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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 29
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  • 23
    Very good
  • 8
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  • 4
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Flavorful takeout

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Asheville, NC
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Asheville, NC
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278 reviews 278 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
269 helpful votes 269 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

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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Michigan
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155 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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South Carolina
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60 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?