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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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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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  • 11
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  • 6
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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
Most recent review
Well Run Restaurant

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Lakeland, Fl
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Lakeland, Fl
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124 reviews 124 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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81 reviews 81 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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306 reviews 306 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Lakeland, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Tapatio's is on E. Memorial Blvd. (US 92) in Lakeland. The surrounding area is a little on the seedy/unsavory side, but once inside the decor is pleasing, and the food is very good and a cut way above Taco Bell fare just down the street. Prices are fair for what you get. I suggest going during the daylight hours; after... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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114 reviews 114 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I eat in Mexican restaurants a lot when we travel. Tapatios was excellent. He had the Cactus chili. It was very good. He might even try adding a little cactus in his own chili! Food was well presented and service was very good.

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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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