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El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

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900 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 55
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    Very good
  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very good menu

Went there with a large group, because it was close to the motel, actually across the parking lot. We went due to location but were pleasantly surprised by very good menu. They were able to seat the large group quickly and the service was fast and efficient. Everybody in our group thought what... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Kent P
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nashoba, okla
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nashoba, okla
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Went there with a large group, because it was close to the motel, actually across the parking lot. We went due to location but were pleasantly surprised by very good menu. They were able to seat the large group quickly and the service was fast and efficient. Everybody in our group thought what they selected was very good.

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Mount Erie
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Very nice place. Food and service was very good. Only complaint was asked if we wanted a booth seat and said yes and server took us all the way through the restaurant to the very last booth. Passed many empty booths on the way, she walked so fast couldn't get her attention. My partner can not hardly walk and really... More 

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La Vergne
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Must do for good Mexican food. Had the huge burrito. It was great. The chips and salsa were good too and outstanding service!

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Cookeville
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Great place to eat. Fast and friendly service. Best Mexican Food place in Cookeville, Tn. Make sure you go to the one on Willow Ave. Will even sing to you on your Birthday. Try it if you Love Mexican Food.

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Tennessee
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We met friends there for lunch on the way through at their recommendation. The service was speedy and the food was good. Can't say it was "fantastic". The salsa with chips was average, crispy taco a little bland.

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Canton, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Anytime we visit Cookeville we always go back to El Tap! One of my favorite places to eat when I lived there so we always go back!

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The food is the best Mexican I have ever eaten! It doesn't taste generic like so many other restaurants do. The Fundido appetizer was fantastic! Our server needed a bit more help, but we were not in a rush.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

When we lived in the area several years ago, this is a restaurant that we would visit almost once a week. Their food was consistently good, service was always quick, and prices were very reasonable. We always try to stop in for lunch or dinner when we are back visiting this area. Our family favorites are the chimichanga, fajitas, enchiladas,... More 

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

When we moved from Texas we were really hoping for our usual Tex-Mex type meal...which it wasn't. My first time there I wasn't impressed with their nachos because they were soggy...which I found out later the locals like. But now we frequent quite often because everything else is just really good. I get the beef chimichanga's almost every time and... More 

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Menu, service and food were on a par with what you find at many of the better Mexican restaurants in TN.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 900 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Cookeville

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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