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El Azteca

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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70 Highlands Walk, Highlands, NC 28741-8375
+1 828-526-2244
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Husband & I went for dinner last Wed night, 1st-their salsa dip tasted like "cold " Campbell's veg beef soup(gross) 2nd-they were running a special on Margaritas which only tasted like sweet n sour mix, so $6 for a glass of sweet n sour mix with salt 3rd their food was the WORST Mexican food I had ever tasted, my... More 

1 Thank Kelly G
Highlands, North Carolina
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Party of 4 went and everyone loved their food. Service was great. Have very large margaritas and some good Mexican beer. Had burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, beef. Large portions, and everyone finished everything. Served with chips and salsa. They have a very good salsa verde. Recommended if your looking for Mexican. Cost with tax, tip, and one drink each was $25/person.

Thank 86944t
Boca Raton
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39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

I went there with my kids tonight. They sat us in the front half of the restaurant which is more for like families. The back half of the restaurant is more like a bar and has tables for older parties. I have the Mole enchiladas which were excellent. Great chips and salsa and a very decent margarita. We also ordered... More 

1 Thank Mercy C
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

Just an awful experience! It was unclear who was waiting on us..ends up really no one was. The people beside us arrived after us, ordered, got their beer, waters and food before us. Our "server" came out as they were about to leave asking us to confirm our order??? There were just two of us? We never got water, they... More 

1 Thank Anne C
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101 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

We ate here with our friends last night with our friends. We started with top shelf margaritas. They were very good served in large goblets. We then had the pork quesadilla and the shredded pork plate. All was excellent with great service. Also prices were very reasonable. I would recommend it for a casual dinner.

Thank Richard R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

I give this fine restaurant ☆☆☆☆☆! Be sure to try their signature salsa! Fresh and delicious food every time. Highlands hidden gem!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Summerville, South Carolina
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

Stopped by here to eat supper the night I arrived in Highlands. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. Made sure I knew what mole sauce was as some people do not know and she didn't want me to have a bad meal. Food was very good. Not your usual Mexican restaurant. More authentic choices.

Thank NinaSC70
Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2016

Also had to ask for the food that was listed on the menu...not everything listed was included (avocado for example). Salty rather than intensely flavored..

Thank swissb0und
Bardstown, Kentucky
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

No better palce to be on Cinco de Mayo than here! There was a bit of a wait as everybody in town knew how good El Azteca is on any give day, and celebration events make it even better!

Thank GemDandies
Knoxville, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

Came to stay at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa. Madison's restaurant featured at the Inn was very good but the word-of-mouth Wulfgang Puck's less than mediocre food left us looking for more. We found El Azteco on our own. Fantastic care, service, drinks, and food finally left us ecstatically pleased. They should move to the Main Street--- amazing experience!... More 

Thank JBbweet

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 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 - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 70 Highlands Walk, Highlands, NC 28741-8375
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: +1 828-526-2244

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?