National Margarita Day is February 22 – and we’re celebrating with this list of the area’s best versions of the classic cocktail, as recommended by our social media followers.
Whether you prefer the traditional lime variety or newer and more adventurous flavors, if you like it frozen or on the rocks, you’ll find plenty of satisfying salt-rimmed options in Grand Rapids.
No need to wait until February 22 to indulge your margarita craving. These selections are available right now… and all year round!
665 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Housed in a remodeled 1920s neighborhood service station, Donkey Taqueria dishes up authentic Mexican food like barbacoa tacos and hand-cut tortilla chips served with homemade guacamole. Their bar is a can’t-miss, with over 130 varieties of tequila. Donkey’s standard margaritas include a classic lime version and a rotating selection of other flavors, plus options made with mezcal rather than tequila.
1742 28th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49519
The Lindo Mexico menu offers page after page of delectably authentic south-of-the-border dishes and drinks, including 13 different margaritas. Choose from sweet or spicy, with flavors ranging from strawberry to mango to tamarind to prickly pear cactus. All of them pair perfectly with the burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, tacos, tamales and other Mexican specialties that await you at this woman-owned restaurant that has been delighting hungry patrons since 2000.
64 Ionia Ave SW #100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Just around the corner from Van Andel Arena , Luna embraces the rich culinary heritage of Latin America and features contemporary Latin foods, so you can always expect delicious food and creative drinks. Their margaritas are handmade daily with fresh citrus – including lime. prickly pear, mango, hibiscus and grapefruit – then kegged and served from the tap. Can’t decide? Order a Margarita Flight of three flavors.
The same beverages are available at Luna’s Ada location, which opened in 2022. Reservations are encouraged at both locations.
16 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Less than five miles from downtown Grand Rapids, the Beltline Bar is a long-time local favorite, in operation since 1953. It’s best known for its “famous” wet burrito – named one of America’s best by Food & Wine Magazine – but its margaritas are also a big draw. You’ll find a great variety of margarita choices here, both frozen and on the rocks.
449 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Condado Tacos likes to describe itself as “a taco joint with a margarita problem” – but it’s no problem at all for lovers of build-your-own tacos and unique margarita concoctions. Opened in 2021 in the Bridge Street entertainment district, this Midwest chain restaurant boasts an array of “crafted” and “house” margaritas, and such flavors as blood orange, mango, pineapple, prickly pear, strawberry and white peach. Order the House Flight to try any three flavored mini margs.
A second Condado Tacos opened at Breton Village in February 2023. Both locations feature large wall murals created by local artists.
Photo by MeXo Tequila & Mezcal Bar and Restaurant
118 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
MeXo , led by award-winning Executive Chef Oscar Moreno, prides itself on adding modern touches to the classic pre-Hispanic cuisine of Mexico. Think Caldo de Piedra (seafood stone soup) and dishes featuring steamed masa tamal. Their food is elevated and you can expect their margaritas to be the same – like the Oaxacan Margarita, made with mezcal and combining tropical flavors with a hint of smoke. Their MeXo Margarita is shaken tableside – an experience not to be missed!
Maya Mexican Grill & Bar
1020 28th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
Named one of the best Mexican restaurants in Michigan by MLive, Maya Mexican Grill & Bar offers an extensive menu of authentic south-of-the-border dishes, including vegetarian and combo meals. Their margaritas are available in a variety of flavors and there are some great happy hour specials to be had.
These seven destinations rose to the top of our poll this year, but there are many other area restaurants that serve up a mean margarita. Enjoy the search for your personal best!