Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on the 5th of May, is a vibrant commemoration of Mexican heritage and pride. Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a joyous occasion filled with colorful parades, lively music, traditional dances, and of course, delicious cuisine. Among the most beloved beverages enjoyed during this festive time is the margarita, a refreshing concoction that perfectly complements the spirited celebrations. With its blend of tequila, lime juice, and triple sec, the margarita has become synonymous with Cinco de Mayo, adding an extra zest to the festivities and serving as a toast to Mexican culture and history.


To help you celebrate, here is a sampling of local restaurants that feature traditional and spiced-up margaritas:


Taco Jed:

Taco Jed is known for the creative and delicious tacos, the “Jed Shed”, and its welcoming atmosphere which often features live music Saturdays and Sundays between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Taco Jed is a great option for a margarita this Cinco De Mayo.

Taco Jed

Taco Jed | Photo Credit: Rochester Magazine

Chester’s Kitchen and Bar:

Chester’s Kitchen and Bar is a staple in the Rochester community and known for its cozy atmosphere. Offering a variety of dishes and drinks, Chester’s offers “an unforgettable dining experience” and there is no better way to indulge than with their “Spiced Cranberry Margarita”.

Chester's Bar Area

Chester's Kitchen and Bar | Photo Credit: TJ Turner

Los Arcos Kitchen and Cantina:

Los Arcos recently opened in Rochester in September of 2019 with the idea of offering the authentic flavors of Mexican cuisine to the local community. Los Arcos currently features two locations, one north and one south, and are working to establish a food truck.

Los Arcos Marg

Los Arcos Kitchen and Cantina | Photo Credit: Experience Rochester

The Tap House:               

With two locations here in Rochester, The Tap House is a local favorite with over 50 taps, outdoor seating, and a rooftop bar (Historic 3rd St), The Tap House remains an excellent option for ordering one of their “Tap House Margaritas” which come in flavors such as "Spicy Blackberry Margarita, Agave Nectar Margarita, and The Tap House Margarita".

Enjoy The Tap House rooftop patio in Rochester, MN

The Tap House | Photo Credit: Rochester Magazine

Five West Kitchen + Bar:

Five West Kitchen + Bar offers a large variety of menu options, from salads and sandwiches to pizza and main dishes such as the salmon rice bowl, ribeye steak and many more. Five West is proud to “have something for everyone!”  The “Cranberry Crush Margarita” is sure to make a memorable evening.

Five West

Five West Kitchen + Bar | Photo Credit: AB Photography.US