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El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

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900 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN
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  • 52
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  • 28
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  • 14
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  • 3
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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
On Willow Avenue

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Canton, Michigan
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Canton, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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
8 helpful votes 8 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
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 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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Purcell, OK
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78 reviews 78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Service was good, prices reasonable, food only average. My wife and I ate here because of Trip Adviser reviews and we were staying at the hotel next door. We were seated quickly and the server was prompt and kept our drinks refilled. Our frozen margarita was only half frozen. The food was only average - the ground beef needed more... More 

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The food and service were outstanding. We use this restaurant on a regular basis for carryout but we have eaten on site many times too. El Tapatio is without a doubt one of the best Mexican restaurants in town.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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52 reviews 52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I stopped in to El Tapatio after reading a couple of reviews and since it was right across the street, I thought I'd give it a try. I am glad I did. El Tapatio was a very clean, efficiently run Mexican joint. I was seated promptly by the friendly staff and chips and salsa arrived soon thereafter. The menu was... More 

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Olrando
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

I can honestly say this is my favorite place to eat in Cookeville. The service is fast and the food is delicious. The prices are great for the portions you receive.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You can tell a lot about a place from the locals and El Tap is the local go to place. The food is good, service fast without rushing the customer and prices can't be beat.

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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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