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.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

El Tapatio

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
134 E Orange Ave, Porterville, CA 93257-4830
(559) 781-2115
Today
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

36 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 36: English reviews
Level Contributor
11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have two favorites from Wednesday is caldo de pollo translated it is chicken soup. It tastes just like my husband's mom homemade chicken soup. They also have nachos supreme de asada (steak). This place is also one of the limited place in town to have drinks with friends. With that said it get packed on weekends.

Helpful?
Thank Marisol S
Porterville
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We call days before and booked a party room at El Tapatio Restaurant. When we got there they gave our party room to some other group. They try to give us same tables out side the party room, when some of our group stated to sit down another group came and said that they booked those tables. We had no... More 

Helpful?
Thank 258rubenq
Lumberton, Texas
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Delicious salsa. Very large portions. I had two beef tacos and one cheese enchilada. The rancho sauce is different and kind of sweet. It was yummy. The rice and beans were also excellent. The beef in the tacos was like pot roast, very tender. My hubby had a chicken fajita burrito and it was terrific with large white meat chicken... More 

Helpful?
Thank jthudson
Level Contributor
31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

This place is a porterville institution. It has been there for 20 years. Fantastic food, family run, great service with a cafeteria style atmostphere. The carne asada is fantastic. The shrimp cocktail is awesome. Their Mole sauce is famous in the area with a slightly sweet taste.

Helpful?
Thank Michael F
Norco, California
Level Contributor
24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

As a customer you would expect to have the wait staff trying to speak English to you, however; I have seen that almost every time I ate at El Tapatio on Orange Ave in Porterville more often than not the wait staff could barely speak English. The cost of the food was compatible to the quantity of food but the... More 

Helpful?
Thank drmitchell4461
Alameda, California
Level Contributor
44 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Went here on the advice of a friend who said "this is where the locals go for Mexican food." It was a trip! There are two dining rooms - we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table, and were seated in the secondary one, which consists of some booths and a bunch of picnic tables. It was packed... More 

Helpful?
Thank BowlderMan
Marin County, California
Level Contributor
49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We asked at our hotel what the best Mexican restaurant was and they told us "El Tapatio". It was easy to get to and there was a ton of parking. Great family style seating set up plus a wonderful patio. The chips and salsa were amazing. Then we got the food! I had a chicken taco and cheese enchilada --... More 

Helpful?
Thank Stacey P
Porterville, California
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This place is family run and where the locals go, where everyone goes. There homemade salsa is the best. Service is quick. It can be quite loud with party groups and lots of tables. Carne asada is popular. I like their tostada compuesta with quacamole and sour cream. Barbacoa is salty but tender. I've seen margaritas but I think they... More 

Helpful?
Thank Linda P
Lewisville, Texas
Level Contributor
86 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Very good menudo. Good service. Coffee kept coming. Wife ordered a medium bowl of pozole. Good flavor and plenty of meat. We'll definitely return.

Helpful?
Thank RONNIE C
Porterville, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

this is the best place for you and your family, set inside or outside. service is excellent, food is greatest ever... i love this place...if your looking for great food. this is the place to go...

Helpful?
Thank portervillin

Travelers who viewed El Tapatio also viewed

 
Porterville, CA
 
Porterville, CA
 

Been to El Tapatio? 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

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 134 E Orange Ave, Porterville, CA 93257-4830
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Porterville
  • Phone Number: (559) 781-2115

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from El Tapatio 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?