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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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11:00 am - 10:30 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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 52
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 7
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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
Reliable Consistent Good Food

This restaurant is a must do whenever we fly into Orlando airport. It is a bit of a drive from Orlando, about 40 minutes each way. But talk about worth the drive. Food is always hot and fresh and delicious. Service is consistently fast and good. Our favorites are the fresh, not steak fajitas... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
NemoWinsAgain
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Polk City, Florida
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106 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Central Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We love Tapatio's. As Lakelanders, it is our go-to restaurant for Mexican food. My husband is a Texan and has eaten countless meals in little Mexican restaurants, and Tapatio's stacks up to all of them. We love the owners, who are almost always there. They run a tight ship and you will never have to wait very long for your... More 

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Polk City, Florida
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58 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is a must do whenever we fly into Orlando airport. It is a bit of a drive from Orlando, about 40 minutes each way. But talk about worth the drive. Food is always hot and fresh and delicious. Service is consistently fast and good. Our favorites are the fresh, not steak fajitas or the enchilada and burrito specials... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

While visiting my father in Lakeland, FL we were looking for some good Mexican food. My father had been here previously so he took us here for dinner on 4/28/15. We were seated quickly and the restaurant was full. I had the Carne Asada traditional tacos, my brother had the Carnitas Dinner Special and my dad had Chicken Tacos. I... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This is the original Tapatio's restaurant and is located in north Lakeland. Another is located on South Florida Avenue, which is bigger and with more atmosphere. They are both good, but we think the north location has slightly better food, for some reason. Whenever we are up that way and we are ready for lunch, we stop in. The food... More 

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St. Charles, IL
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57 restaurant reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We have visited this restaurant twice and have had excellent experiences both times. The prices are so reasonable, the food is quite good, the service is very quick and friendly, and the laid back casual feel is enjoyable. Both times, we ate the Fajitas and enjoyed our entrees. The free chips/salsa appetizers given are really good, too.

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Winter Haven, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

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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110 reviews 110 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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132 reviews 132 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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11 restaurant reviews
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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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?