Eat & Drink

Say hola to the best places to get your margarita and taco fix on the Central Coast!

Are you a nachos, enchilada, or taco kind of person? Do those sweet churros flavours make you smile? or are you all about the margaritas ? Whichever it maybe, you're spoilt for choice on the Coast, here's our guide to the best Mexican restaurants on the Central Coast. 

Mexicoast Cantina

Originally located on Terrigal Beach, Mexicoast Cantina now calls Toukley home where the owners have been part of the community since the early 70s. With a true communal vibe and some of the most authentic Mexican food the Coast has to offer, this is a spot you must tick off your culinary bucket-list. Grab yourself a Margarita, or it’s lesser known cousin The Paloma (tequila and grapefruit), and we recommend just sampling the entire range of tacos as they are all top notch (including jackfruit and cauliflower options for the vegans!).

Open: Tues-Wed 5pm-8pm, Thu-Sun 12pm-2.30pm, 5pm-8pm
Where: 10/243 Main Road, Toukley 
Prices: Entrees from $8, Tacos $7, Burritos $18 

Los Dos Hombres 

Located in walking distance to The Entrance foreshore and tourist accommodations, Los Dos Hombres is a colourful and popular venue among visitors and locals. Sit in or out in the heart of The Entrance, and dive into the California Burrito or braised beef Chili Con Carne, unless like us you’re intrigued by the Watermelon Steak Salad! With a vegan menu and kids menu, this is a family favourite.  

Open: Mon-Fri 5pm-8.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-2.30pm, 5pm-8.30pm
Where: 147/3 Victoria Ave, The Entrance
Prices: Entrees from $9.50, Mains from $16

Tacoast

This takeaway taco joint on the busy main drag of Long Jetty is a good stop after browsing the boutique shops or taking a stroll along the lakeside track. Tacoast offers a simple menu of tacos and arepas (a Venezulean corn-cake sandwich), washed down with a Jarritos soda. 

Open: Wed-Sun 11am-8pm 
Where: 316 The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty
Prices: Tapas Plates $10-$19, Large Share Dishes $28-$30

Hernando’s Hideaway 

Hernando’s Hideaway has built a loyal following across the Central Coast over the years and it’s easy to see why. Perfect for a group night out, Hernando’s serves up quality, authentic Mexican tapas alongside some of the best cocktails on the Coast. The dishes are as colourful as the urban-street style interior featuring murals of Frida Khalo (by local artist Cold Ghost Creative). Perhaps the most loved menu item is the Elote corn with chipotle aioli, sea salt, chilli, lime, and coriander, but we also love the Jalapeno Dip, and the Cumin and Coffee Lamb Shank. 

Open: Tue-Sat 5pm-9pm
Where: 47 Victoria St, East Gosford
Prices: Tapas Plates $10-$19, Large Share Dishes $28-$30

Frederico’s

OK, so while not strictly Mexican, Frederico’s had to make the list for its fiery and fun Latin American inspired menu. Combining classic Mexican dishes such as Nachos, Tacos, Albondigas, and Fajitas, alongside South American favourites Ceviche, Paella and Churrasco, there is sure to be a fiesta to suit any taste here! For a group take the Feast Menu for $65 p/p, and be sure to try one of the four signature margaritas! 

Open: Wed-Fri 4.30pm-Late, Sat-Sun 12pm-Late
Where: 61 Masons Parade, Point Frederick
Prices: Appetisers $6-$16, Tacos $7-$9, Tapas Plates $18-$34

LA TACO

Established by Cameron Cansdell and Hayley Hardcastle of Saddles Mount White, LA TACO has now been taken on by hospitality young gun Liam Collins. Bringing with him a whole lot of energy, Liam plans for LA TACO to showcase an incredible menu packed full of authentic Mexican flavour and a beverage list to match. One to keep your eye on!

Open: Thu-Sat 5pm-Late
Where: Shop 33/34 189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach 
Prices:  Snacks $9-$16, Tacos 3 for $24, Mains $24-$26

Los Muchachos

Recently opened but already well-loved by the locals, Los Muchachos is a Mexican food truck fast becoming a favourite in Umina. Oozing the relaxed food truck vibe, this will be a must-visit during summer for all the Mexican classics such as tacos, burritos and nachos but we suggest jumping aboard their signature twist the Nacho Fries. Think Loaded Fries Mexican style! 

Open: Wed-Sun 11am-7pm
Where: 408 Ocean Beach Road, Umina Beach
Prices: Tacos from $5.90, Burritos from $9.50, Nachos and Nacho Fries from $11.50

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