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.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

El Tenampa

Mexican, Southwestern
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
324 Becker Drive, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870-3207
+1 252-535-2466
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

27 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 27: English reviews
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
Level Contributor
50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017 via mobile

Food is always as good as expected staff is always friendly and chips are always warm! Very extensive menu, but if you want something you don't see... ask they may be able to make it just for you! Portions are always very large. This is my go to when I want Mexican

Thank Joe D
South Hill, Virginia
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

I'm use to spicy rich tasting mexian food. I love my salsa with fresh tomatoes, onions, and peppers. They had a sauce that was odd to me. It was mayonnaise/ based. The waiter was awesome very knowledgeable about the menu which was enormous. This will not be my got to for Mexican food. If you are looking for cheap food... More 

Thank EmpressBrews
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Level Contributor
122 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2016

Since I was going to spend a night in the area while on a road trip, I researched and found this restaurant online. The menu looked good, with some less common items like a potato taco. I'm glad I went. The food is fresh and delicious. The service is excellent. Some regulars were coming in. I don't know the hostess... More 

Thank westysc
Livingston, Texas
Level Contributor
22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

It was cinco de mayo...like we need an excuse to eat mexican food. Happy hour included $1.99 margaritas. They came in a champaign glass but we're very good and I thought worth the money. It was typical tex mex. Very good rice and beans. Salsa was ok but not much heat. They also bring a white sauce that tasted much... More 

Thank Wes M
Va Beach, VA
Level Contributor
28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

We were driving north on I95 and wanted Mexican. We found this great place about 5 minutes from I95. We ordered chicken taco salad and shrimp and rice. Both were excellent. We were in and out in no time. Highly recommend.

Thank Cathy B
Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
67 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016

Nice Mexican restaurant...extensive menu with fair prices...great service.....would have never found it without gps but glad we did..try the shrimp diablo

Herndon, Virginia, United States
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2016 via mobile

We were traveling 95 south and found this gem on TA. We had a very reasonable lunch, fajitas,quesadillas and taco salad. Very clean and great service.

Thank Peter H
Atlanta, Georgia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2016

Great Mexican food. We eat there regularly when we visit Roanoke Rapids. My family who live there eat there often.

Thank southernmom2016
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2015

Oustanding lunch with prompt, friendly service. Hot chips with amazing white sauce served immediately after being seated. Highly recommend the El Tenampa.

Thank meximelt2015
Wilmington, North Carolina
Level Contributor
344 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2015

A small group of us in town with work went for lunch. Chips and salsa were good, but salsa had no heat. White sauce was an added bonus, it was very sweet and was improved by adding some hot sauce. Food was good, nothing outstanding, but was good. Service was prompt and friendly.

Thank GuyfromILMNC

Travelers who viewed El Tenampa also viewed

Roanoke Rapids, NC

Been to El Tenampa? 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
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 324 Becker Drive, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870-3207
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Roanoke Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 252-535-2466

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from El Tenampa 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?