Santa Clara Mexican Food Trail 2024

By Ben Landis, Marketing Manager at Discover Santa Clara®

Santa Clara is a diverse community, and with that comes a wide variety of cuisine. Mexican food is a staple in the Bay Area, and Santa Clara offers many excellent options, from hole-in-the-wall spots to fan-favorite local chains and sit-down restaurants. To make your exploration easier, consider embarking on this Mexican food trail that guides you through the many gems Santa Clara has to offer. While we couldn’t cover them all, this list is a great starting point. We encourage you to explore and discover these delicious destinations and recommend checking out the many other fantastic options beyond this list.

1. Puesto Santa Clara

Inspired by the flavors of Mexico City, this family of tacoteurs has been immersed in authentic Mexican cooking since childhood. Puesto Santa Clara offers a more elevated dining experience, combining traditional Mexican dishes with a modern twist. The restaurant's lively atmosphere, adorned with colorful decor and warm lighting, creates a welcoming environment for diners. Whether you're indulging in their signature tacos made with handmade tortillas or savoring their refreshing margaritas, Puesto Santa Clara promises a delightful culinary experience that celebrates the essence of Mexican cuisine.

Pro Tip: Don't miss Taco Tuesday each Tuesday from 3 pm to 9 pm, available for dine-in only.
Bonus Pro Tip: Puesto fills up quickly during peak dining hours, so reservations are highly recommended.

Address: 2752 Augustine Dr #110, Santa Clara, CA 95054


2. Lupita’s Taqueria

Lupita’s Taqueria is a family-owned gem founded in 2018. Nestled along El Camino Real, this unassuming spot has quickly become a favorite among locals. Known for its authentic Mexican cuisine, Lupita's offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere that makes every visit feel like you're enjoying a home-cooked meal. Whether you're in the mood for tacos, burritos, or one of their special items such as tortas and sopes, you're sure to find something that delights your taste buds. The taqueria prides itself on using fresh, high-quality ingredients to create flavorful, satisfying meals.

Pro Tip: If you visit on Saturday or Sunday, you're in for a treat! On those days you can experience freshly made menudo, birria, and posole – a delicious trio that's sure to satisfy your cravings.

Address: 2341 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050


3. Iguanas Burritozilla

Iguanas is a South Bay favorite that was originally founded in San Jose and later expanded to Santa Clara. They are famous for their massive 18-inch, 5-pound burrito called the "Burritozilla," which challenges those who are up for it. Luckily for those with more modest appetites, they also serve regular-sized Mexican favorites. You can enjoy a variety of dishes including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos, all paired with their famous orange sauce for an extra burst of flavor. (For those looking for the pro tip, trying out the orange sauce is the tip. And trust us, asking for extra sauce is practically a rite of passage!)

The vibrant and lively atmosphere, combined with the friendly service, makes Iguanas a must-visit spot for anyone craving authentic Mexican cuisine.

Address: 4300 Great America Pkwy #116, Santa Clara, CA 95054


4. Pedro’s Restaurant and Cantina

Pedro’s is a local favorite, with its first location opening in Los Gatos in 1972 and expanding to Santa Clara in 1980. (If you do the math, they’ve been in Santa Clara for over 40 years!) The building's design is unique, featuring charming arched doorways and windows, wrought-iron balconies, and decorative awnings, evoking the classic hacienda style. This sit-down restaurant serves classic Mexican dishes, offering a menu where each dish, from appetizers to main courses and desserts, is freshly prepared and sure to delight the taste buds.

Pro Tip: Visit on Sunday in Santa Clara to enjoy their renowned Mexican Brunch Buffet, accompanied by the lively sounds of a live Mariachi Band.

Address: 3935 Freedom Cir, Santa Clara, CA 95054

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Exploring the Mexican Food Trail in Santa Clara is a culinary adventure that celebrates the rich flavors and vibrant culture of Mexican cuisine. There’s something to satisfy every palate. We hope this guide serves as a delicious starting point for your gastronomic journey. Don't forget to share your experiences and favorite finds with us. Happy eating!