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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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Excellent
4.3
Based on 690 reviews
Antonio Sarosi
Their beef is so yummy best consistency. The quesadilla is so good. What hot sauce do you guys have on the table? It's really good and I would like to buy a bottle.
Erin Wright
Fantastic for celiac. Gluten free fryer! Everything is gluten free except burritos and quesadillas. Grill is shared, but you can easily avoid it. Food was delicious. Margarita was awesome. Outdoor back patio was perfect for summer drinks and food!
Wendy Hammond-Wildes
We sat on the outdoor deck with our dog for dinner- great food and drinks. All the food was prepared quickly and super fresh. We highly recommend. 2 paws up!
Erik Antelman
Great fish tacos and yucca fries! Naturally gluten free too and dedicated fryer. Easy free parking on a Sunday. Quick friendly service!
J L
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Jul
15
Mon
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Jul 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

Jul
16
Tue
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Jul 16 @ 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

Jul
17
Wed
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Jul 17 @ 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

Jul
18
Thu
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Jul 18 @ 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

Jul
19
Fri
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Jul 19 @ 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

Jul
22
Mon
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Jul 22 @ 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

Jul
23
Tue
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Jul 23 @ 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

Jul
24
Wed
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Jul 24 @ 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

Jul
25
Thu
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Jul 25 @ 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

Jul
26
Fri
Happy Hour: El Rayo @ El Rayo
Jul 26 @ 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

Open now

  • Monday11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday11:00 AM – 7:30 PM
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