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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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Local favorite!

Looking for authentic Mexican cuisine then look no further! This is a local favorite so get there early as there is usually a wait. This is one place worth your wait! Margaritas are tasty too!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
iamvacationcrazy
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Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Looking for authentic Mexican cuisine then look no further! This is a local favorite so get there early as there is usually a wait. This is one place worth your wait! Margaritas are tasty too!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We took a softball team to eat here during a tournament weekend. We called ahead and the staff had a large area ready for us. Service was fast and friendly. The food was also very good. No complaints from any of the girls. It's a good place to eat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I just wanted a snack, wasn't very hungry. I ordered the Fundido. It was great! And it was more than a snack! Better than the food were the waiters and waitresses. The nicest, friendliest, most attentive people I've encountered while dinning, ever! Just wish they were in my home town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Stopped in, the place looked packed and it was but we got right in, the food was good and hot and came in short order and what great margarita's after a long day of traveling!! Plus priced well for a family !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 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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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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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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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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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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