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El Azteca

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70 Highlands Plaza, Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-2244
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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We had dinner tonight here for the first time in 5 years and goodness it's changed. Years ago it had a very small menu, now I didn't know where to start. I finally decided on the fish tacos. So good. Can't wait to go back and try out some of their speciality margaritas, mojitos and many other items... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
Trudie G
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Scaly Mountain, North Carolina, United States
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Scaly Mountain, North Carolina, United States
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had dinner tonight here for the first time in 5 years and goodness it's changed. Years ago it had a very small menu, now I didn't know where to start. I finally decided on the fish tacos. So good. Can't wait to go back and try out some of their speciality margaritas, mojitos and many other items that caught... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I have eaten at this restaurant at least three times, and it seems to get worse every time. I will not return here. It is very curious that this restaurant stays in business, however, I have noticed that the clientele is shorter and shorter in number. The food is a poor attempt at Mexican, and certainly not what would be... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This was by far the most unusual Mexican food I have ever had. The Margaritas did not taste like a standard Margarita. I did not finish mine. I ordered tostadas which came with hot sauce on top almost no cheese & squeezed from a bottle/tube sour cream. Could not finish, they were not to my liking.

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Miami, Florida
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Excellent salsa and well-prepared, fresh mexican dishes. In the Bryson's Plaza, it's off Main Street off 106. Friendly staff.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I'm from California and I like this Mexican restaurant very very much. Fish tacos, tortilla soup, chicken quesadillas, chicken taco salad, and carnitas are all delicious. The locals who took me there rave about the burritos etc. I haven't heard anything that people don't like. Wait staff is friendly and very prompt.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The best Mexican in Highlands Not only the margaritas but the food was great. I didn't get indigestion and I was full. Great food and great service.

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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

To summarize my visit. It was a to go order, hostess gave me a to go menu. I ordered, paid for it, walked outside to wait. I then realized i was overcharged. I walked back in and spoke a guy by the bar, i told him i didn't get my receipt. He gave me a copy, I then pointed out... More 

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Sarasota, FL
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Monday evening after 4th of July weekend is perhaps not the best time to judge a restaurant. Definitely understaffed; very crowded and tables nearby never cleared, since by the time we were seated there was no longer a line to be seated. Not our first visit but first in a year or so. Very disappointed in the quality of the... More 

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Macon, GA
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch with no idea what to expect. I had the fish taco plate, which was quite tasty. Spouse had carne asada, which she enjoyed. Service was excellent.

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Naples, Florida
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64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We wanted to like El Azteca from the start, but things went sour when a hair was found in the salsa and the server tried to blame it on us! We asked for nothing when informing the server of the hair but the bowl be taken away and thought it would be helpful for them to know. The meat burritos... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 70 Highlands Plaza, Highlands, NC 28741
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: (828) 526-2244

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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