Spending the past year living life by the rules of the pandemic has left many of us missing our vacations abroad. If you are a frequent traveler to Mexico, by now you are probably missing the sandy beaches and unbeatable authentic cuisine…specifically tacos! As the warm weather starts filling the days, you might be interested in finding some delicious hand-held tacos to feed your appetite. Port Alberni has several superb restaurants to satisfy your taco cravings. Support local businesses and check out the restaurants below for where to find the best tacos in Port Alberni.
All Mex’d Up Taco Shop
A long-time favorite in Port Alberni for fresh Mexican cuisine, All Mex’d Up Taco Shop. This is a great place to check out on the weekend or a nice warm evening, as is located at Port Alberni’s beautiful Harbour Quay. Grab your tacos and enjoy the always stunning views of the Alberni Inlet. Their three signature tacos include a slow-roasted pulled pork taco topped with chimichurri sauce and house-pickled radish, a crispy fish taco topped with Baja sauce, and house-made pico de gallo, and a panko-crusted avocado taco on crispy slaw topped with lime-jalapeno cream. All Mex’d Up also served up a variety of other favorites like burritos and enchiladas. All Mex’d up is also family-friendly, so be sure to bring the whole family and check out their kids' menu. Bonus: they are open year-round.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00PM-7:00PM
Location: 6-5440 Argyle St, Port Alberni, BC
The king of tacos in Port Alberni. If you are looking for the biggest variety of tacos, you will want to stop by Porto Taco. This Port Alberni taco shop boasts seven different types of tacos! All tacos come on a bed of cabbage slaw, with pico de gallo and triple sauce. Choose from, chicken, beef, fish, veggie, prawn, shrimp, or halibut. They have a great selection of Mexican eats like chimichangas and taco salad to satisfy your cravings. They offer an excellent menu of beverages including the best fresh-squeezed lime margarita you’ll find here in Port Alberni. Next time you have tacos on your mind stop by for takeout or enjoy the cozy patio.
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 11:30AM-7:30PM
Location: 5304 Argyle St, Port Alberni, BC
Pescadores is the go-to place in Port Alberni for great service and the most outstanding fresh food. Although, Pescadores is not a specialty Mexican restaurant they serve the best fish tacos in the Alberni Valley. Their taco offerings include fresh fish, prawns, and a vegan option. Tacos here are served with a refreshing mexi salad. Additional must-tries on the menu are southern-inspired breakfast dishes like the impressive huevos rancheros and the savory breakfast quesadilla. Pescadores Bistro is sure to become one of your favorite spots!
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 8:00AM-2:00PM
Location: 5093 Johnston Rd, Port Alberni, BC
Emilianos Authentic Mexican Food
Emilianos is a food truck located at the Clutesi Haven Marina. This popular spot has gained nothing but rave reviews from its customers. Their taco offerings include fish, beef chicken, and veggie. When you try Emilianos you will immediately be wowed by how perfectly handcrafted their tacos are and their use of fresh, colourful ingredients. Their small but might menu also includes favorites like chimichangas and burritos. Keep your eyes peeled because they also serve up a variety of tasty features perfected by generations of recipes made with love.
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11:30AM-6:00PM, Sunday, 12:00PM-5:00PM
Location: 5104 River Rd, Port Alberni, BC
Fish and Duck Sproat Lake Pub
Located on beautiful Sproat Lake, the Fish and Duck Pub is a tasty option for tacos this summer. These lakeside tacos are topped with a house mango coleslaw, cilantro, pickled onion, lime crema, and chipotle aioli. The taco trios are available with tofu, chicken, or prawns. The Fish and Duck have an extensive drink menu to quench your thirst and proudly serves beer from all three local breweries on tap. Grab some friends and enjoy the patio views while you try the delicious taco trio.
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 11:00AM-10:00PM
Location: 8571 Bothwell Dr, Port Alberni, BC