Readers share their favorite most authentic Mexican restaurants in Santa Rosa

Ricardo Ibarra
Written by Ricardo Ibarra

Santa Rosa’s Mexican food scene is stronger than ever in Sonoma County, new Mexican restaurants are emerging as other joints stay strong with old-time recipes.

We asked our Latino readers on Facebook and Instagram for their favorite spots to get the most authentic Mexican food in Sonoma County, here you go:

¡Buen provecho!


Ramiro Morales prepares tacos al pastor that was cooked the traditional way on a trompo, right, at Taqueria Molcajetes, in Santa Rosa, California, on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Known lately for chef Guy Fieri’s recent visit and the showcase of this place on his TV series Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Taquería Molcajetes has gained maximum popularity in west Santa Rosa. The dish featured on the show is the molcajete,  served in an old-fashioned stone bowl used for grinding ingredients in ancient Mexico.

1195 W College Ave, Santa Rosa.


Tacos al Carbón. Ricardo Ibarra / La Prensa Sonoma

The tacos at Tacos al Carbón don’t disappoint. The magic behind the delicacy lays in its preparation and sauce seasoning.  The place preserves a street-like quality with a plus of being in an indoor restaurant.

500 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa.


Molcajete en La Texanita. The Press Democrat

Talking about Guy Fieri, the chef and TV star is a regular at La Texanita, according to what the owners have told us and in 2009 he visited the place for his Food Network show. Joaquin Torres, the kitchen chief said Fieri would give him a call and sneak up at night whenever they’re closed. Good traditional dishes Jalisco style, like birria, menudo and pozole.

1667 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa.


TORTITAS DE CAMARÓN. Even though it’s something Catholics eat in Lent, it’s a good shrimp option every year round. This picture is from Chelino’s in Santa Rosa. Ricardo Ibarra / La Prensa Sonoma

This was the second best Mexican food restaurant in The Press Democrat’s ‘Sonoma County Best Food and Drink 2018.’  The San Francisco Chronicle wrote: “Chelino’s  comfy red vinyl diner booths invite you to sit down to a large platter of Carnitas with beans and rice or spicy saucy chilaquiles.”

1079 4th St, Santa Rosa.


Mojarra a la diabla en Mi Tierra de Santa Rosa. Beth Schlanker/The Press Democrat

This kitchen masters a menu of more than 60 entrées, ranging from juicy steak alambre topped with chorizo, crisp bacon, vegetables and molten jack cheese, to mojarra a la diabla, a whole, crispy fried tilapia smothered in onions, bell peppers, tomato, mushrooms and a fiery chile sauce.

3262 Airway Dr, Santa Rosa.


El Brinquito Restaurant serves more than tacos. Stephanie A. Yelp

More than tacos, this place on Sebastopol Road offers a full menu with Mexican classics: chile verde, carne asada, chile relleno, enchiladas, fajitas…


Healthy and nutritious Mexican food, that’s what Los Arcos is all about. Their website says:  “We only use free range chicken, canola oil and provide earth-friendly to-go boxes.” Breakfast, lunch and dinner on your way to Safeway on the intersection of Guerneville Road and Marlow Road.

1791 Marlow Rd #6, Santa Rosa.


Ceviche de camarón en Mariscos El Patrón de Santa Rosa. Ricardo Ibarra/La Prensa Sonoma

Seafood as served in coastal states of Mexico, Jalisco and Sinaloa. Here you get ceviche or aguachile, a citricy and spicy salad made with fish and shrimp.

458 B St, Santa Rosa.


Una trinidad de tacos caen bien a toda hora, aquí uno de carne asada, chorizo y al pastor, en El Pepe’s, donde puede servirse diferentes salsas. Ricardo Ibarra / La Prensa Sonoma

Pepe’s, a burrito landmark since 1986 that moved some years ago to much larger digs on the popular Mexican food street, Sebastopol Road.

1510 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa.

Los Tres Chiles

Chile Verde at Los Tres Chiles in Santa Rosa. Yelp

Family owned and operated, Los Tres Chiles also has a kids menu for a full clan gathering.

2765 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us in the comments.

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