Tacos Chukis

South Lake Union, Seattle

Roberto Salmerón

It’s going to be the same concept but a little more polished…

Roberto Salmerón


  • Pat MacGregor
  • Jordan Garnee
  • Matthew Sims
  • Ben Frey-Booth
  • James Jennings
  • Collaborators

    Tacos Chukis was realized in collaboration with Roberto Salmerón and Graham Baba Architects. Special thanks to Performance Mechanical, Power Solutions Electric, Structural Radar Imaging, Ace Fire Systems, Tydi Concrete Cutting, Merit Electric, Anvil House, Pacific Rim, Ricardo’s Masonry, Kor Drywall, Armorclad Floors, Sound Design, NOVO Painting, Diamond Polishing Systems, Sound Glass, K&A Custom Painting, NW Elements and Total Plumbing. Photographs courtesy of Suzi Pratt.

    Press & Links

    "The new location is a big change for Tacos Chukis, splashier and much easier to find than the Capitol Hill original, which is hidden at the back of the second floor of the dingy Broadway Alley building without a sign or sandwich board to indicate the restaurant's presence." — Seattle Eater


    Whatever potential drawbacks the original location has -- a small kitchen, no street visibility, no signage -- the new South Lake Union location is the complete opposite. It’s located under a brand-new apartment complex and surrounded by large windows on two sides.

    For Salmerón, the decision to open another location was a no-brainer. The unexpected growth of the original -- and recent popularity -- has propelled the cramped restaurant into the spotlight. But transferring the unique vibe of the Capitol Hill location to the new space was a major concern.

    “I was definitely worried about that [the vibe] aspect,” he said. “But this new spot is going to let me do what I sought from the beginning. It’s definitely not going to be the same, but I think we can put out something that works.”

    " — Thrillist

    "Hungry? Thirsty? Of course you are!" — Tacos Chukis