  • Paco M.
    Paco MD FACSDecember 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The staff is selfish and they really don't give you what you ask. It seems like "the client is NEVER right" at this place
  • Paco M.
    Paco MD FACSDecember 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    You will be ok here as long as you don't want anything special and you are ready to eat whatever they bring to you. #NotHappening
  • Monika M.
    Monika McMahonDecember 11, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    $3 mimosas and Bloody Mary from 11-4 on Saturday and Sunday for brunch.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchaeferNovember 11, 2016
    Affordable authentic fresh tacos
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LinOctober 29, 2016
    Love the tack a la carte! $3 each. Try the sausage
  • Nick S.
    Nick StenningOctober 12, 2016
    Surprisingly good tacos on the east coast! Their margarita is ok, but the michelada is a bit over-the-top for my taste.
  • Phil B.
    Phil BraunOctober 7, 2016
    Chorizo tacos are an absolute must.
  • kevin w.
    kevin waiteJuly 14, 2016
    Great spot; authentic cuisine and cold beer.
  • Paco M.
    Paco MD FACSJuly 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Very hipster place for tacos and MEXICAN food. Love it, an I am MEXICAN 🇲🇽🇲🇽🇲🇽
  • Billy B.
    Billy BrakerJuly 12, 2016
    Good Stuff.
  • Collette S.
    Collette SJuly 10, 2016
    Awesome! Who doesn't love cheap, delicious Mexican food?
  • Amy A.
    Amy Amy AmyJune 24, 2016
    Cactus tacos 💕✨👏🏽
  • Rotimi A.
    Rotimi A. WilliamsJune 17, 2016
    Had a waitress argue bold faced with a member of our party with a food allergy. The abysmal service is wild but the fact folks on here come back is more so. Toss in some exceedingly mediocre food.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KimJune 4, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for extra spicy sauce. You won't regret it...until later at least. Goes well with an order of rice and beans or with any of the tacos or quesadillas.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle ByeMay 23, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Cheap, authentic Mexican food. Grab a few tacos (the fish taco is my favorite!) and try to find a seat outside in the backyard.
  • Maritza S.
    Maritza SanchezApril 3, 2016
    Pozole was fantastic!! The guacamole is 1 size fits all (too mild with no options to spice it up :(
  • Chris W.
    Chris WMarch 20, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Get those tacos!
  • Thomas T.
    Thomas TaylorJanuary 8, 2016
    Solid authentic Mexican food. It gets very busy most days - quality grub draws a crowd - so be prepared to wait for a table... or avoid the wait and get take out delivered!
  • Tom
    TomJanuary 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Tacos and tacos and tacos. Authentic and cheap. Can't complain.
  • John T.
    John TrigonisDecember 30, 2015
    Best. Guac. Ever.
  • Shyam S.
    Shyam SiyaniDecember 19, 2015
    Chicken tostadas
  • Mark M.
    Mark MeteisisDecember 16, 2015
    Best LA style tacos. Best Mexican spot anywhere around
  • Nina P.
    Nina PaparattoNovember 28, 2015
    JC staple ... Ask for the hot sauce w your meal of you can handle spicy
  • Anthony G.
    Anthony GreenNovember 1, 2015
    The ground beef burritas are amazing.
  • Felipe P.
    Felipe P.October 25, 2015
    Tasty at a great value Mexican food
  • DeVante C.
    DeVante ChisolmAugust 30, 2015
    Great environment. Amazing fish tacos.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangAugust 23, 2015
    Lamb and lengua (beef tongue) tacos are incredibly tender with just a touch of a spicy kick. Great brunch portions and a strong margarita. The perfect dive taco joint.
  • Kay S.
    Kay SmithAugust 10, 2015
    The waitress was rude!! She ran after me for her tip and was nasty when I told her why she didn't get one. She took our order and never served us. We had to ask for our water, food and silverware :(
  • Brandi W.
    Brandi WilliamsJuly 28, 2015
    The tacos are amazing.
  • Paul K.
    Paul KardousJune 16, 2015
    Great chorizo and carnitas tacos, and very friendly staff.
  • Bella W.
    Bella WessMay 29, 2015
    Loooooove it!!
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'SullivanMay 25, 2015
    Chips and guacamole are standard. Also a fan of the beef quesadilla.
  • Carla M.
    Carla MoyMay 13, 2015
    Carnitas taco, absolute must. The $7 guacamole though, not worth the high cost IMHO, but maybe I just like my guac differently.
  • Varun B.
    Varun BajajApril 11, 2015
    Check out the enchiladas. Chips and salsa are addicting too. Good veggie options
  • Kymberli C.
    Kymberli Carter-WhiteApril 11, 2015
    HappyHour and FishTacos
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda PetrocelliMarch 24, 2015
    Brunch is amazing and enchiladas are to die for. Flan is great too. All of the tacos are great and well priced.
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda PetrocelliMarch 24, 2015
    I can't get enough of this place. When the weather is nice... The courtyard in the back is awesome! Margaritas = strong. Great prices. Best authentic Mexican around!
  • Clare L.
    Clare LynchMarch 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pozole soup cures all ills. Decor is kitschy fun but sitting outside is best
  • Dina R.
    Dina RughaniMarch 2, 2015
    The lamb tacos, fish tacos, and on the weekends ask for the pazole
  • tori k.
    tori kuletskyFebruary 28, 2015
    The tacos are phenomenal. The pork are my favorite especially when paired with a Dos Equis. The people and atmosphere are very fun and will keep you coming back for more
  • B
    BFebruary 28, 2015
    Yummm!!! Carnitas taco and sangria is the best.
  • Danielle H.
    Danielle HFebruary 27, 2015
    Absurdly delicious Mexican food. Whether you dine in or order you won't be disappointed. Cactus tacos are on point and the guac is awesome
  • John
    JohnFebruary 4, 2015
    Insanely delicious food. Very friendly staff that make you feel very welcomed. As soon as you walk in it's a mash between 80's memorabilia, and of course, Mexican themed decorations.
    Upvoted Aug 10
  • Sean B.
    Sean BonusFebruary 2, 2015
    Carnitas tacos are the best. Flautas aren't bad either. The chips they give you when you first sit down are great.
  • Rikin D.
    Rikin DiwanDecember 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for their hot sauce and pour it on everything. It's really good!
  • Alexa Jane D.
    Alexa Jane DennerDecember 7, 2014
    Cozy and authentic. Pork tacos were the best I've had in a long time. Don't forget a side of guac!
  • Vikki
    VikkiDecember 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The patio in the back = one of the best spots to dine al fresco in Jersey City
  • Vaibhav P.
    Vaibhav PDecember 5, 2014
    lamb/chorizo tacos are tres delicious!
  • Joe B.
    Joe BlossomOctober 18, 2014
    The food is amazing. The carnitas tostada is probably my favorite dish in JC. I do wish they had a different salsa to go with their chips.
  • Abby F.
    Abby FinkelOctober 5, 2014
    Micheladas are fantastic
  • Drew J.
    Drew JenningsSeptember 28, 2014
    The bistec taco is the best, but they're all good. Brunch bloody marys are $3 and delicious.
  • Chris W.
    Chris WSeptember 26, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    This place is great. We come here every week!
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RuizSeptember 24, 2014
    tacos!! authentic mexican food
  • SKW
    SKWSeptember 18, 2014
    Some of the best Mexican in the New York metro area. Everything is good. Big fan of the fish taco, flauntas and tortas.
  • Igal G.
    Igal GhitelmanSeptember 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Face, stomach, and head tacos... Sounds funky but man are they good.
  • Valerie
    ValerieSeptember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Flautas and enchiladas
  • bigmiggz
    bigmiggzAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I always have the chorizo tacos, I usually try something new, it's always good and in a dozen or so times I have never encountered rudeness.
  • Aniruddha M.
    Aniruddha MandkeAugust 20, 2014
    One of the best margaritas I have ever had. And the steak is exceptional. Perfect for any day of the week. Expect waiting time on weekends.
  • Jane D.
    Jane DongAugust 19, 2014
    Tacos have the kick that I'm looking for. Chorizo, fish, and carnitas - all so good. Use the hot sauce too!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SalcedoAugust 16, 2014
    Great authentic tacos in jersey city. Fish tacos and pork tacos are the best.
  • Jeri
    JeriAugust 11, 2014
    Best Mexican in Jersey City
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Excellent tacos, Tortas, and flautas are served in a casual environment. Sit outside when the weather's nice.
  • Netta K.
    Netta KivilisAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're vegetarian, just order all the vegetarian dishes. There aren't that many and they're all delish.
  • Justin J.
    Justin JonssonAugust 6, 2014
    The tongue taco was downright bland. My barbacoa and fish tacos were both excellent, however!
  • Vineet S.
    Vineet ShahAugust 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    So glad to have this place in the neighborhood. Just $3 for one of the best fish tacos I've ever had. Cool divey vibe, and a patio in the back.
  • Kim L.
    Kim LoyJune 30, 2014
    The food and service was great and everyone was friendly!
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LeeJune 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best fish tacos on this side of the river.
  • Matt
    MattMay 19, 2014
    The Pork Tamale was amazing. And I love how the portions of the food aren't overwhelming, which allows you to try different things. I also had the fish and carnitas (pork) tacos, which were excellent.
  • Juan M.
    Juan MunozMay 12, 2014
    Food is good, but the service not. The servers are cold and not very attentive
  • Beka L.
    Beka LiuMay 5, 2014
    4 tacos per person!
  • Vishal M.
    Vishal MalakarApril 29, 2014
    Lamb Tacos > Fish Tacos > Pork Tacos in that order :)
  • Gina M.
    Gina MarrApril 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Not family friendly: They don't allow strollers inside.
  • Milton V.
    Milton VelezApril 20, 2014
    Very crowded at dinner time. The food was very good, as promised. Wait for a table for 4 on a Saturday night was 45 minutes. Margaritas are VERY strong.
  • Amanda
    AmandaApril 12, 2014
    Michelada is amazing!
  • Mia O.
    Mia O'MalleyApril 12, 2014
    Terrible margaritas. So acidic, syrupy mix.
  • Igal G.
    Igal GhitelmanFebruary 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Tacos.... All of them
  • Chris W.
    Chris WFebruary 1, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    I seem to end up here once a week. Best spot in JC.
  • Rob E.
    Rob EJanuary 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Buche. Learn it, eat it, love it.
  • trempz
    trempzJanuary 16, 2014
    Worst margarita I've ever had but the food is excellent
  • NJ.com
    NJ.comJanuary 13, 2014
    There are "no fajitas," "no nachos," "no cute clay or adobe plates to match the cute clay or adobe decor" and "no fancy menus with a history lesson on Mexico."
  • Timothy S.
    Timothy SavolainenJanuary 13, 2014
    Start with the guac
  • India C.
    India CJanuary 12, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Just got done eating here on a busy Saturday night. After all the reviews about bad service, I was expecting the worst, but our waitress was fine, totally attentive. Get the pork taco!
  • John P.
    John PerezDecember 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chorizo and barbacoa tacos are my fave...You'll enjoy too if you like spice.
  • Alena T.
    Alena TomilchikDecember 14, 2013
    Bloody Mary is awesomeness
  • Yvette V.
    Yvette Villegas-DeCastroOctober 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Carnitas are BOMB!!!
  • Cheyenne V.
    Cheyenne VOctober 14, 2013
    My favorite is the salted beef tacos and pork toastada ! Its a must!
  • Ariana J.
    Ariana JorgeOctober 6, 2013
    Everything is Spicy 🙊💥👅
  • Deepan S.
    Deepan SivaSeptember 26, 2013
    This place is usually crowded, so start early to find table
  • Yvette V.
    Yvette Villegas-DeCastroSeptember 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Carnita Taco!!!
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PetersAugust 31, 2013
    Delicious! Chilaquiles is amazing. Tacos awesome. Weekend brunch, yum. Dinner rocks too!
  • Jain K.
    Jain KooAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great taco.. try new ones - pork belly was so good!
  • Vincent R.
    Vincent RaymondAugust 18, 2013
    Steak sandwich was awesome!! Super fresh, great price!
  • Stacey T.
    Stacey TroiloAugust 18, 2013
    The service kinda sucked, the food gets an 8 out of 10, and the outdoor patio is nice.
  • Colleen M.
    Colleen MargaritteAugust 18, 2013
    strong margs
  • Kavita A.
    Kavita ArumugamAugust 16, 2013
    They have outdoor seating. Try the pork, chorizo, lamb, cactus, fish tacos. Really really good!
  • Michael R.
    Tacos tacos tacos
  • Steve M.
    Steve MotzenbeckerJune 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    carnitas tacos carnitas tacos carnitas tacos
  • Peter V.
    Peter ValenzanoMarch 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    ....TORTA MILANESA
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