Craving Tampa Tacos? 3 Best Taco Restaurants in Tampa Bay

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Looking for the absolute best tacos in the Tampa Bay area? You have found the right place.

I have been searching for the best Tampa Tacos for over a decade. I hope this will help you enjoy some of the best restaurants in the area.

Tampa Tacos - Pork Carnitas

After living in Tampa Bay for many years, I’ve narrowed down my current favs. I’m also sharing with you my top secret margarita recipe that is great when staying in. It is a must try! Without further delay here is the list.

My personal favorites for Tampa Tacos & St Pete Tacos:

VIP Mexican

Located in Indian Rocks Beach, I would never have found this place without a friend’s recommendation. It is located behind a strip plaza and barely noticeable from the street. Once you get up closer, you will often see a line of folks waiting to get in. Best to come early to avoid the lines at either lunch or dinner.

I love about everything I’ve tried there. My go to favorites tend to be the 3 Amigos Appetizer (when sharing) and the Chicago Burrito. If you have a sweet tooth like myself, you can’t miss the mini churros! They have added a location. See their website for more details.

Casita Taqueria

For a fast casual taco experience, Casita Taqueria is my top pick. You order at the window, and can sit at one of their cute outdoor pinic areas or seating inside. They are located on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg in a convenient spot to see more of the downtown area with breweries and shops nearby. They also have a few locations. See their website for more specifics.

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Casita Taqueria- Tacos St. Petersburg on Central Avenue
Casita Tacos - Tampa Tacos
Casita Taqueria- Tacos St. Petersburg


Bartaco (also sometimes seen as Bar Taco Tampa) is located in Tampa Hyde Park Village. This is another great location if you like to shop and enjoy outdoor dining.

In my opinion, it has the best outdoor seating and ambiance! I tend to go early for lunch or late for dinner to avoid the shoppers and large crowds. You can also call 30 minutes ahead to get on the waiting list or use their App.

My absolute favorite foods here are their Pork Belly Taco, Duck Taco, and Fried Oysters Taco. Not my usual picks, but I always come back for more of both! They also serve excellent sauces that go well with about anything. Don’t leave without trying their churros.

Can’t go out? Check out my Margarita Recipe!

Bartaco (Bar Taco Tampa) also serves some of the best margaritas I’ve had. As promised, I’m going to share my own AMAZING margarita recipe below with you. If you like mixer margaritas with a bunch of processed sugar in them, this one is probably not for you. This one is made of the freshest ingredients, and relies on all natural agave simple syrup as a sweetener.

Here are a couple products I use when making fresh margaritas. They aren’t required, but can be helpful especially when making them for a small gathering. I find I make less mess with these products and more is able to be enjoyed!

ETT’s Margarita Recipe

Makes enough for 2 rock glasses or 1 tall glass
1 1/2 oz Patron Silver Tequila
1 oz Cointreau
1 1/2 oz lime juice
3/4 oz fresh squeezed orange juice from an orange
1/4 oz agave simple syrup
Salt (optional)
Lime slices (optional)

Add all measured ingredients and squeeze juice.
Fill shaker with ice.
Shake very well.
Rim a rocks glass well with salt (if desired). Fill with ice.
Strain mixture into glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

Tampa Tacos Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed my recommendations for top Tampa tacos! Let me know your thoughts below. We would love to hear from you!

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Authored By: Erin
Welcome to Erin’s Travel Tips, a Florida Travel Website. I specialize in unique family travel destinations, outdoor getaways in Florida and beyond! I’m a proud Floridian who loves a good cup of coffee, boating, and of course, traveling with my family to some of the most interesting places in the world.

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