Updated at: 31-07-2023 - By: Craig Huey

Ranked the best low-cost Mexican restaurants in the Berkeley area by crunching the numbers using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce.

1. El Burro Picante


El Burro Picante/Yelp Photo

El Burro Picante is the hottest pick. The Downtown Berkeley Mexican restaurant at 2021 University Ave. (between Milvia Street and Shattuck Avenue) has received four stars out of 500 reviews on Yelp, making it the highest rated inexpensive Mexican restaurant in Berkeley. Typical Mexican fare such as burritos, quesadillas, tacos, and more can be found here.

2. Taqueria La Familia


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Taqueria La Familia, located at 2971 Shattuck Ave. (in the vicinity of Ashby Avenue and Russell Street), is up next. The Mexican restaurant has been rated four stars out of 378 reviews on Yelp, making it a popular choice among locals who are on a budget. This eatery serves more than just burritos and tacos.

3. Tacos Sinaloa


picture: tacos from Sinaloa (via yelp)

Another great option is the inexpensive Mexican restaurant Tacos Sinaloa, located at 2384 Telegraph Avenue (between Channing Way and Durant Avenue) and rated four stars by Yelpers. Veggie burritos, seafood tacos, beef quesadillas, and more can all be found on the menu here.

4. Tacos El Rey


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The Mexican food truck and restaurant Tacos El Rey has 4.5 stars out of 105 reviews on Yelp, making it a popular and affordable option. See it for yourself at the intersection of Ashby Avenue and 7th Street. Try the Super Taco, which comes with your pick of meat and a heaping helping of onion, cilantro, salsa, sour cream, lettuce, and guacamole.

5. Fresco Mexican Grill


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Finally, 163 Yelpers have voted Fresco Mexican Grill in Downtown Berkeley as a four-star establishment. Head over to 2177 Shattuck Ave. for some tasty Mexican cuisine. Items like breakfast burritos, bowls, tacos, and nachos can be found on the menu.

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