9 Best Restaurants in Roma Norte, Mexico City

With so many restaurants to choose from, finding the best restaurants in Roma Norte can feel overwhelming. 

I’ve been living in Roma Norte for four years and the restaurant culture is a big part of our social life. 

I think it’s important to try famous Roma Norte restaurants like Orinoco, but there are also other less-talked-about places like Fonda Fina that are a must-visit! 

I’ve been to countless restaurants over the past 6 years of living in Mexico City, but the ones that made it on this list are the places I think are the absolute best.

These are the restaurants I take friends and family to when they visit and where I’d recommend any food-loving traveler to start!

1. Fonda Fina

Elevated Traditional Mexican Cuisine

A vibrant overhead view of a wooden table set for a meal, featuring various Mexican dishes. There are bowls of soup with meatballs and garnishes, plates of tostadas topped with avocado and greens, and tacos filled with meat and cilantro. The table also includes lime wedges, sauces, and drinks, all placed on woven placemats, with a colorful woven basket centerpiece.
A cozy restaurant interior featuring patterned tile flooring, wooden tables, and chairs neatly arranged along a central aisle. The ceiling is adorned with large, rustic hanging lamps that cast a warm glow, and a staircase leads to an upper level. The walls are decorated with art and natural elements, contributing to a charming and inviting atmosphere.

There is a reason I put Fonda Fina first on the list. It’s my favorite Mexican restaurant in Roma Norte.

It gives you a taste of true Mexican classics by world-renowned chef Jorge Vallejo, the chef and founder of the 2-Michelin Star restaurant, Quintonil, in Polanco. 

Fonda Fina my go-to restaurant to take friends and family when they come to visit because I think it’s the best place in Roma Norte to try typical Mexican dishes that are really, really well done. 

While the food is excellent and clearly prepared by skilled chefs, the restaurant and ambiance are laid-back and not the least bit pretentious.

It’s a cozy dining setting where you can take your time and sample a variety of traditional Mexican cooking.

This is one of the few higher-end restaurants that stick to the integrity of Mexican cooking.

What to Order: I recently tried the tacos de suadero (braised beef tacos) and they were incredible. Jorge still swoons at the thought of their oven-roasted chamorro (pork shank). 

Best For: Trying typical Mexican dishes cooked to perfection.

Price: $$

2. Taquería Álvaro Obregón

Classic Mexican Taquería

A taqueria worker in an orange shirt slices meat from a vertical rotisserie for tacos al pastor inside a colorful eatery with the sign 'Taqueria Alvaro Obregon' overhead.

If you want to step back in time and experience a real Mexican taquería, this is the place. 

A lot of Chilangos (Mexico City locals) consider this to be some of the best tacos in Roma Norte.

For thirty years, Taquería Álvaro Obregón has been carving up tacos al pastor and more for those on their lunch break and late-night crowds.

We usually find ourselves here after a night out since they are open until 5 am!

There can often be a line if you show up around midnight, but the service is fast so you won’t wait as long as you would for a table at Orinoco.

What to Order: I always order the tacos al pastor and sometimes I get them with cheese. Jorge is a die-hard taco de lengua (beef tongue taco) fan. You’d make his day if you tried them.

Best For: Experiencing a typical Mexican taquería (especially at night or after the bars).

Price: $

3. Avenida La Tizona

Quick & Casual Sinaloan Seafood

A beautifully plated aguachile tostada topped with sliced cucumber, marinated raw shrimp, diced avocado, and pickled red onions, garnished with red pepper bits. In the background, there are various sauces, lime wedges, a bowl of chips, and a refreshing glass of juice on a wooden table in an outdoor dining setting.

I like going to La Tizona when I’m looking for a quick lunch out. The seafood is brought in fresh from the coast each day to prepare their flavorful Sinaloan seafood dishes like aguachile.  

I’ve been going here for years, but recently discovered that our friend from Sinaloa also loves it (so you know it must be good!).

The menu is extensive considering that the restaurant is pretty small. They have seafood tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, fresh fruit water, and plenty more to choose from.

What to Order: Aguachile is one of my all-time favorite Mexican dishes and theirs doesn’t disappoint. Their raw tuna tostada, Tostada La Negrita, is another favorite of mine. 

Best for: Casual and affordable Mexican seafood.

Price: $$

4. Maximo

Upscale French-Mexican Cuisine

A smiling woman with curly hair, wearing a maroon scarf and gray hoodie, is seated at a wooden table in a cozy restaurant. In front of her is a beautifully presented dessert plate with a slice of cake topped with whipped cream and garnished with fruit. The background shows a softly lit interior with other diners.

Maximo is a Roma Norte fine-dining staple. 

It used to be known as Maximo Bistro, but it seems that since moving locations to Avenida Álvaro Obregón, they’ve shortened it to just Maximo.

If you’re looking for a romantic dinner or a fine dining experience, Maximo always delivers. 

I first went years ago when my mom was in town. We had an incredible time trying Mexican flavors and ingredients prepared with French cooking techniques.

The new location is gorgeous and worth visiting regardless of how incredible the food is!

What to Order: Easy, the tasting menu! But a la carte is great too. They update their menu daily here.

Best For: Fine-dining and creative dishes.

Price: $$$

5. Kiin Thai-Viet Eatery

Vibrant Asian Fusion

A vibrant plate featuring a bowl of noodles topped with fresh herbs and vegetables, accompanied by three crispy spring rolls, and garnished with julienned carrots and cucumber. The dish is beautifully presented on a wooden tray over a colorful, patterned table mat, with chopsticks resting on the bowl.

With its colorfully presented dishes, lush and airy dining room, and incredibly flavorful food, this restaurant is a feast for the senses. 

The flavors are off the charts and everything is very well-prepared. I was in heaven with every bite of every dish that I tried. 

I’ve been at least three times and I would go more often if it were closer to my apartment – it’s my favorite Asian restaurant in La Roma. 

It’s a great option if you’re looking for a change from Mexican food in a fun and laid-back setting. 

Chef Somsri Raksamran is from Thailand and moved to Mexico City over a decade ago. She now has three restaurants in Roma Norte and is filling Mexico City’s food scene with authentic recipes inspired by her family’s cooking and beyond.

What to Order: Honestly, everything is so good but I really loved the Gra Pao Neua.

Best For: Fun and flavorful South-East Asian cooking.

Price: $$

6. Taquería Orinoco

Insanely Popular Northern-style Tacos

Top-down view of Tacos de Trompo from Taqueria Orinoco, served on a tray with vibrant toppings of cilantro and onions, accompanied by crispy fried potatoes, a selection of salsas, lime wedges, and a refreshing drink on a red table.

Since the Pandemic, Orinoco has blown up all over social media and is the place tourists flock to for tacos.

And I can’t blame them. The tacos are insanely juicy and full of flavor. They are unlike any other taco in Mexico City and are worth the wait.  

Taquería Orinoco has now opened up several locations across the city since its first Roma Norte location.

If you go during peak lunch or dinner time, be ready to wait in line. Aim to go for lunch or before 7 pm for dinner to avoid the massive line. 

What to Order: I always order 3 tacos de trompo (their equivalent to al pastor) on flour tortillas and an agua de jamaica y guaba (jamaica and guava water). When you order 3 or more tacos, they come with a side of tasty potatoes. 

Best For: A quick and casual lunch or dinner.

Price: $

7. Pizza Felix

Neopolitan-inspired Urban Pizzeria

A neon-lit entrance to "Pizza Felix" with a bright red sign, leading into a dimly lit hallway adorned with potted plants. Two people are walking inside, creating a cozy and inviting ambiance for this restaurant.

I couldn’t write a list of the best restaurants Roma Norte has to offer and not include a pizza place! 

Just like anywhere else, Pizza (or tacos) is our go-to when we don’t feel like cooking but want something easy and relatively cheap.

And the pizzas at Felix are my favorite pizzas in Roma Norte.  

They are wood-fired, with Neapolitan-style crusts, and a variety of topping combinations. 

The restaurant is very casual and also turns into a laid-back bar at night where you can have a few drinks with your pizzas and chill with friends.

What to Order: A cocktail and your pizza of choice. Jorge and I usually order two pizzas to share.

Best For: A relaxed pizza dinner.

Price: $$

8. Rosetta

Iconic French-Mexican Bakery & Restaurant

A close-up of a hand holding a delicate berry-flavored donut from Panaderia Rosetta with a light pink glaze and red sprinkles, presented on a piece of brown parchment paper, with a natural background softly blurred to keep the focus on the pastry.

Rosetta originally got its fame thanks to its incredible breads and pastries. 

You couldn’t walk by the original bakery, Panadería Rosetta, on Colima Street without seeing a line wrapped around the corner. 

Since then, the bakery has expanded to several locations and now they even have a restaurant (also on Colima Street) that has just won its first Michelin Star!

Chef Elena Reygadas combines local Mexican ingredients with French and international techniques to create some of the most delicious pastries and food you can find in all of Mexico City.

What to Order: I have yet to try Restaurante Rosetta, but I’ve been ordering pastries from Panadería Rosetta around the corner from my apartment for years. I love the rollo de guayaba and any of their cream-filled donuts – they are divine!

Best For: Refined pastries or a Michelin-Star dining experience.

Price: $-$$$

9. Galanga Thai House

Thai Restaurant Set in an Elegant Historic House

A man with long hair and a beard, wearing a gray sweater, sits at a wooden table in a lush, plant-filled restaurant, sipping a drink. The ambiance is cozy with hanging rattan light fixtures and greenery surrounding the dining area.
A steaming pot of hot soup served in a brass bowl, filled with mushrooms, chicken pieces, red chili peppers, and garnished with fresh cilantro. The bowl is placed on a wooden table, and a person is seated in front of it, ready to enjoy the meal.

Galanga is an upscale Thai restaurant whose elegant interior is as much of a draw as its food. 

It’s not a place to go for a casual quick lunch. You’ll want to get a little dressed up and be prepared to spend more than you would at your average restaurant, drinking, eating, and chatting. 

Galanga Thai House is from the same chef as previously mentioned Kiin Thai-Viet Eatery and is the more formal of the two. 

With that being said, the food is incredibly tasty and you can’t beat the beautiful central courtyard of the historic home the restaurant is in. 

What to Order: We recently went for Jorge’s birthday and I was basic and got the Pad Thai, but Jorge had a delicious curry. 

Best For: A unique and elegant dining experience.

Price: $$$

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Final Thoughts

Roma Norte has an incredible food scene ranging from traditional Mexican food to international and fusion cuisine. 

The taquerias are the restaurants I frequent the most, but restaurants like Maximo and Galanga are some of my go-to’s for celebrating special occasions. 

And while trying the best Roma Norte restaurants is a big part of discovering the neighborhood, it’s just one of the many things to do in Roma Norte!

FAQs

How Much To Tip In Mexico City?

You should tip between 10%-20% of the total bill at all bars and restaurants in Mexico City.

Does Roma Norte have vegetarian-friendly restaurants?

All of the restaurants on this list have solid vegetarian options except for Taquería Álvaro Obregón and Orinoco. I thought the food at La Pitahaya Vegana was really good and is definitely worth a visit if you’re vegan or vegetarian.

Are there gluten-free options in Roma Norte?

Luckily for those of you who can’t eat gluten, it’s easy to eat well and avoid gluten in Mexico. Traditional Mexican cooking uses mostly corn and rice instead of wheat. The Asian restaurants on this list are also safe bets if you’re trying to avoid gluten. If you are craving a pastry, try the gluten-free bakery, La Otilia, instead of Rosetta.

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