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Lead Staff

Alejandro Castillon Prieto
Owner & Head Chef

Jesus Castillo

Akaena Ballesteros
General Manager

Kevin Weber
Assistant General Manager

Miah Haworth
Creative Marketing


Prieto 2019

chef 2002

Welcome to Prieto. Created by chef Alejandro Castillon Prieto, a master of the taco arts, and no stranger to the Minneapolis food scene.

Castillon, an immigrant from Sonora, Mexico, first started his chef’s journey back in at Solera. He quickly moved through the city working at Barrio and Bar La Grassa alongside chefs such as Daniel del Prado and Issac Becker. In 2011 he planted his own roots at the popular Midtown Global Market with his first hit Sonora Grill. Castillon’s Sonora creation expanded in 2013 to a full restaurant down the street in Longfellow.

Sonora Grill is the brainchild of Castillon that featured infusions of Mexican and Spanish cuisine with creations such as the Hermosillo Roll, an out of this world ceviche and his famous, vibrant orange shrimp caramelo taco.

2019 brings Castillon back down Lake street to the Lyn-Lake area; new location with familiar flavors. Prieto features firewood smoked tacos, traditional in style paired with Castillon’s natural flair for food-creativity. He stays close to his roots with these new scratch-kitchen creations hoping to bring a sense of an authentic Mexican cuisine to Lyndale Avenue. A full handcrafted cocktail bar, intimate seating and plenty of natural light create an atmosphere perfect for any and all taco aficionados.



Recent Press

The Growler - Up in Smoke: Alejandro Castillon is using the smoker at Prieto Taqueria to unite classic Mexican fare and global technique

Eater Twin Cities - The Hottest Restaurants in Minneapolis and St Paul Right Now, July 2019

Star Tribune - New BBQ Mexican restaurant in Lyn-Lake

Eater Twin Cities - Prieto Is Lyn/Lake’s New Taco Obsession From a Chef Embracing the Beauty of Doing Less

Eater Twin Cities - Smoked Meat Taqueria Is the Lunch Through Late Night Restaurant Lyn/Lake Deserves