After growing up in Los Angeles, we eventually moved to Germantown, Maryland in 1999 and soon became frustrated with the lack of taco options. We were used to having meat in our burritos and spice in our salsas!

Thus began Dad’s daydreams of bringing L.A. style tacos to the suburbs of Maryland. Ten years later, this dream was realized with the opening of Tortacos.

All of our food is made fresh from scratch every day, including our salsas and marinade. We’re proud to be a family-owned and operated restaurant, offering our delicious food at fair prices to our community.


Después de crecer en Los Ángeles, nuestro papa y nosotros nos mudamos a Germantown, Maryland en el 1999 y pronto nos frustramos con la falta de opciones de buenos tacos, ya que estábamos acostumbrados a tener carne en nuestros burritos y sabor en nuestras salsas!

Y así comenzó a soñar nuestro papa con la idea de traer los tacos de Los Angeles a los suburbios de Maryland. Diez años más tarde, y por fin fue capaz de iniciar su sueño.

Toda nuestra comida se hace fresca todos los días con los mejores ingredientes para todos nuestros platos, incluyendo nuestras salsas y marinado. Además, somos un restaurante de familia, con nosotros mismos hechando la mano y orgullosos de ofrecer nuestra deliciosa comida a precios justos para nuestra comunidad.

“Tops on the tacos roster are the marinated pork cooked on a spit (ask for grilled pineapple on the side) and the gently braised beef tongue, both of which come tucked into lightly griddled corn tortillas. The torta side of the menu is best represented by a two-hander that brings together charbroiled steak, beans, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and mayo – it’s big enough to share. To drink, there’s horchata, a sweet rice-and-cinnamon refresher, which is made in-house and is exceptional.” – Cheap Eats honors 2015

“With fresh food that is made from scratch daily – and delicious salsas and marinades that tantalize the taste buds – Tortacos is a family-owned eatery that serves up delicious dishes to local diners. From the menu, you have the difficult choice between chicken, pork, tender steaks, and – for the more adventurous – braised beef tongue. With fair prices and big flavors, this eatery should be on your list if you are travelling to Gaithersburg.”

“A tidy open kitchen lets diners in on the action of a hot grill. Tongue, steak, chicken and pork (sweet from its pineapple marinade) are served on two-ply corn tortillas that can be accessorized with a bonanza of fresh toppings from the help-yourself condiment cart.Tortacos is a hybrid shop; there are tortas, or sandwiches on the menu, too.”

“Best tacos outside Mexico! The tacos al pastor are amazing – seasoned and marinated meat pressed into a round on a rotisserie, sliced, and served as ordered. The guacamole is freshly made. The owners and staff are always friendly, and they ensure that everyone is happy.” – Terry

“The corn tortillas, two per taco, were soft and flavorful. The portions of meat overflowed the tortillas – about two-times as much meat as I have received at other places. I had the pork, chicken and beef and liked all three. The first time a 3 taco dish filled me up!” – Brian C

I think we can all agree that there are some things in life that are better than others – like TACOS. The only question is: Where should you go to get the ultimate best one? We asked Yelp for the most popular places to get tacos in every state – which they measured using an algorithm that (compiled) the number of reviews plus the star rating for every business on Yelp. – September 2016

“The owners of Tortacos came to D.C. from California and were shocked by the lack of good Mexican food in the nation’s capital. They decided it was time that those inside and outside the Beltway had a taste of the Golden State. Tortacos serves masterful al pastor, sweet and slightly tart from pineapple marinade, while also charred from the spit with deep, earthy chile flavors. The chips were exceptional, thick and intensely crunchy with large crystals of salt. The horchata was aromatic and slightly sweet, yet refreshing — a difficult balance to achieve.”

“As someone who loves and obsesses over tacos and has eaten a lot of them from many places (including all over SoCal), I can confidently say this place is among the best in the country. Their al pastor tacos are the best I’ve ever had anywhere, period. ” – pisha_j

“The Tacos are awesome, quick and very reasonable. I love how you can put whatever ingredients you want on your tacos. Growing up in California I miss good Mexican food. This place answers the mail.” – Dorian D

“This hidden gem has some of the best Mexican food I have had on the East Coast. Al Pastor right off the spit just like they do it at the best taco stands in Mexico.”
– Drunksweet21

“Everything is wonderful from the food to the service. I ordered a carnitas burrito bowl and it was great. I highly recommend the guac and their horchata is fabulous! Very authentic!” – Corinna Bonk

“This place is amazing! Super quick, you get to put your own toppings, and the meats are great… Ughhhh so good!” – Colette De Castro

“I love Mexican food and I love tacos, and this place met my expectations. The tacos were very flavorful and they give you a lot of meat! Toppings are unlimited and self served. I love spicy food and this hits the spot.” – Lisa H.

“Speechless! This food did not disappoint. I tried the Al Pastor tacos… and the marinated pork was so flavorful, succulent, and scrumptious… oh my!” – Nneka M.

“One of the best spots in Montgomery county. I live for tacos, and I keep coming back here. The food is
absolutely incredible. I have yet to feel anything close to disappointment.” – Nick T.

I find any excuse I can to drive out to Tortacos from DC. It’s that good. Order at the counter and await your delicious future. Start with the taco combo and try three different meats. Be brave and get the lengua, be bold and get the al pastor, and be wild and surprise yourself with the third. You really cannot go wrong. – Amanda C.

“My kids love Tortacos – love the salsa bar, they love the menu and most of all, they love the very, very friendly service. The food is very fresh and served with a smile. You’ll enjoy it! – Lynn F.

“This place is legit LA style taco joint. Everything is great and fresh but the al pastor is some of the best I’ve ever had. owners and employees are super chill and friendly. I love this place.” – Jonathan P.


9629 Lost Knife Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Tel. 240-632-9423
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13024 Middlebrook Road
Germantown, MD 20874
Tel. 240-246-7717
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Sunday – Wednesday
11am – 9pm

Thursday – Saturday
11am – 10pm



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