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El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

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900 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN
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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
Most recent review
Good Mexican Food in Cookeville

El Tapatio is only a few blocks off of Interstate 40 in Cookeville,Tennessee. There aren't too many restaurant choices around Cookeville but El Tapatio has good Mexican food. The Poblano peppers are one of their specialties. They also have a full bar.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
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Carlsbad, California
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Carlsbad, California
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178 reviews 178 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

El Tapatio is only a few blocks off of Interstate 40 in Cookeville,Tennessee. There aren't too many restaurant choices around Cookeville but El Tapatio has good Mexican food. The Poblano peppers are one of their specialties. They also have a full bar.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We eat El Tap at least once a week. We love Mexican food and the service is super quick... Faster than some of the drive thrus in our town (Taco Bell/Pizza Hut for instance) they are Always friendly and will accommodate large parties for birthdays or celebrations. You can order takeout and the food is always the same! Our favorites... More 

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Nashville
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Really enjoyed the food. They have homemade tamales. The food was not overly salty and the staff makes sure you have a good experience.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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194 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This Restuarant is clean, has a great menu and is reasonably priced. Good service and easy to get into. Great family place to eat.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

El Tap, both Cookeville locations, always pleases! The food is great. The service is awesome. It is one of our favorite restaurants!

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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44 reviews 44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I am very much a repeat visitor to "El Tap". My group of friends loves the huge but very affordable portion sizes of delicious and authentic Mexican food. Often we are almost full on free chips and salsa and even fried jalapeños (also free for the asking) before our main meal even comes. Even at the peak of the lunch... More 

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Indianapolis< IN
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136 reviews 136 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

If you like traditional Mexican food this is the place. This is not Taco Bell. Food was good and the service was great. The restaurant was very busy and I can see why.

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Washington, DC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Have tried several entrees and enjoyed them all. Good service accompanies the food. One warning, unless you are REALLY thirsty, don't order a large beer. It's HUGE and I needed both hands to heft the mug.

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Zion Crossroads, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This restaurant is next door to the Best Western, and it was raining so we gave it a try. The server was attentive and friendly, the food was excellent. The portions were large and the price was reasonable.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Of all the Mexican places in town, I love El Tap the best. The food has the best flavor and reasonable prices.

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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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