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El Tapatio

1145 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501-3142
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Ranked #34 of 222 restaurants in Grand Junction
Most recent review
- Jun 17, 2014
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43 reviews from our community

79% Recommend
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We enjoy El Tapatio for lunch. Smaller portions and lower prices than dinner menu. We really like their Carne Asada. The chicken enchiladas are also excellent. Wide variety of beers and cocktails. Margaritas are Awesome. Visit them often for authentic Mexican fare.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We were looking for fish tacos and we found them. They were authentic and yummy. The mole was fabulous too. The chili verde was excellent as well.

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Columbia, South Carolina
Top Contributor
198 reviews 198 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

After a long and tiring day of national park visiting -- Dinosaur National Monument and Colorado National Monument, both in the same day! – Colorado Jim and I were ready to settle for whatever decent-looking restaurant we chanced upon in Grand Junction. El Tapatio looked like it would do, so we gave it a try. It turned out to be... More

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Ogden, Utah
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Incredible food! Best Mexican food I've had outside of Mexico. Large menu, authentic dishes, terrific service.

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Central Colorado
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

As I've hardly eaten in a fraction of Junction Mexican restaurants I can't call it the best...however it wouldn't surprise me if it was...as this is some of the best Mexican food I've had. Outside of a few top-dollar Washington, DC 4 or 5 star Mexican joints...this place is superb...and for the price...excellent. Really friendly attentive service as well.

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Top Contributor
151 reviews 151 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I am glad that I violated my usual rule of never asking for restaurant recommendations from hotel staff. Visiting GJ the other night I broke down and asked the front desk clerk and the concierge where I could find a “local style” Mexican restaurant. Both recommended El Tapatio, and despite a relatively low rating here, we decided to try. Boy,... More

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Denver, Colorado
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We love hole in the wall Mexican spots but this one doesn't feel too clean and the food is honestly below average. My husband got sick afterwards and we have never been back.

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Western Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Very good food, friendly, clean. Excellent salsa. Menu changes sometimes, but the carne asada tacos haven't, the best in town. I often eat eggs and chorizo at the Fruita location after a ride on 18 Rd or Kokopelli trails. Cool, endless drinks, and good protein after the ride.

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Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We were traveling through the city on a long road trip and stopped here for our evening meal. It was a bit of a drive off the freeway we were on. The inside was comfortable and attractive. Their prices were higher than I expected and I had noticed on the way to our table that the portion sizes were very... More

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Denver, Colorado
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

We saw the reviews and it sounded like this would be a good place to try, we were wrong. The food is expensive and the taste is not that great. The service was not good, we had to wait 10 to 15 minutes to get a refill on the chips and we ordered the queso as an appetizer but it... More

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