We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Tapatio's Restaurant Mexicano

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
734 E Memorial Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33801-8806
863-686-6958
Website
Today
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
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: Reservations
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 93 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 48
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Food and service were both exceptional

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 10, 2015
solomon5
,
Florida
Good for:
  • Reservations
Add Photo Write a Review

93 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Florida
Top Contributor
305 reviews 305 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
194 helpful votes 194 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Redmond, Washington
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lakeland, Florida
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We are regulars here (well, as regular as our budget allows), and have never been disappointed. Not even once. We prefer the South Florida Avenue location over the Memorial Boulevard location, due to the newer facility and overall cleanliness of the surrounding area. The staff have always (at both locations) been very friendly and accommodating, and the food never fails... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Winter Haven, Florida
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

We occasionally visit the Memorial Drive restaurant when we're in the Lakeland area shopping. The food is very good, served quickly by a very attentive staff. The chips and mild salsa are excellent. The cheese dip is the best we've ever tried. We will be back.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lakeland, Florida
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Tapatio's has two locations in Lakeland but our family has only visited the one located on Memorial Hwy. This is one of our local favorites and the only one we visit when we are in the mood for Mexican food. An attractive family restaurant with great service and very authentic flavor to their entire menu which is varied and can... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lakeland, Florida, United States
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Everything about thos restaurant is fabulous and I have been to both locations in lakeland and they'e equally fabulous!!! Never had a bad experience at these restaurant. Must try their sangria absolutely yummy!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Orlando, Florida
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Definitely my favorite place to eat in Lakeland. They have two locations and both are great but the atmosphere is a little nicer at the S Lakeland location. The Tapatios on Memorial used to be a Burger King so that is a little odd. Other than that no complaints. We have always been very impressed with the cleanliness of the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

We visit Tapatio's each time we come to town. It is absolutely the best Mexican food in the area. Our family agrees as this is the restaurant of choice for birthdays and other special occasions. The salsa is spicy but very good. My personal favorites are the tacos al pastor and the chimichanga. My wife gets taco salad at each... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Tapatio's Restaurant Mexicano also viewed

Lakeland, Central Florida
 
Lakeland, Central Florida
 

Been to Tapatio's Restaurant Mexicano? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Tapatio's Restaurant Mexicano staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?