Crowds line up at Mercado Luna in Capitol Hill Seattle
Mercado Luna via Google Maps

This Capitol Hill restaurant in Washington is so popular, customers are willing to wait in very long lines for a table. Typically with restaurants, long lines of hungry (and thirsty) people indicate good food and great customer service is being served there. Food critics and restaurant regulars have named one place as the best Mexican restaurant in the state.

Whoa, hold on just a minute! That is one tough order to name 1 restaurant as the "best" in the whole state, and since I've never eaten there myself, I find that claim to be ambitious and unfounded, ha! In my foodie opinion, the best Mexican restaurants in the state are actually found in Central Washington, so I can't wait to find out for myself why people are saying this place is THE best Mexican restaurant in all of Washington.


Have you ever been to Mercado Luna?

The walls are decorated with scenes of Oaxaca, Mexico inside Mercado Luna's Mezcaleria Oaxaca in Capitol Hill, Seattle WA
Mercada Luna via Google Maps

Mercado Luna, a.k.a., Mezcaleria Oaxaca, means “mezcal factory”, inspired by the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where high quality mezcal tequila is a big deal. Fans rave about their birria tacos, handmade tortillas, tostadas, birthday tequila shots, mezcal margaritas, churros, and the rooftop menu.

Mezcal at Mercado Luna's Mezcaleria Oaxaca
Mercado Luna via Google Maps


Customers mention that the trendy dining vibe inside Mezcaleria Oaxaca feels authentically Mexican, from the restaurant walls decorated with Mexican vaqueros, ganaderos (cowboys and ranchers), and stunning landscapes from Mexico to the paper lanterns in bright Mexican-style colors hanging in the bar, to the serape-covered tables and other cojibas (blankets) on display.

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Mercado Luna's vibe inside Mezcaleria Oaxaca
Mercado Luna via Google Maps

You’ll find cooks making handmade tortillas and stirring huge metal pots filled with authentic Oaxaca-inspired marinades for the meat.

Mercada Luna in Capitol Hill, Seattle named Best Mexcian Restaurant in WA
Mezcaleria Oaxaca via Google Maps

The menu prices are a bit on the pricey side for the appetizers, entrees, drinks, and desserts, according to some Yelp reviews, but overall, the ambiance of Mezcaleria Oaxaca paired with the flavor of the food and reported friendly service makes the cost of the meal and drinks worth shelling out for.

Mezcal at Mezcaleria Oaxaca
Mercado Luna via Google Maps

Mezcaleria Oaxaca is a 21+ establishment and they are closed on Mondays. 

The Bar at Mezcaleria Oaxaca in Seattle
Mercado Luna via Google Maps

Tuesdays - Thursdays: 4-10 p.m.

Fridays - Saturdays: 4-11 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

If the lines are too long for you at Mercado Luna, try one of these other nearby Mexican restaurants near Capitol Hill:

@katiewantscoffee It doesnt get more like summer than the rooftop bar at Mezcaleria Oaxaca in Capitol Hill, Seattle. #seattle #caphillseattle #seattlerestaurant #seattlebars #seattlewa #fyp #foryou #mexicanfood #mexicancuisine ♬ Lost - Frank Ocean


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