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Tacolicious - Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA

Tacolicious - Palo Alto

4.7
4.7
124 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Tacolicious is a modern, casual Mexican restaurant with locations in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Manhattan Beach (LA). We source our ingredients responsibly, take our tacos as seriously as our cocktails, and offer a fun sit-down, full-service experience. Large party of 12 +? Email us at palo_alto_management@tacolicious.com and we'll fit you in. We have outdoor dining, a great private room and do off-site catering. Go to tacolicious.com for more information; catering requests can be sent to events@tacolicious.com.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 273-5307

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Eder Martinez

  • Private party facilities

    Your party deserves to be in our private dining room. Our Palo Alto location, can host everything from sit-down rehearsal dinners to standing cocktail receptions. Whatever your desire, we’ll work with you to make sure your event is memorable

  • Private party contact

    our Special Events Manager : (415) 649-6077

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Cross street

    Forest Ave

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Offers

  • Taco Tuesday

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Come enjoy Taco Tuesday, EVERY TUESDAY AFTER 5PM! Featuring old school crispy shell tacos, our house-made taco sauce, and reduced prices on pitchers of Margaritas Available at every location.
  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM,Mon - Thu - 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM,Fri - 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Happy Hour, Tacolicious style. Join us for delicious MF tacos, discounted drinks, and appetizers. Every Weekday from 3pm to 6pm
  • Brunch Tacos

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM,Sat - 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    HOLY GAUCAMOLELY!!!! Austin inspired Brunch tacos. Come and check our the infamous Migas taco as well as the return of our Chorizo-potato tacos. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 3pm.

What 124 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Mexican

  • Peninsula

    Great for Lunch

  • Peninsula

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. VF

    VegetarianFoodie

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so fresh, service was perfect, and the atmosphere lovely. Loved it!
  2. VG

    VikkiG

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food was good but service was extremely slow.
  3. SP

    SjonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I very much enjoyed my dining experience at Tacolicious. Loved the marina girl salad, vampiro taco and mezcal margarita. Would recommend!
  4. JD

    JamesD

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great service.
  5. P

    Pyllek

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    A good, casual place to grab some drinks and tacos and meet friends. It was extremely HOT inside the restaurant, so I'd aim for outside seating if you can. Tacos were all solid - the Spicy Shrimp was a favorite, thought it's really spicy! And I liked my Pasion cocktail (better than the watermelon, which was ok). We did keep running out of water (likely because it was so hot) and the delivery of the tacos and which was which was a little confusing, but overall enjoyed.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible staff! Delicious food! Will be back a lot! Love the outdoor space!

    Tacolicious - Palo AltoResponded on August 22, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to compliment us. This is what we're all about here at Tacolicious! It's our pleasure to give excellent service, and serve up delicious tacos and treats. We appreciate you and look forward to taking care of you again :)

  7. RB

    RB4567

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Good tacos. Pricey. Service was poor. Pretty empty, but took 10 minutes to order, only checked once during the meal, and we were done and waiting for the check for a solid 15 minutes.
  8. K

    Kathy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of my favorite places to eat anywhere! The food is wonderful though expensive. The service is always wonderful! All of the staff are kind & helpful! Most of the outdoor tables are under a covered pergola so it is pretty nice year round. They have heaters when it is cold. The inside of the restaurant is lovely but with COVID, I do not eat inside any restaurant. Overall, I just love this place!
  9. m

    maryd

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gracious service, great margaritas, chips & flavorful salsas, great tacos.
  10. s

    srussell3

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice selection of tacos that were all quite good. The tacos are pretty small so 2 is a bit on the lite side, but 4 is definitely plenty. My favorites were Vampiro and the Baja cod and Carnitas was very good, but a bit plain (e.g. wish there were more interesting toppings included). The chorizo was too spicy for my taste. Outdoor seating was nice. It was a bit too loud indoors.
  11. SS

    SoniaS

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Tacos are really good. Tasteful, good quality tortillas, beef, shrimp and fish were delicious! They offer a large variety of salsas and chips and salsa are on the house. Service is above and beyond! Congratulations on the team! Cocktails were not that good.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service and delicious food!
  13. P

    Piper

    Las Vegas

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were on vacation and headed home. A great way to close out the trip. Food was great! Margarita scrumptious!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite places - especially when they have the seasonal strawberry margaritas. All of their margaritas are the best anywhere, but the strawberry is phenomenal! Ask for the "dip trio" or "holy trinity" even if it's not on the menu. It's queso, guacamole, and refried beans - a little bit of everything to go with the chips. Add the drinks and a few tacos, it's the perfect way to end the week. And try the buñuelos too, if you're looking for something sweet.
  15. AM

    ArtiM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The restaurant was short staffed. The restaurant charges mandatory service charge of approx $5 that all restaurant charge . However it was surprising to see that Tacolicious, unlike other restaurants charge tax on this service charge. All other restaurants charge service tax after they have added the tax to just the food and drinks. I believe this is not right and they are making money off of the customers visiting their restaurant and should not be allowed to do this.
  16. M

    Marta

    San Francisco

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What do I love most about Tacolicious? The super fun atmosphere? The wonderfully attentive and friendly servers? The great beer selection? Or the incredibly delicious tacos and salads? I’ll have to keep,coming back to try to answer that question.
  17. PS

    PhilS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice outdoor seating and good food. I recommend it for a casual lunch
  18. C

    Charley

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service! Amazing food! Incredible drinks! Felt very looked after when visiting. The servers are so kind and attentive! Happy hour food and drinks are also awesome!
  19. ST

    SulindarT

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our attendant and the servers were great. Their personality and welcoming gestures made our dinner more enjoyable. Our son enjoyed the birthday celebration and the food too. We all had a great family diner here
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    The hostess attempted to push us out of our table on two separate occasions.. not sure what the deal was. Have always enjoyed eating here but that was a new experience for me at this spot in particular.
  21. LS

    LindaS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great!! Everything was delicious grapefruit margaritas superb
  22. s

    sachins

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Tacolicious is a great place to take friends or just yourself. You can pick however many or few tacos you want, and the selection is great.
  23. b

    bob42

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and service is good! Not amazing, but solid. Really great for groups as you can order lots of different tacos and they automatically give you discounts based on the total number of tacos.
  24. JG

    JackG

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great management, our table wasn't ready but he made it up to us! Food awesome!!
  25. M

    Marta

    San Francisco

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every bite was delicious! And great service, too! A fun new find that we will return to!
  26. T

    Tennislady

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  27. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Disappointed tacos were less tasty and service wasn't on point
  28. MG

    MandG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m going to name my kid asparagus it was so good.

    Tacolicious - Palo AltoResponded on April 20, 2022Hey MandG, If I ever walk into a kid named asparagus I swear I am going to laugh and let them know how their name came about. Come back again.

  29. S

    Shea

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The service was slow. The orders were put on two trays instead of giving each person their order. It was confusing and made it unenjoyable to figure out who ordered what.

    Tacolicious - Palo AltoResponded on April 15, 2022Hi Shea, Sorry to hear this. We do plate food family style which should of been explained to you at the start. I spoke with the team about this and hopefully you will give us another try and see the improvements that we have made.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EVERYTHING about our night was 5/5. That's tough and y'all made it happen. Food, drinks, service, vibes... all were SO damn good (even the vegetarian tacos wtf)

    Tacolicious - Palo AltoResponded on April 15, 2022Thanks for everything you just wrote. The team and I are really appreciative of the review.

  31. RC

    RichC

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun and great food. Tacos were very tasty and had variety of choices. Never stop flowing chips and salsa!

    Tacolicious - Palo AltoResponded on April 15, 2022Rich remember there can never be too many chips. Next time come in and try the Chile con Queso with chorizo. Bruh it is to die for.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress Nereyda was amazing!!! Great service and amazing food and ambiance.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The manager was awesome and incredibly helpful.
  34. C

    Chippy23

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    If you love tacos with a twist, this is the place to go. The tacos are prepared just right and packed with flavor. They didn't skimp on the fillings. We haven't been back since the pandemic and we're glad we did. The salsa and chips are SO delicious. We'll be returning for sure!
  35. MD

    MikeD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing! Great tacos, birria, carnitas, fish tacos and even a pastrami taco!1 Who knew!! Margaritas are on point... Picante is my favorite! And Zach the owner/ managing partner is super friendly and is 1/2 the reason I go back every Tuesday!!
  36. AJ

    AnneJabba

    San Antonio

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place that serves interesting and delicious tacos. Guacamole appetizer was just mediocre. Excellent margaritas. Loud, busy open space type of restaurant. Fun vibe. Will definitely return!
  37. MP

    MichaelP

    New York Area

    204 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    204 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Mexican in a great location ! Such a fun vibe . Delicious drinks and excellent service. Don’t miss the opportunity to have best Mexican in Palo Alto
  38. IY

    IlkerY

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    If you want nice ambiance, delicious tacos, that is the place to go.
  39. NO

    NightOut

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tacos delicious as always, some of the best tacos in town! Warm night so we dined outside.

    Tacolicious - Palo AltoResponded on March 15, 2022I am glad the Tacos was delicious, the night was perfect to dine outside and from all the 5's that the service was on point.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So yummy and fun!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Tacolicious - Palo Alto using the Order Online button. Tacolicious - Palo Alto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 273-5307.

Tacolicious - Palo Alto is rated 4.7 stars by 124 OpenTable diners.

Tacolicious - Palo Alto does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Tacolicious - Palo Alto

632 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Forest Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Eder Martinez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 273-5307

  • Private party facilities

    Your party deserves to be in our private dining room. Our Palo Alto location, can host everything from sit-down rehearsal dinners to standing cocktail receptions. Whatever your desire, we’ll work with you to make sure your event is memorable

  • Private party contact

    our Special Events Manager : (415) 649-6077

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