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Top 10 Places To Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Raleigh

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Get ready to fiesta! This Cinco de Mayo let’s show some love to our favorite Mexican Raleigh restaurants. From down and dirty classics to modern interpretations to southern Mexican fusion, we’ve got it all. Here are a few of our favorite places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Raleigh!

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Located in the heart of Downtown on Glenwood Ave, this restaurant is known for its dedication to sharing authentic flavors! La Santa is one of our go to restaurants when we’re looking for good food and good drinks so of course it’s one of our favorite places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Raleigh!

A Few of Our Favorites:

  • Santos Mojitos
  • Passion Fruit Marg
  • Tacos de Pescado
  • Flautas de Pollo


Monday – Thursday: 11AM-2:30AM; 5PM-10PM

Friday: 11AM-2:30PM; 5PM-12AM

Saturday: 11AM-12AM

Sunday: 12PM-9PM

πŸ“ 222 Glenwood Ave Raleigh, NC 27603
πŸ“ž 919-720-4096
🍽  Call to make a Reservation or order takeout

This unsuspecting Mexican restaurants has been serving Downtown Raleigh since 2014. This edgy, fun cantina decorated with metal cacti and fiesta lights is focused of serving local, organic, Mexican comfort food. Whether you’re a meat eater or a vegan come taste what some say is the best Mexican comfort food in town.

A Few of Our Favorites:

  • Wednesday Special – Poblano Cream Chicken
  • Alambre
  • Vegan Green Chilaquiles
  • Red Pork Pozole


Daily: 11AM-11:30PM

πŸ“100 N Person St Raleigh, NC 27601
πŸ“ž 919-977-1438
🍽  Call to make a Reservation
πŸ’»Β Order Online

The vibes at every Gonza location are immaculate, plus the food and drinks are amazing. Picture Mexican Tin Petalos Stars hanging from the ceiling with fun, colorful murals all around. It really is fiesta time inside the restaurant!

A Few of Our Favorites:

  • El Platano
  • Chile Relleno
  • Carnitas Tacos
  • Fajitas


North Raleigh:Β 

Tuesday – Friday: 11:30AM-2PM

Tuesday – Sunday: 5PM-8PM

Downtown Raleigh:Β 

Tuesday – Sunday: 5PM-8PM


Tuesday – Sunday: 5PM-8PM

πŸ“North Raleigh
7713-39 Lead Mine Rd Raleigh, NC 27615

πŸ“Downtown Raleigh
2100 Hillsborough Street Raleigh, NC 27607

525-105 New Waverly Place Cary, NC 27518

🍽 Make a Reservation

The newly reimagined Virgil’s is back and better than ever. Don’t forget to snag a photo with their Instagram worthy living wall featuring a fun neon sign. This is the spot if you’re looking for good music (they def play some great throwbacks), hand crafted cocktails, and authentic dishes.

A Few of Our Favorites:

  • Nopales TacosΒ 
  • Red Chile-Tamarind Chuleta
  • Arroz Con Pollo Paella
  • Fried Plantains with Chile Vinegar


Tuesday – Thursday: 5PM-9PM

Friday – Saturday: 5PM-11PM

πŸ“126 S Salisbury St Raleigh, NC 27601
🍽 Make a Reservation

Looking for casual dinner spot? Check out La Rancherita, who’s serving up big plates of delicious Mexican classics! With options for everyone, even the pickiest of eaters, this restaurant is perfect for meeting up with friends. Don’t forget to end the meal with an order of churros!

A Few of Our Favorites:

  • ACP Trio
  • Cali Style Burrito
  • Pick 2 Combo
  • Agave-Chipotle Chicken Tacos


Daily: 11AM-8:30PM

πŸ“Β Apex
102 N Salem St Apex, NC 27502
πŸ“žΒ  919-303-2448

πŸ“Β Six Forks
7420 Six Forks Rd Raleigh, NC 27615
πŸ“žΒ  919-844-6330

πŸ“Crabtree Valley Mall
4325 Glenwood Ave #3000
Raleigh, NC 27612
πŸ“žΒ  919-785-1951

πŸ’»Β Order Online

Driftwood Cantina has it all: good location, good food, and good vibes. Located in picturesque Lafayette Village, Driftwood Cantina is serving up fresh Mexican flavors! At Driftwood, customers are treated like family. Try their tortillas next time you dine in, they have a special process for making their tortillas!

A Few of Our Favorites:

  • Enchiladas Mole
  • Salsa Trio
  • Carne Asada Tacos
  • Grilled Chipotle Adobe Marinated Shrimp Tacos


Tuesday – Saturday: 11AM-9PM

πŸ“ 8460 Honeycutt Rd Ste. 1112 Raleigh, NC 27616
πŸ“ž 919-977-8360

πŸ’»Β Order Online
🍽 Make a Reservation


Get ready for some Mercado Style deliciousness. This style of Mexican food is based in Mexican street food, making it corn forward, fresh, and simple. If you’re looking to fiesta at home this year, order your favorites from Chido and get them delivered right to your door!

A Few of Our Favorites:

  • Torta
  • Taco Suadero
  • ACP Chicken
  • Frijoles Tacos


Monday – Thursday: 11AM-9:30PM

Friday – Saturday: 11AM-10:30PM

Sunday: 11AM-8:30

*Due to COVID-19, Chido Tacos is currently offering curbside pickup to go and delivery*

πŸ“Β 2330 Bale St #100 Raleigh, NC 27608
πŸ“žΒ 919-594-1930
🍽  Order Online

Okay, hear us out.. We know that a food truck parked at a gas station doesn’t seem like it would serve delicious Mexican food, but this food truck has a cult following and is getting ready to open a brick and mortar on Hillsborough Street across from Meredith College! If you’re looking for no fuss, tasty food check out this food truck!

A Few of Our Favorites:

  • Gym Tostada
  • Borrachitas
  • Tortas
  • Gym Taco


Monday: 12PM-3PM

Tuesday – Thursday: 12PM-10PM

Friday: 12PM-12AM

Saturday: 5PM-12AM

Sunday: 5PM-10PM

πŸ“Β 220 E Six Forks Rd Raleigh, NC 27609Β 
πŸ“žΒ 919-600-9449

If you went to school in Raleigh, you know Coco Bongo. Know for their iconic $0.99 Taco Tuesday, Coco Bongo is a staple on Hillsborough Street! With a large menu full of traditional Tex-Mex and Coco Bongo original dishes, this Tex-Mex restaurant is perfect for students and professionals alike without breaking the budget!

A Few of Our Favorites:

  • Cocobongo Enchilada
  • Carnitas Chimichanga
  • Chipotle Burrito
  • A La Diabla Tacos


Monday – Saturday: 11AM-10PM

Sunday: 11AM-9PM

πŸ“Β 2400 Hillsborough St Raleigh NC, 27607
πŸ“žΒ 984-242-0898

Jose and Sons is the perfect combination of Southern and Mexican comfort food. The restaurant pays homage to the family’s Mexican roots and to local southern tradition. This menu features unique dishes that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in Raleigh making it a definite don’t miss!

A Few of Our Favorites:

  • Pimento Queso Dip
  • Oink Oink Burrito
  • Fried Brussel Sprouts Taco
  • Jibarito Plantainwich


Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30AM-2:30PM; 5PM-10PM

Friday: 11:30AM-2:30PM; 5PM-11PM

Saturday: 12PM-3PM; 5PM-11PM

Sunday: 11AM-3PM

πŸ“Β 4112 Pleasant Valley Rd Raleigh, NC 27612
πŸ“žΒ 919-971-1188
🍽  Order Online

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Tag us in your Cinco de Mayo adventures @StufftodoinRaleigh! And if you’re looking for other things to do check the UNATION appΒ and ourΒ City Guide.

Anna Brescia

Anna Brescia

Anna is a blogger for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Raleigh City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Raleigh area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinRaleigh on Instagram and Facebook.

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