We all know that tacos are one of everyone’s favorite foods, but what I bet you didn’t know is how many Richmond, VA taco shops there are in the state capitol!
Being a state in the southeast, you might be expecting southern comfort foods to be a big hit, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the number and variety of taco shops popping up in and around the city!
Whether you’re looking for cheap eats on Taco Tuesday or something upscale and unique, there’s something for everyone in RVA.
Check out one (or more!) of the best taco shops for a delicious dining experience! And check back often, as we continue to eat through the city and taste test every shop we can find.
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Don’t Look Back
- Address: 3306 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA, VA 23230
Don’t Look Back is hands down my favorite taco shop. The tacos are delicious and reasonably priced and they have plenty of vegan and gluten free options. They feature an a la carte taco menu, so you can mix and match as many different tacos as your heart desires!
They have two locations, but if you’re looking for a fun night out with friends, Don’t Look Back – Triple is the location you’re looking for. This location is in a building that used to be a bustling hipster hangout/biker bar about 15 years ago. It’s busy, but spacious and they have pool tables and table shuffleboard to stay and play after your meal.
- Address: 1328 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23220
Little Mexico is the quintessential Mexican food spot with never ending chips and salsa and daily happy hour specials.
This restaurant is located just near the Virginia Commonwealth University campus, so don’t be surprised if it’s overrun with college kids trying to get their hands on $5 nachos.
Their taco options include ground beef, fish, steak, shrimp, or chicken and the entree portions are large enough to share between two people or to take home for leftovers. You may have to wait a few minutes for a table at Little Mexico, but this busy restaurant has great food and cheap prices.
En Su Boca Taqueria and Cantina
- Address: 1001 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23230
This is one of the most popular taco shops in Richmond for Taco Tuesday! Although the restaurant is on the smaller side, their central location and outdoor patio make it a great place to grab dinner with a few friends.
Their tacos are sold a la carte, so you can mix and match your favorites.
If you’re not in the mood for tacos, check out some of their other popular menu items like ceviche, chips and salsa or guacamole, and salt brined chicken wings. It’s always busy at En Su Boca, so there may be a short wait to get a table, but the staff is always attentive and friendly.
- Address: 2557 Sheila Ln, Richmond, VA 23225
Boka Tako started in 2010 as a mobile food truck and since then they have grown to incorporate a stand alone restaurant called Boka Grill. Boka features unique Mexican-American-Asian-Greek fusion tacos like their bulgogi beef, shoyu tofu, shrimp and grits, or gyro tacos.
If you’re looking to try out these unique tacos, check out their food truck routes posted on their website or visit the grill anytime for a delicious lunch or dinner.
- Address: 321 N 2nd Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Soul Taco is a local, black-owned business in downtown RVA. This modern shop has a surprising twist on tacos and all of their dishes are inspired by southern comfort foods.
This small spot is the perfect place to grab lunch with a few close friends. Make sure you check out their Cornmeal Crusted Catfish tacos or the Hush Puppy Nachos for something new and exciting!
- Location varies
This taco truck can be found at Richmond breweries around the city 6 days a week! The menu consists of items like tacos, quesadillas, and chips and salsa including vegan options.
Their claim to fame is their pickled jalapenos and secret recipe Rocket Sauce which you can add to any of their menu items.
If you have some cash to spare, add a Mutual Aid Meal to your order and Intergalactic Tacos will give a free meal to a community member in need. Check out their website for their menu and locations.
Casa del Barco
- Address: 320 S 12th St, Richmond, VA 23219
Casa del Barco operates three locations in Richmond, but make sure you head over to their downtown location for one of the city’s best outdoor patio dining opportunities.
Their patio is situated on a quiet sidewalk along the James River Canal Walk where you can enjoy tacos with fresh ingredients like mango salsa, jalapeno crema, and chipotle aioli.
This restaurant is a little more on the pricey side than some other taco spots, but it’s the perfect place to enjoy a nice meal with friends or your significant other. One of the highlights of this restaurant is their selection of specialty margaritas to go with your meal, so come thirsty!
- Address: 412 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219
Wong Gonzalez may be one of the most unique taco shops in Richmond, VA (sorry Boka!). This Mexican-Asian fusion taco shop describes themself as “Mexinese” and incorporates the flavors of Malaysia and Mexico to bring you a unique dining experience.
This modern spot features a large dining area and full-service bar with plenty of televisions for sports entertainment. Their menu consists of items like tacos & burritos, fried rice dishes, and their signature “Mexinese” plates with plenty of vegan and meat-free options available.
Tio Pablo Taqueria
- Address: 1703 E Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23223
Tio Pablo is a 100% gluten-free taqueria in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom district. This restaurant serves authentic Mexican food and they have a large menu featuring tacos, tostadas, and gorditas including vegetarian options.
They offer a huge assortment of over 10 taco fillings to choose from so you have plenty of choices to mix and match your own.
- Address: 6531 Midlothian Turnpike #5609, Richmond, VA 23225
Taqueria Panchito is a small, unassuming taco shop on Richmond’s southside that also operates a food truck that can be found throughout the city. They offer authentic Mexican street tacos with their signature Atomic Bomb hot sauce.
Every Wednesday is “Taco Loco” day and you can enjoy any of their tacos for just $1.25! You can find the taco truck at one of the many breweries in Scott’s Addition every Sunday.