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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: Reservations

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 21
    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
Good food. Friendly staff.

We ended up eating here twice. Both time last were at odd hours when the crowds aren't there. Staff was nice and friendly and attentive. Food was good. The salsa is unique here and not like most places. Can't wait to go back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
mindctrl
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South Carolina
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South Carolina
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We ended up eating here twice. Both time last were at odd hours when the crowds aren't there. Staff was nice and friendly and attentive. Food was good. The salsa is unique here and not like most places. Can't wait to go back.

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Highlands, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Whenever we have an occasion to celebrate, birthday, anniversary, etc we always love to go to El Azteca! The fish tacos are fantastic and do yourself a favor and get the margarita grande...It is a fun place with good energy. We love it!

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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

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

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
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

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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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?