From humble beginnings to a national icon, Taco Bill is Australia’s most well-known family of Mexican restaurants. Every outlet offers a menu that’s a fiesta of south-of-the-border food, made with daily fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. From signature fajitas through to hearty mains, Mexican banquets and delicious desserts, Taco Bill’s creative selection is always authentic and full of flavour. It gets hot in here, but Taco Bill’s famous frozen margaritas are on hand to extinguish the most desperate thirst, alongside sangria, local and imported beers, wine, Mexican slushies and more. A neighbourhood favourite, Melbourne’s city centre outlet along Russell Street is the perfect place to get acquainted with the Taco Bill dining experience.
It all began back in 1967, when ‘Taco’ Bill Chilcote made his way to Australia from the borderlands of California and Mexico, armed only with ambition and a tortilla machine. The first Taco Bill opened up on the Gold Coast, found runaway success, and the rest, as they say, is history. Now there are dozens of Taco Bill Mexican restaurants dotting Australia’s dining scene, all fixtures in their neighbourhoods, much loved by locals for the exciting Mexican food and drink on offer. The same goes for the Russell Street Taco Bill in Melbourne – always popular with friends and families looking for the spice of life, this city centre restaurant is regularly packed to the rafters, so be sure to book!
Taco Bill’s food is quintessentially Mexican – colourful, filled with flavour, and always satisfying. It’s healthy too, with balanced dishes made with fresh ingredients sourced from local suppliers. Plus, vegetarians and those on gluten-free diets are looked after here, with plenty of meat-free and wheat-free options, as traditionally Mexican as can be. If this is what you’re after, start with the spinach and potato enchilada served with Taco Bill’s house-made chilli and green tomatillo sauce. Without a doubt the most popular option at Taco Bill’s Mexican restaurant in Melbourne’s city centre are the fajitas, marinated rump steak or chicken cooked with onion and capsicum and brought sizzling to your table alongside by Taco Bill’s homemade guacamole, Mexican rice and warm flour tortillas. Aficionados after a proper fiesta should check out the Cancun and Puerto Vallarta banquets for two or more people, offering a lavish survey of Taco Bill’s take on Mexican cuisine. If you still can’t get enough, Taco Bill do external catering so you can bring a little Mexican sun to your doorstep.
Taco Bills is one of these hidden gems that every one else seems to find, but you never can. We stumbled across the restaurant a few years back while sheltering from the rain. It is located up on the first floor and it is just a doorway on the street which is pretty innocuous. We really only found out it was there because the smell of Mexican food wafting down the stairway was amazing. We have eaten here several times now whilst in Melbourne and we are never disappointed. The restaurant is small, hot and always busy! Book ahead to avoid disappointment. Food is excellent and well priced. Staff are awesome and never too busy to help or attend. Don't be put off by the way it looks. Come up to the first floor, sit down and enjoy the food. I know we always do.
It was excellen, evening well spent. The services as good, the staff was very polite n courteous n the atmosphere was homely, can't complain; certainly I would recommend the restaurant to all my friends n one more thing, a big thank u for the birthday gift for my daughter it was overwhelming.
We were looked after well, the drinks were lovely, the food delicious, and I only have myself to blame for ordering something too large to finish. (Next time I'll drag the other half there, but tonight was a girl's night). Also, the noise level was such that we could talk without straining, and the staff were attentive without hovering. I wanted a nice, tasty restaurant for us girls, with fun drinks and nice food. We got exactly what we wanted. Thank you.