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Best Tacos in Buffalo & WNY According to Western New Yorkers

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on April 13, 2022
Photo courtesy of Left Coast Taco

When it comes to choosing the best taco places in Western New York, you’ll see below that there is a wide range in preferences. Some love an authentic taco, while others go for the Americanized spin on the traditional taco. Regardless of your preference, this guide won’t steer you wrong if you’re simply on a quest to find the best taco places our region has to offer.

To aid in your search for the best tacos in Western New York and/or your neighborhood, we polled our social media followers to bring you a list of the best around town. Pro-tip: save this post for future reference.

Let’s get into the guide – in order to pull the following list together, we asked our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers where to find the best taco in Buffalo and WNY. They answered with their top picks and we’ve included the full list of reader recommendations below. If it was mentioned, it’s listed below.

Because we received hundreds of comments resulting in tons of recommendations, there are options all across WNY, all worth recommending according to Western New Yorkers.

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Best of the Best

While many recommendations were mentioned more than once, there were certain places mentioned over and over (and over) again. It’s safe to say these are our readers’ top 10 picks for tacos in Buffalo & WNY – in order and first place was by a landslide! Keep scrolling for the full list of mentions.

1st: La Divina Tacos (Kenmore)

2nd: Taqueria Los Mayas (Cheektowaga)

3rd: Casa Azul (Allentown)

4th: Left Coast Taco (East Aurora)

5th: Taqueria Ranchos La Delicias (Niagara St) & Taqueria Ranchos Dos (Downtown)

6th: Tacos Community & Beer (Buffalo, East Amherst)

7th: Rock’n Taco (Salamanca)

8th: Lloyd Taco Factory (Williamsville, Hertel)

9th: Mexico City (Hamburg)

10th: Elmwood Taco & Subs (Elmwood)

Guide to Best Tacos in Buffalo & WNY According to Western New Yorkers

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant

707 Main Street Tonawanda, NY 14150 • $$

Mexican

North Towns

We Serve Authentic Mexican Dishes including: Tacos, Burritos, Platos Del Mar, Pollos Locos, Tortas Mexicanas, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Fajitas, Carnitas, ...

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Angry Buffalo @ The Rose Garden / Wild Bill Hickory BBQ

2753 Wehrle Drive Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Casual Table Service

We are a bar/restaurant and event center. Our facility offers a full bar $ menu to our patrons with 16 craft beers on tap. We also sit on 10 acres that ...

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Arriba Tortilla

40 Riley Street, East Aurora NY 14052 East Aurora, New York 14052 • $

MexicanTex-Mex

South Towns

Casual Table Service

Our menu features food with a southwestern California styled influence, not to be confused with authentic Mexican. We do consider our twist on Mexican ...

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Breezy Burrito Bar

1000 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$

Tex-MexMexican

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Take Out

BRINGING BOLD FLAVOR TO TEX-MEX CUISINE The legacy of Breezy Burrito Bar dates back to 2016 where we started as a boutique-style restaurant in Downtown ...

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Burrito Bay -Amherst

2341 Millersport Highway Amherst, New York 14068 • $

MexicanTex-Mex

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Burrito Bay features the freshest Mexican food anywhere. From taco salads, to our made-to-order Gourmet Burritos served in 3 sizes. Runt, Jumbo, $ 'Glutton' ...

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Cantina 62

2178, Seneca Street Buffalo, New York 14210 • $$

Tex-MexMexican

South Buffalo

Casual Table Service

A Word from Cantina 62 A small Mexican American Diner. We serve a traditional breakfast and lunch; featuring a menu blended with American Classics and ...

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Casa Azul

191 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$

Mexican

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

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Cantina 62

727 Maple Rd Amherst, New York 14226 • $

Tex-Mex

North Towns

Cantina 62 is a fast-casual replacing a former Mighty Taco connected to a Sunoco gas station. Cantina 62 offers build-your-own tacos, rice bowls, salads ...

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Colosso Taco

66 Main St Tonawanda, New York 14150 • $

Buffalo FoodMexican

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Colosso Taco is a Mexican restaurant in Tonawanda who menu also contains pizzas, subs, fingers, wings, and list of daily specials. ...

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Coyote Cafe

36 Main St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

MexicanTex-Mex

South Towns

Casual Table Service

The premiere Mexican Restaurant in Western New York's Southtowns, The Coyote Cafe. Located in the heart of Hamburg, the Coyote Cafe is known for bringing ...

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Deep South Taco – Ellicott

291 Ellicott St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

MexicanSouthwestern

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

SOB Says: At Deep South Taco the Tex-Mex menu features house-made tortillas filled with charred and braised meats, fresh vegetables and spicy sauces. The ...

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Deep South Taco – Hertel

1707 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$

Mexican

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service

A Word from Deep South Taco Deep South Taco is a southern style, authentic taqueria and bar in the new meca of Buffalo - in a former gas station on ...

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El Canelo Mexican Restaurant

3670 Mckinley Pkwy Buffalo, NY 14219 • $$

Mexican

South Towns

Casual Table Service

At El Canelo, we promise to give you authentic Mexican food and nothing less. From our warm tortilla chips and house-made salsa to our quirky, bright décor, ...

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El Toro Mexican Grill & Bar

1009 Niagara Falls Blvd Tonawanda, NY 14226 • $

Mexican

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Are YOU in the mood for delicious food using fresh ingredients at an affordable price from a great local restaurant? If so, then we are the perfect destination ...

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Ellicottville Tap+Bottle Taqueria

20 Washington St Ellicottville, New York 14731 • $

MexicanTex-Mex

Southern Tier

Casual Table Service, Take Out, Bar

Introducing our newest location, EBC Tap+Bottle $ Taqueria. Located downtown Ellicottville NY, a very short walk up the street from our Monroe St. Brewery, ...

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Elmwood Taco and Sub

925 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Buffalo Food37963878Deli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

For the past 35 years, ETS has proudly remained a family business. The Lucchino family is dedicated to providing their customers with fast and delicious ...

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Griffin’s Irish Pub

81 Abbott Rd Buffalo, NY 14220 • $

IrishPub Food

South Buffalo

Casual Table Service

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Jim’s Steakout – Main St

3094 Main St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Buffalo Food37963878Deli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Jim's Steakout is a locally-owned Buffalo tradition. We use only the highest quality brand name products to prepare the best quality food. Our food is ...

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Jim’s Steakout -Elmwood Ave

938 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Buffalo Food37963878Deli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Jim's Steakout is a locally-owned Buffalo tradition. We use only the highest quality brand name products to prepare the best quality food. Our food is ...

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Kiosko Latino – Buffalo

345 West Ferry St. Buffalo, New York 14213 • $$

Latin AmericanMexicanPuerto Rican

Buffalo

Take Out

Mexican and Puerto Rican food right in the heart of the City of Buffalo. From SOB: For generations, Western New York has had a sizable Puerto Rican ...

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La Brasas Grill

34 Hamburg St East Aurora, New York 14052 • $$

Mexican

South Towns

Casual Table Service

First words are very positive - good service, fresh ingredients. No Liquor license yet. ...

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La Divina Tacos

2896 Delaware Ave Buffalo, NY 14217 • $

Mexican

North Buffalo

La Divina Mexican Store is a hip Mexican restaurant in Buffalo. Stop by and taste our distinctive confections, have a quick bite, or savor our comfort ...

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La Galera Mexican Restaurant

8215 Niagara Falls Boulevard Buffalo, New York 14304 • $

Mexican

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

We hope that you will enjoy yourself and all of the authentic dishes we offer. If you have never enjoyed Mexican food, please read the food descriptions ...

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La Tolteca

7530 Transit Rd. Buffalo, New York 14226 • $

Mexican

North Towns

Casual Table Service

La Tolteca offers a wide variety of authentic Latin American, Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine that has developed a base of loyal customers. ...

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La Verdad Cafe Smoked House

116 Davey Street Buffalo, NY 14206 • $$

BBQ

Buffalo

Catering, Casual Table Service

La Verdad Cafe is known in Buffalo and around the globe for their Smoked Brisket and Burnt ends, Gouda Mac & Cheese and their kale Apple Slaw. ...

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LaVerdad Cafe Deli

1194 E Lovejoy St, Buffalo, NY 14206 Buffalo, New York 14206 • $$

BBQAmericanDeli-SandwichesSoul Food

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Smokehouse, deli and the real deal in home cooking. Try the Mac 'n cheese. La Verdad Cafe is said to be Buffalo’s Best Smoked Bourbon ...

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Left Coast Taco

54 Elm St East Aurora, New York 14052 • $$

Mexican

South Towns

Bar, Casual Table Service

A Word from Left Coast Taco: We like tacos. We hope you do too. Left Coast Taco specializes in Cal-Mex cuisine in their storefront out of East Aurora. Read ...

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LLoyd Taco Factory – Hertel

1503 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $

Mexican

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

We are the first taco truck to serve the great city of Buffalo, NY. Our mission is to bring legitimate street food to Buffalo by offering affordable yet ...

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Lloyd Taco Factory – Williamsville

5933 Main St Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$

Mexican

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service, Bar

From the first taco truck to serve the great city of Buffalo, to now two brick and mortar restaurants. Their mission is to bring legitimate street food ...

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Los Compadres Batavia

40, Oak Street Batavia, New York 14020 • $$

Latin AmericanMexican

Genesee County

Casual Table Service

The menu, though small, will offer a lot of different meats that other restaurants normally do not have. Brisket, pork, sausage, dried salt steak, tongue, ...

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Maizal Mexican Kitchen and Mezcaleria

4808 N French Rd East Amherst, New York 14051 • $$

MexicanTex-Mex

North Towns

Casual Table Service, Bar

Casual Mexican restaurant and bar. Maizal is an authentic Mexican restaurant offering traditional Oaxacan recipes passed down over generations, timeless ...

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Manito Taco Shop

3958 Lockport Olcott Rd Lockport, NY 14094 • $

Mexican

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

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Mariachi de Oro

11417 Maple Ridge Rd. Medina, New York 14103 • $$

Mexican

Other

Casual Table Service

Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Medina NY is one ofï¾ Medina s premier restaurants, serving authentic Mexican cuisine andï¾ providing customers ...

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Mayback’s Deli

1598 Niagara Falls Blvd Tonawanda, NY 14150 • $

Deli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Deli - Sub Shop ...

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Mexico City – Hamburg

5569 Camp Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

Mexican

South Towns

Casual Table Service

Our restaurant is focused on sharing flavorful traditional Mexican dishes. WE are known for our mole and exotic meats we offer such as chapulines (crickets). ...

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Mighty Taco – South Lockport Rd. Near Robinson

5691 S Transit Rd South Lockport, New York 14094 • $

Tex-Mex

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Mighty Taco proudly operates 21 restaurants in the Western New York area. After four decades of continuous operations, Mighty Taco means fast, delicious, ...

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Penora’s Pizzeria

5055 Broadway Depew , New York 14043 • $$

Deli-Sandwiches

Cheektowaga and East

Casual Table Service

Good For Groups, Good For Kids, Take Out, Delivery and Outdoor Seating ...

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Pete’s Place Food Shop

290 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14202 • $

MexicanDeli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Fast & Friendly Service, Local Fresh Ingredients, Classic Lunch Items, Culturally infused menu items, each meal Crafted and Cooked to Order. ...

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Rock’n Taco

100 Main St Salamanca, NY 14779 • $

Mexican

Southern Tier

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Rock'n Taco serves Mexican cuisine with weekly special and unique twist on your typical tacos, quesadillas, and burritos. ...

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Southern Junction

27 Chandler St Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$

BBQ

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Texish barbecue - aka Texas-style barbecue meets Indian cuisine influences.   READ: Southern Junction Puts A Twist On BBQ With Its 'Tex-Ish' ...

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Steel City Pub

1449 Abbott Rd Lackawanna, NY 14218 • $$

American

South Towns

Bar, Casual Table Service

Enjoy great food and the regions best craft beers at the neighborhood's favorite pub. Throw darts or watch a game on one of our large-screen TV's while ...

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Steveo’s Tacos and Subs

6811 Erie Road Buffalo, NY 14047 • $

Mexican

South Towns

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TACOCAT

72 S CASCADE DRIVE SPRINGVILLE, NY 14141 • $

Mexican

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Tacocat is a burrito and taco shop. We make everything from scratch, use the freshest ingredients all in small batches. Our spice blends for all our meats ...

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Tacos and More

4473 Lake Shore Rd Hamburg, NY 14075 • $

Mexican

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

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Tacos, Community & Beer

6449 Transit Rd Bowmansville, New York 14026 • $$

Mexican

Cheektowaga and East

Casual Table Service, Fast Casual / Counter Service

Tacos, Community & Beer or as we like to call ourselves TCB will be opening on Transit! Authentic tacos, craft beer, full bar, fast service, patio ...

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Tacos, Community & Beer – Buffalo

1275 Delaware Ave Buffalo, NY 14209 • $$

Mexican

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Fast Casual / Counter Service

Tacos, Community & Beer, or as we like to call ourselves TCB, is located in Downtown Buffalo (Gates Circle) with our first location in East Amherst, ...

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TaQo

36 W. Main St. Fredonia, NY 14063 • $$

Mexican

Southern Tier

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Tacos, Burritos, Bowls, Nachos & more with a BBQ flare. A fresh and healthy alternative to the same ...

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Taqueria Cielito lindo

4125 Transit Road Williamsville, NY 14221 • $

Mexican

North Towns

Fast Food

TAQUERIA CIELITO LINDO brings regional Mexican flavors to a menu ranging from à la carte street tacos to platos fuertes like our Braised shredded Beef ...

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Taqueria Los Mayas

3525 Genesee St Cheektowaga, New York 14225 • $$

MexicanDeli-Sandwiches

Cheektowaga and East

Casual Table Service

Operated by hardworking Mexican-Americans, our mission is to supply Western New York with safe, delicious and authentic Mexican cuisine. ...

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Taqueria Mexicana

45 Lake Shore Dr E Dunkirk, NY 14048 • $

Mexican

Southern Tier

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Taqueria Mexicana is a family owned business located by the shore in Dunkirk. We offer a wide variety of authentic home-cooked Mexican food. ...

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That Taco Place

4160 W Main St Rd Batavia, NY 14020 • $

Mexican

Genesee County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Proudly serving customers for 43 years and counting, That Taco Place is Batavia, NY’s must-stop destination for all of your favorite Mexican dishes. ...

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The Spicey Pickle

463 Center St Lewiston, nY 14092 • $

Mexican

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The Spicey Pickle is a restaurant located in Lewiston, New York. It is a Mexican restaurant that offers specialty burritos, tacos, nachos, burrito bowls, ...

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Ultima Taco

507 Center Rd West Seneca, NY 14224 • $

Mexican

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

We serve Tacos, Burritos, Wings/Fingers, Subs, Side Orders, Ice cream and more! ...

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Wally’s Cafe and Pizzeria

2093 Broadway St Buffalo, NY 14212 • $$

PizzaAmerican

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Wally’s Cafe and Pizzeria is a family owned and operated business. Owners Dennis and Rich Morris along with the rest of the family (Mary, Katie, Chris, ...

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Ziggy’s Taco & Sub

3975 Main St Amherst, NY 14226 • $

Mexican

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Tacos, subs, chicken fingers ...

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