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Backyard Taco

#15 of 715 Restaurants in Mesa
Certificate of Excellence
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1524 E University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85203-8133
+1 480-464-8226
10:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was great, not a very big spot so better for take out but well worth it. Understand they are opening soon at another location.

Thank Mmderdall
Alberta, Canada
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179 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great little spot. Pretty authentic I think. Would recommend. Get the tall coke in a bottle with your meal.

Thank cooksd2
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Love Backyard Taco's. It's clean and efficient with excellent food!This is the kind of place that....once you eat there you will crave it at a later date! Very authentic!

Thank Shelley S
Lincoln, Nebraska
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We went for dinner on a Wednesday evening and there was a non-stop flow of customers. It's a small place with limited indoor seating and outdoor seating as well. You order at the counter, then wait for your food...which is served on styrofoam plates. Not a fancy place by any means, but the food was very, very tasty. Their steak... More 

Thank Sharla S
Purley, England, United Kingdom
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259 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

The name sounds like it's people cooking without permission but the quality of food stacks up great. When you step in you can see enough meat cooking on the grill to almost make a whole cow and once you've smelt that.... you're ordering a bunch of food but it's priced low and always a line to grab food. The Tacos... More 

Thank Carlos_Yabrudy
Las Vegas, Nevada
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106 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

A hidden gem in Mesa. Hole in the wall be packing them on. Great tacos and at a bargain price. If in the area and must stop.

1 Thank Dave W
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

This place is unique, family owned and operated. Small inside counter area with limited seating, more seating on the outside patio. This is a place your order and wait til your number is called kinda place. Nothing fancy, but the carne asada roasting over mesquite coals in the giant bbq behind the counter is to die for!!! When you walk... More 

Thank Kazmaniac
Gilbert, Arizona
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Very tasty street tacos are worth the wait. The tacos al carbon are better than the chicken. The salsa bar has a number of good options. The tacos are a little pricey for what you get; so go on Taco Tuesday to get a discounted deal ($1.50/taco)

Thank MarquetteCPA
Sooke, Canada
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Cheap eats, fresh condiments to add at a side bar and the chicken to die for. We wished we could buy the chicken by the piece and take it home. Safe to say anything you order with chicken is really tasty. They also serve Horchata which is a Mexican rice drink a friend of ours makes when she is home... More 

Thank Chainani
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Food was quick and amazingly fast meat, salsas are fresh and delicious! Guacamole was tasty could have used a but of salt though, it was also very smooth as though it had been blended. Make sure you're paying attention to their loudspeaker though as it's a bit difficult to make out if you're not on that patio. Overall I would... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1524 E University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85203-8133
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 480-464-8226

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?