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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, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very good Mexican food

My husband and I have gone to El Azteca many times before and it is always good. Last night we went with a very large group (30) and they did a great job. The service was very good and prompt and everyone at our table said their food was really good.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Psconc
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Highlands, North Carolina
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Highlands, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I have gone to El Azteca many times before and it is always good. Last night we went with a very large group (30) and they did a great job. The service was very good and prompt and everyone at our table said their food was really good.

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Thank Psconc
Highlands, North Carolina
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner with 50 friends. It was amazing to observe the outstanding service. The food was superb as well as the cocktails. It was a delightful event and we had much fun with our friends. And, of course, the delicious food and drink contributed to this wonderful event. Look forward to returning soon.

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Thank Luther T
Atlanta, GA , United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Several times we have visited El Azteca and are always impressed with the quality, quantity and service. It's laid back, inexpensive and good!! Tom S.

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Thank Tom S
Jacksonville, Florida
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food, excellent service, happy employees, personalized service!!! I will go back and recommend to my friends ,,

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Thank David O
Highlands, North Carolina
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80 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our hiking group went to El Azteca tonight. There were 30 of us for drinks and dinner. The service was spot on...not an error that I saw. The orders were taken and the food was promptly served and was very good. Everything exceeded my expectations. I know this place is always good but when you slam them with so many... More 

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Thank James R
Blue Ridge, GA
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58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

What a great find in Highlands! The salsa was not your regular tomato based salsa, it is hard to explain but it was the best salsa we have ever had - you have to try it. The food we had was very fresh and flavorful, and WITHOUT the familiar refried bean puddle on the side. They offer many flavors of... More 

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Thank Blogger21
Atlanta, Georgia
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Delicious and very fresh! Service was fast and friendly. Sat outside on patio on a perfect Fall day. Loved it and will be back again!

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Thank Riddlerj
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

Nice to have a good Mexican option while on vacation in Highlands. This is more of a locals kind of place but we really enjoyed the casual atmosphere, friendly staff and great drinks.

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Thank MI_travelers2013
Seneca, South Carolina
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

My mom and I stopped in here after a day of shopping. Lunch was good. Margaritas were good and our food was hot and fresh. Waiter was friendly and helpful.

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Thank Blissperk
Pensacola, FL
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We stopped in based on reviews for some Mexican dishes while staying a week in Highlands. I ordered a salad because of the goodies promised in it. However, half the advertised ingredients were missing, including corn, pineapple, jalapenos, and onion. I was disappointed the salad was not as advertised. I would not go back because of this experience.

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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 Mountains  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: (828) 526-2244

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?