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Tapatio's Restaurant Mexicano

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734 E Memorial Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33801-8806
863-686-6958
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • 51
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    Very good
  • 11
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  • 6
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food, laid back atmosphere.

I've been in Lakeland for four days on business, and eaten at nothing but chain restaurants. It's hard to find an independent kind of place. Tapatio's serves very hearty, authentic Mexican food in a very casual setting. It was moderately priced, the service was friendly, and was a great place to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2015
IanF007
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Redmond, Washington
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Winter Haven, Florida
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Recently we recommended Tapatio's to my sister ,who is new to Lakeland. It was her birthday on April 8th 2015. The service was terrible and I was very embarrassed ! We have always had a great experience there and have never been dissapointed in the past. When the waitress came to take our order we had yet to see a... More 

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Poinciana, Florida
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82 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We have passed this restaurant now for almost 11 years, and have never stopped. After reading some of the reviews on TripAdvisor, we decided to give it a try. We were definitely not disappointed! Around 1:30pm, the restaurant was still full with lunch diners. Good sign! The service was excellent, and the menu was filled with wonderful choices. We each... More 

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Lakeland, Fl
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126 reviews 126 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We shared a chicken burrito supreme and a side of rice for an early dinner. Chips came out warmed and the house salsa was mild and well made. Burrito was well prepared. Rice came out steaming on a heated plate. Overall, the food is good but not exceptional. Menu is extensive with authentic Mexican dishes and some American favorites that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

We have been coming here a long time. Lovely hometown family serving the best authentic Mexican food around. Staff is very friendly, food is always hot and the service is fast. Reasonably priced and large portions. If your in town, don't miss Tapatios!!! You won't leave disappointed :)

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Burlington, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

I had the mixed grill which included 5 jumbo shrimp, beef with onion and mushrooms accompanied by Mexican rice. My son had the pork carnitas, which included Mexican rice. Both meals came with 3 corn tortillas. The homemade chips, salsa and salsa verde were to die for. Best Mexican grub we've had. Reasonably priced and wonderful service. We will definitely... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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72 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Tasted better food at Hardy's and Taco Bell. The quality of the food and service gets worse with time. Its over priced. Go else where.

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Lakeland, Florida
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25 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have been driving by Tapatio's Restaurante (the original) 734 E. Memorial Blvd. Lakeland, FL 33801 for a year, and disappointed it took me that long to stop. Why? Because this is one of the best Mexican meals I have ever had! Stopping in for and early Sunday dinner, the restaurant was busy, but clean, welcoming but bustling. We were... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I stuck with my staple item, fajitas. Beef and chicken. Awful. Flavor was terrible. Over priced for poor quality of food. Cheese dip was the worst I've had. Didn't eat it all and definitely did not take the leftovers to go. Chips were good, but the salsas were poor. Service.....what service? It looked like it was a free for all... More 

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Florida
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205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The warm chips and 2 different salsas, a red and a green, started the meal out right. My carnitas con chile verde contained lean chunks of flavorful pork smothered in spicy green sauce. The accompanying rice and beans had an excellent texture and flavor to match. I especially enjoyed the generous coating of cheese covering the beans. Service was attentive... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I've been in Lakeland for four days on business, and eaten at nothing but chain restaurants. It's hard to find an independent kind of place. Tapatio's serves very hearty, authentic Mexican food in a very casual setting. It was moderately priced, the service was friendly, and was a great place to take the small team from work.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 734 E Memorial Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33801-8806
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lakeland
  • Phone Number: 863-686-6958

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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