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Best 4 Mexican Restaurants in Gatlinburg You Don't Want to Miss

Loco Burro in downtown Gatlinburg TN
January 4, 2019

Gatlinburg is home to some of the best Mexican restaurants in the Smokies, even though it isn’t remotely close to the border. Whether you’re looking for Tex-Mex or authentic Mexican cuisine, you can enjoy all of your favorite dishes right here in the heart of the Smokies! Although the main attraction at all of these restaurants is the food, you’re also going to love the lively atmosphere and friendly service! To help you plan for your trip, we have put together a guide to the best Mexican restaurants in Gatlinburg.

1. Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina

chips and salsa

If you’re in the mood for some Tex-Mex, Loco Burro is the place to go! Only the highest quality ingredients will be used to make your meal. While you’re there, don’t forget to try their famous Fajitas and Margaritas! Their fajitas are marinated and then grilled to perfection over a natural mesquite-fired grill. They also have 3 signature salsas made from the finest, ripe tomatoes and other fresh vegetables. Not only does Loco Burro have a great menu selection, but it also features a mechanical donkey that guests can ride! If you’re just in the mood to relax, you can always take in the views of the beautiful Smoky Mountains from their rooftop patio.

2. El Soñador Mexican Restaurant

With authentic Mexican food, live musical entertainment, and a family-friendly atmosphere, El Soñador is another one of the best Mexican restaurants in Gatlinburg. It offers premier food at affordable prices with daily lunch and dinner specials. While you’re waiting for your entrees to come out, you can munch on some of their freshly cooked tortilla chips and your choice of salsa. Their salsa bar features over a handful of different homemade salsas and their guacamole is out of this world! If you’re not in the mood for a margarita, you can enjoy one of their draft, domestic or imported beers with your food.

3. No Way Jose’s Mexican Cantina

No Way Jose's Cantina in Gatlinburg TN

From classic options like burritos and fajitas to delicious desserts like fried ice cream and churros, No Way Jose’s has a variety of menu items for you to choose from. They also have margaritas and tropical drinks to compliment your meal. No Way Jose’s is also a great place to just kick back with a margarita in hand as you enjoy some delicious chips and salsa. This restaurant even has a gluten-free menu!

4. Estrella Hondumex

Estrella Hondumex is a cozy little Honduran restaurant, serving up generous portions of delicious entrees. If you aren’t sure what to try, you can’t go wrong with a few of their fish or steak tacos. You can even play a game of pool while you’re waiting for everyone else to finish up their meals. When you’re done eating, you can walk right next door to their true Honduran grocery store. You can browse the store and purchase different snacks and accessories to take home for later.

Be sure to check out these Mexican restaurants in Gatlinburg and all the other fabulous restaurants in the downtown area when you visit.