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“Delicious food, great prices” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Tapatio

El Tapatio
Lascurain de Retana 20, Guanajuato 36000 , Mexico
473/732-3291
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Ranked #52 of 156 Restaurants in Guanajuato
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Delicious food, great prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Just across the street from the university, in the center of town, where you would expect high prices and low quality, we found this gem. The interior is cool and full of what could pass as character. The menus are 60 pesos for a full meal. Service was quick and attentive. Food was tasty and came quickly. Will definitely be back.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mexico
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Jalisco atmosphere, Guanajuato food, across from the University”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The owner is attentive in this restaurant popular with Mexicans. Long established, it's on Positos/Pocitos, near the Museo del Pueblo, the Diego Rivera house, the Museum of the 19th century and another new museum of contemporary art. Plenty to look at as you wait for your meal served in three courses.The price has gone up a little but is still moderate. Unbeatable location. Offers alcoholic drinks too.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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California
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116 reviews 116 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Great food for cheap”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

The menu del dia is an amazing value and each item, while not large portions, is well cooked and seasoned and for $5.00 is a steal. I also had the tacos arranchera - delicious flank steak tacos with all the perfect trimmings. Wish we had had time to go back there again. Oh well - next time.

Visited January 2014
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Corvallis, Oregon
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17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great bargain!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

This is a wonderful place to stop for lunch if you are on a budget or if you simply don't want a fancy meal. Honest, home cooked food at an unbelievably low price. We each had soup, entree, side dish, bread, and drink. The food was very good, the service prompt and friendly, and the total bill was well under $10US for both of us. What more can I say?

Visited December 2013
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Guanajuato, Mexico
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Great value, good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

El Tapatio is located just across the street from the "Universidad", which is Guanajuato's law school, a very noticeable while castle-like building, quite a sight in itself. The interior of the Tapatio restaurant is very Mexican, which makes it all the more enjoyable. Lots of wood & lots of Mexican tiles. A poster of the very first Cervantino festival is there to remind you of how long the restaurant has been there, giving you a hint of the authenticity of the food there maybe.
The waiter isn't the most social person in the world but he is efficient and you never have to wait : that's what matters most, isn't it ?
The prices are very very reasonable and the food is good to very good depending on what you choose.
There is a 55 pesos menu that includes a soup (choice of two), an accompaniment of some sort to choose from (usually rice and something else), and a choice of meats to choose from, as well as a drink and a desert. There are extremely few places in Gto that can compete with that on price, let alone quality. I would say this is possibly the second best value in town, right after "the 35 pesos place", that basically offers the same sort of menu in a cheaper setting.
El Tapatio is becoming my 'go to' place because of its outstanding value.
The Tortilla soup is just $28, the soup of the day is a tiny $17, and with that you get bread & usually fried tortilla chips with salsa.
The enmoladas & mole are very good and around 45-50$ if i remember well. The enchiladas mineras are priced very reasonably too.
Overall, if you are expecting very good value you will not be disappointed, whether you are Mexican or not.
Quite frankly i am surprised this place isn't full all day as there are very few places that reach this level of quality on certain dishes and even fewer that come anywhere the value.

Note: this is not a posh venue for fancy occasions, see this rather as an authentic Mexican restaurant priced for Mexicans with food the indigenous population will appreciate for it's true quality.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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