Mexican, Tex-Mex and Caribbean
This directory covers Mexican and southwestern US-style Mexican restaurants as well as
Caribbean restaurants. Other regional American
Brazilian and other South American
restaurants are covered
in separate directories.
Mexican and Tex-Mex
Catering to "Latin fans", they present live music almost every night of the week, with shows at 8, 9, and 10pm.
Nishi-Shinjuku 7-1-8. Open 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays, some Monday.
Deplorably bad food and questionable sanitary conditions; people seem to go mainly for the margaritas, which are served in fishbowl-sized glasses.
Jingumae 4-30-2, Norio Bldg. B1F. Open 5:30-10:45pm (LO) daily.
They're a bit on the expensive side, and the interior resembles a theme park, but the musicians wandering among the tables add a festive atmosphere.
Live music (often from the talented owner, "Sam") and relatively inexpensive food.
Ebisu 4-6-1, B1F. Open 6-10:45pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
This Tokyo Mexican-food landmark has been here since 1976, serving better-than-average Mex and Tex-Mex standards at reasonable prices. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime.
Daikanyamacho 13-4. Open noon-10pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
This simple, cheerfully decorated spot serves authentic and tasty Mexican food at friendly prices. Formerly located alongside the tracks in Ebisu, they now occupy slightly larger quarters near Hiroo station.
Minami-Azabu 4-5-65, B1F. Open 11:45am-1:45, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Good, fairly authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex food at this second branch of the Naka-Meguro-based shop.
Akasaka 2-21-2, Dai-ni Murashima Bldg 102. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Somewhat costlier-than-average Mexican.
Akasaka 2-20-7. Open 11:30am-1:30pm, 5-11pm (LO 10). Closed Sundays and holidays.
A tiny branch store with reliable Tex-Mex fare. Located on Gaien-Higashi-dori.
Funamachi 1-18. Open 11am-midnight (LO). Closed Sundays.
Terrible food and loud customers.
Yotsuya 1-7. Open 11am-3, 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Solid Tex-Mex food and friendly service.
Yotsuya 1-7-27, Dai 43 Tokyo Bldg. 3F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-midnight. Closed Sundays.
They bill themselves as a "Latinic Diner", serving food and drink from Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and Spain. In early evenings the place fills with a lively after-work crowd, with more students in the mix (Nichibei langauge school is just next door) as the night wears on and the salsa music picks up volume. [See FULL REVIEW
Yotsuya 1-21, Saiken Bldg. B1F. Open 5pm-1am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Splendid food, with generous portions. The decor is on the casual side, featuring exotic musical instruments and burlap bags, and tables are spaced widely enough to provide a little privacy. There's a good selection of salsa on the stereo, a large drinks menu, and they're open late.
Very authentic and tasty Mexican cuisine prepared by a Mexican chef. The Mexican wines are good, and they also offer a reasonable tequila selection. Budget around Y5000-8000 for dinner and drinks.
Akatsutsumi 4-40-7. Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm. Closed Wednesdays.
A friendly, casual little spot with some of the better Mexican fare available in town. [See FULL REVIEW
Good Mexican fare (pork burritos, pollo con mole, quesadillas) prepared by chef from Mexican City (Maria). Prices are very reasonable, and they have all-you-can-eat specials for Y3000. No lunch on Sundays.
Tokiwacho 4-52, Fuminoke Bldg B1F. Open noon-2, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Jamaican-style jerk chicken and pork, in a no-frills dining room. It's not particularly spicy, but you can add your own condiments. Non-stop old-school reggae plays in the background.
Ebisu 1-26-13. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.