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Viva Mexiquila!

A sophisticated twist on traditional Mexican cuisine located in Somers Point. With a vibrant atmosphere, inventive dishes, and an extensive selection of tequila-based cocktails, Mexiquila promises a memorable dining experience for food enthusiasts and margarita lovers alike.

Bartender Austin serves up a Cactus Fruit Margarita. Photos by Nick Valinote

This is not your typical neighborhood cantina. You will not see a single Mexican blanket hanging from a wall, no Mariachis strolling about, and velvet and sequin sombreros are notably absent. As for the food, tacos and margaritas are on the menu. However, Mexiquila turns up the volume for their unique version of Mexican food and fare that is HOT, SPICY, and SALTY served with a strong dash of sophistication.

Located in Somers Point at the base of the Longport Bridge, Mexiquila offers 12,000 square feet of space including over 200 dining seats, three comfy and ever-so-stylish bars, as well as an outside patio. As for the décor, Frida Kahlo fans will appreciate the artist’s colors and flair prominently woven into the upscale vibe.

On the Menu

Mexiquila believes in a simple mission: To create a remarkable, fun-filled, and unforgettable dining experience. The menu offers food that is not necessarily “hot” as in spicey (unless you request that), but hot as in “a culinary adventure that tantalizes the taste buds and elates the spirits.”

Although the restaurant only opened in March 2024, Mexiquila already has grown a faithful following. Lorie Modelevsky enjoys the atmosphere, food, and service. She explains, “I love the menu selections - more like a tapas vibe. And, the food is always very fresh and well prepared. Any margaritas - they are all very good!”

Whether having dinner or dropping in for a drink with friends, a perfect way to begin your Mexiquila food experience is with a Guacamole starter. Yes, you can have the typical avocado mash with corn chips, but here’s where Mexiquila turns up the volume. One option is the Street Corn & Guacamole – a blend of seasonal corn, queso fresco, avocado, onion, and toasted sunflower seed.  Another unique twist to the popular avocado dish is the Ceviche Guacamole adding seasonal seafood to the mix.

At Mexiquila, tacos are a must.  Whether on a corn tortilla or a carb-healthy bib of lettuce, selections for taco fillers are plentiful.  For meat eaters, tacos with stewed short ribs or rubbed pork tenderloins - a Mexiquila favorite. The Jerk Chicken Taco comes topped with charred pineapple and mango salsa, cabbage slaw, jalapeños, and cilantro. If you are not a meat eater, try the catch of the day fish tacos, or the vegetarian Grilled Wild Mushroom.  Can’t decide what sauce to top off your taco?  Add a sauce flight to sample - salsa verde and habanero salsa. And, if you like your tacos prepared North of the Border style, try the Gringo Taco to be safe!   

Selections for main courses range from Wagu Steak to Grilled Shrimp to a seasonal fish option.  All main entrees come with a side of your choice such as Mexican rice, hand-cut fries, or a vegetable & wild mushroom medley. Desserts, of course, complete the meal.  Selections include the Mezacal Flan – custard, caramel sauce, and fresh berries or the Queso Filled Empanada - flaky pastry, cheesecake, fresh berries, and cinnamon sugar.

Wet Your Whistle

In addition to a fine assortment of wines and beers, Mexiquila offers an impressive collection of tequila brands to suit any palette. Margaritas served at your table or the comfy and stylish bar showcase the extensive array of tequila options. For example, the Mexi Casa features Tres Agave Organic Reposado with Cointreau, freshly squeezed lime, and a rim of sea salt.  Another favorite with a twist of pizazz is the Jalapeño Con Especias - a single estate Ocho Plata with Jim Jam’s Cowboy Juice, squeezed lime, fresh jalapeño, and a cilantro lime sugar rim. Other non-tequila Cócteles include It’s Gonna Be Mango made with Titos and mango, as well as the Alibi Gin Jersey Fresh mixed with Jersey blueberry simple syrup and club soda.

Every Monday through Friday this summer, Mexiquila hosts Tapas Hour from 3:00-5:00 PM. Mosey on up to the bar and sample all Mexican beers for $5.00 (bottle + draft), $10.00 Mexican sangria, and $2.00 off select wine by the glass. Tapas plates include options like Baked Clams, Stuffed Jalapeño, and Octopus Ceviche.

In addition to food and drinks, check out their live entertainment every Thursday from 5:30pm-8:30pm. For more information about Mexiquila, visit their Facebook page for the latest specials and happenings: