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El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

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

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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
Locals favorite

Quick service, great food, 3 locations - Jefferson and Interstate drive, Willow Ave and Sparta... we love el tap! Fajitas are excellent, my favorite is the taco loco with shredded chicken! This place is always packed but they seat you quickly. If you're in town visiting, you must try El tap!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Quick service, great food, 3 locations - Jefferson and Interstate drive, Willow Ave and Sparta... we love el tap! Fajitas are excellent, my favorite is the taco loco with shredded chicken! This place is always packed but they seat you quickly. If you're in town visiting, you must try El tap!

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

el tap restaurant great mexican food. hardly ever a wait. great for the family. try the chicken fajitas, my granddaughter loves them.

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Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

El Tap at both locations offers authentic Mexican food and drinks at reasonable prices. Service is impeccable and definitely family friendly! Food is delicious!

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Coarsegold, California
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116 reviews 116 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We live in California's Central Valley which is replete with excellent Mexican restaurants. This restaurant experience was as good as what we have at home. The fajitas were very tasty, great fresh made salsa, and margaritas that takes one back to being in Acapulco on a summers evening.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

El Tapatio has been a great place to eat for years. This is not a fast food restaurant, but there is rarely a long wait even at busy times. The chips and salsa get you ready for the main course.

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North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We selected this place for dinner as it was close to our hotel and it looked good on their website. When we arrived for dinner, it was busy but we were seated immediately. Great margaritas were brought in a flash (my reward for driving 650 miles) and we then looked at the very complete menu. Warm chips and salsa were... More 

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Pleasant View, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We brought a group of about 15 in and the staff was quick to get us all seated and all of our drink orders. Food was served quickly and our orders were all correct. The food was hot and fresh and delicious!

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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

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 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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

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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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