We really wanted to love Zocálo, the new upscale Mexican spot in Pioneer Square. The inside is sleek, the service is great, and the al pastor tacos are delicious. But the rest of what we’ve tried is disappointing: the tempura rockfish is mostly greasy batter, the sopes are too charred, and the chips insanely salty. Margaritas and tacos are the move here, skip the entrees, and get a side of guacamole.
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La Cocina Oaxaqueña
La Cocina Oaxaceña is the reliable Mexican restaurant you need in your life.
Rumba is a great Capitol Hill substitute for a tropical vacation - island vibes, Caribbean/Mexican/Argentinian snacks, and flaming tiki drinks.
Japonessa somehow pulls of Japanese-Mexican fusion, and it’s a great place for a birthday dinner or date night downtown.
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There’s a lot of good Mexican in Seattle, but Mezcaleria Oaxaca in Capitol Hill also has an excellent rooftop.
Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar
If you’re looking for Mexican food and a fun environment, Barrio in Capitol Hill is a great choice.
Copal is a Mexican spot in Pioneer Square that put a lot of effort into making a great space. The food needs a bit more of that effort.
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