It’s spring in Newport, and Cinco de Mayo celebrations will be here before we know it. Count on WhatsUpNewp for a comprehensive roundup of all the local Cinco de Mayo events happening in the area, but why wait until May 5th to enjoy fresh guacamole, margaritas, tacos and more? In recent years, Newport has amassed a wide selection of restaurants where you can find authentic Mexican and Central American cuisine any time of the year. Here’s our roundup of the best Mexican restaurants in and around Newport.
at Diego’s | Newport
This popular Bowen’s Wharf spot owned by husband-and-wife team Scott and Adrienne Kirmil expanded in 2017 to add a second floor and outdoor seating. Diego’s offers a large menu of contemporary Mexican cuisine and creative craft cocktails.
Barrio Cantina de Diego | Middletown
Near First Beach you’ll find Diego’s second location which opened in 2018. Compared to Diego in downtown Newport, the Barrio Cantina has more space and feels more laid back. Expect a lively atmosphere that often includes live music, views of the reservoir, and farm-to-table modern Mexican cuisine. Also, if you are near Reject the beer companyyou can order food delivery from Diego’s Barrio Cantina via mobile directly to the bar.
Perro Salado | Newport
Perro Salado, “The Sally Dog”, is housed in the Dacatur house at 19 Charles Avenue, off Washington Square. The restaurant is famous for its margaritas (especially the spicy cucumber), ribs and cozy atmosphere. It’s also open for brunch on Sundays and often features live music.
Vecine | Newport
Around the corner from Perro Saldo is this Newport Restaurant Group restaurant that started out as an experimental ghost kitchen inside Bar ‘Cino. After proving to be a hit with locals, La Vecina opens as a restaurant in the spring of 2022. Here, you can expect to find a unique, fully automated (read: no waiters) dining experience – the first of its kind in Newport — plus, eye-catching murals and authentic Mexican street tacos by executive chef Mariana Gonzalez-Trasvina.
Grilled Burritos from Tijuana | Newport
Need a quick take-out option around town? Grab a burrito at the Tijuana Burrito Grill on Broadway. Call them or order through their website for take advantage of special offers and discounts.
Leo’s market | Newport
Just up the street from the Tijuana Burrito Grill is Leo’s Market, a hidden gem for anyone looking for authentic Mexican and Central American fare. The market offers both prepared foods like burrito bowls and quesadillas, as well as imported groceries. Order takeout or delivery directly on their website.
Grill Salsa Burrito | Portsmouth
For locals on the north end of Aquidneck Island, Salsa’s Burrito Grill is a go-to spot for Mexican food. Order take out food from their website – pick up only.
Taqueria of Tallulah | jamestown
A popular taqueria with multiple locations in Rhode Island, the current Jamestown location in Tallulah opened in 2021. This location is open seasonally – make sure it’s open before you go!
Tito’s canteen | Middletown
Tito’s Cantina in Middletown was founded by two friends from Bristol in 1989 and has been running ever since. At Tito’s, you’ll find a wide selection of Mexican dishes like chimichangas, tacos and quesadillas, as well as Mexican beers, tequilas and margaritas.