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el tapatio

Mexican, Southwestern
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300 Newburyport Tpke, route 1, Rowley, MA 01969-2012
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't understand the negative reviews. I LOVE this place. The staff is awesome. The food is great. It is a clean and friendly place to visit. They are always kind and accomodating of our 3 year old. I lived in CA for 5 years. There is no mexican food on this coast close to what you can get in... More 

Thank Holly D
Boston, Ma
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45 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got some takeout here. The tortilla chips were a bit stale and cardboard-like. The salsa was watery and tasteless. We got two combo meals. The portions were large but the food was not great. The enchiladas, burritos and chimichangas basically all tasted the same! Weird. The food felt like it was bought at Costco, microwaved and served. The price... More 

Thank Triplover31
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66 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

Our 13 year old grandson chose Mexican for his last dinner before heading home He chose the loaded nachos while my wife had cheese quesadillas and I chose the chicken quesadillas. Service was great Restaurant was clean and not too crowded - a Monday night Food was ok - your typical chain Mexican food

Thank Fred S
Rowley, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

we've been there twice and it was OK. Nothing special but the food is OK. The wait staff are really nice and that's probably why we went back. I can't recommend anything because it 's all averagely Ok food.

Thank DTD715
Danvers, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

Food was terrible. Beef tacos were very greasy. Ordered chicken fajitas casadilla but received a completely dish. Salsa was too salty. House margaritas were good but not worth the tab. Will not return.

Thank BigGuy01923
Amesbury, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

I must admit I rank most Mexican restaurants on their chips & salsa and their Mole sauce. This place delivered on both! Plus the staff is very friendly and has a warm atmosphere.

Thank Tracy K
boston, ma
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

The margarita's were really great! Great tortilla chips! The service is very attentive! The food is served on very large "oven hot plates." I like hot food to, but this was not necessary. My fish tacos were white flour tortilla,very little fish, and NO vegetable toppings on top, just fish and sauce. I expected 3 tacos in a stand as... More 

Thank sq89
Boston, Massachusetts
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199 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

This was our first visit but won't be our last. Quick and attentive service. Chimichanga, burritos both delicious and fresh tasting. The the beef and chicken were great in quality and flavor. Refried beans were hot and delicous. the rice was just ok. Definately get the top shelf Margarita. I had the Sangria which was not good at all and... More 

Thank NuclearMamma
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

El Tapatio is a regular stop for us. The quality of the food is very good and the service always keeps up. It's a great option for kids as well, with their kids menu and willingness to make up whatever you'd like. If you like Mexican food, you should give them a try!

Thank Jeff P
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

The restaurant is a family type bordering on fast food. The drinks, especially the Cadillac Margarita, were especially good. The food is average at best. The fish taco's are small and come in three small soft tortilla shells. They advertise cod but it was hard to tell since it was cut in small cubes. The chicken quesadilla was very thin... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 Newburyport Tpke, route 1, Rowley, MA 01969-2012
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Rowley
  • Phone Number: 9784321336
new restaurant serving very good mexican cuisine at reasonable prices

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