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About us

The story of Quesada started when founder Steve Gill began exploring the bold flavours of Mexico. A flavour enthusiast, Steve’s home cooked recipes launched the first Quesada restaurant in Toronto in 2004. The demand for Quesada’s fresh, bold, customizable food was insatiable and customers regularly lined up for the Quesada experience and its mouthwatering homemade guacamole and salsas. Fast forward to 2022, Quesada has opened more than 170 stores coast to coast with over two dozen stores set to open in the 2022/2023 year, and has partnered with the David Suzuki Foundation, Second Harvest and Canada Soccer. In 2020 Quesada was recognized by the Globe and Mail as one of Canada’s top 400 growing companies. Quesada is set to continue its explosive growth across Canada.

Quesada is a member of the Canadian Franchise Association, the Conseil Quebecois de la franchise and the Canadian College and University Food Service Association (CCUFSA).

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Quesada's franchisee

Franchisee success stories

Quesada’s success can be measured by the number of Franchisees across Canada who have grown their businesses from one restaurant to multiple restaurants.

Two Franchisees: Daksh Patel (Surrey, British Columbia) and Nicole and Norm Latreille (Windsor, Ontario) have made a big impact on their region. Daksh has successfully opened 7 Quesada restaurants and will be adding another 4 in 2023; Nicole and Norm have successfully opened 4 restaurants and will be adding 1 more in 2023. In 2020 Daksh received Quesada’s National Franchisee. In 2018 and in 2021 Nicole and Norm received the National Franchisee Award and in 2021 received the Regional Franchisee Award.

Quesada Franchisees are dedicated to the community they serve from supporting children’s sports teams, to local food banks, and charities dear to their hearts.


First Quesada Opens


2014 Enterpreneur Franchise 500 Award


2017 Franchisee Choice Award. 2017 Enterpreneur Franchise 500 Award


Global & Mail Award. 2020 Franchisee Choice Award and The Award of Excellence Gold Award


Quesada has over 170 Stores in operation coast to cost


Quesada Begins franchising


2016 Franchisee Choice Award


2018 Franchisee Choice Award. Quesada open its 100th store Surrey BC


2021 Franchisee Choice Award. Quesada opens its 150th store in Edmonton

Interior and exterior of a Quesada restaurant

Site requirements

Quesada continues its expansion targeting sites of approximately 1,000 to 1,400 square feet in highly visible and accessible plazas or street fronts, both urban and suburban, with strong pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Quesada will consider small town communities with a minimum population base of 15,000 persons and kiosks or food court locations with high pedestrian counts.
Quesada’s build out requirements include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Minimum 18’ Frontage

  • Minimum 10’ Clear Height within Store

  • Demised Premises with 2 Hour Fire Rating

  • Smooth Concrete Floor

  • 2 Ton HVAC per 200 Square Feet

  • 200 AMP 220/208 Electrical Service with Panel

  • 4” Sanitary Line with Minimum ¾” Cold Water Line

  • Sprinklers System Main as Required

  • No Commercial Venting Necessary

  • No major Gas Line, beyond HVAC

  • Storefront Facia Signage

  • Pylon Signage (if available)

Quesada takes it TO THE MEX: lovingly handcrafted recipes with bold flavours and wholesome ingredients which are hand chopped, roasted and blended fresh each day.

Tofu Burrito cut in two

Join us and be part of a franchise you’ll be proud to call your own!