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  • Tamale Tuesday!

    Tamales were traditionally served at special feasts in Mexico. We have a different tamale every Tuesday!
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  • Oyster Monday!

    $1 Oysters every Monday. Oyster hauls vary week to week so check our social pages for updates!

  • 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!

  • Saving the world one taco at a time

    We're always trying to find ways to go greener, including sourcing our food locally, growing our own herbs, and composting!
    Think Green

  • 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, at the corner of York and High Streets in Portland. Call for take out: (207) 780-TACO - (207) 780-8226. Map it!

Awesome Reviews!

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

Taqueria or Cantina?

What's your pleasure? El Rayo Taqueria is right next door to our sister property El Rayo Cantina - with a full bar and it's own unique menu.