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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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115 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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177 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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 

Thank Crawfordview
Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Our first visit and we will be going back! Food was great. I don't know why it took us so long to try it out, but I'm glad we did.

Thank 794edwardd
Salem, Massachusetts
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116 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Don't understand the "average" and less than great reviews. We've lived in the Southwest and have tried countless Mexican restaurants on the North Shore and this is our new favorite. First time there I had a torta and it was great. This time I had the Camarones Mojo de Ajo. Now I love shrimp, I love butter and I love... More 

Thank joecd

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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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