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El Azteca

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70 Highlands Plaza, Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-2244
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: Reservations
Good for:
Reservations

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Super Food

We were in the area and hungry, so teens looked up on their iphones and found this place was well reviewed. We were very happy we did. The chips and salsa came out and we were a bit surprised that the salsa was dark( not red, but almost black!) Oh but were we surprised! It was delicious. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 12, 2015
awilliams62
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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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Denham Springs, Louisiana
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We were in the area and hungry, so teens looked up on their iphones and found this place was well reviewed. We were very happy we did. The chips and salsa came out and we were a bit surprised that the salsa was dark( not red, but almost black!) Oh but were we surprised! It was delicious. The cheese dip... More 

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Odessa, Florida
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We were looking for restaurants in Highlands, NC, that we had not visited and weren't too expensive. We discovered this Mexican restaurant on Yelp, and it did not disappoint us. We had a bit of a hard time finding it as it was off of the main road. We first ordered two large mango margaritas. Were they the best I've... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We order from here several times a month for lunch. I called and placed a to go order at 11:01am. Arrived to pick up at 11:15am. Finally got food at 11:32am. I was the only customer in the restaurant at the time, so the wait was uncalled for. The order was wrong and the guy at the cash register was... More 

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Roswell, GA
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We chose El Azteca because at 8:00 on a Sunday evening in Highlands, your choices are limited. We were pleasantly surprised. All the dishes were very fresh tasting and delicious. A slight difference from the normal refried beans, rice, etc. at most Mexican restaurants. Service was perfect and the margaritas were perfect. We will definitely go back.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The restaurant was decorated for Halloween which looked neat but they were only using black lights for lighting which made it very difficult to see and read the menu. The queso wasn't very good but the chicken fajitas were delicious.

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Oldsmar, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Wonderful Mexican restaurant. Surprised and happy to see vegetarian meals listed...my burrito was outstanding. Our four-some loved the black bean dip with the tortilla chips! Not a bad meal at our table! It's a definite return-to!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Sitting atop the small city of Highlands is this hidden gem. El Azteca is amazing. The service is excellent! My server, Lorraine was very attentive and had a great professional but humorous personality. The Quesadillas are amazing and fresh. The strawberry mint marguerita is a very unique and delightfully refreshing drink that complimented my meal very well. The owner of... More 

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round rock, tx
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I'm a picky Mexican food eater. We're from the land of tex-mex, and can easily find delicious food within a mile of our home. That being said, El Azteca was pretty good. We went twice during our trip to the mountains. The fajitas were so-so, but the shrimp enchiladas were divine! Not too drowned in cheese, and had excellent flavor.... More 

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iofnewt
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I was happy to find a Mexican place in Highlands. I went with several family members (Texans and Californians). Service was friendly. Food was ok considering the location. They charge extra for Wi-Fi so if you were planning on using it with your smart phone it will cost and they add it to your bill. . At first I thought... More 

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Birmingham
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Friendly staff; delicious food -- fresh! Local vegetables used as much as possible. No cans! Salsa is the BEST I have ever tasted (and I'm from Texas).

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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?