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El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

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630 W Santa Gertrudis St, Kingsville, TX 78363-4369
361-516-1655
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch

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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
Lots of food for the money

This Mexican restaurant seemed to be popular with locals. The fajita plate was on special and was a grand amount of food. We also had the cheese enchilada plate, which was generous as well, though a little TOO cheesy for my taste. Service was good, and the beers were cold, served in a cold mug... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
travgal0766
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Texas
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148 reviews 148 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This Mexican restaurant seemed to be popular with locals. The fajita plate was on special and was a grand amount of food. We also had the cheese enchilada plate, which was generous as well, though a little TOO cheesy for my taste. Service was good, and the beers were cold, served in a cold mug with salt and lime. A... More 

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Texas
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123 reviews 123 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Truly one of Kingsville's best restaurants. Great location just off the Texas A&M University Kingsville campus. Parking is cramped and shared with the restaurant across the street. Inside looks like a typical diner. It is generally busy, but I've never had to wait for a table. The staff is hit or miss, last night, our waitress was great, but some... More 

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Kingsville, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Food was greasy and tasted bland. I didnt like the actual atmosphere either it is stuffy inside. My husband likes it but I find it to be too greasy and just not my thing.

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Mobile, Alabama
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The service was excellent. The food, and there was a lot of it, was better than most Mexican places we've been to (and we've been to A LOT). The drinks were some of the best we've had. Very reasonable prices. It was a bit bright in the restaurant, but it didn't take away from the overall experience. Excellent overall experience.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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126 reviews 126 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We stopped in town and asked where there the locals ate Mexican food and were told that El Tapatio was the best place. We went west on Santa Gertrudis street to Wells street where El Tapatio is located. We were there about 2 PM in the afternoon and had immediate service with people coming and going the whole time we... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We are from Australia and don't get a lot of good Mexican food in our country. We have grandparents living in Kingsville, so visit relatively often - we always come along to El tapatio when we visit, and this most recent Xmas trip was no exception. We were only in town for 3 days and came here for dinner twice.... More 

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Texas
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35 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The food is hearty, traditional and a local favorite. We eat at El Tapatio almost every time we are in Kingsville to be with family (who have been here for generations.) For us, El Tapatio is the big weekend breakfast, but it's also our 90 year old mother/mother in law's place for menudo for an evening meal. You want to... More 

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Floresville
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4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The #5 Beef Enchiladas have lots of good cheese. Flour tortillas are delicious with butter and sugar after dinner.

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Kingsville, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I like El Tap, but prefer its sister restaurant. This place will fill you up, however. I have never had a bad meal here and there is a reason it is always busy. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all good.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Of the half dozen or so Mexican restaurants here in Kingsville, this is my top favorite. A good value for the money and you do not walk away hungry.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 630 W Santa Gertrudis St, Kingsville, TX 78363-4369
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Kingsville
  • Phone Number: 361-516-1655

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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