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El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

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900 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN
9313720246
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Dining options: Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 79
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  • 24
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Mexican food!

I've been here 2 or 3 times over the last couple of years when traveling and the food and service has been consistently good. I only go here for Mexican food when I'm in Cookeville.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Chris F
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Cookeville, Tennessee
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

very affordable Mexican and other foods.my opinion one of the best.i learned to like gaucomli there loved it

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Thank Nancy C
Knoxville, Tennessee
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been here 2 or 3 times over the last couple of years when traveling and the food and service has been consistently good. I only go here for Mexican food when I'm in Cookeville.

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Thank Chris F
Cookeville, Tennessee
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

'El Tap,' as the locals call it, is a college student's budgeted, Mexican food paradise. This place has all the fixin's of your every day Mexican restaurant except everything they serve is cooked with passion and astounding amounts of love, and it shows in the taste of the food. The only downside to El Tap is that everyone loves it,... More 

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Thank Jordan S
De Queen, Arkansas
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was some of the best food on the trip as my wife and I traveled from Arkansas to east Tennessee. Everything seemed home-made. We live a long way from here but I hope to come again some day! If you are passing through you should stop...oh and go down the street and take a picture with the pink elephant.

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Thank Beau C
Altus, Oklahoma
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59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a Burrito Grande and it was good but my wife had the Taco Loco and it was not good. It is a good cheap place to eat and the service is very good.

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Thank okiedawg
Cookeville, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best service and Mexican food in area. Go at least once a week and never disappointed in the food or service.

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Thank Judy S
Sparta, Tennessee
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So when we decide to go its fully packed but,we get seated and staff is very kind to us. . I had a great time and dinner at this restaurant it's convenient to the hotel and shopping areas near by the,food is very tasty. . Would deff go again

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Thank KeshiaFincher
Jasper, Arkansas
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed the food and the service very much. It is easily found off of I40. Our service was superb. Friendly waitress and quick service as well. The place was very clean. The prices are reasonable for such large portions.

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Thank Shannon W
Cookeville, Tennessee
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Don't evennnnnn bother!!! This is NOT real mexican food. So many people of Cookeville think this is the best place to eat. NO WAY. All the other mexican places in town are MUCH better, trust me.

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Thank 931shelly
Byron, Georgia
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

Ordered to go from here. Ask if they delivered and was told no, but pull up and a sign on the window saying to call for delivery. Food was pretty good, got a lot of it. Had good flavor.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 900 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Cookeville
  • Phone Number: 9313720246

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?