14 Chain Restaurant Margaritas Under $10 That Are Surprisingly Good

Whether on the rocks or blended, plain rim or salt-caked, margaritas always hit the spot.
Updated April 26, 2024
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Who doesn't love sipping on a margarita to unwind after a long day?

While some might consider these OG cocktails a spendy indulgence when dining out, many chain restaurants sell them at good prices, making it easy to treat yourself and keep more money in your pocket.

Here’s where you can snag a margarita for under $10, which in this economy is a good deal. Prices may vary depending on location.

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If you have a sweet tooth, a margarita from Applebee’s is calling your name. They have several options under $10, including two made with trendy mezcal: Classic and Passion Fruit.

If you’re a fan of The Rock, you’ll enjoy sipping on the new Breaking Rock Rita made with Teremana Blanco Tequila. All are $9.

Buffalo Wild Wings

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Buffalo Wild Wings may be known for their wings (obviously), but their margaritas have quite the reputation as well. They’re balanced in flavor, use premium ingredients, and seldom get sent back.

You can snag their Strawberry Margarita for a mere $6 during happy hour, which pairs perfectly with wings.

Chevy's Fresh Mex

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Hands up if you’ve ever spent far too long watching El Machino crank out tortillas. If that’s you, perhaps it was after enjoying a few of Chevy’s Classic Margaritas, made with gold tequila.

This classic, customizable beverage will only set you back $9. Or come during happy hour, when you can score margaritas for $8, including frozen or jalapeño cucumber flavor.

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Chili’s is one of the biggest sellers of Tequila in the country, thanks to their reasonably priced margaritas. For starters, their margarita of the month is only $6 – quite the steal.

Other options from their extensive marg menu include the Skinny Marg and their famous Presidente Margarita (both $9.00), among others.


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Accompany your huge plate of Tex-Mex favorites with one of Chuy’s Famous Ritas. For $9, you can get a regular one frozen, on the rocks, with strawberry flavoring, or swirled.

Happy hour at Chuy’s means all margaritas are $2 off, allowing you to snag a Flavored Rocks Rita — watermelon, blackberry, raspberry, peach, or mango — for $10.

Dave & Busters

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Let your inner child free at Dave & Busters, one of our favorite places to play games and sip on adult beverages. That, of course, includes a selection of margaritas.

Thanks to happy hour at D&B, you can enjoy a Tres Tequila Rita for a mere $5. 

El Torito

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We love a good deal on a classic, like the House Margarita at El Torito. It’s $9 and is made with gold tequila, sweet and sour, and triple sec. Yum.

Drop by during happy hour, and you can sip on a Signature Margarita for $6; additional flavors will cost you an extra buck.

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

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Many of the margaritas on Lime Fresh’s menu are just over the $10 price point, but fortunately, they have happy hour specials for margarita aficionados.

For $6, you can get your hands on either the House Margarita or the Frozen Margarita.

Olive Garden

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Surprise, surprise, Olive Garden has a margarita on the menu, and it’s good! Yep, we’re fans of their Italian Margarita, which is made with amaretto — and it works! It costs $7.59.

There’s also a Watermelon Margarita on their all-day drink special menu, and it's only $5.

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On the Border

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Bold Tex-Mex is the name of the game at On the Border, where their Classic Margarita — frozen or on the rocks — costs $9.39.

During happy hour, grab a Classic Margarita for $4. Or, for a fruity vibe, opt for a Strawbrrrita or Mango Tango for $5.

Outback Steakhouse

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You don’t have to wait for happy hour at Outback Steakhouse to get your hands on affordable margaritas.

They have $7 adult beverages all day long, including the Sauza Gold Coast Rita, the Spicy Mango Rita, and the Strawberry Kiwi Rita. Or, opt for a flight of four margaritas for $9.99.

Ruby Tuesday

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Every Tuesday you can count on, well, Ruby Tuesday for $6 Hornitos Margaritas. Flavors include strawberry, peach, mango, wildberry, and raspberry.

For an extra $4, you can upgrade to a top-shelf tequila — not bad for a $10 adult beverage. We recommend pairing it with tacos to celebrate the day even more.

Rusty Taco

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Rusty Taco is all about the fundamentals without anything fancy — just good flavors. That tracks when it comes to their margarita menu, which is straightforward and fairly no-frills.

A regular margarita made with top-shelf liquor will only set you back $7. If you want mango or strawberry, it’s only $1 more.

The Cheesecake Factory

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If you love cheesecake and giant portions, The Cheesecake Factory should be in your regular restaurant rotation. They also serve a wide selection of alcoholic beverages.

To score a margarita under $10 here, you’ll want to go during happy hour when $8.50 will get you either a Classic Margarita or a Skinny-Style Margarita.

Bottom line

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A margarita always hits the spot after a busy work week or when you’re celebrating something fun. It’s even better when you buy one with your best rewards credit cards so you can earn points at your favorite restaurant.

Just be sure to enjoy your adult beverages in moderation, as the bill can add up quickly if you get too caught up in the fun. And as always, always have a designated driver.

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