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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
Met expectations

Menu, service and food were on a par with what you find at many of the better Mexican restaurants in TN.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
flailman
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Edwardsville, Illinois
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Edwardsville, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Menu, service and food were on a par with what you find at many of the better Mexican restaurants in TN.

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Purcell, OK
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72 reviews 72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Service was good, prices reasonable, food only average. My wife and I ate here because of Trip Adviser reviews and we were staying at the hotel next door. We were seated quickly and the server was prompt and kept our drinks refilled. Our frozen margarita was only half frozen. The food was only average - the ground beef needed more... More 

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The food and service were outstanding. We use this restaurant on a regular basis for carryout but we have eaten on site many times too. El Tapatio is without a doubt one of the best Mexican restaurants in town.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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52 reviews 52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I stopped in to El Tapatio after reading a couple of reviews and since it was right across the street, I thought I'd give it a try. I am glad I did. El Tapatio was a very clean, efficiently run Mexican joint. I was seated promptly by the friendly staff and chips and salsa arrived soon thereafter. The menu was... More 

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Olrando
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

I can honestly say this is my favorite place to eat in Cookeville. The service is fast and the food is delicious. The prices are great for the portions you receive.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You can tell a lot about a place from the locals and El Tap is the local go to place. The food is good, service fast without rushing the customer and prices can't be beat.

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Cookeville, Tennessee, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My family regularly eats at El Tapatio and have been going there for nearly 20 years. The food is consistently good. Fajitas are super and large enough to share a single serving. There isn't a bad thing on the menu. They are a real value compared to the national casual dining brands in town. Portions are good, service is friendly... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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183 reviews 183 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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