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Backyard Taco

#12 of 704 Restaurants in Mesa
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Fast food, Spanish
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1524 E University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85203-8133
+1 480-464-8226
10:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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95 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A hidden gem in Mesa. Hole in the wall be packing them on. Great tacos and at a bargain price. If in the area and must stop.

Thank Dave W
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is unique, family owned and operated. Small inside counter area with limited seating, more seating on the outside patio. This is a place your order and wait til your number is called kinda place. Nothing fancy, but the carne asada roasting over mesquite coals in the giant bbq behind the counter is to die for!!! When you walk... More 

Thank Kazmaniac
Gilbert, Arizona
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very tasty street tacos are worth the wait. The tacos al carbon are better than the chicken. The salsa bar has a number of good options. The tacos are a little pricey for what you get; so go on Taco Tuesday to get a discounted deal ($1.50/taco)

Thank MarquetteCPA
Sooke, Canada
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cheap eats, fresh condiments to add at a side bar and the chicken to die for. We wished we could buy the chicken by the piece and take it home. Safe to say anything you order with chicken is really tasty. They also serve Horchata which is a Mexican rice drink a friend of ours makes when she is home... More 

Thank Chainani
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Food was quick and amazingly fast meat, salsas are fresh and delicious! Guacamole was tasty could have used a but of salt though, it was also very smooth as though it had been blended. Make sure you're paying attention to their loudspeaker though as it's a bit difficult to make out if you're not on that patio. Overall I would... More 

Thank Sean C
Mesa, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

You haven't had tacos until you've been to Backyard Taco! As a resident of Mesa for 33 years this is where it's at. You get primo tacos at Taco Bell prices! The ingredients are fresh and top notch. If you're looking to surprise your pallette, add the Crazy Potato with Carne Asada for a taste combination that will blow your... More 

Thank U564SMdanielf
Chandler, Arizona
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61 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Great place for quick Tacos, Burritos Quesadillas or Gordita. Very good food. Several choices of each food and they are all good. Not real big tacos but loaded with lots of meat. Not a very big place but quick service with great tasting food. Staff cleans tables in between customers quickly. So quick turnover. Parking is limited. Really need a... More 

Thank Donald H
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Great food, fresh salsa and horchata. What more do you need? Seriously, you don't need anything else, it is that good.

Thank Okiemom61777
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
91 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

This place is no frills, super casual, has a huge local support base and serves authentic tacos. Patrons included everyone from business men in suits to bikers and everyone in between. Meat was of good quality, fast service, fresh ingredients. 8 of us ate and everyone was pleased with their selection. We ordered the pound of meat (steak/Chicken combo) which... More 

Thank Live-n-theMoment7
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

My daughter was visiting from New York and wanting good tacos. She actually found Backyard Taco and we were glad she did. She ordered chicken and beef Tostadas, I got chicken tacos and my husband got beef. We all thought the tacos were really good. The meat is grilled, which added to the flavor. There's a salsa bar to add... More 

Thank Nusrat B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Fast food, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1524 E University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85203-8133
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 480-464-8226

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?