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70 Highlands Plaza, Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-2244
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Today
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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Quite good meal and service

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
South_Georgia_boy
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Macon, GA
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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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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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 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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Asheville, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We had takeout from El Azteca, a pork enchilada plate and a chicken enchilada plate. Both were very good, with a nice mix of flavors. Considerably better than the average Mexican dishes in this area. For tony Highlands, which in summer is Buckhead North, it is quite reasonably priced. The two takeout orders, plus ceviche and iced tea at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

One wouldn't normally think of turning to Highlands, NC for a Mexican meal, but El Azteca offered reasonably good food in this location. Although the enchiladas were fairly average, the shrimp diabla was suprisingly good (even though the recipe included an unexpected ingredient of broccoli). Service was excellent. The chips, unfortunately, were nothing to write home about, and the salsa... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We stopped in while we were waiting for our sushi to be finished at chinese restaurant near by. They had original Margaritas for $5 that day, so of course we had to try one. Enrique makes the best Margaritas ever! The next day after hiking we decided to stop in to try the new $5 flavor of the day. They... More 

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Bardstown, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We went for lunch and had to return during the course of our stay as the food was authentic and plenty to satisfy a traveler’s appetite! The prices were fantastic and the service was excellent!

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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

My husband and I ate here while on vacation. Hands down some of the best Mexican food we've ever had. We got the cheese dip with the chips which was delicious. I ordered the chicken guaraches and my husband ordered chicken quesadillas. The chicken was SO flavorful and seasoned perfectly. Everything tasted fresh. My husband is an extremely picky eater... More 

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Additional Information about El Azteca

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

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?