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  • Tamale Thursday!

    Tamales were traditionally served at special feasts in Mexico. We have a different tamale every Thursday!
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  • Patio Greenery

    Exotic kiwi and bay leaf trees, huge barrel cactus, and some of the prettiest flowers you ever did see!
    See more on Flickr!

  • Happy Hour – Ora de Feliz!

    $5 Margaritas? Yes please! $2 Sol, Tecate or Bohemia? You had me at $2! Take advantage of the best drink deals in Portland!

  • Feeding an army?

    We've got you covered. Our party platter menu will cater to any size fiesta!
    Party Platters!

  • Join the El Rayo Team

    Warm weather is here and we are accepting applications for quality team members to join our Portland location, and our soon to open Scarborough location.
    Join the Team

El Rayo Taqueria

Authentic Mexican in Portland, Maine - Locally Sourced!

At El Rayo 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 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.   Take a look at our menus, and don't forget to sign up for our specials by email.

Call for Take Out!

We are located at 101 York Street in Portland (207) 780-TACO - (207) 780-8226. and 245 U.S. Route 1 in Scarborough (207) 494-1000

Awesome Reviews!

The karma and ambiance are excellent: colorful, lively, festive, informal, and the retro-cool factor is pretty high. You'll enjoy yourself!

We're Open!

El Rayo Taqueria is open 7 days a week! Check the hours for Portland and Scarborough.