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At El Rayo Taqueria, we are committed to flavorful and healthy cooking.

We go to great lengths scouring the region for the highest quality produce and other ingredients. During the summertime, we use up to 20 cases of locally grown tomatoes and we will order 200 pounds of sustainable pollock every week. Our fish tacos are well-loved for a reason!

Aside from the jalapenos that we preserve ourselves, cans and jars are rare in the El Rayo kitchen. Our kitchen staff spends their days chopping, dicing, marinating, braising, and simmering.

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4.3
Based on 665 reviews
J L
1707778846
We stopped in here to grab tacos and margaritas before the beer festival and the tacos were amazing! Absolutely delicious and filling. We both had beef tacos 🌮 but our friends tried the shrimp and chicken and all of them were raving about how good they were. We also got margaritas 🍹 they were great too. Good spot to order at the counter and sit outside for a bite.
Amanda Nurse
1701781176
Love the downtown Portland location!! Scarborough location is great too, but the downtown one has a cute bar, great staff and amazing outdoor patio. We had an early lunch with our Two picky eater kids and they devoured the kids rice, beans and cheese burrito (perfect size) and chips and quac. I had the fiesta salad with pork (YUM) and my husband had a gluten free special bowl. Everyone’s meal was great!
Chris Fowler
1687117299
Beautiful restaurant. Fantastic food and the service was off the charts, the cooks were active with the servers and were friendly showing up and leaving! Great place to grab a bite to eat for a good price! Will be back!!
Tristan Depew
1686629988
As a Southern California native, I have a discerning palate when it comes to Mexican cuisine, and this place pleasantly surprised me with its authentic flavors that reminded me of home. From the chips and salsa to the flavorful bean and rice bowls, every bite was amazing! The service was friendly and added to the overall enjoyable experience. Opting to dine outside also allowed us to enjoy the pretty scenery. When I'm back in Maine, I will undoubtedly return to this restaurant, and I highly recommend you do the same. A perfect 10/10 experience!!
Cera Catron
1678819063
One of my favorite restaurants. It is embarrassing how often I eat and drink here. The food is all fresh, extremely well made, and the specials change regularly. In the summer you can't beat the open air deck with a margarita.
Kate Kerrigan
1677608186
Awesome spot. Counter service for all ordering so it’s very relaxed atmosphere. Food comes out wicked fast and delicious. Great drink menu and non alcoholic options as well.
Kaylee Fournier
1676918400
The place is very cute. Staff was great and very kind and patient. Food is relatively cheap, my meal (photo below) couldn't cost much more than $10. Quasadillas costed about $8 and the tator tots were only $2 to add on, chips came with them. Lots of great options to pick from. We didn't have to wait very long for the food either. Food was very good quality, warm and filling. Definitely worth your time. Five stars, would recommend. I'm not normally a Mexican food fan, so I stuck with what I knew I liked and I was definitely NOT disappointed 😅
Calla Orion
1675631277
I love it here! Excellent food and friendly, personable staff. Always a great experience whenever I visit an El Rayo! I do wish they had a hotter sauce than their current Insanity sauce, but it's at least pretty delicious, and I may be a rare customer who always wants a heat level that isn't on offer.
Racheal Cardinal
1654035766
Love this place! Staff is friendly and food is delicious here. Highly suggest the loaded tot nachos! Have come here a few times, fast and tasty even when there's a rush :)
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Mar
4
Mon
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Mar 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo | Portland | Maine | United States

Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday 4-6pm.

$7.50 House Margs + $2.50 Tecate, Corona, & Pacifico Beers

Mar
5
Tue
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Mar 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo | Portland | Maine | United States

Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday 4-6pm.

$7.50 House Margs + $2.50 Tecate, Corona, & Pacifico Beers

Mar
6
Wed
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Mar 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo | Portland | Maine | United States

Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday 4-6pm.

$7.50 House Margs + $2.50 Tecate, Corona, & Pacifico Beers

Mar
7
Thu
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Mar 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo | Portland | Maine | United States

Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday 4-6pm.

$7.50 House Margs + $2.50 Tecate, Corona, & Pacifico Beers

Mar
8
Fri
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Mar 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo | Portland | Maine | United States

Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday 4-6pm.

$7.50 House Margs + $2.50 Tecate, Corona, & Pacifico Beers

Mar
11
Mon
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Mar 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo | Portland | Maine | United States

Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday 4-6pm.

$7.50 House Margs + $2.50 Tecate, Corona, & Pacifico Beers

Mar
12
Tue
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Mar 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo | Portland | Maine | United States

Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday 4-6pm.

$7.50 House Margs + $2.50 Tecate, Corona, & Pacifico Beers

Mar
13
Wed
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Mar 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo | Portland | Maine | United States

Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday 4-6pm.

$7.50 House Margs + $2.50 Tecate, Corona, & Pacifico Beers

Mar
14
Thu
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Mar 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo | Portland | Maine | United States

Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday 4-6pm.

$7.50 House Margs + $2.50 Tecate, Corona, & Pacifico Beers

Mar
15
Fri
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Mar 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo | Portland | Maine | United States

Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday 4-6pm.

$7.50 House Margs + $2.50 Tecate, Corona, & Pacifico Beers

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