El Rayo Taqueria

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 4 Reviews
Serves meat, veg options available. Opened since 2009, this casual taqueria makes Mexican food with happy hour specials. Uses dairy and egg. Veg choice include grilled vegetable tacos, veggie chilequiles, and portabello burrito. No labeled vegan food but could specify no cheese, sour cream. Free wi-fi. Dog friendly. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Ovo, Lacto, Mexican, Beer/Wine, Take out, Non-veg
101 York St
Portland, Maine 04101

Open Mon-Sun 11am-9pm.

  • Outdoor seating
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accepts credit cards


First Review by bunnyfarts


  • vegan

Great Restaurant and atmosphere

4 Posted on 08 / 07 / 2013

El Rayo is a very fun Taquaria. It is also very inexpensive. All their food is made fresh each day and has an authentic mexican taste. The vegan options are limited and the wait staff aren't all up to speed on vegan so remember to ask them to skip the cheese and sour cream. The best time to go is in the summer when bands are playing outside. The chips, salsa and guacamole are fantastic and the drinks are really good too. I recommend the Frijoles and Verduras (if you like it spicy) burritos. Tacos are good if you like soft corn tortillas. Remember to skip the cheese and sour cream (crema fresca).

Pros: Very Inexpensive, Atmosphere, music and staff, Great Burrittos
Cons: Limited vegan options, Winter is indoors, really a summer place


  • vegan


3 Posted on 07 / 03 / 2013

El Rayo's not the best and not the worst. I've been there several times and the vegan food available is kind of boring. Two times, when I told the server I was vegan she looked at me like I was from Mars. They have a yummy salad that would be perfect if it had some protein like beans or tofu on it. Nice atmosphere and great in the summer to sit outside.

Pros: Outdoor Seating, Nice Vibe, Small Portions
Cons: Few Vegan Options, Vegan Options are Bland, Some severs don't know what vegan is


  • vegetarian

ok place

3 Posted on 08 / 23 / 2012

This place is fun and busy, often has live music. I had the vegetable burrito with plantains which was good, the tacos were not that good and really small. I think it is a little overpriced as the portions are small. If you want a great burrito I can highly recommend going to Chipotle! mmm so yummi and great quality at a fair price.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday August 15, 2012

Pros: good burrito, fun
Cons: busy, 25 min wait, expensive


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