We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
900 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN
Website
Improve this listing
Add hours for El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 120 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 67
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
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
Good eats

Was hungry for Mexican before arriving at Cookeville, had a reservation at the Best Western Inn, and located onsite was El Tapatio restaurant. We had great service, and we ordered the Steak Fajitas. Was cooked perfectly, we like it hot! Hot Chips and Salsa. Great value.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Mark P G
,
Morristown, Tennessee
Add Photo Write a Review

120 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Morristown, Tennessee
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Was hungry for Mexican before arriving at Cookeville, had a reservation at the Best Western Inn, and located onsite was El Tapatio restaurant. We had great service, and we ordered the Steak Fajitas. Was cooked perfectly, we like it hot! Hot Chips and Salsa. Great value.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brookfield, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Disappointing. Ordered combination burrito, enchilada, tamale. One chicken, one bean. Waiter can't understand bean from beef. I think I have it straightened out until the burrito is beef. I ask and explanation is "burrito is always beef". But the menu doesn't say that. I can bring you plate of beans. OK. But it's refried beans not straight beans. Better labeling... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Level Contributor
79 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Convenient to where we are staying but food we had was "average"! Chimichanga was overcooked but the chicken inside was very tender. I think it would have been better with some onions and peppers along with the chicken. Rice was plain. I prefer mine with a few vegetables mixed in. The restaurant was very busy. Don't know if there are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Knoxville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Fast & Polite Service. Reasonably priced. Best Mexican food I've had in Years! I would definitely visit again.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Iuka, IL
Level Contributor
63 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We had just pulled off the road late in the evening for an overnight stay at the Best Western and noticed this place attached to the motel. We were pulling a trailer on this trip and got lucky and found a parking space with easy access. We hated to move it to go eat somewhere and loose our spot and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tennessee
Level Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Central Kentucky
Level Contributor
42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
oxford
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 !!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?