We’ve been looking for great Tex Mex for a while, but with so many restaurants in Orlando it can be hard to choose just one spot. Then we found Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, a place that’s so cool, it’s HOT!
Visit Roccos Tacos just about any time of the day or night, and this exciting Orlando eatery is sure to be packed with customers. Here the food sizzles with a stampede of Mexican flavours, easily as good as you’d get south of the border. Listen out for the buzzword “Tequila!” echoing across the bar. That’s when you’ll see the owner, Rocco Mangel, donning platform shoes, dancing on the bar and pouring tequila shots into customers’ mouths.
“Rocco’s Tacos is so cool, it’s hot!”
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Since opening its doors on West Sand Lake Road just a few years ago, Rocco’s has become the go-to destination for authentic Mexican dining in Orlando, complete with high-energy tequila bar, DJs, dancing and free tequila pourings by the brand’s enigmatic owner.
The décor is the epitome of fun, with an expansive dining area, brightly coloured walls and a vast elaborately carved cocktail bar serving more than 400 varieties of tequila. The ceiling is adorned with Rocco’s signature star-shaped, punched-metal chandeliers, while illuminated hanging baskets cast a cosy light over the expansive outdoor patios.
The place reverberates with sounds from around the Latin world, and the food catches the groove with an expansive menu of Mexican favourites prepared with distinct attention to detail. You have to order the guacamole, which is made tableside, mashed, seasoned and customised as hot as you’d like it. Then there are the handmade tortillas, cooked fresh on the restaurant’s Cormal, just as they’re made in kitchens throughout Mexico.
The molcajetes are a must-try, Rocco’s version of an authentic fajita baked and served in a lava bowl from Mexico. Wash it down with a choice of authentic Mexican libations. We love the margarita, made with one of 425 tequilas and a sour mix you’ll taste nowhere else – it’s made right on the premises.
“One of the best Mexican restaurants in Orlando.”
Gina B, Top Villas Guest
Cost-wise, Rocco’s prices are perfectly approachable, although guests come from far and wide for its famed Taco & Tequila Tuesdays, featuring all-you-can-eat tacos for $15.99, $5 margaritas and $15 margarita pitchers. Then there’s daily happy hour 4-7 pm with $2 off drinks and 7 bar bites for $7.
Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar Orlando is located in Plaza Venezia, near Eddie V’s. Free parking is available, and valet parking is offered. For more information or to book a table contact the Top Villas Concierge Team.