Favorite Places to Eat Tasty Tacos in Northern Virginia

Updated on April 12, 2024 by Julie McCool

Here are favorite places to enjoy tasty tacos in Northern Virginia restaurants, whether you want to grab some quick takeout, or relax with a sit-down meal. We crave those little handheld scoops of deliciousness, and we're always searching for new places to enjoy tacos in Northern Virginia.

These are some of our favorite restaurants near Washington DC to indulge in our taco obsession. Most of these shops also serve alcohol, so you can pair your tacos with a margarita. Try these local restaurants next Taco Tuesday or any day in Northern VA.

Disclosure: This article may contain affiliate links. We will make a small commission from these links if you order something, at no additional cost to you.

Taco Bamba, Falls Church, Vienna, Fairfax, Springfield

Some of our favorite lunch tacos (and taco-nos) are created in Chef Victor Albisu's small, hip eatery in Falls Church. And the new and larger outposts in Vienna and Herndon are even more welcoming.

Taco Bamba selection os tacos in Northern Virginia
Taco Bamba Tacos in Northern Virginia

Grilled octopus, vegetarian Spicy Shroom, the Black Pearl with squid ink aioli—everything we order at Taco Bamba is really, really delicious. Every location has a few different taco combinations, so it's worth visiting all of them.

Taco Bamba in Vienna Virginia
Taco Bamba in Vienna Virginia

Señor Ramon Taqueria, Multiple Locations

Senor Ramon’s is one of our favorite Leesburg restaurants for tasty tacos in Northern Virginia. The casual downtown spot has a nice relaxed vibe. The Señor Ramon, Jose Jose, and TS 478 tacos are our favorites. More adventurous palettes might prefer the tongue and tilapia combo in the El Macho, and there are several vegetarian choices too.

Senor Ramon tacos Leesburg VA
Señor Ramon Tacos Leesburg VA

Senor Ramon's also operates a takeout window in Sterling at Crooked Run Brewing (visit their two locations on the LoCo Ale Trail. Now that's a nice combination of craft brews and tacos in Northern Virginia!

Beer and tacos Crooked Run Brewing Sterling VA
Crooked Run Brewing Sterling VA

In 2019, they opened a Reston restaurant with plenty of indoor seating and a nice patio for warm days.

Senor Ramon opened a Reston VA location in 2019
Senor Ramon in Reston VA

Taco Zocalo, Reston

Chef Basir had been satisfying DMV taco cravings since founding his Chef on Wheels food truck back in 2012. Now you can enjoy those same authentic flavors at Taco Zocalo, near the Weihle Metro station in Reston.

We generally focus on tacos, but the menu also includes burritos and burrito bowls, chimichangas, and salads. Choose from over a dozen fillings for your well-stuffed tacos and burritos, including shrimp, fish, chorizo, barbacoa, chicken tinga, and more.

Taco Zocalo shrimp and fish tacos in Northern Virginia
Taco Zocalo, Reston

Fish Taco, Tysons

New in 2020, Fish Taco is serving up delicious tacos in a small casual restaurant at The Boro in Tysons. The mixed-use development is a fun date night destination in Tysons with a luxury Showplace Icon Theater opening and a cool urban plaza.

A sampling of tacos at Fish Taco in The Boro, Tysons Virginia
Fish Taco, at The Boro in Tysons VA

Fish Taco began as a favorite local spot in Cabin John, opened two more locations in Bethesda, and then made its arrival in Virginia. We tried shrimp, blackened fish, barbacoa, and carnitas tacos and they were all excellent. The burritos, rice bowls, and quesadillas we spied on neighboring tables looked equally delicious. We'll definitely be back to sample more of the Fish Taco menu.

Cerrito’s Pupuseria, Chantilly

Cerrito's serves delicious, low-cost food in a basic setting (or get it to go) and is popular with local workers. We love their steak tacos, and at only $2.00 each you can fill up on just a couple. Add a delicious pupusa to your order, or try one of the generous specials.

Beef tacos from Cerritos Ppuseria
Beef tacos from Cerritos Ppuseria

Tip: Be careful when you pull into the parking lot. The small gravel lot is peppered with potholes so use a little caution. The food here is well worth the effort!

Cerritos Pupuseria in Centreville Virginia
Cerritos Pupuseria in Centreville Virginia

Picante Mexican Restaraunt, Chantilly

Update: Sadly, Picante has closed permanently after more than 30 years in business.

Picante offers a nice selection of taco fillings in either soft corn tortillas or crispy shells. Pork is offered in several variations including adobo, chili verde, or al pastor. The bright interior is a nice spot for authentic Mexican food and tacos in Northern Virginia.

Los Tios Grill, Leesburg and Alexandria

Another great option for tacos and Salvadorean food is Los Tios Grill in Leesburg and Alexandria. The prices are a bit higher than some Mexican spots, but the tacos and platters are fresh and tasty.

Los Tios Grill tacos in Leesburg Virginia
Los Tios Grill tacos in Leesburg Virginia
Taco platter at Los Tios Grill
Taco platter at Los Tios Grill

Tipicos Glorias, Herndon

Tipicos Glorias is one of those awesome cheap eats venues in an eclectic shopping plaza in Herndon. It is not fancy but offers an extensive menu of authentic, Central American food cooked with love.

The interior of Tipicos Glorias is small but the food is delicious
Tipicos Glorias, Herndon

We were lucky to grab one of a handful of tables during a busy weekend lunch. There are 5 taco choices, at $5.85 each, and we tried the chicken, pork, and steak. All were served with chopped meat, a nice amount of cilantro, red onion, and a slice of avocado in a double tortilla, with lime, salsa verde, and pico de gallo on the side.

Tipicos Glorias is a casual option for tacos in Northern Virginia
Tipicos Glorias is a casual option for tacos in Northern Virginia

They also make a nice cheese pupusa that reminded me of my childhood comfort food—grilled cheese and tomato soup—but with a lot more flavor.

bar taco, Mosaic District and Reston Town Center

Tacos at bartaco feature staples like baja fish, chicken, and carnitas plus more upscale ingredients like pork belly and tuna tatako. Veggie lovers will appreciate the portabello mushroom, cauliflower, and falafel options.

Taco selection at bartaco in Reston Virginia
Taco selection at bartaco in Reston Virginia

The tacos are small so you'll need to order a few to make a meal. Churros and chocolate are the perfect finish to your meal.

>> Read our full review of the upscale tacos and casual vibe at bartaco Mosaic District.

churros and chocolate bartaco Mosaic District Virginia
churros and chocolate bartaco Mosaic District

Zandra's Taqueria, Manassas

We have not eaten here yet, but Zandra's Taqueria in Old Town Manassas is on our list of taco restaurants to try. The cute and colorful outdoor seating area is tempting. The taco selection is broad, with everything from bison to Brussels sprouts plus traditional fillings like carnitas and chicken.

Zandras Tacqueria patio Manassas
Zandra's Tacqueria patio Manassas

Ford's Fish Shack, Ashburn and South Riding

The hefty fish tacos at Ford's are on our regular lunch list, especially when paired with a blueberry Sea Dog beer. Those string fries are delicious too.

Fords Fish Shack fish tacos in Northern Virginia
Fords Fish Shack fish tacos

Megabytes Eatery, Chantilly

This quirky lunch spot in an unassuming Chantilly office park is one of our picks for casual dining in Northern Virginia. They had delicious fish tacos on special the day we visited. If the tacos aren't on hand, try the Mega Hot Banh Mi.

Fish tacos at Megabytes Eatery in Northern Virginia
Megabytes Eatery

Tacos are a winning choice whether you're celebrating Taco Tuesday or it's just time for handheld yums. We hope this list of favorite places to get tacos in Northern Virginia will inspire your next outing. 

Follow Fun in Fairfax VA on FacebookPinterestInstagram | Threads | Twitter 

Virginia US taco restaurants. Here are our favorite restaurants serving tasty tacos in Northern Virginia, whether you want to grab some quick takeout, or relax with a sit-down meal.
Where to Get Tacos in Northern Virginia