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17 Spots to Score Late-Night Tacos in Austin

From chorizo to lengua, where to find tacos after midnight

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Tacos: Austinites sure do love them. Whether it’s for lunch, dinner, or, especially for breakfast, there’s a delicious taco to be consumed any time of day. But, it’s the late-night taco that’s perhaps the tastiest of them all.

What can be better than eating a delectable tortilla filled with tons of goodies after a long night of drunken revelry? Answer: Nothing. (Well, perhaps queso.)

Of course, what counts as late-night is subjective. East Side favorites Las Trancas and Pueblo Viejo (and the south Veracruz location) serve until midnight. Longtime Tex-Mex love Trudy’s and East Cesar Chavez’s Las Cazuelas (and its unforgettable chorizo) are available until 2 a.m. Then, for the extreme night owls, The Drag’s boozy Taco Bell Cantina and Riverside’s El Taquito, which serve until 4 a.m. and even 24-hour faves like Mexican bakery La Mexicana.

Eater Austin lists our favorite late-night tacos from north to south throughout the capital city below. Don’t miss the lists of must-eat tacos, the latest and greatest tacos, and, for when the sun finally rises, breakfast tacos.

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1. Velvet Taco

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11501 Rock Rose Ave Ste 160
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 704-8226
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Domain partiers can saunter on over to this Rock Rose eatery until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, 3 a.m. on Thursday, and until midnight the rest of the week for inventive tacos like spicy tikka chicken or Nashville hot tofu.

Velvet Tacos’ tacos
Velvet Tacos’ tacos
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2. El Tacorrido

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9320 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 873-8602
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Sadly, only the north El Tacorrido is open super late, with the North Lamar Blvd. spot serving tacos until 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and until 3 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Bonus: Breakfast is served all day. 

3. Trudy's Texas Star

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409 W 30th St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 477-2935
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Besides getting your Mexican Martini fix, Trudy’s serves a giant Tex-Mex menu until 2 a.m. The kitchen hours vary wildly per location, so your best bet for late-night tacos will be the University and Burnet area spots. 

4. Kerbey Lane Cafe - University

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2606 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 477-5717
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Not just for delicious pancakes, Kerbey Lane also serves hungry diners three different types of tacos (plus breakfast tacos and migas!) 24 hours a day.

Two tacos plus guacamole and black beans on a large white plate from Kerbey Lane
Texas street tacos and beans from Kerbey Lane
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5. Taco Bell Cantina

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2000 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(737) 202-4309
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Live mas on the Drag at the only Taco Bell Cantina in the Lone Star State. Besides staying open until 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, this spruced-up Taco Bell also offers booze. Order a Mountain Dew Baja Blast (or any other Twisted Freeze) and pick a shot of liquor to drop in. Oh, and definitely a Fiery Doritos Locos Taco. 

A Doritos Locos taco from Taco Bell
A Doritos Locos taco from Taco Bell
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6. Austin Taco Project

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500 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 682-2739
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Dine on fusion tacos, like curry chicken or tempura fish, at the Hilton downtown until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and until 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. 

Austin Taco Project’s tacos
Austin Taco Project’s tacos
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7. Pueblo Viejo

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502 Brushy St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 373-6557
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Visit the popular food truck’s restaurant location in East Austin for delicious tacos until midnight Thursday through Saturday. The al pastor is not to be missed.

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A taco from Pueblo Viejo
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8. Licha's Cantina

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1306 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 480-5960
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Open till midnight Friday and Saturday, this hidden gem in the heart of East Austin serves much more than just tasty margaritas. Go traditional with lengua (beef tongue) tacos—or veggie-friendly with the verdura, which comes full of sweet potato, corn, mushrooms, watercress, and cabbage.

9. Bomb Tacos

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500 Comal St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 553-6756
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When you get sick of two-stepping, step out onto the White Horse’s back patio to nibble on Bomb Tacos until 1:30 a.m. Don’t skip those crunchy tacos.

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10. Las Trancas Taco Stand

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1210 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 701-8287
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This essential East Side taco stand serves until midnight every night. The tacos are cheap and filling and the salsa is spicy. What more could anyone want?

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Taco from Las Trancas
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11. Javelina

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69 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 382-6917
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This Rainey Street bar is dishing out tacos until 1:30 a.m. Go for green chile pork or blackened fish tacos and hang out on the patio and people watch while you chow down.

12. Las Cazuelas Mexican Restaurant

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1701 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 479-7911
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For an absolutely ginormous menu, head to this East Cesar Chavez joint, which is open until 2 a.m. Monday and Tuesday and 24 hours a day starting at 5 a.m. Wednesday. (Yeah, that’s a little confusing! Just go with it.) Order pretty much anything with chorizo in it.

13. Bouldin Creek Cafe

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1900 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 416-1601
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Carnivores won’t even miss the meat at this South First veggie hotspot, which serves vegetarian and vegan breakfast tacos until midnight seven days a week.

Tacos at Bouldin Creek Cafe
Tacos at Bouldin Creek Cafe
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14. La Mexicana Bakery

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1924 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 443-6369
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For those with a sweet tooth, this 24-hour Mexican bakery will hit the spot. Pick your favorite pan dulces from the case to scarf down while you wait for your taco order. 

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15. Magnolia Cafe

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1920 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 445-0000
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Everyone’s other favorite 24-hour diner is also dishing up tacos, like the Three Alarm Taco with homemade chipotle sauce. 

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Fish tacos from Magnolia Cafe
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16. El Taquito

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1713 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 851-8226
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Order al pastor or steak tacos until midnight Sunday through Wednesday, 3 a.m. on Thursday, and until 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday at this East Riverside institution.

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Tacos from El Taquito
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17. Veracruz All Natural Food Truck

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4208 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78704

Itching for a Veracruz taco past 3 p.m.? Luckily the Manchaca Road truck dishes up Migas Poblanas until midnight seven days a week. 

Veracruz All Natural’s migas taco
Veracruz All Natural’s migas taco. [Photo: Nadia Chaudhury/EATX]
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1. Velvet Taco

11501 Rock Rose Ave Ste 160, Austin, TX 78758
Velvet Tacos’ tacos
Velvet Tacos’ tacos
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Domain partiers can saunter on over to this Rock Rose eatery until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, 3 a.m. on Thursday, and until midnight the rest of the week for inventive tacos like spicy tikka chicken or Nashville hot tofu.

11501 Rock Rose Ave Ste 160
Austin, TX 78758

2. El Tacorrido

9320 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

Sadly, only the north El Tacorrido is open super late, with the North Lamar Blvd. spot serving tacos until 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and until 3 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Bonus: Breakfast is served all day. 

9320 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

3. Trudy's Texas Star

409 W 30th St, Austin, TX 78705

Besides getting your Mexican Martini fix, Trudy’s serves a giant Tex-Mex menu until 2 a.m. The kitchen hours vary wildly per location, so your best bet for late-night tacos will be the University and Burnet area spots. 

409 W 30th St
Austin, TX 78705

4. Kerbey Lane Cafe - University

2606 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
Two tacos plus guacamole and black beans on a large white plate from Kerbey Lane
Texas street tacos and beans from Kerbey Lane
Kerbey Lane Cafe/Facebook

Not just for delicious pancakes, Kerbey Lane also serves hungry diners three different types of tacos (plus breakfast tacos and migas!) 24 hours a day.

2606 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

5. Taco Bell Cantina

2000 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
A Doritos Locos taco from Taco Bell
A Doritos Locos taco from Taco Bell
Taco Bell/Facebook

Live mas on the Drag at the only Taco Bell Cantina in the Lone Star State. Besides staying open until 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, this spruced-up Taco Bell also offers booze. Order a Mountain Dew Baja Blast (or any other Twisted Freeze) and pick a shot of liquor to drop in. Oh, and definitely a Fiery Doritos Locos Taco. 

2000 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

6. Austin Taco Project

500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701
Austin Taco Project’s tacos
Austin Taco Project’s tacos
Austin Taco Project/Facebook

Dine on fusion tacos, like curry chicken or tempura fish, at the Hilton downtown until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and until 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. 

500 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Pueblo Viejo

502 Brushy St, Austin, TX 78702
A taco from Pueblo Viejo
A taco from Pueblo Viejo
Pueblo Viejo/Facebook

Visit the popular food truck’s restaurant location in East Austin for delicious tacos until midnight Thursday through Saturday. The al pastor is not to be missed.

502 Brushy St
Austin, TX 78702

8. Licha's Cantina

1306 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Open till midnight Friday and Saturday, this hidden gem in the heart of East Austin serves much more than just tasty margaritas. Go traditional with lengua (beef tongue) tacos—or veggie-friendly with the verdura, which comes full of sweet potato, corn, mushrooms, watercress, and cabbage.

1306 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Bomb Tacos

500 Comal St, Austin, TX 78702

When you get sick of two-stepping, step out onto the White Horse’s back patio to nibble on Bomb Tacos until 1:30 a.m. Don’t skip those crunchy tacos.

500 Comal St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Las Trancas Taco Stand

1210 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Taco from Las Trancas
Taco from Las Trancas
Las Trancas/Facebook

This essential East Side taco stand serves until midnight every night. The tacos are cheap and filling and the salsa is spicy. What more could anyone want?

1210 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Javelina

69 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

This Rainey Street bar is dishing out tacos until 1:30 a.m. Go for green chile pork or blackened fish tacos and hang out on the patio and people watch while you chow down.

69 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

12. Las Cazuelas Mexican Restaurant

1701 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

For an absolutely ginormous menu, head to this East Cesar Chavez joint, which is open until 2 a.m. Monday and Tuesday and 24 hours a day starting at 5 a.m. Wednesday. (Yeah, that’s a little confusing! Just go with it.) Order pretty much anything with chorizo in it.

1701 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Bouldin Creek Cafe

1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Tacos at Bouldin Creek Cafe
Tacos at Bouldin Creek Cafe
Bouldin Creek Cafe/Facebook

Carnivores won’t even miss the meat at this South First veggie hotspot, which serves vegetarian and vegan breakfast tacos until midnight seven days a week.

1900 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

14. La Mexicana Bakery

1924 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

For those with a sweet tooth, this 24-hour Mexican bakery will hit the spot. Pick your favorite pan dulces from the case to scarf down while you wait for your taco order. 

1924 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

15. Magnolia Cafe

1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
A taco with slaw, tortilla chips, and salsa
Fish tacos from Magnolia Cafe
Magnolia Cafe/Facebook

Everyone’s other favorite 24-hour diner is also dishing up tacos, like the Three Alarm Taco with homemade chipotle sauce. 

1920 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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16. El Taquito

1713 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741
A styrofoam plate of little tacos covered in cheese and avocado with queso in the background
Tacos from El Taquito
El Taquito/Facebook

Order al pastor or steak tacos until midnight Sunday through Wednesday, 3 a.m. on Thursday, and until 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday at this East Riverside institution.

1713 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78741

17. Veracruz All Natural Food Truck

4208 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Veracruz All Natural’s migas taco
Veracruz All Natural’s migas taco. [Photo: Nadia Chaudhury/EATX]
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Itching for a Veracruz taco past 3 p.m.? Luckily the Manchaca Road truck dishes up Migas Poblanas until midnight seven days a week. 

4208 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78704

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