El Gusano Taqueria

4.5
79 reviews
$40 and under
Mexican
The true experience of eating a taco comes with a soft corn tortilla, the succulent meat and charred vegetables, onion and coriander, topped with a spicy salsa or sauce. This is what happens when you eat in any neighbourhood of Mexico. El Gusano crosses the borders of Mexico and takes the experience of eating a real taco to Australia. Taking inspiration from the Mexican popular culture, the posters, the Mexican slang, the iconic masked figures of the Lucha Libre and vivid colours of the colonial style courtyards, El Gusano brings Mexico to your plate.
What 79 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, interesting flavours. More things to try next time.

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EvaB
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely food. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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Anna
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Place was cool but the food wasn’t great. Food servings were good but the Tacos were dry and didn’t have any sort of garnish on them. Margaritas were quite sour and not easy drinking. Was expecting a bit more!

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KerrieF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our soft tacos, which had a variety of interesting fillings, and the margarita was amazing. We would definitely come back.

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LisaW
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy. Not a huge selection on the menu. Mainly entrees and tacos but they were great. The chilli margaritas were great. Staff really lovely.

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robs
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food with authentic ingredients and flavours. Very friendly and helpful staff that will explain the menu if needed.

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peterB
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable night - great service, yummy soft tacos and delicious margaritas!

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JennyO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great little place nestled back from the main road. Great food and service, relaxed, no pressure. With a visit !

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JohnF
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best authentic Mexican diners around, unique and incredibly flavoursome. You have to try the cactus taco complete with the best soft corn tortilla but all the tacos are amazing.

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MadisonW
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and delish tacos! Will be my new fav Mexican place ! Thanks guys

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DeanneS
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant and although there isn’t a lot to choose from on the menu .... the food is amazing as is the service. Best local restaurant ever!

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

great little place with slow service however. if it was French cuisine, we'd understand but we waited over 45 min for a Quesadilla or tacos.
Portions a bit small although food is fantastic.

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Jessie
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always delicious! Tommy's margs and the donuts are a must!

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LauraK
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very friendly staff, enjoyed the settings and drinks. We were a little late and they were very accommodating. We would recommend this to our friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great spot for a casual evening with friends. Delicious meal and even better margarita’s

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 28 February 2020

Gracias amigo. 👍🇲🇽🌮

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LucyL
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved our dinner here. We came for a no-fuss valentines day dinner and were not disappointed. The food was delish, service incredible and the chilli marg was a treat! 10/10 recommend to all my family and friends.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 28 February 2020

Thank you for the fantastic review Lucy. Hopefully see you again soon. 👍🌮🇲🇽

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RobA
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and the owners are cool. We go here quite a few times a year

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 28 February 2020

Haha. I’m a cool dad. 👍🌮🇲🇽

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FrancesM
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious Mexican food and the best Margueritas.

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El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 28 February 2020

Thanks Frances.

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Ally21
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great ambiance. Feels like you’re on holidays. Super casual, relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommended.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 23 January 2020

Gracias Ally!!!

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AllisonD
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a north American finding authentic Mexican food can be challenging. El Gusano clearly knows what good Mexican food is.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 19 January 2020

Muchas gracias Allison. 🤙🏻🌮🇲🇽

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Spearo
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

El Gusano Taqueria used dishonest advertising to mislead us on a 50% discount offer. When I requested to speak to the manager he/she didn't have the fortitude or courtesy to explain the situation from the restaurant's perspective. My party immediately walked out disgusted. My phone number is 0478415056 offer still holds

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 19 January 2020

I have spoken with Vernon about the night he came in and we are in the process of resolving this unfortunate misunderstanding.

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CarolineW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mexican street food and margaritas. Would highly recommend

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 11 January 2020

Gracias!!

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MelanieA
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and staff, a really great atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back.

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SteveP
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and an amazing place to go and enjoy a meal.

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JadeN
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding authentic flavours and delicious food. Perfect for a causal date or catch up with friends

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JamesF
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place and very friendly staff will definitely go again for sure. if I had to give one negative it would be that the toilets are in the hostel next door but apart from that it was brilliant especially the Beef Tongue Tacos

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SigneS
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a brilliany little hidden Mexico on the Northern Beaches! The staff were amongst the friendliest we’ve ever experienced, the food was amazing and exceptional value. Service was fast and the ambiance of the place was lovely!

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FraserB
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Top food - the beef tongue taco was my highlight, but everything was packed with flavour. Wait times for food was perfect giving us time to speak for 5-10 minutes between courses.

Only negatives was the bathroom is located in the Hostel next door, and the doughnuts for desert weren't amazing. Everything else was fantastic - would highly recommend.

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FrancesM
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious quality, food & drinks enjoyed in a tranquil, soothing environment

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RachelL
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Beautiful fresh food that was promptly served. We were very early to dinner and no one else was in the restaurant hence the low score for ambience

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JosephH
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovey food ... a bit different to your 'normal' Mexican fare. Mexican can be a bit bland but this street food is authentic. The Host is charming, knowledgeable and flexible. The draft beer is good too.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 6 August 2019

Authenticity is always the way forward here.

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DannyVelvet
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great selection of Mexican dishes and tequilas in a cosy setting. The owner knows his tequila so can make a good recommendation. The food is cheap and tasty. We've been here three times now, it is going to be a favourite with us.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 6 August 2019

More great tequilas coming soon!! Gracias amigo.

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CatC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun and delicious food. We loved every mouthful, and enjoyed eating cactus for the first time! The waiter was super relaxed, friendly, genuine and helpful. Our whole meal was a stand out, including the deal we got on the food.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 6 August 2019

So glad you enjoyed everything!!

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Cdgcdjctc
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

there didn't seem to be much alcohol in the marguerite - tasty but

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 6 August 2019

Sorry. Unlike Mexico, we follow standard measures for alcohol. No free pouring here unfortunately.

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WendyF
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, informative staff, great tequila/mezcal!! Loved it, will be back

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indyleigh
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time visiting, and definitely won't be my last! Best Margaritas I've had in a while.. and the service was exceptional. Would recommend 100%!

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 6 August 2019

Whhooohoooo!! Gracias!!

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Sally
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

great food and service will definitely go back...it was lovely

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SpencerB
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for everyone, good food and quiet, with good knowledgeable service

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DarrellS
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic food, some innovative options compared to the commercial Mexican offerings, so nicely differentiated. Recommended!

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MinnaM
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mexican, awesome margaritas - nice small neighbourhood restaurant. We'll come back again!

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 26 May 2019

Thank you MinnaM for the awesome review. So glad you enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon!

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FAQs

El Gusano Taqueria does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. El Gusano Taqueria also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9043 1217.

El Gusano Taqueria is rated 4.5 stars by 79 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.